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This film was based upon the highly regarded "Peter Gunn" television series that ran from 1958 to 61. Running for five seasons to the unforgettable title theme and background music of early Henry Mancini, the show set a standard for script writing that proved, beyond doubt, television writing need not be the 'medium of 'hacks': even within the limits of a thirty minute format interrupted by commercials. This big screen treatment starring, once again, Craig Stevens as the suave, indomitable Gunn, failed at the box office, more a casualty of the changing times than the writing and acting-both of which were superb. Unfortunately this cinematic outing in color dimmed slightly in comparison to the television series that was shot, quite effectively, in a film noir format reminiscent of detective films of the 40's. Regardless, the crisp story line and plot is intriguing from beginning to end, with the intentional humor never once tripping over the drama (credit writer William Peter Blatey). I must admit, however, I truly missed two key characters from the original series played by Herschel Bernardi and Lola Albright: their replacements were nowhere near as effective. Nevertheless, the performance of Craig Stevens must be credited for recapturing the intellectually glib character of the title character,Peter Gunn: the thinking man's 'gumshoe'. This film deserves to be seen by all those who love a really good detective story.
Will someone please find the Master cut of this great film and make it available to the general public?! I saw Gunn in the early 1970's on Television on two different occasions, on the ABC network in New York City. Of course the film was edited for content and to squeeze in the sponsors commercials, so ABC cut out the good stuff. The opening scenes of the couple sleeping on the yacht,then being sprayed with automatic machine gun fire until dead, set the pace for Henry Mancini's Theme song, Peter Gunn. (Peter Gunn's theme song is Much "Cooler than James Bond's folks).I vaguely remember other bits and pieces of the movie, so I would like to view it again, uncut. Can someone please shed some light on what happened to this Cool movie starring Craig Stevens, one of the coolest detectives ever to track a suspect? This movie should have been on Video ages ago. Now it should be on DVD for the world to see. If anyone knows of a way to get a copy of the film in any format, please e-mail the details. Best regards, JD
This movie is based on the very popular 1960's TV show "Peter Gunn." It
an early Blake Edwards effort that was unfortunately made three or four
years too late. The film industry was already following the mood of the
viewing public into the era of "relevance." Up against films like "The
I.P.C.R.I.S. File" and "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" it seemed
lightweight and trivial. Too bad, because this film is clever, witty, well
cast, well acted, well directed, well paced, well filmed, well edited and
has a superb Henry Mancini score that is as good as movie music
"Gunn" is also a very good detective movie with a plot that is far above the average, as good as any Dashal Hammit story.
"Gunn" is also Blake Edwards dress rehearsal for the "Pink Pnather." Using "TV Actors" and in-your-face Mid-60's Los Angelas waterfront locations, Edwards created a low budget film with a high budget look and feel. If it were released today it would easily rival "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty" for box office and critical honors.
If you want to see where "The Pink Panther" came from, or if you want to see what the early 60's in L.A. really looked like, or if you just want to see one of the best detective movies ever made, then take a look at "Gunn."
While I'm a really big fan of the original series, "Gunn" is a
disappointment. Style and memorable characters was the series strong
suit, and you have one real standout here. J. Pat O'Mally is perfect as
Peter Gunn's chief informant. However, even the usually banal plotting
of Peter Gunn is surpassed by this weak script, which leaves too much
background of the villain off-camera. It's left to Peter Gunn to
explain much of the plot in the closing scenes. While beautiful and
even more spectacularly put together than the original Edie (Lola
Albright), Laura Devon is too young and has to little to do to make the
needed impression as Gunn's main squeeze. Ed Asner suffers in
comparison to Hershel Bernardi, as Lt. Jacoby, and his relationship
with Gunn is far more antagonistic than that portrayed in the series.
The harsh photography is not kind to Craig Stevens. Further, Sherry
Jackson's character is poorly written and provides a demeaning
stereotype as a "mystery woman," whose real identity should be no
mystery to fans of bad mysteries. Further, Jackson's fate is ludicrous
in retrospect, given her actions during the climax. Still, bad "Peter
Gunn" is better than no "Peter Gunn" at all, and it is a shame this
movie failed at the box office.
A later Peter Gunn remake with Peter Strauss only reminds us how great Craig Stevens was in the role. Too bad Blake Edwards was unable to try again while Stevens was still young enough to play the part.
It's also a shame the 1967 PLAYBOY pictorial didn't include any revealing shots of Devon or of Carol Wayne, who has a cameo. Jackson is really good eye candy, but Wayne and Devon would have made a sublime pictorial.
Watch "Gunn" for the music and the memories, as that's about all you get.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I recall "Peter Gunn" as a TV Series when I was a teenager and to tell
the truth, I watched this mainly on-line at Netflix to see Sherry
Jackson as she was my number one teenage crush back in the 1960s.
Sherry is beautiful in this film and with Blake Edwards and William
Peter Blatty's screenplay and Blake's direction, the whole film takes
me back to the best of the 1960's P.I. television fare. The snappy
dialog, Ed Asner's droll police lieutenant and the very risqué ending
for the times, just added a cherry on top of seeing Sherry Jackson as I
recalled her in all her sexy kitten verve.
Gadzooks, she was hot! And a much better actress than any of her parts every allowed her to show--
This 1967 film lacks the luster of the late 50's, early 60's TV show. Replacement of key roles of Edie, Mother and Lt. Jacoby by others takes away from the viewer familiarity with the "Peter Gunn" they loved on the TV show. The story is fine, the women are gorgeous and seeing it in color is also a plus for a feature film. The camera work is good, but lacks the "feel" the black and white show gave us. Peter Gunn didn't lose his charm with age. His attraction by the women in this film is understandable. I could also understand why this film didn't do well at the box office. Peter Gunn is jazz. This film came out at the height of the British Invasion of Rock & Roll. Younger people would relate this film to their parents likes not theirs. Like fine wine, this film looks pretty good now. The jazz is good. If you get the chance watch it. It could have been a "10" but for the reasons I outlined, I'll give it a solid "7"
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