Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Blake Edwards|
|Produced by||Owen Crump
|Screenplay by||William Peter Blatty
|Story by||Blake Edwards|
|Music by||The Gordian Knot
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||28 June 1967|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Gunn is an American 1967 mystery film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Craig Stevens. It featured the same lead role and actor from the 1958-1961 television series Peter Gunn, and a well-known Henry Mancini theme. The characters of Gunn's singing girlfriend Edie Hart, club owner "Mother" and friendly Police Lieutenant Jacoby were played by different actors. It was followed 20 years later by the TV remake starring Peter Strauss.
A gangster named Scarlotti once saved private detective Peter Gunn's life, but now Scarlotti's been killed and Fusco intends to take over the town's crime syndicate.
Gunn is determined to find out who the killer is, and soon he and Lt. Jacoby are convinced that Fusco himself must be behind it. Fusco denies it and gives a deadline to Gunn, to solve the murder or end up dead himself.
- Craig Stevens as Gunn
- Laura Devon as Edie
- Edward Asner as Jacoby
- Albert Paulsen as Fusco
- Helen Traubel as Mother
- Regis Toomey as the Bishop
- J. Pat O'Malley as Tinker
- Sherry Jackson as Samantha
William Friedkin recalled that he met Blake Edwards in September 1966. Edwards told him he was considering a return of the Peter Gunn television show but would begin by making a Peter Gunn feature film. Edwards told Friedkin that the new head or Paramount Charles Bludhorn thought Lola Albright "too old" to resume her former role and instead wanted an Austrian actress who Edwards rejected. Edwards wanted Friedkin to direct the film but Friedkin thought William Peter Blatty's script was awful, explaining the script was like some of the old television episodes cobbled together rather than something new and exciting. Edwards directed the film himself. Blatty was impressed by Friedkin's honesty and asked him to direct The Exorcist. The film was originally titled—but then only advertised as—Gunn...Number One!; no sequels followed.
Although the complete television series is available on DVD, the film version of Gunn has never been released on home video in any format.
- Friedkin, William The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir Harper; First Edition edition (April 16, 2013)
- p.68 Segaloff, Nat Hurricane Billy: The Stormy Life and Films of William Friedkin Morrow, 1990
- Google Books
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