Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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The Murder Bond 

The biggest Racket Man in town is out on bail and "blows up". Or did he? In order to get back the $100,000 he put up as security, the hoods' Bail Bondsman hires Gunn to find out one way or ... See full summary »


Robert Altman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby
Russell Collins ... Ned Grant
Jean Willes ... Mrs. Cully
Howard Caine ... Landers
Al Christy Al Christy ... Joe Cully
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Nibs
Roy Jenson ... Regan
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Sales
Leonard Bremen ... Bartender (as Lennie Bremen)
Frank Richards ... Barber
Dick Bravo Dick Bravo ... Tout
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Derelict
Stubby Kruger Stubby Kruger ... Derelict
William Justine William Justine ... Plainclothesman


The biggest Racket Man in town is out on bail and "blows up". Or did he? In order to get back the $100,000 he put up as security, the hoods' Bail Bondsman hires Gunn to find out one way or the other. A derelict who disappeared with a $90,000 winning Irish Sweepstakes ticket may figure in the case. Written by dubchi

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

24 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Spartan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Gunn: A lot of people are interested in your husband's death - if he's dead.
Mrs. Cully: I'm afraid I don't follow you.
Peter Gunn: Maybe, that's because you're too far ahead of me.
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Parade of Colorful Characters
16 January 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The ending's rather odd, but the episode's full of series color. Get a load of the seedy characters that come and go. How about the down-and-outer who's memorizing the encyclopedia so he can win big on a TV quiz show. Too bad the shows have gone off the air thanks to a cheating scandal on Twenty-One (1956-58). Then there's the bar scene where the barfly suddenly pops up from behind the register. Director Altman (yes, that Robert Altman) could have ended the scene in a routine cut-away. Instead he has the cheaply duded-out hooker enter so that the scene ends on a colorful note. And how about that flophouse where Wall Street investing gets discussed by two derelicts. What a hoot.

Oh yes, forgot the plot. Something about a criminal kingpin faking his death so that the cops will close the books on him. Pete's hired by the guy's bail bondsman to safeguard the hundred-thousand dollar bond the kingpin owes him. Anyway, Edie (Albright) fans should look elsewhere since there's no cuddling here. It's all business. My only gripe is that the fine actress Jean Willes as the kingpin's wife is underused. In fact, aspects of the entry, including the sudden ending, make me think some backing and filling went on during the production. Nonetheless, it's well worth tuning in.

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