Blake Edwards has transplanted his three-season Peter Gunn NBC-TV series (which began in the 1959-60 season) to the screen in Gunn, a well-made, but a trifle longish, programmer.
Episodic scripting, as befits a murder suspense comedy, is combined with solid Owen Crump production supervision, Henry Mancini music, and a surprise ending.
There’s a prolog murder of a top-dog gangster. Albert Paulsen, successor to the gangland throne, is the natural suspect. M. T. (Marion) Marshall, a seagoing madame, hires Craig Stevens to prove Paulsen guilty. Eventually, Paulsen forces Stevens to prove him innocent.
Popping up at intervals are Laura Devon, Gunn’s occasional dame, Sherry Jackson, in a standout sexpot part, J. Pat O’Malley, excellent as a boozer informer who plays it like Alfred Hitchcock’s old TV show intros, and skid-row topster Regis Toomey.