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Watching The Gazebo is a bit like seeing a wonderful Broadway play. It's sophisticated, clever, beautifully acted and has to be one of the funniest murder mysteries ever made. It is right u[p there with Arsenic and Old Lace. Who knew murder could be so funny? It was on Broadway, of course, and its transference to film is well done. It is successful because Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds make it so. This movie makes for a great evening escape. Ford deserves a great deal of credit as the nervous wreck trying to defend his wife's honor. I love the scene when he receives a call from Hitchcock and Ford's character asks "Hitch" how to be sure a murder is correctly done. And his nearly hysterical telephone calls to friends and relatives to be sure they're ok once he realizes he probably killed the wrong man are so funny. Ford nearly has a melt down as he dials each call. Debbie Reynolds is the loyal wife utterly confused by her husband's neurotic behaviour. Her conversation with John McGiver about finding a sponge stuffed down a drain and door knobs that fall off doors is hilarious. And what's a comedy without John McGiver? He plays it straight but he's always just a little bit out of touch with the reality around him and he's wonderful in this film. The Gazebo is just a wonderful comedy and well worth watching up. Oh, kudos to Herman the Pigeon!
I first saw this on television when I was a kid and I never forgot it. It is a first rate mystery, murder comedy. Glenn Ford is just a natural playing the part of a loving husband who is an emotional wreck because he is dealing with a blackmailer attempting to ruin Debbie Reynolds' (Ford's wife) career. His attempts to sabotage their beautiful suburban home near NYC so that his wife will agree to sell it are very funny. Clogged plumbing, door knobs that fall off, sliding doors that won't work--it's all so good. This film has it all-- dead bodies, a deaf housekeeper who appears at all the most inopportune moments, John McGiver as the contractor trying to install the gazebo under which Ford will place the person he believes to be the blackmailer (wrapped in a hideous shower curtain) , Debbie Reynolds attempting to escape from her kidnappers ("Nice to meet you, Mr. Louse.") and attempting to dial the telephone with her nose while she is tied to a chair, Glenn Ford tromping around the darkened house with a miner's helmet and light while preparing to kill the blackmailer, his hilarious phone calls the next morning and, of course, Herman the Pigeon who saves the day. Carl Reiner is always a welcome addition to any comedy ad he plays one of the worst best friends ever seen on film. He is very funny. The Gazebo is a wonderful, twisting, surprising and very involved comedy. And whenever I actually see a gazebo somewhere, I remember John McGiver's mispronunciation--"Gaze Bo." And every time I see shower curtains I remember Glenn Ford telling his wife that he donated theirs to Hungarian Relief workers who came to the door. I will always recommend this film and it is now on DVD.
missing theis great move
I saw this move many years ago and am dying to see it again, and share it with my husband and friends. Please place it on your tcm schedule and release it on dvd. It's an outstanding movie that should not be missed by your many viewers. Please release this before I die, I'm 60. We enjoy your station very much. it's our go to station.
FUNNY! PERFECT CAST!!!
I've seen this movie several times and I can't wait to see it again!
Great Movie needs to be available on DVD!
- Ken Sturmer
I remember seeing this movie as a kid. I thought it was hilarious. I still remember John McGiver saying " The Gizbo". We thought that was very funny as kids. I later got to know some of McGivers children, when they moved to Middleburgh NY. I used to spend summers there.Please release this movie on DVD, or at least show it on TCM!
Longing To See Again
- DStacey old film fan
This is one of those movies that I recall a scene, alone in my car, and laugh out loud. I sure would love to see it again on the TCM chanel. Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds were at their comedy best. I don't remember the housekeeper's name, but her deadpan (pardon the pun) was excellent. I rate it right up there with "The trouble with Harry"
I saw this movie many years ago and thought it was hilarious. I have been waiting and waiting to add it to my film collection or at the very least see it on TCM. It's very underrated for its genre. Please, please put it out on DVD or show it in prime time. Glenn Ford is a hoot and Debbie is as cute as ever.VSF
Great Comedy regardless of actors
This is a superb comedy with Glenn Ford and Debbies Reynolds. It has a great plot, exploits Reynold's musical and dancing talents and exposes Ford's outstanding comedic talents. I haven't seen it on TCM and it ought to be shown , at the very least, a couple of times a year.
Ford was best in comedy
I have always thought Glenn Ford was at his best in comedy and he has appeared in quite a number of them, especially directed by George Marshall, who directed 'The Gazebo'. There is 'It Started with a Kiss',' Imitation General', 'Advance to the Rear',and a big favourite of mine ,'The Sheepman'. Before these, he appeared in 'Teahouse of the August Moon', in which he was brilliant and then 'Don't go near the Water', another very good comedy. Way back in the 40s he appeared in 'The Mating of Millie' and 'Return of October' and in the latter gave a good early Cary Grant -like turn. There are plenty good comedy performances by Ford if you look for them.
The Gazebo (1959)
- Jay Higgins
Very underrated comedy. Glenn Ford gives one of his best performances and he shows a surprising talent for comedy. It makes me wonder why he didn't make more of them. The story is marvelous, offbeat and very very funny. John McGiver is excellent in a supporting role, but it's Ford's performance that makes the film work.
PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE TO DVD!!!!!!!!
- Donald S. Bertram
This by far one of the best comedies that I have seen. I tell everyone I meet that if it ever comes on TCM or any other channel to watch it. I have been waiting for a very, very long time. Please MR. Turner, put this splendid movie out on DVD. Or at least show it more often. Thank you very much, your friend Don.
Gotta have this movie!
I've seen this movie only once and couldn't stop laughing. This is a great comedy classic. You can't beat Glenn Ford.
Nice entertainment with Reynolds & Ford
- Vera Mallard
Glenn Ford & Debbie Reynolds in a mistery comedy with good jokes and good laughs. Debbie has a good musical number.