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 ...
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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 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
Okay episode, nothing special. Seems gangster Quoit wants to move into Lt. Jacoby's jurisdiction but needs to get rid of the knowledgeable cop first. So he arranges a frame up for a murder that draws Pete into the case.
More time than usual is spent at Mother's, where Edie gets to do a number along with the trademark cool jazz. Then too Billy Barty gets to provide his diminutive brand of color, (so how good a pool shark is he). Plus, there's the usual shadowy exteriors that lend compelling atmosphere. Also, I like the way the shooting of the shopkeeper gets a twist. But why oh why, does Pete keep preferring to gumshoe over staying with the cuddlesome Edie-- I guess some cosmic mysteries can't be solved. Speaking of well-turned ankles, catch the blonde bimbos sharing drinks with Quoit. One could pass as Jane Mansfield's stand-in. Frankly, the usual fisticuffs come across to me as a weak spot in the series as a whole. Too often they're obviously thrown in for action's sake as happens here. All in all, it's just an okay episode in an outstanding series.
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