Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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A man just released from prison hurries down a dark street, sees a patrolman, then breaks into a run. He runs to a warehouse, where he's attacked by a gunman. In the struggle, the assailant... See full summary »


David Orrick McDearmon (as David O. McDearmon)


Blake Edwards (creator), Lewis Reed (teleplay) | 3 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
Monica Lewis ... Sally Hall
Phillip Pine ... Si Robbin
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Wilbur (as Herb Ellis)
Richard Devon ... Joe Nord
Capri Candela Capri Candela ... Capri
Robert Sherman Robert Sherman ... Alley
Bruno VeSota ... Clerk
Robert Cavendish Robert Cavendish ... Detective
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Louie Dorson


A man just released from prison hurries down a dark street, sees a patrolman, then breaks into a run. He runs to a warehouse, where he's attacked by a gunman. In the struggle, the assailant is killed. The ex-con hires Peter Gunn to find his girlfriend, to help the ex-con beat the murder charge. Police Lt. Jacoby confides to Gunn that the dead man is a hired killer, and the ex-con took the rap for a payroll robbery, from which the take was never found. Gunn tracks down the girlfriend, who has no interest in helping, because she has a new lover. He's the ex-con's partner - who didn't go to prison. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

17 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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?


Wilbur: [in beat club] Hey, big daddy!
Peter Gunn: How are you, Wilbur?
Wilbur: Like in 'don't ever change', Pete. I just keep swingin', and it creates a wild draft, and I stay cool. Glad you could fall by, man.
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I Didn't Know What Time it Was
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Lola Albright
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Parts Are Better Than The Whole
2 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Pete's hired to track down a crook who's let his associate take the rap for a big heist. It's the mysterious Sally who holds the key to his whereabouts.

Average episode, at best. Reviewer cc is correct: the 30-minutes is a little flat, and I'm not sure why. There's the expected slam- bang hook that had me reaching for a cushion for cover. Then there's the colorful character, Wilbur, (Ellis) tapping into the Beatnik fad of the time— "Can you dig it, man!". Speaking of Wilbur, I'm just wondering if he sold that pile of ugly clay that's supposed to be a profound comment on something or other. And how about his gamin-like model, Capri, (Candela) with no dialogue and a wide-eyed payday.

Gunn's producers always had a ready-made solution to an entry whose plot didn't add up to the needed 30-minutes. Just insert a cool jazz scene or some business with Mother or Edie or Jacoby. Pete's chemistry with all three was nearly always easy and entertaining. Okay, if the usual compelling elements are present, what's the problem with the episode. It may be two things—the parts are clumsily assembled undercutting the usual suspense, while the direction, McDearmon, does little to compensate. Nonetheless, it's still Peter Gunn and if the good parts don't combine well, happily there're still the parts.

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