Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 31

Love Me to Death (27 Apr. 1959)

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Mr. Bowers booby-traps his basement, electrocuting his wife when she turns on an overhead bulb. Next, the bullet-headed widower ties the knot with mousy heiress Maggie (Jeanette Nolan). ... See full summary »

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Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
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Maggie Goffney Bowers
Robert H. Harris ...
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Helen Wallace ...
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Mr. Bowers booby-traps his basement, electrocuting his wife when she turns on an overhead bulb. Next, the bullet-headed widower ties the knot with mousy heiress Maggie (Jeanette Nolan). While Edie warbles "when the lights start lighting the town," Maggie's controlling older sister drives to Mother's in her Model T, to employ Peter Gunn to investigate Bowers. Gunn detects he's an ex-con blackmailer, but the new bride doesn't fret, though her pince-nezed attorney James Bond warns her she'll be the next victim. Written by David Stevens

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Murder in the Family
16 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

PETER GUNN – Love Me to Death – 1959

Private investigator Peter Gunn (Craig Steven) is hired by a pair of elderly women. The women, Helen Wallace and Ellen Corby want Stevens to dig up some dirt on a man. The man, Robert Harris has just married the women's sister, Jeanette Nolan. They are sure the man, Harris, is after the family cash.

Stevens roots around and finds that Harris has had five other wealthy wives who have died in various accidents. Gunn reports this to the two sisters, Wallace and Corby. They have their lawyer, Lucien Littlefield, cut off the money to their sister, Nolan. Within two days the two, Wallace and Corby are dead in mysterious accidents. This of course leaves the family loot to Nolan and her new husband, Harris.

Stevens does his best to explain to Nolan that her husband is a murderer and her life is in great danger. Nolan is however a woman in love and does not believe Stevens.

The curve thrown in here is that it was Nolan who killed off her sisters for getting in the way. Stevens soon puts all right with Harris biting the dirt and Nolan going on a trip up river. The episode is played in a comic tone with several nice twists at the end.

The episode was directed by Jack Arnold. Arnold helmed several of the best low-budget Sci-Fi films of the 1950's. These include, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and TARANTULA. He also touched on film-noir and westerns with, THE TATTERED DRESS, OUT THE LAW. THE GLASS WEB, GIRLS IN THE NIGHT, NO NAME ON THE BULLET, RED SUNDOWN and THE MAN FROM BITTER RIDGE.


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