Peter Gunn: Season 2, Episode 30

Death Watch (25 Apr. 1960)

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A teacher working after regular school hours finds a female student dead in the gym locker room. He is presumed to be a murderer by the irate citizenry and, worried about his life and reputation,he contacts Peter Gunn for help.

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A teacher working after regular school hours finds a female student dead in the gym locker room. He is presumed to be a murderer by the irate citizenry and, worried about his life and reputation,he contacts Peter Gunn for help.

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Murder in School
18 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

PETER GUNN – Death Watch - 1960

This is episode 68 from the 1958 to 1961 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who always dresses with style. Regulars in the series are Minerva Urecal as the owner of MOTHER'S jazz club, and Lola Albright. Albright plays Stevens' squeeze, Edie Hart, who is the club singer at, MOTHER'S.

A high school teacher, Christopher Dark, is staying late to mark some tests. He hears a scream come from the school basement. When he goes to investigate, he finds a female student lying in a pool of blood. He of course makes the mistake of picking up the lead pipe he finds nearby. Now the school janitor, Frank Ferguson, puts is an appearance and sees Dark standing there with the pipe in his hand.

Dark is arrested and charged with the murder. Police Lt Herschel Bernardi and D.A. Herbert Rudley ask P.I. Craig Stevens to have a look into the matter. They smell a rat and need an "unofficial" look at all the evidence. They just are not sure Dark did the deed.

Stevens does some rooting around, interviewing janitor Ferguson and various school friends of the murdered girl. What he turns up is one of the dead girls' friends, Jimsey Somers who is not all that broken up about the event. He passes this evidence onto D.A. Rudley.

When Dark finally goes on trial, Rudley asks the girl, Somers to come clean. Somers breaks down and admits she killed the girl. Somers was upset with how popular the other girl was. The case against Dark is dropped.

Not a barn-burner by any means, but it still makes good use of the 25 minute runtime.


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