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10 September 1959 (USA) See more »
the beat of a jazz combo is his hobby - Mystery is his business!
Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 27)

John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato / ... (27 episodes, 1959-1960)
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Waldo (18 episodes, 1959-1960)
Edwin Rochelle ... Club Patron / ... (17 episodes, 1959-1960)

Series Directed by
John Cassavetes (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert B. Sinclair (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Boris Sagal (3 episodes, 1959)
Richard Whorf (3 episodes, 1960)
John Brahm (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jim Hogan (2 episodes, 1959)
Paul Henreid (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Writing credits
Richard Carr (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert L. Jacks (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Stanford Whitmore (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
James Landis (2 episodes, 1959-1960)

John D.F. Black (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Everett Chambers .... producer (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
William Frye .... executive producer (23 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ray Cory (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
William A. Sickner (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
John F. Warren (3 episodes, 1959)
Bud Thackery (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
John L. Russell (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Film Editing by
Irving M. Schoenberg (19 episodes, 1959-1960)
Eugene Pendleton (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Edward Haire (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Art Direction by
John Meehan (20 episodes, 1959-1960)
Martin Obzina (4 episodes, 1960)
Series Set Decoration by
Perry Murdock (16 episodes, 1959-1960)
John McCarthy Jr. (6 episodes, 1959)
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1959-1960)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank Fox .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Nat Holt Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
William Russell .... sound (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
John C. Grubb .... sound (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Pete Candoli .... musician (3 episodes, 1959)
Red Mitchell .... musician (3 episodes, 1959)
John Williams .... musician (3 episodes, 1959)
Barney Kessel .... musician (2 episodes, 1959)
Shelly Manne .... musician (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Other crew
Richard Carr .... story consultant (6 episodes, 1960)

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Also Known As:
"Staccato" - USA (short title)
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USA:24 min (29 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular TV / JAZZ NOIR with John Cassavetes, 9 September 2006
Author: Dewey1960 from United States

This short-lived (one season, 1959/60) television detective series is without a doubt, the definitive example of what can now be termed TV Noir, riding high atop a list including such programs as Peter Gunn and 77 Sunset Strip. But JOHNNY STACCATO had much more going for it than those other shows, mainly the presence of the mighty John Cassavetes who starred as the jazz pianist turned Greenwich Village private detective. He also directed a handful of the 27 total episodes. The only other regular character was Waldo (veteran character actor Eduardo Ciannelli), the crusty old proprietor of Waldo's, the jazz club where Staccato hung out. On any given show the "house band" might include Johnny Williams (before he became Academy Award-winning composer JOHN Williams), Red Mitchell, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel and Shelly Manne. In addition to Cassavetes, other directors who stepped in were Joe Pevney, John Brahm, Boris Sagal and Paul Henreid. Among the crack cinematographers on the show were Ben Kline ("Detour") and Lionel Lindon ("The Manchurian Candidate"). Each of the 27 episodes are fantastic in their way, but among the stand-outs are: MURDER FOR CREDIT with Charles McGraw as an egocentric jazz musician; THE NATURE OF THE NIGHT with Dean Stockwell as a psychotic slasher; EVIL with Alexander Scourby as a corrupt religious leader; FLY BABY FLY with Gena Rowlands as the target of a bomb planted on an airplane that Staccato's also on; TEMPTED with Elizabeth Montgomery as an old flame of Johnny's; DOUBLE FEATURE with Cassavetes in a dual role; THE LIST OF DEATH with the great Paul Stewart, SOLOMON with Elisha Cook Jr as a megalomaniac attorney and Cloris Leachman as a mysterious vixen; THE MASK OF JASON with a pre- Dick Van Dyke Mary Tyler Moore; A NICE LITTLE TOWN, a Twilight-Zonish episode and THE WILD REED with Harry Guardino as a heroin addicted jazz musician. Lots of VHS tapes and now DVDs are floating around offering up most of the episodes with varying quality, depending on the original source material. Many are taken directly from 16mm television prints. It's truly criminal that MCA doesn't release a full DVD collection of this show, given its incredible credentials and consistently excellent quality. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THESE EPISODES MORE HIGHLY, they are simply superb in every respect. 10 out of 10.

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