Peter Gunn: Season 2, Episode 5

Death Is a Red Rose (19 Oct. 1959)

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A man takes out a contract on himself, so his family can collect on his life insurance policy, but when his money troubles suddenly disappear, he hires Peter Gunn to find and stop the hitman before he makes the hit.

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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Minerva Urecal ...
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John Alastair
Jesslyn Fax ...
Belle Decanto
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Herman Klip
Henry Beckman ...
Jules Burnett
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Flower Lady (as Adeline deWalt Reynolds)
Clegg Hoyt ...
Bartender
Shari Robinson ...
Jeanie
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Gimpy
Jack Shea ...
Drago
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A man takes out a contract on himself, so his family can collect on his life insurance policy, but when his money troubles suddenly disappear, he hires Peter Gunn to find and stop the hitman before he makes the hit.

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Based on a "Richard Diamond" radio program with the same title. See more »

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[final line]
Peter Gunn: [speaking to Lieutenant Jacoby] You better call the morgue.
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Goody, Goody
Written by Matty Malneck and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Lola Albright
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Colorful
14 October 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The premise is a pregnant one. An unknown contract killer is out to hit Alastair, who instead hires Pete to protect him. So the hit-man could be almost anyone. But this aspect is not played up since Pete gets the killer's identity early on. Instead, what's played up is one of the series' real strengths—colorful characters. Belle is not just a ballet teacher, she's a hard-driving battle-axe; Herman's not just an hotel clerk, he's got telescopes for glasses; the flower lady is not just old, she's a wizened 96 (IMDB). And catch the staging of the fist-fight. Instead of looking like a thousand others, the fight occurs in the background, while the camera focuses on a grotesque tribal masque in the foreground. Then there's the unusual camera angle on the body falling from a back-breaking height. No doubt about it, the series distinguished itself from the pack by sheer imagination. That's one reason why the Peter Gunn is still interesting unlike so many of its contemporaries.


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