Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 27

Breakout (30 Mar. 1959)

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A priest totes a Bible into a prison cell and presents it to a convicted murderer (Frank DeKova, "The Untouchables" ). The hollow book contains a gun, which the killer uses to escape. Soon,... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
Hope Emerson ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Frank Norbert
Joe Taber (as Frank de Kova)
Jan Norbinski
Sergeant Rainey
Nesdon Booth ...
Cliff Lyons ...
Bob Morgan ...
Mike Donovan ...
Shine Boy


A priest totes a Bible into a prison cell and presents it to a convicted murderer (Frank DeKova, "The Untouchables" ). The hollow book contains a gun, which the killer uses to escape. Soon, Peter Gunn is hired by an accident victim cloaked in head bandages, to find his brother. At Mother's nightclub, while Edie chirps "Eisenhower's looks give me a thrill" Mother helps Gunn piece together that the missing "brother" is actually the escapee's robbery partner who kept the take, ducked the rap, and went to ground. The police join the hunt for the deceitful partner (H.M. Wynant, "Run of the Arrow"). Written by David Stevens

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30 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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During the barber shop brawl, Frank Norbert draws his gun from inside his jacket and aims it at Gunn. The scene immediately cuts to a closeup shot of Norbert, which shows him redrawing his gun. See more »


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One Of The Best In The First Season
2 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the best episodes in the first year of suave private eye "Peter Gunn," played so coolly by Craig Stevens. What set this one apart was the exceptional film-noir photography with some great facial closeups and solid lighting. This show always that film-noir feel but the camera-work in "Breakout" was a notch above normal.

The story also was above-average as a man posing as a cleric visits in an inmate and smuggles in a gun. The inmate escapes and finally catches up to his partner-in-crime who had never been caught and had stashed away the loot the two had taken. Of course he wants his share. I won't give away the ending.

Along the way, we get some interesting minor characters, a man in disguise, and a woman who needs no disguise: the beautiful Lola Albright ("Edie") who treats us a song and then goes out back to neck with Mr. Gunn for a bit until the latter is interrupted when business calls.

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