Pete Kelly's Blues (TV series)

Pete Kelly's Blues was a television series starring William Reynolds which aired in 1959. It was created by Jack Webb, based on his 1951 radio series of the same name.

Pete Kelly's Blues
StarringWilliam Reynolds
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 5 
July 5, 1959


Set in Kansas City during the 1920s, the series centered on Pete Kelly, a trumpet player and the leader of Pete Kelly's Original Big Seven Big. Dixielamd trumpet player, Dick Cathcart, who's best known as a member of The Lawrence Welk Show , was dubbed in for the actual playing of Kelly's trumpet.[1]


  • William Reynolds as Pete Kelly
  • Connee Boswell as Savannah Brown
  • Than Wyenn as George Lupo (Lupo was frequently mention in the radio series, but never actually appeared.)
  • Phil Gordon as Fred
  • Fred Eisley as Johnny Cassiano


No. Title Air date
1"The Steve Porter Story"April 5, 1959 (1959-04-05)
Kelly gets involved in a murder after a vocalist asks him to help a musician.
2"The June Gould Story"April 12, 1959 (1959-04-12)
Kelly searches for a missing nightclub singer, the daughter of a gentle elderly woman.
3"The Envelope Story"April 19, 1959 (1959-04-19)
A mysterious envelope triggers a chain of events including a double cross and also holds a clue to an altar boy's killer.
4"The Poor Butterfly Story"April 26, 1959 (1959-04-26)
A jazz recording becomes the object of a mysterious search that results in murder.
5"The Tex Bigelow Story"May 10, 1959 (1959-05-10)
Kelly witnesses a murder and comes face to face with a ghost as consequences of a request made of him by a dying man.
6"The Baby Ray Story"May 17, 1959 (1959-05-17)
Kelly receives a basket of bread, then quickly realizes it also contains a newborn baby.
7"The Mike Reegan Story"May 24, 1959 (1959-05-24)
Both a mobster and police accuse Kelly of murdering the mobster's wife.
8"The Rompy Thompson Story"May 31, 1959 (1959-05-31)
A down-and-out trombone player becomes a target of gangsters' bullets.
9"The Gus Trudo Story"June 7, 1959 (1959-06-07)
Kelly is informed by a detective that an old friend is being stalked by hoodlums.
10"The Emory Cusack Story"June 14, 1959 (1959-06-14)
A fake raid by bogus federal agents appears to threaten arrest for Lupo, but proves to be a cover-up for murder.
11"The Fitzhugh Story"June 21, 1959 (1959-06-21)
Two racketeers force Lupo to install a juke box in his speakeasy.
12"The Joe Artevekian Story"June 28, 1959 (1959-06-28)
After Pete buys a "health machine" from a hoodlum, Lupo nearly gets blown up in a plot to intimidate him into selling his speakeasy.
13"The 16-Bar Tacet"July 5, 1959 (1959-07-05)
The new operators of Lupo's speakeasy offer Pete and his Big Seven a job, but he bows out.

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