77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
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White Lie 

Stu Bailey investigates the title for a piece of land in Oklahoma that could yield a fortune in oil. But the owner is afraid to reveal that she has Negro blood, a revelation that would ruin... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Charlotte Delavalle
Gene Evans ... Sam Welden
Juanita Moore ... Celia Jackson
Kim Hamilton ... Letha
Harry Hickox ... Ralph Verner
Elisabeth Fraser ... Molly
Paul Newlan ... The Judge
Tol Avery ... Gary Clayton
Harry Harvey ... The Squatter (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Lillian Powell Lillian Powell ... Maude
Walter Mathews ... Dr. Dudley
Eric Copage Eric Copage ... Robby


Stu Bailey investigates the title for a piece of land in Oklahoma that could yield a fortune in oil. But the owner is afraid to reveal that she has Negro blood, a revelation that would ruin her standing in the White world. Written by Jerome Holst

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Release Date:

25 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The town of Dandridge, Connecticut is fictional. See more »


When Bailey shuts off his Dictaphone at the end of the episode, he taps a dial instead of the "record" button, which remains depressed. See more »


[last lines]
Stuart Bailey: [in his office, speaking into a dictation machine microphone] And that's when the merry-to-round stopped, so I got off and came home. I haven't collected my fee yet, but I'm not worried. The oil was there, just as Sam said it would be. And, um, between you and me, Hannah, this is one case that paid off in something better than money, which is very upsetting to a man in my profession. And If you ever quote me on that, to anybody, you're fired.
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Will Stu Bailey tell her secret?
16 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Stu Bailey has now shed partners and operatives but still retains the fancy address of the show title for an office. In this story he has to track down the owner of some Oklahoma land where wildcatter Gene Evans has struck it rich and an oil company is looking to take it away from him. Evans hires Bailey to track down a C.A. Jackson who is the owner of the property whom he has never met.

He's successful and as it turns out it's Elizabeth Montgomery who runs a nursery school and has a very dark secret. She's been passing for white for years. She has a most uncomfortable family reunion with her relatives including grandma Juanita Moore.

Another of her relatives Eric Copage is a kid with some crippling injuries that will cost a fortune. That oil could pay for his care. Remember this was before Medicare and Medicaid.

Efrem Zimbalist is torn on this one. Should he keep Montgomery's secret as they go to court or not. I think there would be no question today, but it was a different time back then though the times were a changin'.

A nice story in this last season of the show.

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