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), Rockford Files etc. and created the ironclad Huggins Contract. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. also appeared as Huggins' character Stuart Bailey in a prior series, "Conflict." Written by
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The first episode of 77 SUNSET STRIP, titled "GIRL ON THE RUN", was the original pilot film for the series, with a running time of 77 minutes. It was made as a black & white B-movie, and was released as a theatrical movie in some export countries by Warner Bros. such as Jamaica and The Bahamas. It was filmed in the fall of 1957 in Burbank, and features some local city landmarks, such as the Burbank City Hall, as well as a local movie theater showing then-new WB movie releases of BAND OF ANGELS and THE PAJAMA GAME with lots of stock locations footage of cities as always seen in B-movies of the 1950s. See more
You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin See more