Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:David Markson

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 01 Jun 2007

> Herb Ellis, the actor who played Wilbur in PETER GUNN,
> was also the first actor (at least on TV; there were
> two others on radio) to play Joe Friday's partner,
> Detective Frank Smith, on DRAGNET.

Did not know that. He was great as Wilbur. They had a great cast--with regular appearances by Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers. It was a series with a real noir look, like Staccato, shot almost entirely at night.


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