77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Fraternity of Fear 

Jeff is hired by the Connors, parents of a student who died in an apparent hazing incident. Jeff poses as a student, living in the fraternity where he learns of rampant cheating by the football team which may be tied to the death.

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Richard Paul Stenger (teleplay) (as Richard Stenger), W. Hermanos (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Shirley Knight ... Mari Ellen Taylor
Gary Vinson ... Brad Curtis
Diane McBain ... Doris Spinner
Louis Quinn ... Pete Roscoe
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Kenneth Tobey ... Coach Jarech
James Bonnet ... Dave Dixon
Joan Marshall ... Connie Jarech
Jerry Brent Jerry Brent ... Milt Moore
James Seay ... Bert Connors
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Dean Summers
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Prof. Bleeker
Lane Chandler ... Chief Crane
Claudia Bryar ... Grace Connors
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Storyline

Jeff returns to college as a student when he is hired by Bert and Grace Connors to investigate the death of their son, freshman Jimmy Connors, a journalism major, a writer at the school newspaper and a pledge at Mr. Connors' fraternity. While no one was charged, the coroner, through an inquest, ruled that Jimmy died as the result of accidental murder from a fraternity hazing incident, the college's star football player, hulking Brad Curtis, who seems to be at the center of the incident. Beyond the coroner's ruling, the Connors hire Jeff as they have just received a letter from Jimmy, indeed in his handwriting, postmarked ten days after his death, the letter dated the day of his death. The letter states that he will probably be leaving school with more information to follow. While Mr. Connors is able to pull some strings to get Jeff into the fraternity undercover as a transfer, Jeff enlists the help of Roscoe to go undercover getting a job at one of the local student hangouts to act as... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Smith sings a song entitled "Where Did the Summer Go". See more »

Quotes

Doris Spinner: How did Mari Ellen ever find a date like you?
Jeff Spencer: Mari Ellen's a nice girl. I like her.
Doris Spinner: Everyone likes nice girls. But what fun are they?
Jeff Spencer: I'm new here. I don't know any other kind.
Doris Spinner: You do now.
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Where Did the Summer Go?
(uncredited)
Performed by Roger Smith
[Jeff sings the song at the sorority house dance]
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The old fraternity
31 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of 77 Sunset Strip finds Roger Smith going undercover as a college student. He's rather old for the part and clearly this was an episode where if he was available they would have sent Edd Byrnes in. It's explained by saying he had been in the military and was getting education a bit late. Louis Quinn comes along too, getting a job at the local hangout as a short order cook and to hear the gossip.

The gossip is quite a lot and the case Jeff Spencer is on involves the death of a college kid, was it murder, suicide, or accident that had the deceased drive off a cliff.

That the college wanted to avoid a scandal is one thing. But there seems to be a conspiracy of sorts to throw the whole thing on Gary Vinson who is something of an oddball loner in the place. Diane McBain is in the cast playing her usual tramp type.

What's it all about, you watch the episode for. But I think you will be pleased.


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