Peter Gunn: Season 2, Episode 23

Sing a Song of Murder (7 Mar. 1960)

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Gunn is hired by a broken down musician to find his wife.She is supposed to be dead.Gunn discovers the truth does involve death.

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Gunn is hired by a broken down musician to find his wife.She is supposed to be dead.Gunn discovers the truth does involve death.

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Peter Gunn-ing into the 1960's.
6 February 2012 | by (Chicago, Illinois, United States) – See all my reviews

WITH TELEPLAYS SUCH as this PETER GUNN episode, our television networks began to expand their horizons. Prior to this period, the portrayal what Americalooked like was limited to mainly whites; that is, Caucasians of European descent.* Blacks for example, were limited to minor supporting roles; such as those performed by Willie Best in MY LITTLE MARGIE(the elevator operator) and THE STU ERWIN SHOW (as the high school's janitor). In both instances, the names may have been the same; but both were identical and comic relief in nature.

TODAY'S SUBJECT FILM, entitled "Sing A Song Of Murder" was a far cry from the previously mentioned fair. Being a drama of the best sort, the producers sought to bring in the finest talent available. They succeeded commendably in giving us James Edwards** and, in her first dramatic role, Miss Diahnn Carroll.

FURTHERMORE, TO THE production team's favor, the storyline was one that was not limited in its scope to just a story of Blacks. The story could be about anybody, regardless of race or color. It just happened to have featured an estranged by prison couple, who were also Black. The scenario made the best use of the dramatic talents of James Edwards; who had garnered some notice with his performance in the film, HOME OF THE BRAVE ().

IT ALSO CAST Miss Carroll as (guess what) a singer; a role that she had been doing very successfully in real life. Like so many others of her profession, she made a smooth transition from singing her vocals to saying her lines,all very naturally and in a most convincing manner.

WHENEVER WE COME to discussing the emerging and expanding role of Black actors or athletes or whatever other walk in life, we are always mindful of just what were the motives of the producers, the sports promoters or whatever other employers. Are they doing so because they feel that it is the right thing to do; or are they moving in that direction because it was now seen as being good business?

WE CAN'T HELP but feel that there is both a little altruism involved along with an equal portion of exploitation of new markets with talents hereto-for largely untapped.


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