Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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The Crossbow 

A man is killed by a sniper with a crossbow. Gunn has a client with a criminal record, an upper-crust clientele sensitive to scandal, and a collection of weapons that used to include a ... See full summary »

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A man is killed by a sniper with a crossbow. Gunn has a client with a criminal record, an upper-crust clientele sensitive to scandal, and a collection of weapons that used to include a crossbow. It was stolen and the client, Copeland (Henry Daniell), wants Gunn to find the killer before the police find Copeland. There are three more killings, including one at the house of a judge whose groundskeeper Karl (George Kennedy) controls a large unfriendly dog. Question: how did the killer get past the dog? Written by atash

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6 June 1960 (USA)  »

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Peter Gunn: That's a handy whistle.
Karl: Just a dog whistle. It's not important.
Peter Gunn: [looking down at Karl's Great Dane being held at bay] That depends on which side of the dog you're on.
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Colorful and Piercing
10 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Good exotic episode except for one thing—there's not a girl in sight! It's just a bunch of ugly guys-- my eyes are still hurting. Naturally the prospect of an archaic weapon like a crossbow is a draw, and we get to see a lot of them in action. I had no idea of their piercing power, but I do now. So who's bumping off ordinary people with the danged thing. There appears no motive or connecting thread. So Pete and Jacoby got their work cut out.

Great exotic cast, especially the deliciously snobby Henry Daniell who crossed swords with the best of the swashbucklers (Flynn, Power) in Hollywood's golden years. All his high-falutin' dialogue must have kept the screenwriter up all night. Also, there's baldy Ted Marcuse as another big-words guy who knows all about crossbows. Catch that anti-war message his character sneaks in with a graphic, a political note the series usually avoided. And lending even more color is big, burly George Kennedy as Karl, the gardener, a quietly intriguing presence. All in all, it's an engaging half-hour full of color and interest, if not well- turned ankles.


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