77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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Mr. Paradise 

Stuart is hired by husband and wife Vincent and Helen Blanton, in believing that their wealthy uncle, Cyrus Blanton, is being swindled by his neighbors, who are building a Utopian paradise ... See full summary »


Arthur Lubin


Frederick Brady (teleplay) (as Frederic Brady), Frederick Brady (story) (as Frederic Brady) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Andrew Duggan ... Mr. Paradise
John Litel ... Cyrus Blanton
Sandra White Sandra White ... Lois Blanton (as Sandy White)
Leslie Barrett ... Dr. Friendly
Logan Field Logan Field ... Saul
Lillian Bronson ... Mrs. Johnson
Patrick Waltz ... Vincent Blanton
Constance Davis Constance Davis ... Mrs. Nelson (as Connie Davis)
Ruth Terry ... Helen Blanton
Byron Keith ... Lt. Roy Gilmore (as Keith Byron)
Louis Quinn ... Pete Roscoe


Stuart is hired by husband and wife Vincent and Helen Blanton, in believing that their wealthy uncle, Cyrus Blanton, is being swindled by his neighbors, who are building a Utopian paradise community called Eden on their vast rural property, Uncle Cyrus joining their cause in adding his property for the community. Outwardly, the community, led by a man calling himself Mr. Paradise, has renounced any form of progress, instead espousing peace and harmony and a "do unto others" philosophy. It also operates as a legal non-profit, the community members who only donate a small financial amount for the community to operate. However, in going undercover in meeting Mr. Paradise, Stuart believes Vincent and Helen's assertions are correct in that Mr. Paradise has some sort of scheme going on to dupe people like Cyrus. They have to convince Mr. Blanton's sister, Lois Blanton, who, closer to Uncle Cyrus than her brother, believes that her brother, sister-in-law and Stuart are all operating under a ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

22 May 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?


Although Suzanne's voice is heard over the intercom, she does not physically appear in this episode. Thus Jacqueline Beer is not listed in the end credits. See more »


About 31 minutes into the story, one can see the microphone cable coming out of Mr. Paradise's (Andrew Duggan) left pants leg, right before Cyrus Blanton is shot. See more »


Mr. Paradise: The body must be disciplined before the mind can comprehend.
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I'll String Along with You
Music by Harry Warren
[Background music heard when Kookie makes a date with Joyfulness]
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All the nuts
15 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was once said that the geography of the USA had it diagonally tilted so that all the nuts rolled down and accumulated in southern California. That's because of the preponderance of cults and wacky movements of all kinds originating in that part of the country. A cult is the subject of this 77 Sunset Strip episode.

Efrem Zimbalist is hired by some of the relatives of John Litel who is under some kind of strange control by a cult run by Andrew Duggan. They seem to be harbingers for hippies in the next decade. Walking around in robes and declaring themselves going back to the simple life before technology.

Of course Duggan is not all he seems and it's a good thing that Zimbalist has Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes and Louis Quinn to back him up. Although Quinn and Byrnes are not really effective undercover operators here. Neither of them can keep their minds off their interests in real life.

Duggan is really quite evil here, watch it and see what I mean.

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