This opening episode of the famous series now seems more interesting than it did at the time. Nearly ten years after it was aired, Blake Edwards co-wrote and directed a movie inspired by the series (oddly, the title was shortened to just "Gunn") and it's quite clear that this segment was its inspiration. One hood murders another, takes over the mob and jacks up protection demands on Mother's jazz club. That's the basic set-up in both plots. The 1967 movie is four times the length of this TV show and there are several kinky elements added (transvestism, a floating bordello) which would have been impossible on 50s TV. In this version, the villain merely plays squash - in the film, Gunn is tortured by having squash balls batted at him. The film's greater running time is an advantage - it's fun, whereas this segment merely passable. But the similarities are fascinating.
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