Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

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Roy Huggins
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ...  Stuart Bailey / ... 177 episodes, 1958-1964
Edd Byrnes ...  Kookie / ... 171 episodes, 1958-1963
Roger Smith ...  Jeff Spencer 166 episodes, 1958-1963
Jacqueline Beer ...  Suzanne / ... 147 episodes, 1958-1963
Louis Quinn ...  Roscoe 142 episodes, 1958-1963
Byron Keith ...  Lt. Gilmore / ... 86 episodes, 1958-1963
Robert Logan ...  J.R. Hale / ... 72 episodes, 1961-1963
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Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California, right next door to a snazzy restaurant where Kookie worked as a valet. The finger-snapping, slang-talking Kookie occasionally helped Stu and Jeff with their cases, and eventually became a full-fledged member of the detective agency. Rex Randolph and J.R. Hale also joined the firm, and Suzanne was their leggy secretary. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

10 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunset 77 See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(206 episodes) |

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sponsors included Anacin aspirin, Certs breath mints "with the golden drop of Retsyn", and Salem cigarettes. See more »

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77 Sunset Boulevard is actually a bridge over the 101 Freeway. Further, the opening sequence shows the Sunset Tower Hotel in the distance, which would place them in the 8000 block of Sunset. See more »

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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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The essence of cool
4 July 2007 | by RNMortonSee all my reviews

I was about 8 years old when this went off the air and adult TV series were just starting to come up on my little radar screen. I have no recollection of ever watching this private detective show until I caught it on the American Life channel (before it turned into the Combat! Channel and this along with many other fine shows disappeared). I knew nothing about the show but somehow knew about Edd Byrnes/"Kookie".

This show rocks! It is early American television at its best. Now I've only seen about 3 episodes but they are just so damn good. One, starring a very talented Bert Convey, spent almost the entire show on the guest actors, in fact Efrem didn't appear until about two-thirds of the way through and was seen sparingly after that. In another episode Efrem dramatically freed Americans in East Berlin and Smith was barely seen. Wouldn't ever see that sort of flexibility in story-telling on a series today. Some of the plot elements are overdone, cheesy and/or unbelievable, but that just adds to the camp factor.

The two leads are great and play well off each other in super cool fashion, while Byrnes earns his rep as their sometimes assistant. Great stuff, wish it still appeared somewhere on the digital dial.


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