Peter Gunn: Season 2, Episode 16

Spell of Murder (11 Jan. 1960)

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The wife of a successful businessman hires Gunn to investigate after someone takes a shot at her husband. The prime suspect is the husband's former business partner who he abandoned during a mine collapse years before.

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Craig Stevens ...
Lola Albright ...
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Arnold Simpson
Cynthia Leighton ...
Jane Simpson
Ben Hammer ...
Prof. John Wyler
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Ralph Logan
Mary Gregory ...
Alma Victor
Charles Calvert ...
Bartender
Larry J. Blake ...
Cafe Owner (as Larry Blake)
Ruth Perrott ...
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The wife of a successful businessman hires Gunn to investigate after someone takes a shot at her husband. The prime suspect is the husband's former business partner who he abandoned during a mine collapse years before.

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Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
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Potpourri Pete (Be Warned: Many, Many Spoilers)
29 September 2014 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode has so many odd elements in it, that it almost seems as if everyone involved made a suggestion for inclusion, and no matter how wild it was, it WAS included. The circus commences with a cockatoo and a cat witnessing a shooting. Then the nephew of the shooting victim practically sings an aria announcing that he's a red herring. The widow of the late, prime suspect is figuratively crippled by grief, but can't bring herself to cry. A bartender gives Pete a succinct discourse on capital vs. labor in a bottle. Pete's client, obviously entranced, is blown up by a shoebox. Pete, looking down a long flight of stairs, has a conversation with a bar owner, looking up. A landlady semaphores to Pete that his bribe could buy more than a passkey. The client's blackmailer turns out to be his hypnotist, who conveniently details all of his crimes while dying in a Hollywood rainstorm after Pete, understandably unhappy after too close a shave, punches him off a fire escape. Phew! That's quite a lot to happen in 25 minutes, and while the whole thing isn't remotely plausible, it's so playfully directed and every part (except Pete and Edie) is such a tender slice of ham that I found myself entranced (but not explosively so) by it anyway. It's almost as if a script for Steed and Mrs. Peel of THE AVENGERS had been ruthlessly revised for PETER GUNN.


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