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Panic Button (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy | April 1964 (USA)
A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to... See full summary »

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Hal Biller, Morton Friedman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Philippe Fontaine
Eleanor Parker ... Louise Harris
Jayne Mansfield ... Angela
Mike Connors ... Frank Pagano (as Michael Connors)
Akim Tamiroff ... Pandowski
Carlo Croccolo Carlo Croccolo ... Guido
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... Mario
Kenny Delmar Kenny Delmar ... (voice)
Leopoldo Trieste
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati
Paula O'Neil Paula O'Neil
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett
Annette Andre ... Drama student (as Anette Andrea)
Harriet Medin
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... (as Mimmo Billi)
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Storyline

A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to direct. The finished film is shown at the Venice Film Festival, where it's considered a witty parody and awarded a Golden Lion. Written by alfiehitchie

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For entertainment -- alive with gaiety, music, and love! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Go Bust See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Yankee See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several of Shakespeare's plays are referenced: from Romeo and Juliet only the balcony scene is shown but Chevalier's audition piece is from Macbeth, and there is a scene in which mobsters read extracts from King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See more »

Quotes

Pandowski: Artists! My name is Salvatore. I am your director. I must warn you. I am a sensitive man, a very sensitive... as a matter of fact, when a pigeon goes hungry, I cry. When a child is happy, I laugh. And if you do not listen to me, all of you, I will get angry. I get very angry. Oh, yes. I don't care how much money I spend on making this film because I want quality. Qual-i-ty! Yes, therefore, I... therefore, I am appointing myself to write a script. A few pages every day as we go along. You act, I...
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There are some redeeming qualities here....
3 March 2001 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

If one ignores the pathetic quality of the actual film stock used to bring this to the screen, If one ignores the sad overacting of Mr. Chevalier, If one ignores the convoluted plot, If one ignores the eccentric direction,

One will find some redeeming qualities in Panic Button:

The scenes of Europe, a more innocent Europe, a different mannered Europe were handled well. I really felt transported to the early 60's.

One is able to observe the way that our sensibilities have changed in such few years.

We observe that the sophistication of moviemaking has come a very long way from those days.

I watched this movie with not as much cringing as other reviewers. I tend to discern some of the good things that directors try to bring to movies.

And lastly, I did laugh and I did smile where I should have. So for that, I must at least give Panic Button a "6".


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