Please Help! Button trouble!

Hello anyone who’s reading this: I have created a very long Flash animation including a drop-down menu which is a movie clip. Of course, as a drop-down menu, it includes a series of buttons. The frames that I’m trying to make the buttons link to are outside of the movie clip, and I’ve been trying and trying to make it link, but it won’t (I’ve even tried putting the frame inside of the movie clip). Can someone please lend a helping hand and tell me what’s wrong?