A heavyset man trudges down a quiet neighborhood street, into a dark house, flips on the light-switch, spurring a large group of family and co-workers to yell "Surprise !" It's his birthday...
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A heavyset man trudges down a quiet neighborhood street, into a dark house, flips on the light-switch, spurring a large group of family and co-workers to yell "Surprise !" It's his birthday, and he generously volunteers to pick up the pizza for the celebration. He's the reform leader of a stevedores' union - when he switches on his car's ignition, the car explodes. The obvious suspect is a mobster who muscles into unions, so the gangster hires Peter Gunn to find the real killer, before the docks explode too. Written by
Great double hook that surprised me. Overall, it's an excellent entry with just the right mix of Pete, Edie, Jacoby, and baddies. And that's along with noir lighting and grabber camera angles. I could of used more of gender-bending Mother (Emerson), however. Seems racketeer Lynch (Gerstle) is trying to take over waterfront union from honest Matzi brothers. When one of the brothers is killed, Pete's strangely hired to clear racketeer Lynch, of all people! So what's going on. Ross Martin turns in spirited performance as one of the Matzi's. Catch his many apt facial expressions. Also, Pete shows how to handle big empty boxes in dramatic way. And how about Edie's unsubtle seduction scene that pushes bounds of the time. All in all, it's the kind of series benchmark that helped define 1960's TV.
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