Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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Death Is a Sore Loser 

Sgt. Davis is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed derelict. Lt. Jacoby asks Gunn to help investigate the case and clear Davis. Davis claims he has been framed, possibly by an important hood he recently helped convict of mugging and murder.

Director:

Robert Gist

Writers:

Tony Barrett, Blake Edwards (creator)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Gunn
Herschel Bernardi ... Lieutenant Jacoby
Morris D. Erby Morris D. Erby ... Sgt. Lee Davis (as Morris Erby)
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Eddie Wiley
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Mr. Kalugian
Barbara English Barbara English ... Donna Carol
Shirley Cytron Shirley Cytron ... Mrs. Kalugian
Rafael López Rafael López ... Boy
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Sgt. Davis is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed derelict. Lt. Jacoby asks Gunn to help investigate the case and clear Davis. Davis claims he has been framed, possibly by an important hood he recently helped convict of mugging and murder.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Spartan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After hearing gunshots, the janitor, his wife and a kid run down the hall and open the door to the apartment. The scene changes to show them from inside the apartment, looking in, but the hallway they came from is gone, replaced by a light colored wall right behind them. See more »

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Distinguished by Black Actor
13 July 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Sergeant Davis (Erby) is suspected of murdering a transient, at least according to a supposed eye-witness (English). Jacobi, on the other hand, thinks Davis has a solid reputation and is probably being framed by somebody with a grudge. So he gets Pete to investigate. Black actors were not a common sight on serial TV of that period. Thus Black actor Erby makes the sergeant an unusual suspect. Note however how he listens to highbrow White composer Chopin, probably to make his ethnicity more accessible. The episode itself is harmed by a difficult plot line and poor acting from DiReda as a police station janitor. That climactic staging is well chosen, but emptied of latent tension by poor direction (Gist)-- the thrashing around lacks drama of having a clear point. All in all, it's a pretty contrived and unmemorable episode, compensated as usual by inventive photography and noirish atmosphere.


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