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"Johnny Staccato" The Naked Truth (1959)

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Original Air Date:
10 September 1959 (Season 1, Episode 1)
A young singer's promising career is threatened by a scandal magazine's blackmail scheme. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato

Eduardo Ciannelli ... Waldo

Chick Chandler ... Phil Kovac

Michael Landon ... Freddie Tate

Stacy Harris ... A.J. Templar

Nick Cravat ... Lotsie

Ruta Lee ... Dee Dee

Robert H. Harris ... Senator Bly
Frank Sully ... Night Watchman

Shelly Manne ... Drummer

Pete Candoli ... Trumpet Player
Red Norvo ... Vibes Player
Red Mitchell ... Bass Player

John Williams ... Piano Player (as Johnny Williams)
Barney Kessel ... Guitarist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Lewis ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Bartender (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph Pevney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Berg  writer

Produced by
William Frye .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Haire 
Art Direction by
John Meehan 
Set Decoration by
Mac Mulcahy 
Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director (as Hilton Green)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Pete Candoli .... musician
Barney Kessel .... musician
Shelly Manne .... musician
Red Mitchell .... musician
Red Norvo .... musician
John Williams .... musician (as Johnny Williams)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John D.F. Black  writer
Stanford Whitmore  (episode "Nice Little Townj, A")
Stanford Whitmore  story (episode "Collectror's Item")

Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... lead man
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A claustrophobic noir, 17 December 2012
Author: pfrank-4 from Venice CA

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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