Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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Murder on the Midway 

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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(as David O. McDearmon)

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Rowena
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The Baron
Jack Lomas ...
Dave Sweetzer
Claire Meade ...
Grandma
Ron Foster ...
Martin Franklin (as Ronald Foster)
Kelton Garwood ...
Magician
Lynn Cartwright ...
Paula
Patty Desautels ...
Trixie
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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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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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2 February 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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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Too Marvelous for Words
Written by Richard A. Whiting and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Lola Albright
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Talbot in Exotic Episode
11 July 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

I'll watch anything with the delicious Nita Talbot, one of Hollywood's more exotic performers. I love it when she gets coy with Pete. The flirtation just oozes out. I always remember her as the available barfly in that exceptional noir, On Dangerous Ground (1952). She has a way of projecting on two levels—one is her outer role, the other is kind of an inner smirk at what her outer part's doing. Anyway she's always interesting and different.

The episode's a good one, though I wish they had done more with the carnival's unusual people—the bearded lady, the fat man, the midgets, et al. Then too, I wanted more of singer Edie's jealous reaction when a reluctant Pete's sits down front at Mother's with a sexy Talbot. That's a really good setup that deserved follow-up. Nonetheless, the opening hook's a grabber in a series that specialized in opening hooks. Forget the routine whodunit, even though the storyline does have a surprising twist. All in all, it's a very watchable half-hour thanks to Talbot and co, and shouldn't be passed up.


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