This is first episode from season 3 of the 1958 to 1961 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who always dresses with style. Regulars in the series are Hope Emerson as the owner of, MOTHER'S jazz club, and Lola Albright as Stevens' squeeze, Edie Hart, who is the club singer at, MOTHER'S.
A passenger on a bus looks up as the bus passes a cheap downtown hotel. The man, Forest Lewis, sees a woman being strangled in a second floor window. The man calls the Police when he reaches his apt. The Police take a look into the report and find nothing but an empty room. The name on the hotel register is a phony. The Police write off the report as a man seeing things.
Several days later, Lewis contacts our favourite Private Investigator, Peter Gunn. Gunn, (Craig Stevens) meets with Lewis for a chat. Lewis tells Stevens about what he saw. He is now convinced that the man he saw is out to kill him. Stevens agrees to look into the matter. All he has is the vague description Lewis gives him.
Steven pays a call on his Police pal, Herschel Bernardi to see in the cop can help. All the Policeman can tell him is that they looked into the report and found nothing.
The viewer however sees that Lewis is right about someone coming after him. The murderer, the always shady, Ted de Corcia has tracked down Lewis. Lewis is soon found dead in his apartment. This does not sit well with either the Police or Stevens. They both dig further into the killing.
Now a dead woman is found in a nearby junk yard. It would seem that Mister Lewis did indeed see a killing. Stevens has the Police release a story to the newspapers that a hobo living at the junk yard had seen the body being dumped. Now, Stevens and the Police hideout at the junk yard and wait.
Needless to say, Mister de Corisa shows looking for the hobo. Guns are pulled and de Corcia collects a round. He is soon answering questions about the two murders. The first, the woman, had been done in a drunken rage after the girl, a bar room pick-up, had laughed at him. Now we find out that Lewis was not the civic minded fellow he appeared to be. He had been trying to blackmail de Corcia for 10 large. The blackmail attempt backfired. Stevens had only been hired as a sort of insurance policy. It did not work.
An entertaining episode that is better than I am making it sound like. The twist at the end is nicely done.