Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 11

Death House Testament (1 Dec. 1958)

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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 »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Lucy Marlow ...
Sandra Lee
George Mitchell ...
Whitey Collins
Sam Buffington ...
Professor Olford
Harry Bartell ...
Romney Kelly
Kathy Coombs ...
Margaret Collins Wallace
Bruce Wendell ...
Don Biddle
John Nolan ...
Father Crowther
Byron Morrow ...
Eddie Parker ...
Attendant (as Edwin Parker)
John Truax ...
Gil Perkins ...


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 HortaEgg

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Action | Mystery | Crime | Drama




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1 December 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Professor Olford: [heavily drinking] I've only been drunk three times in my life.
Romney Kelly: Sure.
Professor Olford: Once was for four years...
Romney Kelly: You're not very funny.
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Peter Gunn
Music by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; John Williams, piano; Robert Bain, guitar; Jack Sperling, drums; Rolly Bundock, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes; Richard Nash, Milt Bernhart, trombone; Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo', trumpet; Ted Nash, alto sax; Ronnie Lang, baritone sax; Gene Cipriano, flute.
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Pete Loses His Cool
28 February 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Pete's after stolen money to keep a promise to a condemned man to turn finder's fee over to the man's young daughter. Needless to say, complications ensue. Entry is most notable for hammering Pete takes from the baddies that actually cause Mr. Cool to get emotional and start yelling, one of the few times in the series! Also, that neat trick he uses to escape his guarded room is unusual, to say the least. But then the series had popular cachet thanks to producer Blake's imaginative approach, at a time when imagination was in short supply on TV. Too bad actor Buffington was a suicide at only age 28. Here, his alcoholic, near-blind Prof. Alford joins the series cast of colorfully eccentric characters. Love that clever close-out shot, too. All in all, a solid entry.

(In passing—Some gaps appear in the narrative. I'm not sure if it's the screenplay or the commercial channel I saw the entry on. So best to stick with IMDb's non-commercial copy.)

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