Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Warners Cruising "77 Sunset Strip"

Warner Bros will adapt the TV series "77 Sunset Strip" into a period feature, directed by Greg Berlanti, from a screenplay by Stephen Chin. Berlanti will also produce with A. Scott Berg and Kevin McCormick. "77 Sunset Strip" starred actors Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes, based on novels/short stories written by creator Roy Huggins. The show aired from 1958 to 1964, winning a 1960 Golden Globe Award for best TV series, revolving around LA detectives, 'Stuart ("Stu") Bailey', a character Huggins originated in his 1946 novel "The Double Take" and 'Jeff Spencer', a non-practicing attorney. The duo worked out of an office at 77 Sunset Strip, between La Cienega Boulevard and Alta Loma Road on the south side of the Strip. Comic relief was provided by racetrack personality 'Roscoe' and 'Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson III', a hipster and aspiring P.I. who worked as a valet parking attendant at Dino's, the club next door to the detectives' office. The theme song was written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston. Guest stars included William Shatner, Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Conrad, Dyan Cannon, Connie Stevens, Adam West, Tuesday Weld, Marlo Thomas, Max Baer, Jr., Elizabeth Montgomery, DeForest Kelley, Roger Moore, Donna Douglas, Troy Donahue, Ellen Burstyn, Chad Everett, Gena Rowlands, Diane Ladd, Fay Wray, Francis X. Bushman, Keenan Wynn, Ida Lupino, Jim Backus, Buddy Ebsen, George Jessel, Peter Lorre, Burgess Meredith, and Nick Adams.
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