Gunn is asked by an old-time, fellow private eye to find out who killed his partner-before he is next. The murdered detective had been investigating a three-year-old,unsolved $500,000 bank ...
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Gunn is asked by an old-time, fellow private eye to find out who killed his partner-before he is next. The murdered detective had been investigating a three-year-old,unsolved $500,000 bank truck heist. Lt. Jacoby suspects a polished hood but has no proof.Written by
Lola Albright's (as Edie Hart of course) opening song in this episode is "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" (often called simply "Lover Man"). A 1941 popular song written by Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, and James Sherman. It is particularly associated with Billie Holiday (who recorded it for Decca on 4 Oct 1944), for whom it was written, and her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989. The great Charlie Parker did a rendition of "Lover Man", considered by many to be one of his most passionate recordings, during which he was horribly intoxicated. Parker himself considered it one of his most shameful moments. See more »
The plot's pretty standard—a PI buddy of Pete's is killed, and the PI's buddy hires Pete to get the killer before the killer gets him. Pete and Jacoby think they know who's behind it but have no proof. The ending almost surprises but then the script relents. Catch the usual great hook where the muscle man uses his scary prowess. Also, there's the usual colorful array of characters, like the gender- bending Madame Spivy as a pinball roughneck, and James Fairfax as the skeletal Needles a tattoo artist. Edie does a songbird number, nuzzling it up with the handsome Pete. Also, good to see movie vet Regis Toomey picking up a payday in a role he could probably do in his sleep. Except for the characters and the noir, however, there's not much other reason to catch this fairly routine episode.
In passing—Be sure to check out the inimitable Madame Spivy in one of Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962) best episodes called Specialty of the House (1959). It may make you think twice about going out to eat.
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