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The Gazebo(1960)

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The opening credits for film begin: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Glenn Ford Debbie Reynolds a Avon Production The Gazebo." According to a January 19, 1959 Los Angeles Examiner article, Frederick Brisson, who is credited onscreen as "presenting" The Gazebo on stage, sold the play to M-G-M in 1959. Although James Kirkwood and ZaSu Pitts are listed in Hollywood Reporter productions charts for the film and modern sources list them as the "McGruders," the actors were not in the released film and the characters are only discussed, not seen.
       A September 2, 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Sonny Howe, Carey Leverette, Paul Reese and Mevrisse Duree to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Actor Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford and his former wife, dancer-actress Eleanor Powell, made his film debut as a page boy in the film. Television actor Carl Reiner also made his film debut in The Gazebo. Although famed director Alfred Hitchcock was mentioned in the story, he was not seen or heard in the film.
       The Gazebo opened in Los Angeles the week of December 19, 1959 in order to qualify for the 1959 Academy Awards. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (black and white), but lost to Some Like It Hot. A French film version of Alec Coppel's play was released in 1971 under the title Jo, directed by Jean Girault and starring Louis De Funs and Claude Gensac.