77 Sunset Strip
Based on a series of stories by Roy Huggins, the show featured Stuart Bailey and Jeff Spencer, two detectives who worked out of a stylish office on the title street. Suzanne was their telephone operator; tagging along for the ride was Roscoe, a racetrack fancier, and Gerald "Kookie" Kookson, a P.I. wannabe who worked as a valet next door at Dino's nightclub. Gerald and Roscoe provided many of the show's lighter moments.
Edd Byrnes (Kookie) left the show in 1959 following a contract dispute (he had become something of a pop icon with his catch phrases and a record by Connie Stevens--"Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb") but returned a year later as a member of the firm. At the very onset, Warner Bros. was embroiled in an ownership dispute over the show and characters with its creator, Roy Huggins.
Edd Byrnes would turn up again in late 1974 auditioning to be the host of NBC's new game show Wheel of Fortune. But when they spotted him inebriated and trying to commit the alphabet to memory, he would be replaced by Chuck Woolery when the show hit the air.
|Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.||Stuart Bailey||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|Roger Smith||Jeff Spencer||1||2||3||4||5|
|Edd Byrnes||Gerald "Kookie" Kookson III||1||2||3||4||5|
|Jacqueline Beer||Suzanne Fabray||1||2||3||4||5|
|Byron Keith||Lt. Roy Gilmore||1||2||3||4||5|
|Richard Long||Rex Randolph||3|
|Robert Logan||J.R. Hale||4||5|
|Season One||October 10, 1958||May 29, 1959||34|
|Season Two||October 2, 1959||June 10, 1960||36|
|Season Three||September 16, 1960||June 9, 1961||39|
|Season Four||September 22, 1961||June 29, 1962||41|
|Season Five||October 12, 1962||June 14, 1963||36|
|Season Six||September 20, 1963||February 7, 1964||20|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series