Series / Peter Gunn

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A Private Eye TV show created by Blake Edwards that ran from 195861, updating the Hardboiled Detective ideals of the 1930s with 1950s notions of jazz cool. It featured the crime-solving skills of the title character (Craig Stevens), who got equal portions of help and hindrance from Lieutenant Jacoby. He hung out in a nightclub where his girlfriend was the singer; the owner often provided tips and clues to the crime.

Well executed, but mostly forgotten... except for the fact that Henry Mancini's theme music is legendary, and still popular today.

The series is available on Hulu.


Tropes:

  • Action Prologue: The episode's crime to be solved would take place before the opening credits.
  • Chiaroscuro: Unsurprisingly, as it was shot in black and white and rather Noir in style.
  • Leitmotif: The Instrumental Theme Tune becomes this for Bally's Spy Hunter video game.
  • The Movie: Gunn (1967). There was also a made-for-TV movie made in 1989 as a pilot for a prospective revival series that didn't get picked up.
  • Music of Note:
    • The series was notable for its music. (Unusually for the time, every episode had original music written for it.)
    • Reaches the point of Crowning Music of Awesome for the title theme, which has become one of the iconic themes of all time, up there with Mancini's other famous work The Pink Panther.
  • No Export for You: It didn't get sold to British television due to concerns over its violence. (That wouldn't be a problem today.)

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