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77 Sunset Strip

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77 Sunset Strip was one of the most popular of the detective television shows in early television. It ran on ABC from 1958 to 1964, and revolved around two detectives, both former government secret agents: Stuart ("Stu") Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith).

Other characters included the rock and roll-loving, wisecracking valet parking attendant next door, Gerald Lloyd Kookson III ("Kookie"), played by Edd Byrnes, and Roscoe, the racetrack tout (Louis Quinn). Kookie became a cultural phenomenon, with his slang expressions such as "ginchy" and "piling up Zs" (sleeping). When Kookie helped the detectives on a case by singing a song, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" (based on his frequent combing of his hair), Edd Byrnes began a singing career. When his demands for more money were not met, he left the show, but came back later as a full-fledged partner in the detective firm.

In 1963, as the show's popularity waned, the entire cast except for Zimbalist was cut, and Jack Webb was brought in as producer and William Conrad as director. The character of Stuart Bailey became a globe-hopping investigator, with lavish international sets. The show was canceled at the end of the year.

The success of 77 Sunset Strip led to the creation of several other detective shows in exotic locales, all produced by the Warner Brothers studio which created "Strip" — Bourbon Street Beat in New Orleans, Hawaiian Eye in Hawaii and Surfside 6, in Miami. The casts of the various shows sometimes crossed to the other programs.


Season One

No. Title Initial airing Written by:
1 Girl on the Run October 10, 1958 Marion Hargrove
2 Lovely Lady, Pity Me October 17, 1958 James O'Hanlon
3 A Nice Social Evening October 24, 1958 Howie Horwitz & Frederic Brady
4 Casualty October 31, 1958 Gene Levitt
5 The Bouncing Chip November 7, 1958 Leonard Lee
6 Two and Two Make Six November 14, 1958 Frederic Brady
7 All Our Yesterdays November 21, 1958 Frederic Brady
8 The Well Selected-Frame November 28, 1958 Gerald Drayson Adams & Charles Hoffman
9 Iron Curtain Caper December 5, 1958 Fenton Ernshaw
10 Vicious Circle December 12, 1958 Jim Barnett & Jack Emanuel
11 One False Step December 19, 1958 George Fass & Howard Browne & Gertrude Fass
12 The Court Martial of Johnny Murdo December 26, 1958 William L. Stuart
13 Hit and Run January 2, 1959 John Hawkins & Ward Hawkins & James Gunn
14 Not an Enemy in the World January 9, 1959 Barry Trivers & Leonard Lee
15 The Secret of Adam Cain January 16, 1959 Unknown
16 The Girl Who Couldn't Remember January 23, 1959 Al Martin & Howard J. Green & Leonard Lee
17 Dark Vengeance January 30, 1959 Frederic Brady
18 Conspiracy of Silence February 6, 1959, Frederic Brady & Anna Perrelli
19 Eyewitness February 13, 1959 Peter R. Brooke & Jack Emanuel
20 Lovely Alibi February 20, 1959 William L. Stuart
21 In Memoriam February 27, 1959 Irwin Winehouse & A. Sanford Wolf
22 The Fifth Stair March 6, 1959 Lowell Barrington
23 Pasadena Caper March 13, 1959 N.B. Stone
24 Hong Kong Caper March 20, 1959 Steve Fisher
25 A Check Will Do Nicely March 27, 1959 Alan Caillou & Dwight Taylor
26 The Grandma Caper April 3, 1959 Steve Fisher
27 Honey from the Bee April 10, 1959 Charles Hoffman & Michael Forrestier
28 Abra-Cadaver April 17, 1959 Talbot Jennings
29 A Bargain in Tombs April 24, 1959 Charles Hoffman
30 The Widow Wouldn't Weep May 1, 1959 Howard Browne & Frederic Brady
31 Downbeat May 8, 1959 Maurita Pittman
32 Canine Caper May 15, 1959 Fenton Ernshaw
33 Mr. Paradise May 22, 1959 Frederic Brady & Richard Kebbon
34 Strange Girl in Town May 29, 1959 Howard Browne & Frederic Brady


Season Two

No. Title Initial airing Written by:
1 Only Zeroes Count October 2, 1959 L. Stuart & Howard Browne
2 The Kookie Caper October 9, 1959 Maurita Pittman
3 Six Superior Skirts October 16, 1959 William L. Stuart & Richard Wormser
4 Clay Pigeon October 23, 1959 Jim Barnett & Leonard Lee
5 The Bouncing Chip November 30, 1959 W.R. Burnett & William L. Stuart
6 Sing Something Simple November 6, 1959 Fenton Earnshaw
7 The Treehouse Caper November 13, 1959 Joel Kane & Jack Lloyd
8 Out of the Past November 20, 1959 Stephen Kandel
9 The Widow and the Web November 27, 1959 Leonard Lee
10 Secret Island December 4, 1959 Leonard Lee
11 The Texas Doll December 11, 1959 Jerry Davis & Frederic Brady
12 Vacation with Pay December 18, 1959 Herbert Epstein
13 The Jukebox Caper December 25, 1959 Fenton Earnshaw
14 Created He Them January 1, 1960 Howie Horwitz
15 Collector's Item January 8, 1960 Leo Townsend
16 Switchburg January 15, 1960 Montgomery Pittman
17 The One That Got Away January 22, 1960 Jerry Davis
18 Ten Cents a Death January 29, 1960, Peter R. Brooke
19 Who Killed Cock Robin? February 5, 1960 N.B. Stone
20 Condor's Lair February 12, 1959 Gloria Elmore
21 The Starlet February 26, 1960 Sig Herzig & Ed Jurist
22 Safari March 4, 1960 Bernard C. Schoenfeld
23 Blackout March 11, 1960 Leonard Lee
24 Return to San Dede 1: The Desert Story March 18, 1960 Montgomery Pittman
25 Return to San Dede 2: The Capital City March 25, 1960 Montgomery Pittman
26 Publicity Brat April 1, 1960 Richard DeRoy
27 The Fix April 8, 1960 Steven Ritch
28 Legend of Crystal Dart April 15, 1960 Gloria Elmore
29 Stranger Than Fiction April 22, 1960 Ed Jurist & Herman Epstein
30 Genesis of Treason April 29, 1960 Charles Sinclair
31 Downbeat May 6, 1960 Richard Stenger & W. Hermanos
32 Spark of Freedom May 13, 1960 Richard Grey & W. Hermanos
33 Perfect Setup May 20, 1960 Howard Browne & W. Hermanos
34 Sierra May 27, 1959 W. Hermanos
35 The Silent Caper June 3, 1960 Roger Smith
36 Family Skeleton June 10, 1960 Jonathan Haze & James Gunn

External Links

  • The 77 Sunset Strip TV Show (http://www.crazyabouttv.com/77sunsetstrip.html) page at Crazy About TV provides trivia, theme song lyrics, a description of the series, and cast information.
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