Known more for its iconic Henry Mancini-penned theme song than the actual show itself, Peter Gunn was undoubtedly one of the best crime dramas of its era. Not only did it feature the stellar composing and arranging of one of the soundtrack kings, it was created, produced, and at times written by Blake Edwards and had a style that inspired imitators (e.g., JohnnyStaccato) and countless parodies. In its debut season (1958-59), it shot to #17 in the ratings, but the show lasted only three seasons--the first two on NBC, the last on ABC--as Edwards moved on to an even more successful career as the director of hit movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and, of course, the Pink Panther series, all of which also featured music by Mancini.
But it wasn't just the music that made Peter Gunn a success, though it was a major component. Not only did Mancini's soundtrack superbly support the action, Gunn's home base was set in jazz club Mother's, whose proprietress was played by Hope Emerson in Season 1 and Minerva Urecal in Season 2. And the star performer at Mother's was Gunn's main squeeze, jazz singer Edie Hart, played by Lola Albright. In Season 3, Mother disappears without explanation, and Edie opens her own eponymous supper club in the season's third episode, "The Maitre D'" (October 17, 1960), an episode that also introduces the character of Leslie, a mobster/gourmet restaurateur whose own restaurant is blown up by a rival, at which point he accepts an offer to serve as Edie's maitre d'. The cast is rounded out by the dyspeptic and deadpan police Lieutenant Jacoby, played brilliantly by Herschel Bernardi.
Much has been made about Gunn being a new kind of private detective--upscale and unflappably cool. Edwards certainly mined the rich vault of film noir cinema in setting the tone for Peter Gunn, often featuring night-time scenes awash in stark contrasts and striking camera angles that included extreme close-ups (see the Notable Guest Stars section below) or unusual juxtapositions between foreground and background that give scenes a surreal sense of depth. But this wasn't Edwards' first foray into the private eye genre: he had created and produced the radio series Richard Diamond, Private Detective, which starred Dick Powell in its radio incarnation and then moved to TV in 1957 starring a pre-Fugitive David Janssen. What separates Gunn from the Sam Spade ilk of private detectives is that he's not some run-down, half-alcoholic loser who may be great at solving crimes but is pretty much a disaster at everything else. Gunn has a swank apartment, a stunning girl-friend, a fee of $1,000 per case (though he seems to frequently work for less), and a top-of-the-line Plymouth Fury convertible with a phone in it--the type of setup James Bond could boast a few years later. Even when his life's in danger, Gunn never seems to get too excited, though he isn't above roughing somebody up when the mood strikes him. In fact, it's the criminals who are the excitable type in Gunn, usually driven by some insane dementia or insatiable greed. By contrast Gunn maintains an almost Buddha-like calm, allowing him to see clearly and unravel each case.
He is often aided, sometimes unwillingly, by Jacoby, who finds Gunn nothing but trouble and yet comes to his rescue again and again. The plots on the show may be sometimes predictable or contrived, but it's the interplay between Gunn and Jacoby that makes the series great. Other shows (in particular, Lock Up) have tried to match their give and take, but none really matched their off-hand comedic repartee. For example, in the episode "Sepi" (December 19, 1960) Jacoby tells Gunn that young Sepi's benefactor, Mrs. Lisa Nye, is not only very wealthy but a very good sculptor as well, perhaps not as good as Rodin, but then who is? Gunn says he is surprised and impressed by Jacoby's erudition and cultural development. Jacoby retorts that the library is free; comic books cost money. This scene, and others like it, are expertly acted by Stevens and Bernardi, tossing off the lines with a nonchalant delivery that underplays the punchline so that it sometimes doesn't sink in until a few seconds later. That Edwards and his writers recognized that these exchanges were the gold of the series is evidenced by the occasional reference that Gunn and Jacoby make to each other along the lines of, "I guess now we'll engage in some witty repartee." Of course, the sardonic private eye has been a crime fiction staple dating back to Raymond Chandler, but Gunn and Jacoby's banter isn't dripping with sarcasm so much as it evinces a playful teasing between two colleagues who really like each other but keep up the pretense of sarcasm to avoid explicitly expressing their affection.
Like other detective shows, Gunn's working relationship with Jacoby in the solving of crimes or dealing with threats is at times strained. Much as Hamilton Burger and Lt. Tragg believe Perry Mason's snooping on behalf of his clients often interferes with their official investigations, Jacoby finds Gunn's parallel efforts on cases being handled by the police to be a nuisance, though just as often it's because Gunn has access to resources and methods that Jacoby is prevented from using. Gunn's abnormal success is due in large part to his ring of informants, "sleazy ex-cons" Jacoby might call them, who, for the right price, can point him to who might have pulled a recent heist or be motivated to blackmail a particular client. While Gunn always maintains an upscale appearance and demeanor, his associates are not so refined.
Like his relationship with Jacoby, Gunn's relationship with Edie follows a similar indirect pattern. He is forever showing up at the club promising to spend the evening with her or offering to take her out to dinner only to be interrupted by a phone call or a prospective client showing up unannounced, thereby inevitably drawing him away on business. Edie knows that these interruptions come with the territory but playfully feigns anger or resignation, threatening to exact some sort of punishment on Gunn later, though rarely following through. One exception is in "Witness in the Window" (May 2, 1960) when she pours a planter of water over his head. In another episode she kicks him in the shin before storming off, but usually she takes his departures more in stride. However, the couple also has a pattern of pretended miscommunication in Edie's subtle suggestions that they should get married. Gunn's usual response is to not even acknowledge the topic but immediately change the conversation or, in most cases, dash off on business. However, he is forced into a more domestic arrangement in "Baby Shoes" (June 27, 1960) when an acquaintance who plans to testify against a mobster unexpectedly and anonymously drops his baby on Gunn's doorstep after his wife has been murdered. Gunn has no clue of how to take care of a baby and immediately calls Edie and persuades her to leave her work responsibilities at Mother's to come bail him out. By the end of the episode with the mobster dispatched and Gunn's friend having made arrangements for a relative to take care of the baby, Edie says that she is going to miss having a baby to care for. Gunn deftly avoids picking up the bait, but as the camera pans out we see his swinging bachelor pad strung with a clothesline drying baby diapers.
Besides Gunn's car phone, the series was also ahead of its time in some of the themes it handled. The previously mentioned episode "Sepi" dealt with illegal immigration, as the title character, a young boy from Central America, and his father were brought to the U.S. illegally by a wealthy childless benefactress who fell in love with the boy and could not bear to be parted from him. However, her husband uses the situation to secretly extort money from her but is eventually caught in the act. Afterwards, the boy and his father are forced to return to their home country but are promised a chance to enter the country legally once they have been home for six months. In "Take Five for Murder" (December 5, 1960) music promoter Mitch Borden elevates a talentless but good-looking singer to stardom through technical gimmickry--in this case, a tape recorder with sound effects strapped to the inside of the singer's guitar, not so different in concept from the studio tools such as auto-tune and lip-syncing to pre-recorded music used by today's music stars. Other episodes include a tea-party-like candidate who runs on a platform of no taxes ("The Candidate," October 24, 1960) and a car-bombing terrorist ("Slight Touch of Homicide," April 11, 1960). Peter Gunn was also ahead of its time in its depiction of African-Americans who appear in a wide variety of roles--from nightclub singer to taxi driver to police sergeant. The show was also one of the few to have a semi-regular little person: actor Billy Barty appeared in 8 episodes as pool hustler and Gunn informant Babby, and the episode "The Dummy" (April 4, 1960) features a little person impersonating a ventriloquist dummy who eventually kills his abusive employer. Demographically, then, the series broke out of the world of white normality treated exclusively in other shows--yet another reason why Peter Gunn holds up better today than most of its contemporaries.
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini may be the best-known American soundtrack composer of all time. Certainly the Peter Gunn and Pink Panther themes are among the most recognizable instrumental compositions of the 20th Century. Mancini's list of accomplishments is too lengthy for this modest blog but included 20 Grammy wins out of 72 nominations and 4 Academy Awards out of 18 nominations. His father taught him to play the flute at the age of 8, and four years later he took up the piano. He attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music. After serving in World War II, he joined the Glenn Miller-Tex Beneke Orchestra, where he met his wife Ginny who was singing with Mel Torme's Mel-Tones. In 1952 he joined Universal Pictures' music department where he scored several films, most notably the noir classic Touch of Evil. He left Universal in 1958, the same year he teamed up with Edwards on Peter Gunn, and the rest, as they say, is history. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 70.
The complete series has been released on DVD by TimelessMedia Group.
Gail Shikles, Jr. was the son of a school teacher born in Liberty, MO who studied dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the institution in 1936 at the age of 18, then decided to pursue a career in acting, first under the name Michael Gale. From an uncredited appearance in 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stevens spent nearly 20 years in second- and third-tier movie roles before landing the lead in Peter Gunn. He began landing supporting roles in television in 1950, starting with The Lone Ranger, including multiple appearances on The Loretta Young Show and State Trooper.
Two seasons after Gunn ended, he played the lead role of world-traveling photographer and journalist Michael Strait in the British series Man of the World, which lasted only 20 episodes. A year after that he had the lead role of press agent Mike Bell in Mr. Broadway, which suffered a similar short-lived span of only 13 episodes. He reprised his role as Peter Gunn in Edwards' 1967 feature-length film Gunn, which went nowhere, then settled into a string of occasional supporting TV roles before finding another regular gig behind David McCallum in the 13-episode run of The Invisible Man in 1975-76. From there until his retirement in 1988, he appeared in a string of TV guest appearances and a supporting role in yet another Edwards' production, the Hollywood send-up S.O.B. He died from cancer at the age of 81 in 2000.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Albright worked as a model and in radio before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1940s. After a few uncredited roles, she landed a major part in the Kirk Douglas boxing feature Champion in 1949. From there she appeared in supporting roles in a number of B-westerns but also scored roles in films like The Tender Trap and appeared as a guest vocalist 8 times on All Star Revue in 1951-52. She had an occasional recurring role as Kay Michaels on The Bob Cummings Show from 1955-57 before being cast as Edie Hart on Peter Gunn in 1958. She perhaps helped her chances for a role on Gunn when she released a vocal record, Lola Wants You, with arrangements by Dean Elliott in 1957. She sings one of the standards from that album, "Candy," in Gunn episode "The Murder Clause" (March 28, 1960). During the show's run, she released another album, Dreamsville, this time with the backing of Mancini and a set list comprised solely of his compositions, an obvious tie-in with the show. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in 1959.
After Gunn ended in 1961, she had a consistent string of TV appearances, including five turns on Burke's Law and a single episode of Stevens' short-lived Mr. Broadway. She took over the role of Constance McKenzie Carson on Peyton Place in 1965 when Dorothy Malone became ill. The following year she won a Silver Bear award for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance in the Roddy McDowell feature Lord Love a Duck. In the late 60s her movie appearances continued in bigger budget numbers like The Way West, The Money Jungle, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, and The Impossible Years. The TV appearances stretched into the 1980s on shows like The Incredible Hulk, Quincy, M.E., and Airwolf, her last appearance in 1984, though imdb.com lists her as appearing in a 2013 episode of the independently produced show The 3 Bits. She was married to actor Jack Carson from 1952-58 and actor Bill Chadney, who played the pianist at Mother's on Peter Gunn, from 1961-75. She lives alone now in California.
Born the son of Yiddish theatre performers Berel and Helen Bernardi, Herschel Bernardi took to the stage before he could talk and appeared in uncredited roles in the Yiddish films of Edward G. Ulmer in the 1930s. He then disappeared from movies and TVs in the 1950s as a result of being blacklisted as a leftist communist sympathizer, an accusation he could only overcome with a payoff that allowed his career to resume in 1958 with appearances on Harbor Command, Mike Hammer, and State Trooper before landing the role of Lt. Jacoby on Peter Gunn, for which he, like Albright, received an Emmy nomination in 1959.
He appeared with Albright in the 1961 feature film A Cold Wind in August and had occasional TV guest spots on shows like Naked City and The Untouchables as well as voicework on animated shows like The Flintstones and Top Cat. His most memorable voicework, however, was in TV commercials, most notably as the voice of Starkist's Charlie the Tuna and as the Jolly Green Giant. He had major roles as Inspector Lefevre in Billy Wilder's Irma la Douce and as Dominick Rossini in the Steve McQueen-Natalie Wood melodrama Love With the Proper Stranger. He also made his mark on the stage, receiving a Tony nomination for playing the lead in Zorba and taking over for Zero Mostel in the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also recorded several vocal albums (one containing the songs from Fiddler on the Roof), though his vocal abilities were not quite in the same league as Albright's. In 1970 he was cast in the title role of the comedy Arnie about a dock worker suddenly promoted into a managerial position. The series ran for two years and garnered two Golden Globe nominations for Bernardi. He appeared in Woody Allen's feature film about the blacklist era The Front in 1976 and remained active on the stage and in film until his death of a heart attack at the age of 62 on May 9, 1986.
Born Minerva Holzer, Urecal took her odd stage last name as a kind of twisted version of her hometown of Eureka, CA, where she was born in 1894. Her dramatic career began on the stage and in radio, though at age 40 she began appearing on film, usually in bit, uncredited parts that called for a stern and annoyed female figure, given her withering appearance. On TV she had recurring roles as Dean Bradey on Ray Milland's Meet Mr. McNulty in 1953-54 and as Jim Bowie's mother on The Adventures of Jim Bowie in 1956-57. She was given the lead role in the syndicated show The Adventures of Tugboat Annie, which ran for a single season in 1957, playing the widow of a sea captain who inherits his tugboat and has many misadventures trying to keep it afloat. She took over the role of Mother from Hope Emerson for Season 2 of Peter Gunn, but was then eased out of the show by the time Season 3 rolled around.
She had occasional TV appearances on shows such as Perry Mason, The Real McCoys, and Petticoat Junction, as well as movie parts in Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation and Tony Randall's The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao before passing away from a heart attack at age 71 on February 26, 1966.
Not much has been published online about James Lanphier, who was introduced in the role of Leslie, the former mobster and gourmet, in Season 3 of Peter Gunn as a kind of replacement for the character of Mother. He was born August 31, 1920 on Long Island. His TV career began in 1949 and his sparse film career included uncredited appearances in The Deadly Mantis and Bell, Book, and Candle in the late 50s. He first worked with Blake Edwards in an uncredited role as a maitre d' in the 1960 feature High Time, presaging his appearance on Gunn in the episode "The Maitre D'." He again played a maitre d' in another Edwards film, Darling Lili, released after his death in 1970. In between, he also appeared in the Edwards films Breakfast at Tiffany's, Experiment in Terror, Days of Wine and Roses, The Pink Panther, and The Party. He also served as dialogue supervisor on Days of Wine and Roses and as dialogue coach on The Pink Panther. Sprinkled in amongst the film roles were occasional TV appearances on shows such as Mission: Impossible!, Get Smart, The Time Tunnel, and The Green Hornet. He died from a stroke at age 48 on February 11, 1969.
Notable Guest Stars
Season 2, Episode 15, "Hot Money": Ken Lynch (shown on the right, appeared in I Married a Monster From Outer Space, Anatomy of a Murder, and Dead Ringer and played Lt. Thomas Brand on Checkmate, Det. Lt. Tom Handley on Arrest and Trial, Lt. Barney Keller on Honey West, and Police Sgt. Grover on McCloud) plays mobster Shoes Shoemaker. Francis De Sales (Lt. Bill Weigand on Mr. & Mrs. North, Ralph Dobson on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Sheriff Maddox on Two Faces West, and Rusty Lincoln on Days of Our Lives) plays the district attorney. Olan Soule (played Aristotle "Tut" Jones on Captain Midnight, Ray Pinker on Dragnet (1952-59), and Fred Springer on Arnie) plays the assistant D.A. Dan Barton (Det. Sgt. Burke on Dan Raven) plays laundromat owner Louis Anza.
Season 2, Episode 16, "Spell of Murder": Malcolm Atterbury (starred in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Birds, and The Learning Tree and played John Bixby on Wagon Train and Grandfather Aldon on Apple's Way) plays wealthy estate owner Arnold Simpson. Stephen Joyce (Bubba Wadsworth on Texas and Admiral Walter Strichen on Wiseguy) plays his nephew Ralph Logan. Ben Hammer (Judge Herman Mooney on Law & Order) plays family psychologist Professor John Wyler. Mary Gregory (appeared in Sleeper and Coming Home and played Dr. Stanwhich on Knots Landing and Judge Pendleton on L.A. Law) plays Mrs. Victor, wife of alleged Simpson stalker Ralph Victor. Larry J. Blake (the unnamed jailer on Yancy Derringer and Tom Parnell on Saints and Sinners) plays the owner of the Blue Pheasant.
Season 2, Episode 17, "The Grudge": Sam Gist (appeared in The Stratton Story, Angel Face, Strangers on a Train, and Operation Petticoat and directed episodes of Peter Gunn, Naked City, and The Richard Boone Show) plays mental patient Miles Spence. Alexander Lockwood (Judge Baker on Sam Benedict) plays psychiatrist Dr. Albert Crawford.
Season 2, Episode 18, "Fill the Cup": John McIntire (shown on the left, starred in Call Northside 777, The Street With No Name, Winchester '73, Psycho, and Elmer Gantry and played Lt. Dan Muldoon on Naked City, Christopher Hale on Wagon Train, Clay Grainger on The Virginian, and Dutch McHenry on Shirley) plays desperate alcoholic Wilson Getty. Holly McIntire (daughter of John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan) plays his daughter Barbara. Bill Quinn (Frank Sweeney on The Rifleman, Judge Tesman on Arrest and Trial, and Mr. Van Ranseleer on All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place) plays Getty's friend Harry. Henry Corden (Carlo on The Count of Monte Cristo, Waxey Gordon on The Lawless Years, and Babbitt on The Monkees and did voicework on The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays a bartender. John Indrisano (John the Chauffeur on O.K. Crackerby!) plays a skid row bartender.
Season 2, Episode 19, "See No Evil": Walter Burke (starred in All the King's Men, Jack the Giant Killer, and Support Your Local Sheriff! and played Tim Potter on Black Saddle) plays blind newspaper seller Cliffie Thomas. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, various autopsy surgeons and medical examiners in 12 episodes of Perry Mason, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays a judge. Benny Rubin (the voice of Joe Jitsu and Pruneface on The Dick Tracy Show) plays wrestling promoter Igor. Tor Johnson (shown on the right, professional wrestler, starred in Bride of the Monster, Night of the Ghouls, and Plan 9 From Outer Space) plays mental patient Bruno.
Season 2, Episode 20, "Sentenced": Robert Ellenstein (appeared in 3:10 to Yuma, Too Much Too Soon, and North by Northwest and played Legs Diamond on The Lawless Years) plays bank president John Pauley. Ned Glass (MSgt. Andy Pendleton on The Phil Silvers Show, Sol Cooper on Julia, and Uncle Moe Plotnick on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays locksmith Sylvester. Dick Geary (played various scuba divers and law enforcement officers in 13 episodes of Perry Mason) plays an unnamed hoodlum.
Season 2, Episode 21, "The Hunt": Gordon Oliver (who was executive producer for Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky) plays a hired assassin. Charles Wagenheim (Halligan on Gunsmoke) plays an unnamed drifter. Ralph Moody (Doc Burrage on The Rifleman) plays a gas station proprietor.
Season 2, Episode 22, "Hollywood Calling": Harry Lauter (Ranger Clay Morgan on Tales of the Texas Rangers, Atlasande on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, and Jim Herrick on Waterfront) plays Hollywood movie producer Nonamaker. Terry Frost (Sgt. Moore/Morse/Morris on Highway Patrol) plays a movie director. Sid Melton (Ichabod Mudd on Captain Midnight, Uncle Charley Halper on The Danny Thomas Show and Make Room for Granddaddy, Alf Monroe on Green Acres, Friendly Freddy on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and Salvadore Petrillo on The Golden Girls) plays tobacco shop owner Jerry.
Season 2, Episode 23, "Sing a Song of Murder": Diahann Carroll (shown on the left, recording artist who starred in Porgy and Bess, Paris Blues, Hurry Sundown, and Claudine and played Julia Baker on Julia, Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and The Colbys, Marion Gilbert on A Different World, Ida Grayson on Lonseome Dove: The Series, Jane Burke on Grey's Anatomy, and June Ellington on White Collar) plays night-club singer Dina Wright. James Edwards (starred in The Joe Louis Story, Seven Angry Men, The Manchurian Candidate, and The Sandpiper) plays her husband Arnie Kelton. Jan Arvan (Nacho Torres on Zorro and Paw Kadiddlehopper on The Red Skelton Hour) plays night-club owner Monty.
Season 2, Episode 24, "The Long, Long Ride": Robert J. Wilke (Capt. Mendoza on Zorro) plays former mob boss Joe Webber. Claudia Barnett (starred in Robot Monster) plays his daughter Carole. Elisha Cook, Jr. (starred in The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Great Gatsby (1949), and The Killing and who played Francis "Ice Pick" Hofstetler on Magnum P.I.) plays informant Snooker. Gregory Morton (Mr. Wainwright on Peyton Place and Walter Williams on Ben Casey) plays mobster Al Sandville. Larry Darr (makeup artist on The Love Boat) plays his henchman.
Season 2, Episode 25, "The Deadly Proposition": David White (shown on the right, played Larry Tate on Bewitched) plays wealthy businessman Amoury Kinett. Frank Maxwell (Duncan MacRoberts on Our Man Higgins and Col. Garraway on The Second Hundred Years) plays his victim Arthur Cole.
Season 2, Episode 26, "The Murder Clause": James Coburn (shown on the left, starred in The Magnificent Seven, Charade, Our Man Flint, and In Like Flint and who played Jeff Durain on Klondike and Gregg Miles on Acapulco) plays famous trumpeter Bud Bailey. Sam Edwards (starred in Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High, and The Beatniks and played Hank the hotel clerk on The Virginian and Mr. Bill Anderson on Little House on the Prairie) plays his drummer Andy. Charles Wagenheim (see "The Hunt" above) plays insurance salesman George Markle.
Season 2, Episode 27, "The Dummy": Dick Beals (did voicework on The Funny Company, Davey and Goliath, The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo, The Biskitts, and The Addams Family (1992-93)) plays little person and ventriloquist dummy Rinaldo. Wally Brown (Jed Frame on Cimarron City and Chauncey Kowalski on The Roaring '20's) plays comedian Artie.
Season 2, Episode 28, "Slight Touch of Homicide": Howard McNear (shown on the right, played Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show and Jansen the Plumber on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) eccentric chemist Mr. Barnaby. Meg Wyllie (Mrs. Kissell on The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters and Aunt Lolly Stemple on Mad About You) plays his maid. Terence de Marney (Case Thomas on Johnny Ringo and Counsellor Doone on Lorna Doone) plays tombstone maker Sean. Marcel Hillaire (appeared in Sabrina, Seven Thieves, and Murderer's Row and played Inspector Bouchard on Adventures in Paradise) plays baker Anatole.
Season 2, Episode 29, "Wings of an Angel": Sandy Kenyon (Des Smith on Crunch and Des, Shep Baggott on The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Reverend Kathrun on Knots Landing) plays former bank robber Charlie Barnes. Carol Byron (Kitty Mathews on Oh, Those Bells) plays his daughter Ellen. Robert Karnes (Jed Max Fields on The Lawless Years and Deputy D.A. Victor Chamberlin on Perry Mason) plays prison warden Rogers. Lennie Weinrib (the voice of H.R. Pufinstuf, Seymour Spider, and Ludicrous Lion on H.R. Pufinstuf, voice of Sam Curvy on Doctor Doolittle, and voice of Moonrock on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show) plays gangster Vince Canell.
Season 2, Episode 30, "Death Watch": Christopher Dark (Sgt. Al Zavala on Code 3) plays history teacher Paul Conlan. Frank Ferguson (shown on the left, played Gus Broeberg on My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson on Peyton Place, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction) plays the school janitor. Henry Corden (see "Fill the Cup" above) plays sculptor Vladimir. Herbert Rudley (Sam Brennan on The Californians, Lt. Will Gentry on Michael Shayne, General Crone on Mona McCluskey, and Herb Hubbard on The Mothers-in-Law) plays District Attorney Vaughn.
Season 2, Episode 31, "Witness in the Window": Charles Aidman (narrator on the 1985-87 version of The Twilight Zone) plays blackmail victim Anthony Scott. Eleanor Audley (Mother Eunice Douglas on Green Acres and Mrs. Vincent on My Three Sons) plays his invalid wife Laura. Bruno VeSota (bartender in 20 episodes of Bonanza) plays a hotel clerk.
Season 2, Episode 32, "The Best Laid Plans": Peter Whitney (shown on the right, played Sergeant Buck Sinclair on The Rough Riders and Lafe Crick on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays informant Josiah. Herbert Ellis (Officer Frank Smith on Dragnet (1952-53), Frank LaValle on The D.A.'s Man, and Dr. Dan Wagner on Hennesey) plays coffee house owner Wilbur. Sterling Holloway (starred in The Merry Widow, Career Woman, and A Walk in the Sun, did voice work for many Walt Disney films like Dumbo , Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and the voice of Winnie the Pooh in various titles, and who played Waldo Binney on The Life of Riley and Buck Singleton on The Baileys of Balboa) plays former safecracker Felony. Forrest Lewis (Mr. Peavey on The Great Gildersleeve) plays bank head cashier Don Grover. James Lanphier (see biography above) plays heist leader Sloane.
Season 2, Episode 33, "Send a Thief": Phyllis Avery (Peggy McNulty on The Ray Milland Show: Meet Mr. McNulty) plays robber's wife Doris Reese Stewart. Billy Barty (Sparky the Firefly on The Bugaloos, Sigmund Ooze on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Inch on Ace Crawford, Private Eye, and the voice of Dweedle on Wildfire) plays pool hustler Babby.
Season 2, Episode 34, "The Semi-Private Eye": Billy Gray (shown on the left, appeared in The Day the Earth Stood Still and played Bud Anderson on Father Knows Best) plays private eye wannabe Eric Thorwald. Edward Platt (appeared in Rebel Without a Cause, Written on the Wind, Designing Woman, and North by Northwest and played the Chief on Get Smart) plays investment counselor Edward Cranfield. Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy on Date With the Angels) plays one of Cranfield's henchmen.
Season 2, Episode 35, "Letter of the Law": Frank Overton (shown on the right, starred in Desire Under the Elms, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fail-Safe and played Major Harvey Stovall on 12 O'Clock High) plays D.A. Henry Lockwood. Andrew Prine (starred in The Miracle Worker, The Devil's Brigade, Bandolero!, and Chisum and played Andy Guthrie on The Wide Country, Dr. Roger Helvick on Dr. Kildare, Timothy Pride on The Road West, Dan Costello on W.E.B., and Wayne/Wyatt Donnelly on Weird Science) plays his son Neil. Stanley Adams (Lt. Morse on Not for Hire) plays fashion designer Sidney. Lewis Charles (Lou on The Feather and Father Gang) plays gangster Eddie DeSantis.
Season 2, Episode 36, "The Crossbow": Henry Daniell (appeared in The Philadelphia Story, Jane Eyre, Song of Love, Lust for Life, and Witness for the Prosecution) plays private club manager Arthur Copeland. Theodore Marcuse (starred in Hitler, The Cincinnati Kid, and Harum Scarum and who played Von Bloheim on Batman) plays antique weapons expert The Baron. Burt Douglas (Jim Fisk on Days of Our Lives) plays judge's son Ralph Martin. George Kennedy (shown on the left, starred in Charade, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke, and The Naked Gun and played MP Sgt. Kennedy on The Phil Silvers Show, Father Samuel Cavanuagh on Sarge, Bumper Morgan on The Blue Knight, and Carter McKay on Dallas) plays the judge's groundskeeper Karl.
Season 2, Episode 37, "The Heiress": Gage Clarke (Mr. Botkin on Gunsmoke) plays wealthy estate owner Walter C. Girard.
Season 2, Episode 38, "Baby Shoes": Don "Red" Barry (played Red Ryder in the movie serial The Adventures of Red Ryder, and played Lt. Snedigar on Surfside 6, The Grand Vizier and Tarantula on Batman, Capt. Red Barnes on Police Woman, and Jud Larabee on Little House on the Prairie) plays hunted witness Ernie Graves. Billy Barty (see "The Best Laid Plans" above) returns as pool hustler Babby.
Season 3, Episode 1, "The Passenger": Forrest Lewis (see "The Best Laid Plans" above) plays murder witness Edward Hines. Ted de Corsia (Police Chief Hagedorn on Steve Canyon) plays murderer Curtis Brandt. Hal Smith (shown on the right, played Charlie Henderson on I Married Joan, Hickey on Jefferson Drum, Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show, Engineer Taurus on Space Angel, and did voicework on The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, The Fantastic Four, The Dukes, and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) plays a hotel clerk. Ollie O'Toole (Harvey the telegrapher on Gunsmoke) plays a grocer. Rhys Williams (Doc Burrage on The Rifleman) plays hobo leader Elmo Barnes.
Season 3, Episode 2, "Mask of Murder": Robert Brubaker (Deputy Ed Blake on U.S. Marshal and Floyd on Gunsmoke) plays murder victim Norman Hartley. Dianne Foster (starred in Night Passage, The Last Hurrah, and The Deep Six) plays his wife Katherine. Morgan Jones (Sgt. Corey on Highway Patrol, Cmdr. Donovan on The Blue Angels, Sgt. Charlie Phillips on Arrest and Trial, and Howard Pender on Mannix) plays Hartley associate Glenn Ellsworth. Natividad Vacio (Fronk on Father Knows Best) plays black market visa provider Miguel. Carlos Romero (Rico Rodriguez on Wichita Town, Romero Serrano on Zorro, and Carlo Agretti on Falcon Crest) plays Brazilian fixer Sol Escobar. Margarita Cordova (Rosa Andrade on Santa Barbara and Carmen Torres on Sunset Beach) plays flamenco dancer Elena. Clark Allen (Cordova's real-life husband and co-owner with her of a flamenco club) plays her guitarist.
Season 3, Episode 3, "The Maitre D'": James Lanphier (see biography above) first appears as gourmet Leslie. Luis van Rooten (appeared in The Hitler Gang, Champion, and Operation Eichmann and played Knobby Walsh on The Joe Palooka Story) plays high-end grocer Riviera. Alan Reed (voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones and played Finnegan on Duffy's Tavern) plays gluttonous gangster Garson.
Season 3, Episode 4, "The Candidate": Lloyd Corrigan (shown on the left, starred in A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob, Hitler's Children, Captive Wild Woman, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, and Son of Paleface and played Papa Dodger on Willy, Wally Dipple on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Uncle Charlie on Happy, and Professor McKillup on Hank) plays gubernatorial candidate Adrian Grimmett. Alexander Lockwood (Judge Baker on Sam Benedict) plays his campaign manager Harold Canfield. Ken Mayer (Maj. Robbie Robertson on Space Patrol) plays thug Jim Oakland. Bernard Fein (Pvt Gomez on The Phil Silvers Show) plays his unnamed accomplice.
Season 3, Episode 5, "The Judgement": Joe E. Tata (Nat Bussichio on Beverly Hills 90210) plays duped prisoner Arthur Curtis. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays stool pigeon Charlemagne.
Season 3, Episode 6, "The Death Frame": Wesley Lau (Lt. Andy Anderson on Perry Mason and Master Sgt. Jiggs on The Time Tunnel) plays fearful thug Eddie Cason. Robert Bice (Capt. Jim Johnson on The Untouchables) plays gangster Cal Ward.
Season 3, Episode 7, "Murder Across the Board": Jack LaLanne (shown on the right, world famous exercise guru) plays himself. George Selk (Moss Grimmick on Gunsmoke) plays horse trainer Wally Keel. Robert Warwick (starred in Alias Jimmy Valentine, The Supreme Sacrifice, The Heart of a Hero, and Against All Flags) plays his employer Harley Bernard. Ned Glass (see "Sentenced" above) plays bookie Scooter.
Season 3, Episode 8, "Tramp Steamer": Bert Freed (appeared in The Atomic City, The Cobweb, and Paths of Glory and played Rufe Ryker on Shane) plays deported criminal Matt Poliska. Henry Corden (see "Fill the Cup" above) plays his accomplice Marco. Louise Glenn (Gladys on The Roaring 20's and Selma Yossarian on Don't Call Me Charlie) plays apartment dweller Adelaide Jones.
Season 3, Episode 9, "The Long Green Kill": Paul Lambert (Tom Dalessio on Executive Suite) plays robber Vic Bell. Susan Cummings (shown on the left, played Georgia on Union Pacific) plays escaped convict's wife Paula Garrett. Tudor Owen (Joe Ainsley on Mayor of the Town and First Mate Elihu Snow on Captain David Grief) plays inventor Chips.
Season 3, Episode 10, "Take Five for Murder": Gavin MacLeod (shown on the right, starred in Operation Petticoat, The Sand Pebbles, and Kelly's Heroes and played Joseph Haines on McHale's Navy, Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, and Capt. Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat) plays entertainment promoter Mitch Borden. David Howe (Colin Lovelace on Please Sir!) plays his star singer Bobby Jeter. Herb Vigran (Judge Brooker on Gunsmoke) plays nightclub owner Ben Keller. Roy Glenn (Roy on The Jack Benny Program) plays cab driver Murdo.
Season 3, Episode 11, "Dream Big, Dream Deadly": Regis Toomey (starred in Alibi, Other Men's Women, The Finger Points, His Girl Friday, and The Big Sleep and who played Joe Mulligan on The Mickey Rooney Show, Lt. Manny Waldo on Four Star Playhouse, Lt. McGough on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Det. Les Hart on Burke's Law, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) plays down-and-out detective Cal Sellers. Harvey Parry (Harrigan on Baretta) plays his brother Eddie. Chuck Hicks (stuntman who boxed under the name Chuck Daley and played semi-pro football) plays an unnamed attacker. James Fairfax (Charlie on Ramar of the Jungle and Cedric, the Steward on The Gale Storm Show) plays tattoo artist Needles.
Season 3, Episode 12, "The Sepi": Eugene Mazzola (Joey Drum on Jefferson Drum) plays child illegal immigrant Sepi Toreno. June Vincent (starred in Here Come the Co-Eds, The Creeper, and The WAC From Walla Walla) plays his benefactor Lisa Nye. Kent Taylor (Carlos Murietta on Zorro and Capt. Jim Flagg on The Rough Riders) plays her husband George.
Season 3, Episode 13, "A Tender Touch": Howard McNear (see "Slight Touch of Homicide" above) plays bank assistant cashier Horatio Smeddler. Howard Petrie (shown on the left, played Hugh Blaine on Bat Masterson) plays bank president Mr. Lockland. Lawrence Tierney (starred in Dillinger, Kill or Be Killed, Born to Kill, Back to Bataan, and Reservoir Dogs and played Sergeant Jenkins on Hill Street Blues) plays gangster Carl Braden. Joey Faye (Myer on Mack and Myer for Hire) plays heist expert Booster. Victor Rodman (Dr. Sam Rinehart on Noah's Ark) plays a judge.