Re: RARA-AVIS: The Double Take by Roy Hiuggins
18 Oct 99 09:48:00 -0400

       Strictly speaking, Huggins did not write a "novelization" of
       *77 Sunset Strip*. The PI character, Stu Bailey, played by E.
       Zimbalist, Jr., was introduced in the novel *The Double Take*,
       then used in several short stories by Huggins published in
       various slick magazines in the early '50s. These stories were
       cobbled together as a episodic "novel" and published by Dell
       under the title *77 Sunset Strip* to coincide with the series
       basd on Huggins character. Ironically, it is little-remembered
       now that Bailey, who made the smoothest an most successful
       transition of all PI characters from prose fiction to TV,
       actually was created in a novel that pre-dated the TV series by
       at least 10 years. - Jim Doherty

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