Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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Late at night in an empty greasy spoon, a mug coolly kills the owner, but when the register yields only $14, he just shrugs and unscrews his silencer. The diner was Lt. Jacoby's teenage ... See full summary »


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Blake Edwards (creator), George Fass (teleplay and story) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Lola Albright ... Edie Hart
Hope Emerson ... Mother
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby
Billy Barty ... Babby
Lewis Charles ... Mickey Quoit
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Jimmy Blane
Sandy Kenyon ... Ed Mooney
Shepherd Sanders Shepherd Sanders ... Hotel Clerk (as Shep Sanders)
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Eli Gans
John Hudkins ... Hank Barlow


Late at night in an empty greasy spoon, a mug coolly kills the owner, but when the register yields only $14, he just shrugs and unscrews his silencer. The diner was Lt. Jacoby's teenage hangout, so he rabidly pursues the murderer, while struggling to prevent a mob leader from muscling in on Jacoby's side of the river. To help Jacoby, Peter Gunn pays diminutive pool shark Babby (Billy Barty) for a lead. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

9 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Spartan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Gunn: Got a line on Jimmy Blane, yet?
Lieutenant Jacoby: Dead end.
Peter Gunn: Maybe I could open up a few alleys for you.
Lieutenant Jacoby: Make it a dark one - it's where I'd like to find him.
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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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Okay Episode
24 October 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay episode, nothing special. Seems gangster Quoit wants to move into Lt. Jacoby's jurisdiction but needs to get rid of the knowledgeable cop first. So he arranges a frame up for a murder that draws Pete into the case.

More time than usual is spent at Mother's, where Edie gets to do a number along with the trademark cool jazz. Then too Billy Barty gets to provide his diminutive brand of color, (so how good a pool shark is he). Plus, there's the usual shadowy exteriors that lend compelling atmosphere. Also, I like the way the shooting of the shopkeeper gets a twist. But why oh why, does Pete keep preferring to gumshoe over staying with the cuddlesome Edie-- I guess some cosmic mysteries can't be solved. Speaking of well-turned ankles, catch the blonde bimbos sharing drinks with Quoit. One could pass as Jane Mansfield's stand-in. Frankly, the usual fisticuffs come across to me as a weak spot in the series as a whole. Too often they're obviously thrown in for action's sake as happens here. All in all, it's just an okay episode in an outstanding series.

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