77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Spark of Freedom 

Stu travels to Budapest to free a political prisoner, donning various disguises in the process.


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


W. Hermanos (teleplay), Richard Grey (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer (credit only)
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Burnes) (credit only)
Anna-Lisa Anna-Lisa ... Marie Kosary
Marcel Dalio ... Dr. Pierre Carnet
Theodore Marcuse ... Ferenzi
John Van Dreelen ... Colonel Szatmar
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Jozsef Jaszi
Sasha Harden ... Miklos Jaszi
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Kirkland
Norbert Schiller Norbert Schiller ... Father Cyna
David Manley David Manley ... Anton
John Czingula John Czingula ... Geza
Joseph Waring Joseph Waring ... Prison Official


Stu travels to Budapest to free a political prisoner, donning various disguises in the process.

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Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

13 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?


This was the second of four episodes produced during a writers strike (and credited to "W. Hermanos"--i.e., Warner Brothers) that used an old script and gave it the barest rewrite. The antecedent was apparently a first-season episode, "The Iron Curtain Caper." See more »


Stuart Bailey: If it were possible to help Miklos, would you be willing?
Anton: No.
Stuart Bailey: Why?
Anton: Miklos has something they want but he is a fool, he refuses to tell them. So they will torture him, if they don't get what they want they will kill him. But Miklos has a need to die a martyr's death.
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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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Behind the Iron Curtain
23 December 2015 | by GUENOT PHILIPPESee all my reviews

AS you have already got it, this is an anti-red story, as many other ones we had between the early fifties and late eighties...Our lead Stu Bailey - alone - is in mission in Eastern Europe (Budapest) to find an acquaintance of his, a friend he met in the past. He is hired by the government to contact this old friend who is supposed to have important information. So, Stu sneaks around to find this pal who seems to have totally disappeared. Is he dead, in jail? You don't avoid every cliché here, against communist regime: spies every where, oppression, suspicion... But not a bad episode, at least not worst than another one. But not the episode which I will remind the most, for sure. One last thing, no humour here, no cool jazzy atmosphere either, no lightness, a rather dark story instead. Like a classic movie.

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