Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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2 safe-crackers realize too late that the lookout on their jewel store burglary is no longer looking out, he's absconded with the most valuable jewels. The double-crosser bursts into ... See full summary »


Blake Edwards


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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Lola Albright ... Edie Hart
Hope Emerson ... Mother
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby
Mel Leonard Mel Leonard ... Casper Wellington
Henry Corden ... Vladimir
Arthur Hanson Arthur Hanson ... George
Frank Richards ... Tiny
Peter Brocco ... Drunk
David McMahon ... Desk Sergeant
John Perri John Perri ... Veterinarian
Abigail Shelton Abigail Shelton ... Secretary (as Abbey Shelton)
Rupert Rizzonelli Rupert Rizzonelli ... Police Officer


2 safe-crackers realize too late that the lookout on their jewel store burglary is no longer looking out, he's absconded with the most valuable jewels. The double-crosser bursts into Mother's nightclub, interrupting Mother's Louis Armstrong-style rendition of "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home," to beg Peter Gunn to protect a mysterious 4th conspirator, Timothy, so he and Timothy can catch a train out of town the next morning. Before Gunn can meet Timothy, the double-crosser flees. The 4th conspirator, waiting in the alley, is a trained seal, on a leash. Lt. Jacobi seals off the train station because the whole situation smells fishy. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

19 January 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Spartan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is worthy to note the uncanny resemblance to the Vladamir Sokolawsky character (who would reprise this role in another episode) to that of Peter Sellers characters in future Blake Edwards collaborations. See more »


Lieutenant Jacoby: You know this whole thing is ridiculous?
Peter Gunn: What's so ridiculous about $100,000 worth of jewels?
Lieutenant Jacoby: Inside a seal. Here why don't you carry this a while?
Peter Gunn: You might need it for evidence.
Lieutenant Jacoby: A sackful of fish is not evidence.
Peter Gunn: [laughs] No, but it's pretty good seal bait.
Lieutenant Jacoby: You're laughing.
Peter Gunn: [laughs] I'm sorry.
Lieutenant Jacoby: I don't know why I let you talk me into this.
Peter Gunn: Me talk you into...
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Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
Written by Hughie Cannon
Performed by Hope Emerson
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Mostly for Amusement
3 January 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Tongue-in-cheek episode that's more amusing than dramatic. Even the standard fisticuffs are brief. However, if you've got tender ears, you might come prepared. Mother (Emerson) belts out a couple of ditties like there's no tomorrow, while eccentric artist Vladimir (Corden) combines exotic sounds into shrieking results. And mustn't forget Timothy the lovable seal who provides his own sound effects. Yes indeed, producer Edwards knew that colorful characters can more than compensate for formula plots. In fact the series was premised on that idea. Oh yes, the plot's something about a jewel robber double-crossing his two henchmen and then feeding the stolen jewels to Timothy in order to smuggle them out of the country. Now that's not one to think about, especially not at dinnertime. Anyhow, in my little book, it's a highly entertaining 30-minutes as long as you're not expecting a heavy dose of thick-ear.

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