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Friday, April 20, 2012

The name's Gunn, Peter Gunn

Gunn is the name of the movie made in 1967. Peter Gunn the name of the TV series that ran from 1958 to 1961. Same actor, Craig Stevens, played Peter in both. Both were the creation of Blake Edwards, who wrote, directed and/or produced a whole boatload of movies. Laura Devon co-starred as Peter's jazz singing girlfriend. She starred with her real-life husband in the play Toys In The Attic (shades of Aerosmith!), written by Lillian Hellman, "which evolved from a plot suggested by her lover Dashiel Hammett", who wrote The Maltese Falcon. Close knit little community, eh?

The movie is a fine murder mystery with a tough guy PI, a bevy of beauties, your usual assortment of mob guys, and a brand new T-bird. The credits at the beginning of the movie were all in French, which was kind of weird, because there was nothing French about the rest of it, other than the general film noir kind of atmosphere.

At the end of the movie there's a party being held to benefit Mother's bar, which got blown up in the course of the movie, and I snapped this pic.

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