77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Honey from the Bee 

An heirloom tapestry from Czarist Russia with no obvious value beyond the sentimental, seems to be triggering a series of murders.


George Waggner (as george waGGner)


Charles Hoffman (teleplay), Michael Forrestier (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Ruta Lee ... Natalie Baranova
Connie Stevens ... Cleo Mason
Jay Novello ... Yegor Danilov
Celia Lovsky ... Countess Natalia Dombroska
Gregory Gaye ... Kairos (as Gregory Gay)
Alex Gerry ... Ivan Rudin (as Alexander Gerry)
Nancy Walters ... Lenore Lombard
Byron Keith ... Lt. Roy Gilmore (as Keith Byron)
Alberto Morin ... Robaire


Stuart, Kookie and their respective dates are among those Russian restaurateur Yegor Danilov has invited to a small party on Friday night in honor of the highly publicized acquisition of a tapestry - an old family heirloom that used to hang in the family's summer home in St. Petersburg when he was a child - which he has now hung behind the desk in his office. The four are aware that Danilov's story behind the tapestry is all fiction in order to bring publicity to the restaurant as they were in the restaurant the night when he acquired it from a Mrs. Jennings aka the former Countess Natalia Dombroska - the tapestry her family heirloom - Danilov ultimately loaning her $1,000 in her need for money while he holds the tapestry until she can pay him back. The money is to pay the proverbial bills as she and her niece, Natalie Baranova, are unable to survive on her work as a singer. What all of them except the Countess don't know is the secret behind the tapestry, most specifically the ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | French

Release Date:

10 April 1959 (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?


Shortly after this episode aired, Connie Stevens was cast as a regular in another Warner Bros. detective series, Hawaiian Eye (1959); and she and Edd Byrnes recorded the hit record "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me You Comb." It reached #4 on the Billboard pop singles chart. See more »


Two Guitars
Performed by Ruta Lee
[The song Natalie performs at Cafe Amur]
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A double date with Kookie
7 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This all begins with Efrem Zimbalist taking out Edd Byrnes for his birthday to a Russian restaurant owned by Jay Novello. It's a sort of a poor man's Romanov's and the famous Hollywood eatery is mentioned in the course of the story.

The aunt of Zimbalist's date Ruta Lee asks Novello to buy a Russian tapestry which was originally his family but which Celia Lovsky came into possession of in those revolutionary times. Then she wants it back.

Of course there's more to it than just a tapestry, but you see the episode for that. An interesting if not quite coherent story.

Note that Kookie's date is up and coming contract player Connie Stevens who would soon be a regular on 77 Sunset Strip copycat series Hawaiian Eye.

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