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Diary of a Gun 

One of the better of far too many TV-series episodes advocating gun control, as four owners of a single Saturday Night Special automatic use it for death and destruction (including, in one ... See full summary »


Douglas Green


Leonard Freeman (created by), Jerome Coopersmith


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Ramon Bieri ... Michael Briggs
Richard Denning ... Governor
Tommy Fujiwara ... Joey Rubato (as Thomas Fujiwara)
Douglas Mossman ... Frank Kamana
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Beau Vanden Ecker Beau Vanden Ecker ... Frito
Lee Gaber Lee Gaber ... Husband Tourist (as B. Lee Gaber)
Jo Pruden Jo Pruden ... Wife Tourist (as Jo M. Pruden)
Glenn Cannon Glenn Cannon ... Manicote
Richard Morrison Richard Morrison ... Eddie Larkin
Lauren Levinson Lauren Levinson ... Mrs. Briggs (as Lauren Levian)
Lee Stetson Lee Stetson ... Alfie (as Lee F. Stetson)


One of the better of far too many TV-series episodes advocating gun control, as four owners of a single Saturday Night Special automatic use it for death and destruction (including, in one case, a child shooting himself). Ramon Bieri, the lone credited "guest star" imported from the mainland, plays a postal worker who finds the weapon and goes postal with the gun on his wife and her lover. Stuntman and many-time bit player Beau Van Den Ecker has the second-largest role as a thug who uses the weapon in the last 15 minutes of the show to rob and shoot up convenience stores, leading to a massive manhunt and a final shootout on a freeway under construction. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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18 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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While far from perfect, it's a welcome change of pace.
9 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow...I could just feel the hate coming from the other two reviews for this particular episode! Ouch, they are harsh! Perhaps the writers might have been strong Second Amendment supporters (the right to own a gun for you non-Americans and dumb Americans who don't know their Consitutional rights). I am--but I still think the show had a good message to make about gun control (which I am against in most forms, by the way).

"Diary of a Gun" is unusual in structure and is unlike any other episode I've seen. The show follows a gun from it begin illegally smuggled into Oahu to it being used in LOTS of violent crimes. For the sake of illustrating their message that cheap 'Saturday Night Specials' are a menace, they cram about five years' worth of crimes into a day or two!! Several killings, shootings, an accidental shooting and an insane crime spree--all with different perpetrators but using the same gun. It illustrated their message well...but was a bit silly when you thought it through completely. Still, very, very original and it gets its message across well.

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