77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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The Disappearance 

The kidnapping of an national leader pits Bailey against the brainy Doctor Burke (John Dehner) who has an ingenious plan for escaping with $1,000,000 in ransom.


Sidney Salkow


Lawrence Kimble (teleplay), Frederick Brady (story) (as Frederic Brady)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer (credit only)
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes) (credit only)
Louis Quinn ... Pete Roscoe
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Robert Logan ... J.R. Hale
John Litel ... Distinguished Visitor
Jerome Cowan ... Harvey Williams
Med Flory ... Chief Brock
Robert Hogan ... Kurt (as Bob Hogan)
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Stanley Warren
Victor Buono ... Stanison
John Dennis ... Ross
Nestor Paiva ... Brother Jonathon
John Dehner ... Dr. Burke


The kidnapping of an national leader pits Bailey against the brainy Doctor Burke (John Dehner) who has an ingenious plan for escaping with $1,000,000 in ransom.

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

27 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The face of John Litel's character is never seen. See more »


77 Sunset Strip
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Theme song; short instrumental version played during opening credits; full vocal version performed during closing credits
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One audacious caper
14 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It didn't take me long to figure out that the 'distinguished visitor' played by John Litel in the cast referred to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Some crooks led by John Dehner kidnap him off a golf course in southern California. Among the foursome playing golf is Stuart Bailey.

So Efrem Zimbalist is picked as the go between to deliver the ransom where Litel is being held at a monastery headed by Nestor Paiva who is also a hostage as are the rest of the monks.

One thing Dehner does that really gives it away that it's Ike is that he asks that several of Litel's rich patriotic friends contribute pieces of the ransom in small non-consecutive bills. Ike had a regular coterie of rich business people whom he called his 'gang'. I'm sure the whole group could have come up with the loot without bothering the Feds.

Dehner is one shrewd and ruthless crook, but there's always some little detail that trips them up. Interesting what it is here.

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