77 Sunset Strip

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    A suggestion for a different actor to play Jeff Spencer.

    By BRIAN112948, Feb 15, 2006

    "77 Sunset Strip" was a great private eye series, created by the legendary Roy Huggins. Huggins claimed it was the first 60-minute private eye show. All the characters were likeable and memorable. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. was one of the great series leads as Stuart Bailey. Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes, Richard Long, Louis Quinn, Byron Morrow, Robert Logan and Jacqueline Beer were all beautiful, talented actors-impossible to forget.

    But I might have chosen a different Jeff Spencer. Roger Smith was great, but he was awfully young and callow when the show started. I would have chosen lady-killer Ray Danton, who seemed to be working a lot for Warner Brothers at the time. Danton was ridiculously handsome, smooth and confident. He was also a terrific actor ("Legs Diamond"). Danton's cold, crisp, knife-like personality would have contrasted beautifully with Zimbalist's suave, intellectual, fatherly Stu Bailey. Zimbalist/Danton would have made a killer team: a memorable good cop/bad cop.


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