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Panic Button (1964)

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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Wildly! Wickedly! Wonderfully Funny! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un Américain à Rome See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Yankee See more »
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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 »

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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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ropey but fun!!
4 March 2005 | by armen-17See all my reviews

I watched this yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. How to write off a vast sum of money in a movie that's doomed to failure and thus evade the revenue investigation.........yes the plot is an earlier incarnation of The Producers' like mischief and invention. It's no where near that great masterpiece in achievement but is still a delightful excursion in to some good old fashioned boulevardier fun. Chevalier as the has-been matinée idol underplays with subtlety where he could have been gruesomely hammy.Oh the joy of seeing him play Romeo to Jayne Mansfield's Juliet!! However he does sing a couple of numbers which are entirely pointless to the plot and immediately forgettable. The true star of the piece however is the GREAT Akim Tamiroff as an acting guru par excellence.As ever he scene steals effortlessly and rewards us with an immensely funny characterisation of vanity and dodgy intellect succumbing to the power of a few dollars wafted under his nose. To see him direct an advancing close up on a potted plant is to witness his genius. See the movie for this moment alone.

One gripe to end on. The company responsible for releasing this video seems to have a contempt for both the movie and its potential viewing audience. The quality of the print is largely awful and no attempt to clean it up. It may not be a classic but it deserves better than this. Still it's the only way to see this movie at the moment so don't hesitate if you are thinking of getting a copy.


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