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Series cast summary:
 Peter Gunn (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
 Lieutenant Jacoby (102 episodes, 1958-1961)
 Edie Hart (84 episodes, 1958-1961)


Filmed in a film noir atmosphere and featuring Henry Mancini music that could tell you the action with your eyes closed, Peter Gunn worked in style. Known as Pete to his friends and simply as Gunn to his enemies, he did his job in a calm cool way. He got his tips and cautions from Lieutenant Jacoby, a coffee drinking pal from the police. Also providing tips was "Mother" of her self-titled nightclub. Working at the nightclub as a singer was Edie Hart, his girlfriend. Written by Mathias Banner <>

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Release Date:

22 September 1958 (USA)  »

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Gunn for Hire  »

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(114 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pianist who played the well known piano portion of the "Peter Gunn Theme" was future film composer John Williams. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Driller Killer (2011) See more »


Music by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
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Noir In Small Segments
27 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Are you a fan of 1940s film noir? If so, check out this Peter Gunn compilation. You'll find a lot of the same type of snappy dialogue and great black & white cinematography complete with shadows and interesting camera angles. Also featured are interesting stories, a "cool" (or "crazy" as the expression of the time period was) lead character in Craig Stevens and an absolutely dead-gorgeous blonde in Lola Albright.

True, you can't develop character studies or much of an intricate plot in 25- minute stories, but if you just "dig" the atmosphere, you'll find a real sleeper of a DVD series here. Wonderful stuff for film noir buffs.

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