Johnny Staccato: Season 1, Episode 1

The Naked Truth (10 Sep. 1959)

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A young singer's promising career is threatened by a scandal magazine's blackmail scheme.



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Episode cast overview:
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Chick Chandler ...
Phil Kovac
Freddie Tate
Stacy Harris ...
A.J. Templar
Nick Cravat ...
Dee Dee
Robert H. Harris ...
Senator Bly
Frank Sully ...
Night Watchman
Trumpet Player
Red Norvo ...
Vibes Player
Red Mitchell ...
Bass Player
Piano Player (as Johnny Williams)
Barney Kessel ...


A young singer's promising career is threatened by a scandal magazine's blackmail scheme.

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10 September 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A claustrophobic noir
17 December 2012 | by (Venice CA) – See all my reviews

Interesting show. Cassavetes plays a hyperactive, high-strung jazz pianist who does good deeds on the side. In the premier show, he's engaged by a singer's manager ("Senator" Bly, based loosely on Presley's "Colonel" Tom Parker) to prevent a scandal sheet from publishing a damaging story about his charge (a youthful Michael Landon as a crooner). It has lots of gritty, noir shots of New York City (even though the interior shots were taped in LA). A couple of nice jazz tunes, played by some "cats" of the day. Ruta Lee, better known for the years she put in as a plug-in celebrity on various TV game shows, plays a flirtatious secretary. Only a half-hour show, the action is jammed in and it all ends rather quickly.

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