Johnny Staccato (1959– )
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The Naked Truth 

A young singer's promising career is threatened by a scandal magazine's blackmail scheme.


Joseph Pevney


Richard Berg


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Episode cast overview:
John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Waldo
Chick Chandler ... Phil Kovac
Michael Landon ... Freddie Tate
Stacy Harris ... A.J. Templar
Nick Cravat ... Lotsie
Ruta Lee ... Dee Dee
Robert H. Harris ... Senator Bly
Frank Sully ... Night Watchman
Shelly Manne ... Drummer
Pete Candoli ... Trumpet Player
Red Norvo ... Vibes Player
Red Mitchell ... Bass Player
John Williams ... Himself (Piano Player) (as Johnny Williams)
Barney Kessel ... Guitarist


A young singer's promising career is threatened by a scandal magazine's blackmail scheme.

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Release Date:

10 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A claustrophobic noir
17 December 2012 | by pfrank-4See all my reviews

Interesting show. Cassavetes plays a hyperactive, high-strung jazz pianist who does good deeds on the side. In the premier show, he's engaged by a singer's manager ("Senator" Bly, based loosely on Presley's "Colonel" Tom Parker) to prevent a scandal sheet from publishing a damaging story about his charge (a youthful Michael Landon as a crooner). It has lots of gritty, noir shots of New York City (even though the interior shots were taped in LA). A couple of nice jazz tunes, played by some "cats" of the day. Ruta Lee, better known for the years she put in as a plug-in celebrity on various TV game shows, plays a flirtatious secretary. Only a half-hour show, the action is jammed in and it all ends rather quickly.

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