A car attempts to run down a young man as he walks a lonely stretch of highway. He flees into the woods and over a convent wall striking his head. Hours later he wonders home. When he is ...
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A car attempts to run down a young man as he walks a lonely stretch of highway. He flees into the woods and over a convent wall striking his head. Hours later he wonders home. When he is charged with a murder and has no memory of where he had been, Peter Gunn is hired to uncover the alibi. Written by
PETER GUNN "Sisters of the Friendless" 1958 - A young man, Paul Carr, fresh out of reform school, is walking along a country road. Suddenly, out of the darkness roars a car straight at him. He barely leaps out of the way in time as the car closes. He beats the feet into the woods to hide.
Carr comes to a wall enclosing a convent and climbs over, but takes a tumble as he reaches the top. He wakes up in a daze in a room. He pulls himself up and staggers out and through a set of gates. He heads back towards town to see his girl, Colette Jackson.
Not 5 minutes in town, and he is scooped up by the law. The leader of a gang Carr had belonged to, has, been found dead. Carr had sworn to get even with the fellow for setting him up on his reform school beef.
Miss Jackson calls up P.I. Peter Gunn to prove Carr innocent. Gunn, (Craig Stevens) grills the kid on the story he gave the police about the car etc. Carr mentions that at the time of the murder he was inside a strange building surrounded by a wall. He was too groggy from his fall to recall exactly where it was.
Stevens soon hunts down the wall and building in question. It belongs to a convent called, "The Sisters Of The Friendless". He talks to several nuns, Anna Lee and Leah Waggner about the night in question.
Yes, they found Carr after his fall and moved him to a cot in one of the rooms. The one Nun, Anna Lee, tells Stevens she checked on Carr every hour but that he vanished after the third hour. The times given by the Nuns clear Carr.
Stevens has a quick talk with his Police friend, Herschel Bernardi. The cop tells Stevens the nuns need to appear at court to swear out a statement. This turns out to be a speed bump however. The Nun's vows prevent them from leaving the convent grounds. Carr is still in the jackpot if Lee and Waggner do not talk to the judge.
Stevens soon has a plan to save the day. He has the judge and court reporter go to the convent. The information is sworn into the record and Carr is sprung. It turns out that another gang member had wanted to move up in the gang. He had figured that the cops would go after the just released Carr.
While a bit slow on action here, it is still a watch-able half hour.
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