77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Iron Curtain Caper 

Stu Bailey is sent to East Germany to rescue an American reporter possessing important government information who was taken prisoner by the Communists.


Richard L. Bare


Fenton Earnshaw


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Jacqueline Scott ... Nancy Devere
Kurt Kreuger ... John Luder
Lawrence Dobkin ... Sergei Ruchev
Richard Garland ... Larry Hilton
Richard Crane ... Duncan Scott
Willis Bouchey ... Paul Corrick
Emory Parnell ... Burton Baldwin
Otto Waldis ... Prefect of Police Smetzer
Zina Provendie Zina Provendie ... Chief Nurse Vera Bonner
Svea Grunfeld Svea Grunfeld ... Sonya Barlo
Sheldon Allman Sheldon Allman ... Comrade Tempko
John Mylong ... Baron Von Hefner
The Frankie Ortega Trio The Frankie Ortega Trio ... The Frankie Orgeta Trio (as Frankie Ortega Trio)


Stuart is asked by newspapermen Paul Corrick and Burton Baldwin to work on an assignment of national importance, so important that they are giving him an unlimited budget and a fee of his own asking, Stuart who accepts despite believing it a mission impossible. One of their reporters, Larry Hilton, was caught trying to smuggle a list containing the names of the highest ranking but unknown American Communists out of the eastern bloc, they unsure if he is still alive or if the Communists in East Berlin where he was detained were able to find the list. If the Communists were able to find the list, Corrick and Baldwin know Hilton is already a dead man. Stuart's mission is to find Hilton, who if alive is probably being held somewhere in East Berlin, recover the list and bring Hilton back to the west, each successive stage which will probably be more difficult than the last. Stuart subsequently learns that the American authorities are aware of his mission but cannot provide him any official... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | German

Release Date:

5 December 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 was the first episode to use the title template "The _______ Caper," which became more frequent as the series' tone lightened (though there was no "The" in this instance). See more »


The name of the captured reporter is Larry Hilton. In the end credits, his name is listed as Hilton Green. See more »


77 Sunset Strip
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
[Series theme song; short version played during opening credits; full vocal version performed during closing credits]
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A list of top Commies
21 May 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Stu Bailey formerly of the OSS gets a job to try and get reporter Richard Garland out of East Berlin. Garland's being held by the East Germans and Russians and he's got a list of top Soviet agents in the USA. Efrem Zimbalist is supposed to get that out too.

This story is a throwback to Red Scare heights and Joe McCarthy. These Commies are everywhere. It's all in Zimbalist knowing who to trust.

Joe McCarthy would have been proud of this paranoid story.

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