PI Stu is hired to find a singer who witnessed a murder, before she's iced too. She and Stu fall in love. Comb-crazy, cold-blooded hit-man Smiley is played by Edd Byrnes, whose performance was so popular with teenage girls Byrnes was written into the series in a different part: hip car hop Kookie. This 77 minute pilot was released theatrically in the Caribbean to block Roy Huggins financial claim of creating the series in a run of 40s noir novels. The pilot then became the first episode of "77 Sunset Strip." Consequently, Huggins became a producer on 77 Sunset Strip, then Maverick (1957), ...
Stu's Monday starts maddeningly. His op's blackmailing a philandering client, so Stu chucks him out onto the Strip, frightening off a voluptuous, potential client waiting in the lobby. Stu Bailey dashes after the steamy blonde, who refuses to divulge her name - despite their plunging into a whirlwind romance. The operative turns up dead in Stu's office, but Stu was trysting with the mystery woman at the time. When she goes missing, the heat hunt Stu for his op's murder, Stu tracks his alibi.
A woman hires Jeff to find her dead husband, who she's just seen alive ! Kookie and Doll trail the fast-moving zombie, who continues changing names & addresses, and his glamorous new girlfriend. As Jeff makes significant progress with the help of an easily-charmed landlady, the company which insured the resurrected man hires Stu also. Somehow, a mysterious Mr. Dolan who looks half-dead, is involved too.
A Vegas casino falters, because their chips are being counterfeited. "The Meteor" hires Stu, who discovers the plastics company that's making the counterfeits, then goes undercover as a cardsharp from Miami, to find out if the scheme's mastermind is relocated Chicago gangster Frenchy LaTour. The menacing Frenchy is also suspected of fitting his former boss Big Ears Beecham with a concrete kimono.
Finding Hollywood more perilous than Folsom, ex-con hires dynamic duo Jeff & Stu to riddle out precisely who's shooting at him. Convicted robber Detterback chilled out in the cooler, but the heat don't buy that he's doesn't know the assassin, so Detterback goes almost batty. His wife made it large as a fashion designer during the bad time he was hanging in the stately big house, but is his Alice the greatest, most loyal spouse ? Or does she deserve something better than Detterback, who might get it, pow, right in the kisser?
PI Stu lensing brand-new silent flicker while battling gaggle of greedy heirs? Ex-screen goddess tabs Stu to spend whatever's necessary for a silent masterpiece, including rounding up her elderly former crew & cast-mates. Her adult children fear amateur mogul Stu will blow their inheritance, so they cast their own crew of experts, to prove Lucinda Lane's lost her marbles. Carhop Kookie wants a role in the spectacular too - reasoning he's a jumble of jerky moves already.
Stranger on a plane proposes exchanging murders to crime-busting Fed whose wife won't grant him a divorce. A gossip column tips the stranger, a novelist, to the prosecutor's dilemma, so he trails the attorney onto a flight from D.C. to L.A. David the prosecutor isn't sure whether the charming "John Smith," the author, is seriously insane or just has a very cavalier sense of humor, so David hires Stu Bailey to protect his philandering wife from murder. Stu gets some unwanted aid from the Fed's future sister-in-law, who he fluffs off as an interfering ditz, but she ...
Johnny Murdo is accused of stealing $757 from other cadets at a military school. After his court martial and dismissal from the school, Johnny's mother hires Jeff Spencer to investigate and clear his name.
Kookie's just driven by a hit & run killing 2 people, when a mysterious blonde repeatedly tries to run him off Sunset Boulevard. The crash disfigures the woman, & a witness disappears from the scene with her purse. Hotrodder Kookie was on the way to a hot date, so he'd borrowed Stu's classier ride. The woman's a well-known thesp, her hubby's a well-connected tycoon, so the fuzz put the squeeze on hep-cat Kookie, not the jet setters. PI Stu tries to untangle the web that's ensnared him too.
Switchboard operator Suzanne's brother is missing. Jeff agrees to take the case for free. The brother works as a chauffeur for a woman whose husband died recently in an accident. There are many complications.
Stu goes international to fetch a black vase from duplicitous art dealer, while fending off tight-lipped tough guy Iron Man Brown. An Oklahoma oil tycoon left the seemingly worthless vessel to his English niece and nephew who hire Stu, but won't tell him why they'll pay anything to retrieve it.
Co-ed is murdered on a college campus. Jeff goes undercover as student to protect the daughter of a client. He knows students and faculty have more information that they are holding back and gets pulled into solving the murder.
A boy with a telescope espies a murder being committed in a physician's office across from his family's apartment. Already known for having a fertile imagination, he is not believed when he describes the scene by what he thinks he saw: a man killing a bear.
Ed, policeman friend of Stu's gets suspended over bar incident. He asks Stu for help on an investigation of a murder. Ed's girlfriend is somehow involved with the suspect. Girlfriend Alice disappears. Freddy Ortega Trio plays their version of he show theme song.
Struggling book publisher learns that he's dead, from a newspaper ad. He hoped he'd be in clover not a coffin, because he's about to publish a book blowing the whistle on a Latin American dictator. But with his ace editor about to divorce him for dallying with talent less, but shapely female authors, he needs Bailey & Spencer's services. Stu's soon in a spin too: he gets caught in a revolving brunette.
Forlorn hubby prefers to have his wife killed, rather than let her get away with adultery. Tony's tight alibi, & plan to make it look like a burglary gone too far seem perfect. Even when major complications boil up, slick Tony turns them to his advantage. PIs Bailey & Spencer get mired in Tony's La Brea tar-pit, causing their apprentice operative Kookie to go totally Bugs Bunny a la Blanc.
A CA girl is kidnapped while studying in Europe, and Stu is engaged by her absent father. They fly over the pond, and Stu hatches a brilliant con to find the abductors, schmoozing with his suave and debonair French, fine art sensibilities and gendarme friend's help.
An eccentric (Frances Bavier) spends her days happily shoplifting from her own stores. A business manager has hired Spencer to monitor her fearing her need for thrills might endanger her credibility to sign on an upcoming big money deal.
Stu is hired to find a missing girl in Italy. He encounters his driver from when he was in the war. He also befriends a local boy that offers to help in the task. The locals are not very helpful. The full picture is not clear, but the missing girl is related to an ongoing crime. Eventually the crime is found out.
A widow breaks into Jeff's apartment to entice him to prove her husband was murdered, rather than committing suicide. Jeff runs into multiple suspects since the dead man was a philanderer. He also gets kidnapped and warned off of the case. Kookie assists in the tailing of suspects.
Although he is acquitted for lack of evidence of the crime of sedition, Bailey's private investigator's license is revoked and he goes on a drinking spree. He is then recruited by a former friend to conduct business with Communists.
A jewel robbery of rubies takes place in Amsterdam and Jeff is called upon to investigate if they are to be smuggled into the United States. It is found that they were smuggled in a poodle's collar and the agent of a famed actress is suspected.
Bailey is hired by the Blanton family to investigate a cult which is attempting to mesmerize Cyrus Blanton. The cult is run by Mr. Paradise who is building a new community called Eden which rejects the future and embraces the ways of the past. Upon meeting Paradise Bailey becomes suspicious of him and his motives and believes he is more con man than prophet. Lt. Gilmore and the police can do nothing because Paradise is careful not to break any laws. When Blanton falls under Paradise's influence and wills a large portion of his estate to Eden Bailey sends Roscoe and ...