Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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The Man with the Scar 

A giant with a scarred face crashes into an apartment, then confronts a couple on the couch. He tosses the man aside, then strangles the woman, who frantically gestures that there's a gun ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Liz Hatton
Yale Lubin (as Richard Wessel)
Peter Leeds ...
Lewis Martin ...
Ralph Davidson
Julio Fezzano
Roy Davidson
James Yagi ...
Sol Gorss ...
James B. Leong ...


A giant with a scarred face crashes into an apartment, then confronts a couple on the couch. He tosses the man aside, then strangles the woman, who frantically gestures that there's a gun in her desk. The young man shoots the huge attacker, who collapses, blood dripping from his mouth. The woman urges the young man to get out - she'll dispose of the body. After he leaves, the giant sits up and breaks into a huge grin. Peter Gunn is summoned by the District Attorney to find the beautiful woman, because the DA's been threatened: drop the case of a mobster he's prosecuting, or else they'll implicate the young man, who is the DA's son. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Mystery | Crime | Drama





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24 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Based on a "Richard Diamond" radio program with the same title. See more »


The end credits misspell Billy Barty's character's name as "Bobby" rather than "Babby". See more »


Peter Gunn
Music by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; John Williams, piano; Robert Bain, guitar; Jack Sperling, drums; Rolly Bundock, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes; Richard Nash, Milt Bernhart, trombone; Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo', trumpet; Ted Nash, alto sax; Ronnie Lang, baritone sax; Gene Cipriano, flute.
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The Opening Is A Big Attention-Grabber!
15 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has a very dramatic and shocking opening segment. We see a big guy emerging from a fire exit into the hallway of an apartment complex or hotel. Then we see a couple on the couch making out. Then the big guy bursts through the door and starts pounding the male in the room. Then he turns his attention to the female and starts strangling her. The male then spots a gun nearby and shoots the intruder. She tells him to leave, and gives some lame alibi that he buys. When he's gone, the big guy wakes up. It was all staged!. It turns out the boyfriend is being set up!

Since the fall guy is the son of the District Attorney who's about to get the goods on a big-shot criminal who always escapes justice, the hope is that the crook can bribe his way out of this one, using the kid. The criminal simply tells the DA, "you want your kid back; drop the case against me.") Peter Gunn's assignment, as a favor (plus some bucks) to the DA is clean up this mess and make sure the kid doesn't take the fall, and that the crook can go to trial as planned.

In between the tension we get a few kissing scenes with Pete's girl "Edie." That's not all bad since Lola Albright has one of the all-time great faces in TV history. It's never bad to see her in one of these Peter Gunn episodes!

Note: Roy Thinnes, who went on to make quite a name for himself in the action profession, was acting in just his second role on the small screen here.

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