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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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Additional Details

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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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
This was sheer brillance starring John Cassavetes, 26 May 2004
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

JOHNNY STACCATO: Produced by Revue Productions/Universal Television and ran for just one season on NBC-TV from 1959-1960. In all 27 episodes were produced all in black and white. Starring John Cassavetes with Bert Freed and Eduardo Ciannelli. Filmed on location in New York City.

This was in fact one of the coolest,hippest detective shows that I ever had the pleasure of watching and believe me this was just one "cool" incredible show that centered around the mixture of intrigue,suspense and mystery and all with a truly remarkable jazz score! However the censors canned this show for being too violent or too explicit,but who cares! This short-lived series showcased John Cassavetes' terrific acting ability which would propel him to the next level as one of the most influential American artists in American cimema.In other words,this would be the only TV-series that Cassavetes would star in. He plays Johnny Staccato,a jazz musician who moonlights as a private investigator who is surrounded by mobsters,beatniks,hop-heads,crooked musicians,and femme fatals. It's was such a treat that certain guest stars would make their appearances on this show:stars like Martin Landau Micheal Landon,Yvonne Craig,Tina Louise,Norman Fell,Jack Klugman,and the musical stylings of Shelly Mann and his band. If you should ever catch this show,you'll be glad you did since cable channel TRIO shows this short-lived series every so often. Worth viewing.

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