Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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Spell of Murder 

The wife of a successful businessman hires Gunn to investigate after someone takes a shot at her husband. The prime suspect is the husband's former business partner who he abandoned during a mine collapse years before.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Lewis Reed (teleplay), Tony Barrett (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Lola Albright ... Edie Hart
Malcolm Atterbury ... Arnold Simpson
Cynthia Leighton Cynthia Leighton ... Jane Simpson
Ben Hammer ... Prof. John Wyler
Stephen Joyce ... Ralph Logan
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Alma Victor
Charles Calvert Charles Calvert ... Bartender
Larry J. Blake ... Cafe Owner (as Larry Blake)
Ruth Perrott Ruth Perrott ... Landlady
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The wife of a successful businessman hires Gunn to investigate after someone takes a shot at her husband. The prime suspect is the husband's former business partner who he abandoned during a mine collapse years before.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Spartan Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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'S Wonderful
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lola Albright
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Watch Out For That Landlady
8 May 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

This series entry features the usual mystery, maybe a little more novel than ordinary, but not quite as tight. So who's trying to kill old Mr. Simpson—his wife, his doctor, his drunkard nephew, or a dead guy who may not stay dead. At the same time are the usual series benchmarks. There's the imaginative hook that grabs right away— instead of just staging a shooting, the hook adds an alarmed cat that embellishes the scene in riveting style. Then too, the resolution is dramatically mounted and staged—I just hope Stevens got paid double for getting so soaked. Add to the cast a pinko bartender, an effete nephew, and a floozie landlady, and the usual colorful characters take shape. Note too, the sudden close-ups that jar viewers, as with the haggard landlady that almost scared me. Anyhow, the entry's biggest mystery is how Pete could hire himself out and abandon the luscious Edie. Guess I would never make it as a PI.


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