Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 19

Murder on the Midway (2 Feb. 1959)

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At a carnival, a magician promises the audience he'll make his gorgeous assistant disappear - instead she plummets out of the mummy's coffin onto the stage, shot dead. The show's strongman ... See full summary »

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Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
Hope Emerson ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
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Rowena
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Jack Lomas ...
Dave Sweetzer
Claire Meade ...
Grandma
Ron Foster ...
Martin Franklin (as Ronald Foster)
Kelton Garwood ...
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Lynn Cartwright ...
Paula
Patty De Sautels ...
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At a carnival, a magician promises the audience he'll make his gorgeous assistant disappear - instead she plummets out of the mummy's coffin onto the stage, shot dead. The show's strongman hires Peter Gunn to protect her seductive roommate (Nita Talbot, the Russian spy on Hogan's Heroes), who dances in veils. Soon, Gunn needs protection from a jealous Edie. Written by David Stevens

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Rowena: [flirting outside her midway dressing tent] You want to buy Rowena a drink?
Peter Gunn: If Rowena wants a drink.
Rowena: Rowena wants. I'll just slip into something less comfortable.
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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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Talbot Adds Spice To This Story
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The local carnival is in town and Pete just happened to be there when he stops a man on the run, being chased by Lt. Jacoby. Seconds earlier, we saw a magician attempting to make his beautiful assistant disappear in a mummy box (for lack of a better description). The trick failed because when the magician opened the coffin, the woman fell out, dead.

Pete is then hired by the midway's strongman to protect that woman's roommate, a girl he has a crush on. The woman. "Rowena" (played by the sexy Nita Talbot) is a flirt and has a lot more interest in Gunn than she does the stupid strongman. Gunn has to find the real killer, and it's obviously not the kid we see being apprehended in the beginning.

There are some interesting-looking circus types in here but it is Talbot makes this episode go from "fair" to "good" because her character is fascinating and her dialog is film noir-ish all the way, right up to her surprising exit scene.


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