Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 24

The Ugly Frame (9 Mar. 1959)

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Late at night in an empty greasy spoon, a mug coolly kills the owner, but when the register yields only $14, he just shrugs and unscrews his silencer. The diner was Lt. Jacoby's teenage ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
Hope Emerson ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Lewis Charles ...
Mickey Quoit
Jimmy Murphy ...
Jimmy Blane
Sandy Kenyon ...
Ed Mooney
Hotel Clerk (as Shep Sanders)
John Bleifer ...
Eli Gans
John Hudkins ...
Hank Barlow


Late at night in an empty greasy spoon, a mug coolly kills the owner, but when the register yields only $14, he just shrugs and unscrews his silencer. The diner was Lt. Jacoby's teenage hangout, so he rabidly pursues the murderer, while struggling to prevent a mob leader from muscling in on Jacoby's side of the river. To help Jacoby, Peter Gunn pays diminutive pool shark Babby (Billy Barty) for a lead. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Mystery | Crime | Drama




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9 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Peter Gunn: Got a line on Jimmy Blane, yet?
Lieutenant Jacoby: Dead end.
Peter Gunn: Maybe I could open up a few alleys for you.
Lieutenant Jacoby: Make it a dark one - it's where I'd like to find him.
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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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Mob Set Up
4 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

PETER GUNN – The Ugly Frame – 1959

Police Lt Herschel Bernardi is involved in a feud with the new mobster in town. The mobster, Lewis Charles, is not happy with being tossed out of town and wants some payback. He has one of his men, Jimmy Murphy, shoot and rob the owner of a diner, where Bernardi has been going for years.

The victim holds on long enough to give the police a description. An all points is sent out for the killer. P.I. Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) offers to help. He puts out the word to all his snitches. His main man, pool shark Billy Barty gets hold of Stevens. He has a lead on where Murphy is holed up.

Stevens thanks Barty and gives Bernardi the location. Bernardi hot foots it to a flea bag hotel to check on the tip. When he enters Murphy's room, Bernardi does indeed find his man. Slight problem though, Murphy has a large bullet hole in his forehead. The hotel clerk, Shepard Sanders now shows and asks why Bernardi shot the man.

The dead body and the hotel clerk was of course part of mobster Lewis' plan to get rid of Bernardi. The Police suspend Bernardi and take away his gun and badge.

Having given his friend, Bernardi, the tip that got him in trouble, Stevens revisits snitch Barty. Barty fills Stevens in on his source, a low level hood who is in Lewis' employ, Sandy Kenyon. Stevens pays the man a less than friendly visit which soon has him singing like a canary.

Stevens has Barty call Lewis and tell him that Kenyon in getting ready to talk to the Police. Lewis sends a gunman, John Hudkins to deal with the matter. Stevens also puts the grip on Hudkins when he shows to kill Kenyon. He is likewise soon singing like a songbird to the Police. Bernardi gets back his gun and badge and is all smiles as he slaps the cuffs on mobster Lewis. (b/w)

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