77 Sunset Strip/The Fifth Stair

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The Fifth Stair
Season 1, Episode 22
Airdate March 6, 1959
Teleplay by Lowell Barrington
Story by 'from the play by
Frederick Knott
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Produced by Harry Tatelman
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The Fifth Stair is the twenty-second episode of the first season of 77 Sunset Strip.

Starring: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Stuart Bailey), Roger Smith (Jeff Spencer)

and Co-Starring: Edward Byrnes (Kookie)

Additional Cast: Richard Long (Tony Wendice)

and Patrick McVey (Homicide Lieut.), Joe Patridge (Detective), Richard Devon (The Killer), Jacqueline Beer (Suzanne), Betsy Duncan (Singer), Frankie Ortega Trio

and Julie Adams (Margo Wendice)


Plot Overview

The husband of an old flame of Spencer's finds a love letter that Jeff wrote her while stationed in Korea. He plans to have a man kill her, but she winds up killing him in self-defense instead. The husband changes his plans, making it appear that the dead man was blackmailing his wife and that she and Jeff conspired to kill him.


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