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Peter Gunn: Season 3: Episode 38 -- Cesar Carlyle, a very rich man, hires Gunn to find certain documents which, if made public, could ruin him. Seems the papers were stolen and the thief wants a good deal of money for their return.
Peter Gunn: Season 3: Episode 37 -- A man named Paul Condon calls the police and tells them where a cache of stolen jewels can be found. But before any more information can be passed on - Condon is shot down.
Peter Gunn: Season 3: Episode 36 -- Abel Gunther a small-time Haitian sugar-cane grower, blames the death of his wife on the spirit world. He has a more practical explanation for another of his worries - his cane fields have been leveled by fire.
Peter Gunn: Season 3: Episode 35 -- Golf instructor Gil Manson is accused by the police of being a hit and run driver. Manson insists he was giving a golf lesson at the time of the accident, but his pupil has mysteriously disappeared.
Peter Gunn: Season 3: Episode 34 -- Lisa Randolph's well-groomed appearance belies the turmoil of her emotions - as Gunn discovers when he is asked to prevent her from committing suicide.


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22 September 1958 (USA) See more »
The cases of a stylishly cool private detective. Full summary »
Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 159)
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby (102 episodes, 1958-1961)
Lola Albright ... Edie Hart (84 episodes, 1958-1961)

Series Directed by
Boris Sagal (22 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Gist (20 episodes, 1960-1961)
Alan Crosland Jr. (19 episodes, 1960-1961)
Lamont Johnson (14 episodes, 1958-1960)
Blake Edwards (10 episodes, 1958-1959)
David Orrick McDearmon (8 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jack Arnold (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Walter Grauman (2 episodes, 1959)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Gene Reynolds (2 episodes, 1960)
David Lowell Rich (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Writing credits
Blake Edwards (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Tony Barrett (63 episodes, 1958-1961)
Lewis Reed (56 episodes, 1958-1961)
Steffi Barrett (9 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lester Pine (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
P.K. Palmer (4 episodes, 1959)
George Fass (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gertrude Fass (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Vick Knight (2 episodes, 1958)
Jack McEdward (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

Series Produced by
Blake Edwards .... producer (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
Gordon Oliver .... executive producer (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
Byron Kane .... associate producer (96 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jack McEdward .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Original Music by
Henry Mancini (114 episodes, 1958-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (61 episodes, 1958-1960)
William W. Spencer (38 episodes, 1960-1961)
Arthur E. Arling (8 episodes, 1958)
Maury Gertsman (3 episodes, 1958)
Ellis W. Carter (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Film Editing by
Patrick McCormack (94 episodes, 1958-1961)
Russell F. Schoengarth (19 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Art Direction by
Philip Barber (112 episodes, 1958-1961)
George W. Davis (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
Alexander Golitzen (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Set Decoration by
H. Web Arrowsmith (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Henry Grace (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
Russell A. Gausman (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Production Management
Terence Nelson .... production manager (68 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jack McEdward .... production manager (45 episodes, 1958-1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilson Shyer .... assistant director (40 episodes, 1959-1960)
Terence Nelson .... assistant director (38 episodes, 1958-1960)
L.V. McCardle Jr. .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Holland .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1958)
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1961)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound (94 episodes, 1958-1961)
Franklin Milton .... sound / recording supervisor (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
Leslie I. Carey .... sound (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Don Rush .... sound (4 episodes, 1958)

Jim Bullock .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunt supervisor (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sydney LaVine .... wardrobe coordinator (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Don Richards .... wardrobe: Mr. Stevens (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Norma Funk .... wardrobe coordinator (49 episodes, 1959-1961)
Mr. Mort .... wardrobe: Miss Albright (49 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jax .... wardrobe: Miss Albright (34 episodes, 1958-1959)
William Baer .... furrier (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Music Department
Milt Bernhart .... musician: trombone (38 episodes, 1958-1959)
Larry Bunker .... musician: vibes (38 episodes, 1958-1959)
Conrad Gozzo .... musician: trumpet (38 episodes, 1958-1959)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (38 episodes, 1959-1960)
Al Schmitt .... music recording engineer (38 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Rolly Bundock .... musician: bass (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: flute (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Bones Howe .... music recording engineer (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ronnie Lang .... musician: saxophone (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ted Nash .... musician: alto saxaphone (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jack Sperling .... musician: drums (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (7 episodes, 1958-1961)
Series Other crew
Fritz Miller .... title designer (93 episodes, 1959-1961)
Frank Murphy .... title designer (93 episodes, 1959-1961)
Betty A. Griffin .... dialogue supervisor / dialogue director (59 episodes, 1959-1961)
Byron Kane .... assistant to producer (18 episodes, 1958-1959)
Betty Fancher .... script supervisor (17 episodes, 1960-1961)

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30 min (114 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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 Cape Fear (1991)See more »
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Grown Up Detective Drama For Beat Generation, The Martini Set and All Fans of Cool Jazz!, 17 November 2007
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Mike Hammer and Rocky King (Roscoe Karnes) were all just a few well-known Private Detectives of our Popular Fiction. Though there were some obvious similarities, each one had some individually unique characteristics that gave them their own "personalities". All the above mentioned were multi-media characters, save for Roscoe Karnes' clever, under-stated everyman character from the DuMont Network's "ROCKY KING INSIDE DETECTIVE" series of the early 1950's. The 3 others were first gum-shoeing it first in the pages of the Detective Novel; then were adapted to Radio, Film, Comic Strips/Books and Television.

In the ensuing years we saw some string of original, 'Made for TV' Private I's. There was Ralph Bellamy as Mike Barnett- "MAN AGAINST CRIME" (1949-54), Don Haggerty in the title role in "THE FILES OF JEFFREY JONES (1954-55) and Frank Lovejoy portraying the main guy in "MEET McGRAW" (1957-58).

But it was a case of the cool, urbane and cerebral "PETER GUNN" (1958-61) who brought the sleuthing business to an unprecedented high on the little, living room screen. The series was a creation of a young writer by the name of Blake Edwards. And if Peter Gunn has a middle name, it surely must be "Style".

A typical GUNN episode was a murder mystery and like a good citizen, Mr. Gunn (Craig Stevens) always worked closely with the Local Police; especially with a certain Lieutenant Jacoby (Hershcel Bernardi) who is a regular and the number 1 supporting player. Gunn's home away from home was Mothers, the coolest of cool Jazz Clubs. It was there that he met with girlfriend, singer Edie Hart (Lola Albright).

Peter Gunn was a successful Detective, so there was never any doubt that he could take care of himself and shoot with the best of them. But the gun-play and fisticuffs were played down, though not eliminated. The series instead relied on well constructed plot, clever dialog, skilled direction and fine performances by the fine cast.

The production was also on of contrasts, for there was a lot of real film making skills being put into play to create mood, which could vary a great deal from scene to scene. Most scenes were shot in dark, shadowy lighting. This worked well for both setting up the scenes feeling and taking advantage of being rendered in good, old Black & White.

One Trademark of "PETER GUNN" was the teaser opening that was utilized. In a typical one of these "grabbers", the camera would slowly close in on the subject or subject, often with no dialog. Then the murder would suddenly occur with a shot or some other means, just as the background music would be growing to a crescendo, then suddenly the music changes to the famous Peter Gunn Opening Theme while simultaneously the Peter Gunn opening Title and Credits would rapidly flash across the screen.

And about this music, we just can't say enough for the score written and performed by Henry Mancini and Orchestra. The incidental music was properly exciting and lively or eerie and menacing as needed. And as for that haunting, infectious Peter Gunn Theme, well we just don't have enough superlatives in the English Dictionary to describe it. This is such a fine instrumental that its fame is spread far and wide and surpassed the familiarity of the GUNN Series.

The characterization of Peter Gunn as delivered by Craig Stevens was one of a worldly guy who is highly intelligent, well educated and quite well suited for handling anything that would come his way. In the final analysis, it is almost as if Mr. Craig Stevens was playing it as if Cary Grant were a Private Detective.

Thank God for Re-Run Channels like Nick At Night, Nick's TV Land and local Channels like our WMET TV Channel 23 here in Chicago.

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