Danny Holland, a paranoid stand-up comedian (played by Shelley Berman) is convinced that his wife of six years is trying to kill him. He hires Peter Gunn to investigate, but Gunn gets a ... See full summary »
Danny Holland, a paranoid stand-up comedian (played by Shelley Berman) is convinced that his wife of six years is trying to kill him. He hires Peter Gunn to investigate, but Gunn gets a completely opposite view of the marriage from the wife when he confronts her with her husband's fears. Written by
The bit that Danny Holland (played by Shelley Berman) is doing at the beginning of the episode, about helping a woman climb back in a window, is the tail end of one of Berman's own routines, "Phoning a Department Store", which was probably quite famous at the time. The full routine can be heard on the Grammy-winning "Inside Shelley Berman" album, released in 1959. See more »
For true PETER GUNN lovers or the uninitiated this is the episode to see
I write about this more fully at the main "Peter Gunn" IMDb site but the point of the matter is this is the single best PETER GUNN episode of them all which contains, in the performance of Shelly Berman as night-cub comic, Danny Arnold, one of the great dramatic tour-de-force experiences in network television history. Through the loving scrutiny of what is basically a monologue show, I don't believe Edwards ever got closer to the edgy wit and madness at the periphery which inspired his best work. These twenty-four minutes might very well be the best moments of an entire career. Of course fans of the show do not have to be convinced of how seminal the PETER GUNN program was in the career of Blake Edwards, but for those not familiar with the series, you are in for an extraordinary awakening. This and THE ROCKFORD FILES get my votes for the two best private detective programs of all time, but whereas "Rockford" is closer to us in terms of narrative pace and construction, the earlier 1/2 hour dramatic format (like PETER GUNN) popular in the 50s and early 60s television supplies one with a cryptic pungency nowhere else to be found today.
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