Johnny Staccato (1959– )
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A big time counterfeiter believes Johnny has his engraving plates. When he and Waldo are threatened Johnny is given 2 hours to find them.


John Cassavetes


Richard Carr (adaptation), Everett Chambers (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Waldo
Frank DeKova ... Eddie Wayneright (as Frank de Kova)
William A. Forester William A. Forester ... Martin
Morris Buchanan ... Bobo
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Sergeant Thomas
Burt Conroy Burt Conroy ... Mr. Big
Frank London Frank London ... Shad
Mario Gallo ... Dave Roman


A big time counterfeiter believes Johnny has his engraving plates. When he and Waldo are threatened Johnny is given 2 hours to find them.

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Release Date:

21 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An impressive noir essay
10 January 2013 | by pfrank-4See all my reviews

This is maybe the best episode of Johnny Staccato, the Jazz Detective. A tremendously dark story line about recovering a package before the criminals execute innocent people. It's all filmed in almost total darkness, and the action moves forward relentlessly. Johnny is caught up, innocently of course, in a counterfeit scheme and the thugs are after him. Every shot of this movie is milked for the most expressive content possible, with close-ups, shadows, clever compositions, and fast editing in a snappy, jargon-laden script. Jazz becomes both the rhythm of the tension and the refuge for the hunted. The series up to now was becoming a bit of a snoozer, but this one had me on the edge of my seat. Very advanced cinematography for its time on TV. Cassavetes himself directed it (which is far from a coincidence). I wonder if this show was too much for TV audiences of the day; such intensity could explain the show's cancellation after just one season. Compared with its forebear, Peter Gunn, which this show imitates, this episode transcends its model to an unprecedented degree.

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