77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Kooki reports in that he saw a kidnapping while cruising Beverly Hills. He becomes even more concerned he reports into the police, but they take no action because they have no missing person report.


Richard Macaulay (teleplay) (as Richard Brady Macaulay), Frederick Brady (teleplay) (as Frederic Brady) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Harold J. Stone ... Lou Catto
George Tobias ... Pete Schrieber
Bert Convy ... Blake Catto
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Terry Nash
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Frank DeKova ... Jerry Gordon (as Frank De Kova)
Byron Keith ... Lieut. Roy Gilmore (as Keith Byron)
The Frankie Ortega Trio The Frankie Ortega Trio ... The Frankie Ortega Trio (as Frankie Ortega Trio)


Having already reported it to the police who could do nothing, Kookie tells an incredulous Jeff that he is sure he saw someone being abducted, Jeff's incredulity due to there being no reports of anyone missing, and frankly Kookie being Kookie. Jeff further states that kidnapping would indeed be a police matter. Kookie is redeemed when a few days later attorney Blake Catto enters Bailey and Spencer wanting to hire Jeff as the said kidnappee. A $150,000 ransom was paid by Blake's father, former mobster long gone straight Lou Catto, something that he would deny in wanting to deal with the kidnappers, probably old associates or enemies with a grudge, in his own way i.e. with a proverbial bullet through the head. Blake, who reported his kidnapping to the police who could do nothing without Lou's testimony as to the ransom, does not want Jeff to apprehend the kidnappers, but solely find the kidnappers as evidence that he was indeed kidnapped for the police to proceed, all done before Lou ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | French

Release Date:

12 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 episode marked the initial appearance of Byron Keith as Lt. Roy Gilmore, who became a semi-regular on the series. See more »


Frankie Ortega aggressively plays the piano for one number - but the keys are never depressed. This suggests someone else was actually playing on another piano. See more »


What Is This Thing Called Love
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The Frankie Ortega Trio
[Played at Dino's]
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It's a real kidnapping
13 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode starts out with good citizen Gerald Lloyd Kookson, III doing his duty as a citizen to report a crime. A kidnapping he witnessed while on the way to work. But the police don't take it seriously. And neither at first does Roger Smith.

But it's a real kidnapping all right. The victim snatched is Bert Convy young lawyer son of former mobster Harold J. Stone. Stone went legitimate years ago, but snatch his son and he can revert to the old ways without any problem. That means no cops on general principles.

This 77 Sunset Strip story features a pair of great performances from Stone and from George Tobias, one of the old mob who went legitimate and stuck with Stone. The two of them have some really good scenes together.

Chance and circumstance bring Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes, the kidnappers, the cops, and Stone and Tobias all together for the showdown. Very cleverly written to bring that about.

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