Gunn (1967)

“Maybe Nick Fusco didn’t pull the trigger — but it’s a lead pipe cinch he gave the order. Get him for me, Pete. I’m a hustler, but I don’t like being hustled.”

Gunn Poster

Los Angeles detective Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) investigates a murder while trying to escape those who want him dead.


Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary’s entire review for this little-seen film (a flop at the box-office) seems predicated on comparisons with its predecessor, the 1950s TV series “Peter Gunn”. Since I’d never seen the show, however, I watched Gunn with zero preconceptions, and found it most enjoyable. It’s full of unusual characters, interesting locales, snappy dialogue, and sexy humor — everything you could hope for in a private eye flick. Too bad this particular movie franchise never continued…

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Sherry Jackson as a mysterious girl who shows up in Gunn’s bedroom unannounced
    Sherry Jackson
  • Excellent use of unusual locales—such as a nightclub named “The Ark”, with sets of twins roaming around–
  • Cool dialogue
  • A surprising plot-twist in the final moments
  • Henry Mancini’s unforgettable score (naturally!)

Must See?
No, but it’s good private eye flick, and sure to be of interest to fans of the T.V. series. Given that Blake Edwards directed it, why hasn’t this film been released on DVD?


2 Responses to “Gunn (1967)”

  1. First viewing. I agree, not a must. It’s perplexing that Peary would single this out for inclusion in the main must-see section. My guess is that he just had a fondness for the Peter Gunn tv series. The film is unimaginatively photographed–like a lot of 60s television–and the flatness hurts a lot. Stevens makes a suave detective (and his initial scene w/ Jackson is perhaps the film’s highlight), but throughout I kept thinking of Leslie Nielsen in the ‘Police Squad’/’Naked Gun’ series (!): it’s possible that Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Brothers found inspiration in a detective with the kind of sense of humor that could be stretched to buffoonery. No doubt a certain group would find the film’s final plot-twist offensive. Even though ‘Gunn’ is the work of Blake Edwards and ‘Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty, it’s not that memorable.

  2. No, you’re right — not overly memorable, though certainly enjoyable for the moment while watching. I’m sure Peary reviewed it in his book simply out of nostalgic fondness for the TV series — which I must say I’m curious to check out (it’s been released onto DVD), just as a comparison.

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