Peter Gunn (1958–1961)

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The cases of a stylishly cool private detective.


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Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Peter Gunn (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
Herschel Bernardi ...
 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)  »

Also Known As:

Gunn for Hire  »

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(114 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Bewitched: Follow That Witch: Part 1 (1966) See more »


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Music by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen
Performed by Lola Albright.
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Terrific film-noir-entertainment in short form
21 April 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

"Peter Gunn" was one of the most enjoyable TV-detective series of all time! Every week, the black-and-white cinematography (by Hollywood veterans like Philip Lathrop), the jazzy music (by the incomparable Henry Mancini; the album won the first Grammy "Album of the Year" in 1958), and the sharp writing and directing (contributed and supervised by the creator, Blake Edwards) combined, along with the incredibly "cool" performances of Craig Stevens, Lola Albright, Herschel Bernardi, and Hope Emerson, to create a mini-movie, a little "film noir" that took the elements of the big studio thrillers and condensed them into 24 minutes! There was always time for a little musical interlude, with Lola Albright's Edie performing a standard. It was all done with style, wit and verve. Now, the entire first season is available on DVD, and it's as sophisticated and seductive as such movies as "Double Indemnity" or "The Killers" or "The Big Sleep", only in short bursts.

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