Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 1

The Kill (22 Sep. 1958)

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A gang attempts to extort money from Mother. When she refuses to pay, the gang dynamites her club and critically injures its owner. When the police investigation into the bombing moves too ... See full summary »

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A gang attempts to extort money from Mother. When she refuses to pay, the gang dynamites her club and critically injures its owner. When the police investigation into the bombing moves too slowly for Gunn, the detective goes hunting for the man he holds responsible. Written by David Bassler

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In this episode (the first of season one), Mother's Place is trashed. The same thing happens in the first episode of season two. See more »

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George Fallon: Did you also hear that I've taken over?
Peter Gunn: I've heard.
George Fallon: Then you know I'm planning some changes. You could be one of them. Goodbye, Mr. Gunn.
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Day In, Day Out
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Rube Bloom
Performed by Lola Albright
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Lots To Like In This Old TV Show
20 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's always fun to go back and look at these Peter Gunn television shows. It brings back great memories. My dad loved this show, and usually if he liked something, I did, too. Years later, after learning all about film noir and collecting it on VHS and DVD, I appreciate this 50-year-old TV series even more. It's pure film noir; except it's in 25-minute stories.

What better than looking and listening to Lola Albright ("Edie") crooning at a smoky café called "Mother's?" What better than following the aloof and always-cool Craig Stevens as "Peter Gunn" as he battles the underworld (and sometimes cops)? What better than the great black-and-white photography and the jazzy notes of Henry Mancini? The soundtrack to these shows is fantastic!

In this opening show, we see all the above and gangsters have eliminated a boss of their own and replaced him with the captain of the Love Boat! Yes, Gavin MacLeod, who also gained fame later as "Murray" on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," is "Fallon," the new head punk in town.

Jack Weston, another well-known and often-seen TV actor, does a great job of portraying one of the gang members, "Dave Green." Weston, more than MacLeod is the real guest star here.

The crooks get Gunn really ticked off one night when they plant a bomb underneath the floor and nearly kill the nightclub owner. Pete's very close to "Mother," so he's on the rampage. This is about as brutal and rough as Gunn ever got. Great stuff! I only wish all of these episodes were available on DVD.


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