This is episode 45 of the 1958 to 1961 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who is always dressed with style. Regulars in the series are Minerva Urecal as the owner of, MOTHER'S jazz club, and Lola Albright as Stevens' squeeze, Edie Hart. Albright is also the club singer at, MOTHER'S.
In this one, P.I. Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) is called in to look into a possible smuggling crew working out of shooting gallery. The gallery is located on a waterfront amusement pier. Matters grow complicated when a Police undercover Detective is stabbed to death. Now both Stevens and his friend, Police Lt Herschel Bernardi, are on the case.
The crew, led by John Marley move heroin into the country in special cupie dolls brought in from Mexico. The "special" dolls are given out as prizes in the shooting gallery. The ones with the dope of course go to the mob contact in town.
One of the shooting gallery employees, Eddie Firestone had lifted one of the special dolls for himself. Inside was $100,000 is heroin. This is what started the whole series of events that unfold. The undercover is killed, one of the mob guys gets the same treatment and Firestone is likewise ventilated. Gang leader Marley gets a nice vacation up river on the State's dime.
Also in the mix in this episode are, Peggy Maley as Firestone's girl and Emile Meyers. Meyers does a great guest bit as one of Stevens' underworld informants. Myers delivers one of the best lines in the episode. He is an ex-forger who got jail time for trying to pass fake $17,000 bills. "Math was never my strong suit" Meyer tells Stevens.
This is a well done bit of entertainment, with plenty of violence, snappy dialogue, great music and outstanding black and white cinematography.
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