Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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A Murphy game blackmailing trio target lonely male bowlers from out-of-town, murdering an uncooperative one with a bowling ball. After his own tryst in the blackmailers' Poke Street love ... See full summary »

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Jack Arnold

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Blake Edwards (creator), Lester Pine (teleplay and story) (as Lester Aaron Pine) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby
Mara Corday ... Emily - Blackmailer
Jackie Coogan ... Eric Woolrich
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Petersen - Bowler
Mario Gallo ... Frank - Blackmailer
David Cross David Cross ... Phil - Blackmailer
Lillian Bronson ... Landlady
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Sam Wallace
Martin Mason Martin Mason ... Undercover Officer as Wino
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Bartender
Shelly Manne ... Combo Musician at Mother's
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A Murphy game blackmailing trio target lonely male bowlers from out-of-town, murdering an uncooperative one with a bowling ball. After his own tryst in the blackmailers' Poke Street love nest, bowling conclave organizer Woolrich (Jackie Coogan, Uncle Fester of "The Addams Family") hires Peter Gunn to nab the perps on the down-low. Gunn goes way undercover at Shelly's Manne-Hole, grooving to cool sounds by Shelly Manne & His Men. Drummer Manne's LP riffing on Henry Mancini's music from "Peter Gunn" hit the racks simultaneously with this episode. As a bow-tied hayseed from Springfield, Illinois, Gunn's ripe for picking by the female blackmailer (Mara Corday, a 1958 Playmate of the Month). Written by David Stevens

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Peter Gunn
Music by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; John Williams, piano; Robert Bain, guitar; Jack Sperling, drums; Rolly Bundock, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes; Richard Nash, Milt Bernhart, trombone; Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo', trumpet; Ted Nash, alto sax; Ronny Lang, baritone sax; Gene Cipriano, flute.
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Bowling For Dollars, Blackmail-Style
23 August 2012 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was an interesting episode, despite the absence of the beautiful Lola Albright. However, there was a gorgeous woman in here, an actress named Maria Corday who played "Emily." She was the key part of a blackmail group. She would lure "lonely" guys from a bowling tournament into her pad and then have her two thug friends take a picture and blackmail the men.

"Peter Gunn" pretends to be one of those lonely hayseeds from the country who is at the tourney and is smitten when he meets this babe at a local bar. Unknown to her, "Lt. Jacoby" and others are in on the sting.

Along the way, we get a little number featuring a good trumpet player, saxophonist and drummer Shelley Manne.

Corday, by the way, was a former Playmate Of The Month model in Playboy, so I wasn't kidding when I mentioned she was hot.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Spartan Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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