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A Nice Social Evening 

Bailey, Spencer, and Kookie protect a Latin playboy marked for murder.


Stuart Heisler


Frederick Brady (teleplay) (as Frederic Brady), Howie Horwitz (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Arlene Howell Arlene Howell ... Marilyn
Dorothy Provine ... Betty
Venetia Stevenson ... Patty
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Joyce Taylor ... Nancy
Larry Kerr Larry Kerr ... Jim Benton (as Lorence Kerr)
Lou Krugman Lou Krugman ... Marco
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Gomez
Mario Alcalde Mario Alcalde ... The Killer
Abel Fernandez ... Officer
The Frankie Ortega Trio The Frankie Ortega Trio ... Frankie Ortega Trio (as Frankie Ortega Trio)
Ray Danton ... Frederico Velasquez


Wandering into Dino's Lodge one evening, Stuart makes the acquaintance of visiting Frederico Velasquez, one of the richest men in the world. This meeting was not by accident on Stuart's part as he has been hired by the US government to act as Velasquez's bodyguard without Velasquez knowing it. The government is aware that someone will try to kill him for geopolitical reasons while he's in the US, they have warned him, but he brushed off the notion in his carefree attitude, the reason he balked at having an American bodyguard beyond his own behind the scenes security detail who may not be quite as present. Dealing with that security detail without they knowing who he is may be a challenge for Stuart. Making Velasquez's acquaintance was easy for Stuart in having his own beautiful date, Betty, on one arm, and a beautiful "extra", Marilyn, on the other. In he, Betty and Marilyn being Velasquez's companions for the better part of his stay in the US, Stuart will find that spending time with... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marked the first credited appearance of The Frankie Ortega Trio, who recurred through the first five seasons as the house band at Dino's Lodge. Amusingly, this is also the first time they bent the fourth wall by playing the show's theme song on camera. See more »


September in the Rain
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Frankie Ortega Trio
[Heard in background at the party on Velasquez's ship]
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A security job
11 May 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The firm of Bailey&Spencer is hired by no less than the Federal government to guard playboy/diplomat Ray Danton. Danton is an internationally known party animal who is rather obviously based on Porfirio Rubirosa.

The thing is that regular security won't due because Danton shoos them away. The trick is to make sure he doesn't know you're security and to keep up parting with him. And like the real life Rubirosa, Danton likes to party.

There are people out to get him although we never really know why. The last half of the episode has Efrem Zimbalist, Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes all on a yacht at a blow out keeping an eye out for assassins.

Danton does an outstanding job in his role, though the real Rubirosa wasn't that silly in life.

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