The sole survivor of an armored car hold-up sends for Peter Gunn from his Death Row cell. The convict tells Pete how to find the $700,000 booty after Pete agrees to turn over the reward to ... See full summary »
The sole survivor of an armored car hold-up sends for Peter Gunn from his Death Row cell. The convict tells Pete how to find the $700,000 booty after Pete agrees to turn over the reward to his estranged daughter without telling her where it came from. Written by
PETER GUNN "Death House Testament" 1958 Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) is called in to have a talk with death row inmate, George Mitchell. Mitchell is about to keep his date with a large overdose of high voltage. Mitchell is also the sole survivor of a $700,000 payroll robbery crew. The cash was never recovered. Both the Police and insurance boys would like to settle the matter.
Mitchell has heard that Stevens is a straight up guy and wants him to do something for him. He will clue Stevens in to where the cash is, if Stevens turns it over to the insurance company for the 10 percent recovery fee. Mitchell would then like Stevens to give the fee to his daughter, Cathy Coombs.
Stevens agrees and Mitchell tells him where he can find info that will lead him to the money. Mitchell is then taken out for his date with the chair.
Not five minutes after leaving the jail-house, Stevens is waylaid by drop dead gorgeous kitten, Lucy Marlowe. She invites Stevens out for some coffee and a talk. Our man Stevens is sure it is a set up, but goes anyway.
And a set up it is, as two large brunos, Gil Perkins and John Truax, with equally large guns, thump on Stevens before rolling him into the backseat of a car. Stevens is now whisked to a private mental hospital where he is soon shot full of a strong sedative.
The man in charge of the group is mobster, Harry Bartell. He knows about the 700 large, and he wants it. He has correctly figured that Stevens knows where the loot is. He intends to dope up Stevens and then question him.
Stevens' resistance to the drug is stronger than expected and he gets the drop on one of his guards. After helping himself to the first guard's pistol, he soon rounds up the rest of the villains. A quick call to John Law is made and the baddies are hauled off.
Stevens now digs up the loot and turns it in. He picks up the finders fee and delivers it to Coombs. Case closed.
The episode was directed by, THE PINK PANTHER helmsman, Blake Edwards. The d of p on this particular episode was two time Oscar nominated, Philip Lathorp. His film work included, LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG, THE PERFECT FURLOUGH, THE PINK PANTHER, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, LONELY ARE THE BRAVE, THE CINCINATTI KID, GUNN, WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR DADDY?, POINT BLANK, HARD TIMES, AIRPORT 1975 and THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY?
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