This is episode 48 from the 1958 to 1961 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who always dresses with style. Regulars in the series are Minerva Urecal as the owner of MOTHER'S jazz club, and Lola Albright. Albright plays Stevens' squeeze, Edie Hart, who is the club singer at, MOTHER'S.
Lola Albright is preparing a surprise birthday party for her favourite private investigator, Craig Stevens. Stevens is out on a job that should only take an hour. He has been hired by insurance company claims executive, Robert Emhardt. Stevens is to deliver an envelope full of cash. There has been a big jewel robbery and the thieves are selling the jewels back to the insurance company. The crooks get some cash and the insurance company saves on the claim payout.
Needless to say the swap ends up going south in a hurry. The crooks are rumbled by the Police just before the meet. They soon come looking for P.I. Stevens once they are released. They figure it must have been Stevens trying to avoid the payoff.
Stevens, having no idea about the Police involvement is waiting at the swap site. The crooks administer a first rate curb stomping to Stevens, then, relieve him of the cash. Stevens manages to stagger home where he falls right into a roomful of people. The crowd is there for his birthday party.
Albright starts with the first aid while Police Lt Herschel Bernardi questions Stevens on the cause of his injuries. Once Stevens has gathered himself together, he and the Police pay a return engagement to the crooks. Rough stuff of course ensues before the villains are under lock and key.
A somewhat middle of the road episode, not great, but by no means is it a stinker. (b/w)
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