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Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961. The show's creator (and also writer and director on occasion) was Blake Edwards. A total of 114 thirty-minute episodes were produced. Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centers upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Peter Gunn

The title character (played by Craig Stevens) is a private investigator in the classic film noir tradition, which was a popular genre on American TV in the late 1950s. However, a few traits differentiate him from the standard hard-boiled detectives, such as Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Gunn was a sophisticated "hipster", a dapper dresser who loved cool jazz; where other gumshoes were often coarse, Peter Gunn was portrayed as the epitome of "cool". He operated in a nameless waterfront city, and was a regular patron of Mother's, a wharfside club; his girlfriend, Edie Hart (Lola Albright), was a sultry singer employed there. Herschel Bernardi played Lieutenant Jacoby, a police detective. Edwards developed the character from an earlier fictional detective he created. Richard Diamond, Private Detective starred Dick Powell and aired as a radio series from 1949 to 1953. David Janssen later starred in the television adaptation from 1957 to 1960. It was this character's success that prompted his creator to revisit the concept as Peter Gunn. Edwards had earlier written and directed a Mike Hammer television pilot for Brian Keith. Craig Stevens (July 8, 1918 – May 10, 2000) was an American motion picture and television actor. ... A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard-boiled detective is a type of character that appears in crime and mystery fiction, but occasionally in other genres as well. ... Poster of the 1941 Warner Brothers film version of The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston Sam Spade was the leading character in the novel and movie The Maltese Falcon (1931). ... Ed Bishop had the title role in BBC Radios The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. ... CD reissue of Daviss 1957 LP Birth of the Cool, collecting much of his 1949 to 1950 work. ... Lola Albright Lola Albright (born July 20, 1925 in Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ... Herschel Bernardi (20 October 1923 New York City - 9 May 1986 Los Angeles, California) was an American film, Broadway and television actor. ... Virginia Gregg and Dick Powell during a rehearsal for Richard Diamond, Private Detective. ... Richard Ewing Dick Powell (November 14, 1904 – January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, producer, and director. ... David Janssen David Harold Meyer (March 27, 1931 - February 13, 1980), better known as David Janssen, was an American film and television actor who is best-known for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble in the television series The Fugitive (ABC,1963-1967). ... Mike Hammer is a fictional American detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982). ... Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ...


Music

The show's use of modern jazz music, at a time when most television shows used a generic, uninspired orchestra for the background, was another distinctive touch that set the standard for many years to come. Innovative jazz themes seemed to accompany every move Gunn made, ably rendered by Henry Mancini and his orchestra (which at that time included John Williams), lending the character even more of an air of suave sophistication. Most memorable of all was the show's opening (and closing) theme, composed and performed by Mancini. A hip, bluesy, brassy number with an insistent piano-and-bass line, the song became an instant hit for Mancini, earning him an Emmy Award and two Grammys, and became as associated with crime fiction as Monty Norman's theme to the James Bond films is associated with espionage. The harmonies fit the mood of the show, which was a key to success. "The Peter Gunn Theme" has been covered by numerous jazz, blues, and rock artists since, including Ray Anthony, the Blues Brothers, Croon & The Creepers, Brian Setzer, The Cramps, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, ELP, Pulp and many, many others. A version by Art of Noise, with guest artist Duane Eddy on twang guitar (taking the piano riff) earned a Grammy Award in 1987. Furthermore, the riff has been incorporated into many blues and jazz songs. The theme is also used as the background music for the 1983 arcade game Spy Hunter. Today, many people with no knowledge of the original show still can identify the theme. Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... An Emmy Award. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... Monty Norman (born in London on April 4, 1928) is a singer and film composer best known for the creation of The James Bond Theme. Biography Norman was born in the East End of London to Jewish parents on the second night of Passover in 1928. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonioni on January 20, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania) is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter and actor who is best known for his work after World War II. External links Ray Anthony biography at SpaceAgePop. ... The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi The Blues Brothers is the name of a blues band fronted, incognito, by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. ... Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... The Cramps are a punk rock band originally formed in 1972. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pulp are a rock band, formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Art of Noise Edited twelve inch single featured the iconic Art of Noise mask Art of Noise was an avant-garde synthpop group formed in 1983 by producer Trevor Horn, music journalist Paul Morley, and session musicians/studio hands Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeczalik, and Gary Langan. ... Duane Eddy (born April 26, 1938), is a Grammy winning guitarist. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... For the 2001/2002 version of Spy Hunter, see Spy Hunter (2001 game) For the planned 2006 movie of Spy Hunter, see Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run Spy Hunter is a 1983 arcade game developed and released by Bally Midway. ...


Adaptations

After the two-season run on NBC and the single season on ABC, Edwards made numerous attempts to revive the character in other media. A novel and a comic book were released in 1960. A feature film, Gunn, was made in 1967, and ABC carried a pilot in 1989 with Peter Strauss in the lead role, but they failed to catch on. In 2001, Edwards joined Norman Snider in developing an updated television series, but the project was scuttled when John Woo and David Permut began developing a big screen remake for Paramount. Both projects remain stuck in development hell. In 2004 "The Peter Gunn Theme" was used in The Lion King 1½ when Timon and Pumbaa try to break up Simba and Nala. The song also can be heard in one skit by the greatest magician in the world, Rudy Coby, as he performs his 4 legged stunt. A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gunn is a 1967 film by Blake Edwards. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Peter Strauss (born February 20, 1947) is an American television and movie actor, best known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s. ... John Woo (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born May 1, 1946) is a Chinese film director and producer. ... Look up Paramount on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Paramount can refer to: Paramount, California, a city in Los Angeles County Paramount Pictures, a motion picture company Paramount Records, a record label United Paramount Network (UPN), a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ... The Lion King 1½ (also known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in some countries outside the United States) is an animated film, a part prequel/part midquel (or in-between-quel according to the films teaser trailer) to 1994s The Lion King, made by The Walt... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Nala is a fictional lioness character who first appeared in Disneys popular 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. ...


In 2002, A&E Home Video released the first two seasons of Peter Gunn on DVD. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Selected songs from the series

  • "Peter Gunn Theme"
  • "The Brothers Go to Mother's"
  • "Dreamsville"
  • "Blues for Mother's"
  • "Sorta Blue"
  • "Slow and Easy"

References

External links

  • Peter Gunn at the Internet Movie Database
  • The story behind the making of the music from Peter Gunn, including interviews with the musicians and sound engineers
Blake Edwards
The Pink Panther The Pink Panther (1963) | A Shot in the Dark (1964) | The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) | The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) | Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) | Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) | Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) | Son of the Pink Panther (1993) | The Pink Panther Show (1964)
1950s Bring Your Smile Along | He Laughed Last | Mister Cory | This Happy Feeling | The Perfect Furlough | Operation Petticoat
1960s High Time | Breakfast at Tiffany's | Experiment in Terror | Days of Wine and Roses | The Great Race | What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? | Gunn | The Party
1970s Darling Lili | Wild Rovers | The Carey Treatment | The Tamarind Seed | 10
1980s S.O.B. | Victor/Victoria | The Man Who Loved Women | Micki + Maude | A Fine Mess | That's Life! | Blind Date | Sunset | Skin Deep
1990s Switch
Productions Panhandle (1948) | Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Television Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956) | Peter Gunn (1958–1961) | Mr. Lucky (1959–1960) | The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963) | Justin Case (1988) | Peter Gunn (1989) | Julie (1992) | Victor/Victoria (1995)

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Peter Gunn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (500 words)
Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961.
Gunn was a sophisticated "hipster", a dapper dresser who loved cool jazz; where other gumshoes were often coarse, Peter Gunn was portrayed as the epitome of "cool".
A feature film, Gunn, was made in 1967, and ABC carried a pilot in 1989 with Peter Strauss in the lead role, but they failed to catch on.
Peter Gumn (535 words)
Peter Gunn, a top-rated detective drama, ran on NBC from 1958 to 1960, and then on ABC in 1960 and 1961.
The television series was distinguished for its stylish and sophisticated lead character, Peter Gunn, and is also remembered for the jazz-influenced music of Henry Mancini.
Although Gunn often had to endure many thrown fists, he himself did not advocate brutality, and violence was not a feature of the series.
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