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The Gazebo (Remastered)
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What would you do if a blackmailer showed up peddling nudie pictures of your sweet wife? Why, plug the scoundrel and bury him under the backyard gazebo, of course! Delightful screen farceurs Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are up to their corpus delicti in laughs as a show-biz power couple with something to hide in director George Marshall's (Destry Rides Again) sly black comedy highlighted by a meticulously plotted, hilariously botched "perfect crime." If The Gazebo reminds you of The Trouble with Harry or Family Plot, there may be a reason: when everything is going wrong, the anxious murderer queries Alfred Hitchcock on the phone for some authoritative what-do-I-do-with-a-dead-body advice. Comedy veterans Carl Reiner, John McGiver and Doro Merande also add to the macabre merriment.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Item model number : 883316369869
- Director : George Marshall
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Release date : September 12, 2011
- Actors : Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner, John Mcgiver
- Language : Unqualified (Mono)
- Studio : Warner Archive
- ASIN : B005GZM0J8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is a comedy with a dark side. Even in the darker situations, there are comedic undertones. Glenn Ford was a marvel. A solid actor, probably best known for western roles, his comedic skills and timing were superb and on fine display in this film along with those of Debbie Reynolds and John McGiver in particular. McGiver's deadpan, straight faced pronunciation of the word "GAZE-bo" brought down the house every time he uttered it.
This is an entertaining movie that holds your attention throughout with excellent performances by the principals. Sit back and enjoy anytime you need a good laugh.
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I remember seeing it at a local cinema (Forest Park, Dundee) on a re-issue in
the mid 1960's (the picture dates from 1959) and it rarely appeared on TV.
The Gazebo is a clever and ingenious film, perhaps a writer's film, which we used to call a "black comedy", for those who appreciate a neatly-written story which all dovetails together. It is full of good performances from a twitchy, nervous Glenn Ford to a delightful Debbie Reynolds as his puzzled and supportive spouse, the scene-stealing John McGiver as the builder with his aberrant pronuniciation "that there Gaze-bow!" and not forgetting the maid, Matilda, played by Doro Merande, with her ear-splitting utterances, due to living with a hard-of-hearing mother, and an early role by Martin Landau as a not-too-bright heavy. We even have a long-distance phone call from "Hitch", Alfred Hitchcock at a fortuitious moment, although we don't hear him. Mention should also be made of composer Jeff Alexander's "Handel-ian" English theme and "18th-century Hi-Fi" from the George IV era.
"Herman" the pigeon plays an important part in the plot, especially when he
drops a "bombshell" at the end!
If you've got a funny bone in your body, don't miss The Gazebo". If you don't know whether or not you have a funny bone, you'll soon find out if you watch and "listen" to The Gazebo.
Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds work well together in this black comedy, not to mention Herman the Pidgeon!
Mr Thorpe the builder, who insists on calling the summer house a gaze - bow, worries that the rain will cause the new concrete to crumble. Elliott has worries of his own, as the situation spirals out of control!
When quizzed by his wife about their missing shower-curtain (used to wrap the body), Elliott explains, quite reasonably, that he has donated it to Hungarian relief.
Watch out for Martin Landau as hood 'The Duke'.
Incidentally, although listed as Region 1, this DVD plays in my region 2 player.