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77 Sunset Strip The Silent Caper (1958–1964) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Action / Crime / Drama
Original Title: The Silent Caper
Director: George Waggner
Writers: Roger Smith
Released: 1958–1964
Duration: 1h
Video type: TV Episode
Stripper Jingle Bells, key witness in a mob trial, is kidnapped to keep her from testifying. Jeff spots her being held in an apartment, then identifies her when he finds one of her trademark "jingle bell" earrings on the sidewalk. Jeff pursues when the kidnapper moves her to a mountain ranch off Route 66.
Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Smith Roger Smith - Jeff Spencer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Stuart Bailey
Louis Quinn Louis Quinn - Roscoe
Dale Van Sickel Dale Van Sickel - The Hood
Cliff Ketchum Cliff Ketchum - The Man
Ann Duncan Ann Duncan - Jingle Bells
Carolyn Komant Carolyn Komant - Girl Friend
Don Hix Don Hix - Old Man

In this episode, no character speaks a line. Thus, "The Silent Caper".

This was the first script written by Roger Smith. As the writers' strike was still ongoing, it could be legally filmed, as he was not a member of the Writers' Guild (though of course he had to join afterwards). The strike was about to be settled, and the next episode was produced under the new contract.

One of the horses in the race Roscoe bets on is named "Howie H.," an in-joke reference to producer Howie Horwitz.

This is a rare episode which begins in the teaser; normally, the teaser was an exciting scene from later in the show designed to hook browsing viewers. Roger Smith may have made a conscious decision to do this as a way of varying the formula.

Reviews: [2]

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    That's for sure the episode that I will remind the most of this TV show. You have already read that this story is entirely silent, with sound of course, but with absolutely NO ONE talking. As was Russell Rouse's THE THIEF. The story telling is adequate with the absence of talking, and the editing too. TERRIFIC. The highlight of the whole show. I have read that you had another episode, where one of our two leads is alone in a desert town - I don't remember the title. I hope to watch this one too, and comment it. I won't repeat the topic already told above, a topic after all rather common, except an action packed script, so much action packed that you have never seen it in any other episode of the show. But, I repeat, the true outstanding element of this story it that it is entirely silent. Watch for Dale Van Sickel as one of the characters; remember him as a famous stunt man of the Republic serials. And, in absence of dialogues, I can say that you have here an awesome music score. If you love jazz, you'll be astonished.
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    Dialogue-free but not silent this episode started to belabor the gimmick after 20 minutes. Non-stop, exaggerated sound effects (foley à deux?) and splashy big band score fill out the soundtrack making this episode the equivalent of cinematic popcorn. I say that because the episode was written by Roger Smith who, I think was a student of the movies. There was a streak of respect for Hollywood in its golden years in the series as could be seen in other episodes about aging film stars and the glories of yesteryear. This episode was a bit tedious as it had no interesting guest stars and the concept demanded Jeff Spencer leaving notes to communicate with Roscoe and attempting to phone Stu, who can't answer.