This is episode 27 of the 1958 to 1961 P.I. series, PETER GUNN. Craig Stevens headlines as the hard as nails detective who is always dressed 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 priest is shown into the cell of a prison convict. When the guard exits the room, the priest opens his bible and pulls out a .38 snub nose. The priest, Cliff Lyons, hands the weapon to con, Frank De Kova. Lyons then calls out to the guard who takes him to the prison exit. A short time later, De Kova calls the guard to his cell. When the guard shows, De Kova shoves the gun in his face and nods at the lock. After the guard opens the door, a crack to the head is applied and his uniform lifted. De Kova manages to work his way past the other guards and escape.
Several days later, Stevens is summoned to a seedy hotel for a meeting. A man whose face is heavily bandaged would like Stevens to find someone. He hands over a grand and gives Stevens a name. Stevens pockets the cash and says he will look into the matter.
First place he heads, is the Police Station for a talk with his bud, Herschel Bernardi. Bernardi is busy dealing with the escape of De Kova. So Stevens has a chat with Detective John Anderson instead. The name given to Stevens turns out to be a local mob guy who just happens to be involved with the just escaped De Kova. The man, H.M. Wynant is suspected of being in on the $300,000 robbery De Kova got sent up for. None of the money was ever recovered.
Of course the man in the bandages was a disguised De Kova. He broke out because he figured Wynant was going to keep all the cash. Stevens and the Police arrange a sting to catch both De Kova and Wynant. Stevens calls De Kova and gives him Wynant's address.
Sure enough, De Kova and his fake priest friend come a calling. Wynant is somewhat reluctant to fork over De Kova's end of the score. Guns blaze and De Kova hits the carpet. Stevens and the Police kick in the door and grab Lyons. Wynant tosses a chair through the window and bolts down the street into the arms of four more Policemen. Gunfire splits the night as Wynant fails in his get-away move.
A highly entertaining episode with some excellent camera-work from two-time Oscar nominated cinematographer, Philip Lathrop. (b/w)