77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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By His Own Verdict 

Bailey is hired by a retiring attorney to check into the background of his final client - a petty hoodlum accused of murder who, following his acquittal, admitted to the lawyer that he was, in fact, guilty.





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Episode cast overview:
Stuart Bailey
Marty Kline
Rachel Dent
Leopold Dent
Mark Dempsey ...
Sam Nilson
Billy E. Hughes ...
Terry Nilson (as Billy Hughes)


Arnold Buhler (Joseph Cotton) successfully defends Max Dent (Nick Adams), on trial for murder. After the trial, Buhler's last case before retiring, Dent tells Buhler that he is actually guilty, because he can't be tried twice for the same crime. Is he telling the truth, or just acting out due to his pathological hatred for lawyers and the justice system? Buhler hires his friend Stu Bailey to find out, then takes matters into his own hands, hounding Dent endlessly. What will Dent do? Written by Paul Dutram

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

15 November 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the night club scene with Barbara Bain, an off-screen combo plays a bluesy version of the show's new theme song, a rare callback to the first five seasons, which occasionally did likewise with the original theme at Dino's. See more »


References Moby Dick (1956) See more »


77 Sunset Strip
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Theme song; short instrumental version played during opening credits; full vocal version performed during closing credits
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29 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Yet another of the miserable stories which characterized "season six" of what used to be 77 Sunset Strip.

After an attorney wins acquittal for his client, the man admits to having committed the murder. The attorney, a friend of Stu Bailey, becomes obsessed with proving the man guilty and seeking his own form of justice.

Bailey is tasked with finding any information at all to redeem the suspected murderer. He does a lot of running around talking, but never really gets anything accomplished.

The premise of this story had promise, but was completely bungled. There are no sympathetic characters here, including Bailey. Zimbalist had been reduced in this season to a never-ending series of pained looks, wretched voice overs, and pointless errands.

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