Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Blake Edwards|
William Peter Blatty|
|Story by||Blake Edwards|
The Gordian Knot|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|28 June 1967|
Gunn is an American 1967 mystery film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Craig Stevens, based on the 1958-1961 television series Peter Gunn. Stevens was the only cast member from the original series to appear in the film, the characters of Gunn's singing girlfriend Edie Hart, club owner "Mother" and Police Lieutenant Jacoby were all recast for the film. The movie was intended to be the first in a projected series of Peter Gunn feature films, but no sequels followed.
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 Peter Gunn
- Laura Devon as Edie Hart
- Edward Asner as Lt. 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 Charles Bludhorn, the new head of Paramount 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 (1973). Edwards' film was originally titled—but then only advertised as—Gunn...Number One!; no sequels followed.
Although the complete Peter Gunn television series is available on VHS and DVD, the film version of Gunn has never been issued on home video in any format.
- Friedkin, William The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir Harper; First 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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