The cases of a stylishly cool private detective.

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 Peter Gunn (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
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 Lieutenant Jacoby (102 episodes, 1958-1961)
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 Edie Hart (84 episodes, 1958-1961)
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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 <mathias@datawise.net>

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

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Referenced in Phelous & the Movies: Countryside Bears (2016) See more »

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Soft Sounds
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; Featuring John Williams, piano; Larry Bunker, vibes
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The predecessor to anime heroes.
29 October 2003 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

It's true that anime series like "Cowboy Bebop" have elements never considered in 1950's TV, like a definitive end to the series, foreshadowing and tragedy. But the mood of "Bebop", its music, its eccentric characters and the cynical humor of the hero can all be traced to "Peter Gunn." (And to show that nothing is completely original, some have said that "Gunn" was derived from Will Eisner's classic comic strip character of the 40's and 50's, "The Spirit.")

Gunn had a great supporting cast. There was the old jazz lady Mother, whose jazz bar just happened to attract the best West Coast jazz artists of the day (occasionally mentioned by name in the episodes); her house singer Edie Hart, whose love for Gunn was remarkably passionate; and Lieutenant Jacoby, who had a love/hate relationship with Gunn. There were equally weird characters involved. One episode in the second DVD volume has Gunn protecting Timothy - who happens to be a sea lion, with his own cute little theme song. More typical, in the first volume, was a story about a dead body found in Edie Hart's apartment, which is being painted. The attitude of the painter of all these police and goons in the apartment, and making his job harder, goes beyond comic relief to a featured comic part.


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