England 1945: Working late, an arrogant textile scientist assures the failing factory's owner, Gregory Spain, he'll soon perfect his long-promised miracle fabric. After the owner heads home...
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England 1945: Working late, an arrogant textile scientist assures the failing factory's owner, Gregory Spain, he'll soon perfect his long-promised miracle fabric. After the owner heads home, the scientist urges a homeless man he just hired on to sweep out his lab, to try on one of the scientist's own suits, then knocks the janitor out and blows up the factory with a bomb. After serving 14 years for insurance fraud and for murdering the scientist, the factory owner traces the scientist, who framed him, to the U.S., where Spain hires Peter Gunn to flush his quarry out into his gun-sights. Written by
This is episode 28 from the 1958 to 61 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who always dresses with style. Regulars in the series are Hope Emerson as the owner of MOTHER'S jazz club. Lola Albright plays Stevens' squeeze Edie Hart, who is the club singer at, MOTHER'S.
This one starts out in the UK in 1945. Textile engineer John Abbot kills a new plant employee and dresses him in Abbots' clothes etc. He then burns the factory down leaving evidence that his partner, Torin Thatcher did the deed. Thatcher gets 14 years on the arson and manslaughter. Abbot has taken the company funds and left for America and a new life.
When Thatcher gets out of prison, he hires some UK detectives to try and find Abbot. The only clues they discover are that Abbot made his way to the US. The detectives give Thatcher the name of a smart cookie they know in the States. The man of course is, PETER GUNN.
Thatcher flies to the US and hires GUNN, (Craig Stevens) A large fee convinces Stevens to try and find Abbot for Thatcher. He hits up his friendly suit makers, Vito Scotti and Louis Quinn. They put him onto a textile magazine and so on. Stevens finally runs Abbot down and finds he is operating a large textile factory under a new name. He pays Abbot a visit and rattles the man's cage just to make sure he has the right person. The cage rattling results in several slugs being thrown Stevens' way in a drive by shooting.
He gives Thatcher the info on Abbot's new identity etc. Stevens is less than amused when he discovers that Thatcher wants to kill Abbot. A quick visit to friend, Police Lt Herschel Bernardi is soon in effect. The pair race to get a grip on Abbot before Thatcher can. They reach Abbot at the same time as Thatcher. They fail in their attempt to calm the man down. Guns are produced all around, with Abbot and Thatcher firing away at each other. Abbot goes down for the count after the wild free for all. Thatcher figures "double jeopardy" applies since he has already done time for Abbots murder.
This is an entertaining episode that moves along quite well under the capable direction of Boris Sagal. Journeyman helmsman Sagal worked in film and television from 1955 till his rather nasty death in 1981. He walked into the tail rotor of a helicopter he had just exited. His daughter, Katy Sagal, played Peg Bundy on the long running, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN series.(b/w)
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