Peter Gunn

NBC (ended 1961)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 38

    Murder on the Line

    Aired 9/18/61

  • S 3 : Ep 37

    Down the Drain

    Aired 6/26/61

  • S 3 : Ep 36


    Aired 6/19/61

  • S 3 : Ep 35

    Deadly Intrusion

    Aired 6/12/61

  • S 3 : Ep 34

    Death Is a Four Letter Word

    Aired 6/5/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Stevens

    Peter Gunn

  • Lola Albright

    Edie Hart

  • Herschel Bernardi

    Lieutenant Jacoby

  • Hope Emerson


  • Minerva Urecal


  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Peter Gunn guide at Mystery/Detective show "Peter Gunn" was telecast on NBC for two seasons moving over to ABC for it's third final season. Peter Gunn was a private detective in the film noir tradition. All of the shows were black and white and featured the music of Henry Mancini. The action of the show was closely tied to the musical score and you could usually tell what was happening on the screen by the music accompanying it. The show was set in and around Mother's Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Pete, as his friends called him, was often aided by police Lieutenant Jacoby. At the jazz club, Mother was joined as a regular character by Edie Hart, a jazz singer and Pete's girlfriend. Henry Mancini released an album called Music from Peter Gunn featuring the theme and music from this show. It won a Grammy award at the first Grammy award presentation. The Characters: Peter Gunn: The title character of the show. He's the hip, sophisticated version of the detectives of the past. All those that came after him looked back to him for inspiration. Edie Hart: Pete's girlfriend and a jazz singer at Mother's Jazz Club. Mother: The owner of Mother's Jazz Club and very protective of her friends. Lieutenant Jacoby: Pete's pal and informant from the police department. Recurring Characters: Barney: The bartender at Mother's Jazz Club. Emmett: The piano player at Mother's Jazz Club. Wilbur: The owner of the beatnik club. Sgt. Lee Davis: Desk sergeant at headquarters.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (74)

    • Peter: The good and the bad of Al Fusary are a matter of record. As far as I'm concerned, it was mostly bad. But anyway you look at it, he was unique.The last of a rare breed who crawled out of a bathtub of bootleg gin, grabbed a submachine gun, and made the 20s roar. By the truest measure of the underworld, he was a real big shot. And unlike his contemporaries who ended up in a sack or a garage floor on Valentine's Day, he beat the odds and lasted until he was a little bit over 60. And he was a big shot over the way. For thirty years the undisputed vice lord of his own personal empire. He was unique... and he was dead.

    • Jacoby: What are you doing here?
      Peter: I get around. Picnics, fish fries, funerals.

    • Peter: Nice guy, Emmett.
      Edie: Um-hmm.
      Peter: You could do worse.
      Edie: I always do.

    • Peter: Tell Fallon Peter Gunn wants to see him.
      Gunman: Peter? Go pick a peck of peppers.

    • Gunn: Sometimes you get lucky. You take a chance on a bluff and it pays off. Most of the time when you get mixed up with men like Fallon, the wrong people get killed. This time was no exception.

    • Lodi: Our kind of music ain't what a man's heard played before.
      Streetcar Jones: I go where it swings.
      Jacoby: Wonder how he got a name like Streetcar.
      Gunn: The way I hear it is when he plays all you have to do is get on a streetcar and ride....

    • Walker:: You read my column?
      Gunn:: Every day.
      Walker:: Then you know I've been after Carl Kane.
      Gunn:: Yeah.
      Walker: : You know, Kane, a lot of scum, he's got his big greasy political fingers in every rotten deal this side of the river. I've been exposing him. So far I've had two warnings. Anonymous phone calls, lay off or else. Obviously this is the or else.

    • Homer Tweed: Oh Lord, the sin done for the things there's money in.

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    Notes (47)

    • Edie (Lola Albright) sings "Day In and Day Out". Written by Johnny Mercer and sung originally by Billie Holiday.

    • This episode features the jazz music of Henry Mancini.

    • Jazz trumpet performance during the car chase by Pete Candoli.

    • Edie (Lola Albright) sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore".

    • Edie (Lola Albright) sings "How High the Moon". Special appearance by Shorty Rogers on Xylophone.

    • A new series logo is introduced.

    • Scuba equipment by Healthways, Inc.

    • Edie (Lola Albright) sings "Oh Look At Me Now". This song was originally recorded by Frank Sinatra.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Gordon Oliver, the executive producer of Peter Gunn, hired himself to play a hired killer in this episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title:
      Referencing the poem "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough" by Robert Burns, written in 1785. The original line is "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley," but "schemes" is often paraphrased as "plans."

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