Pete Kelly's Blues (TV series)

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Pete Kelly's Blues (TV series)
Format Drama
Starring William Reynolds
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run April 5 – July 5, 1959

Pete Kelly's Blues was a television series starring William Reynolds that aired in 1959. It was created by Jack Webb, based on his 1951 radio series of the same name.

Synopsis[edit]

Set in Kansas City during the 1920s, the series centered on Pete Kelly, a trumpet player and the leader of Pete Kelly's Original Big Seven Big. Offscreen Dick Cathcart was the trumpet player who dudded in Kelly's solos.[1]

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Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 ""The Steve Porter Story April 5, 1959 Kelly gets involved in a murder after a vocalist asks him to help a musician.
1-2 "The June Gould Story" April 12, 1959 Kelly searches for a missing nightclub singer, the daughter of a gentle elderly woman.
1-3 "The Envelope Story" April 19, 1959 A mysterious envelope triggers a chain of events including a double cross and also holds a clue to an altar boy's killer.
1-4 "The Poor Butterfly Story" April 26, 1959 A jazz recording becomes the object of a mysterious search that results in murder.
1-5 "The Tex Bigelow Story" May 10, 1959 Kelly witnesses a murder and comes face to face with a ghost as consequences of a request made of him by a dying man.
1-6 "The Baby Ray Story" May 17, 1959 Kelly receives a basket of bread, then quickly realizes it also contains a newborn baby.
1-7 "The Mike Reegan Story" May 24, 1959 Both a mobster and police accuse Kelly of murdering the mobster's wife.
1-8 "The Rompy Thompson Story" May 31, 1959 A down-and-out trombone player becomes a target of gangsters' bullets.
1-9 "The Gus Trudo Story" June 7, 1959 Kelly is informed by a detective that an old friend is being stalked by hoodlums.
1-10 "The Emory Cusack Story" June 14, 1959 A fake raid by bogus federal agents appears to threaten arrest for Lupo, but proves to be a cover-up for murder.
1-11 "The Fitzhugh Story" June 21, 1959 Two racketeers force Lupo to install a juke box in his speakeasy.
1-12 "The Joe Artevekian Story" June 28, 1959 After Pete buys a "health machine" from a hoodlum, Lupo nearly gets blown up in a plot to intimidate him into selling his speakeasy.
1-13 "The 16-Bar Tacet" July 5, 1959 The new operators of Lupo's speakeasy offer Pete and his Big Seven a job, but he bows out.

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