Jeff sees enticing wanted robber Vetta Nygood, tails her to a remote mountain hideout, but her accomplices nab him. The ice-cold gang leader Hammett panics, so he ties & gags Jeff up in the abandoned house's attic. Then the 3 robbers flee after divvying up the loot, before the 4th thug, the menacing Deek arrives to claim his cut. Who gets to Jeff first: a chummy rattlesnake, the cops or the vengeful Deek ?
Just before Stu sings lead in a mob trial, a toy manufacturer moves into 77 Sunset Strip, with no furniture but lots of ammo and suspicious visitors, especially a sinister couple who rub everybody the wrong way. Roscoe knows the head of the assassins, who hires Roscoe to courier a secret toy design from San Diego.
Astrologer predicts murder will strike the same film fest again, once more claiming someone close to super-agent Shelly Blair. Bailey & Spencer have no trouble mobilizing all their young male ops to protect Shelly's 4 starlet clients (MM, Lotus Lee, Sprite Simpson, Helga Haller), while Roscoe draws an ex-silent film diva, and Suzanne shields an ego-maniacal French heartthrob.
A duplicitous blonde swipes $500,000 from her employer/fiancé, after he hired Jeff Spencer to accompany her and a satchel of negotiable bonds from San Francisco to L.A. She gives Jeff the slip, along with another, much younger fiancé. When Jeff suspects she's fled to Acapulco, fiancé number II joins the chase.
Crooner, who's finally cracked the big screen, is suspected of rubbing out scandal sheet publisher Ransome, for threatening to expose the singer's rap sheet. Bailey & Spencer's new gumshoe Rex Randolph sets out to nab the killer, to prove the golden throat's innocence. High on Rex's checklist of suspects is comic Chick Little, who may be another of Ransome's blackmail pigeons.
Is Stu moonlighting as a Mafia hit man or could he just be an exact double for Sandy the Executioner? Kefauver's G-Men summon ex-CIA spook Stu Bailey inside the Beltway, to find out before New York's Silk Cipriano has his contract fulfilled on rival narcotics dealer California Baldy Mike Hannigan, sparking a bi-coastal gang war.
The funeral of a revered old Western star gets surreal when his huge statue is stolen. The embarrassed Hollywood cemetery hires Jeff Spencer to get the statue back, but gets way more they expect. Jeff's investigation uncovers sex, lies, blackmail, decaying nitrate film, and murder suspects galore.
While in England, Jeff is asked by his light-fingered friend, Benny, to help him find who hired him for a job in Liverpool. Unknown to Benny he stole a radioactive isotope. He was not warned of the danger of coming in contact with it. They only have two weeks to find who did this to Benny before he dies from the radiation poisoning.
Manet the magician schemes to pay off his gambling debts by reuniting his assistant with her wealthy parents, back in California. To verify that the beautiful young woman's really the daughter who disappeared in World War II Europe, the parents hire Stu Bailey to fly to Antwerp to investigate.
Newlywed Adam Gallante disappears, then someone keeps trying to kill his naive bride Alice. Bloodhounds Spencer and Kookie find out that the meek-looking Gallante, a traveling women's clothing salesman, had paramours all over, including Sheila Storm, seer Karma Onyx, and Peaches Schultz.
Rex is hired to protect an up and coming actress Abigail Allen pretending to be a fellow performer. He gets emotionally involved as he learns an ex-con is a suspect but it's the woman's secrets that put her in the most danger.
Spencer is to be the Stewart's bodyguard, a couple where the husband is an older man married to the attractive Dolly. She makes a play for Jeff and he discovers her ex-con old boyfriend which puts several lives at risk.
An egocentric actor has a series of "accidents" causing the nervous producer of the show the actor is in to hire Rex to solve who is trying to off the pompous actor. Lots of suspects, but thanks to a poisoned canteen the killer is found.
Jeff recounts how he took in struggling nerd Stu as junior partner, after Jeff rescued a beauty from a kidnapping plus nabbed a car ring single-handed, after bow-tied, all-thumbs Stu botched the car theft investigation. Jeff's princely version of the origin of 77 Sunset Strip is in response to Rex making a rash mistake by asking Jeff how their agency started. As a true detective, Rex needs all the facts to close a case, so he grills Stu for his version of the events.
Jeff is hired by Maritza, a much married socialite to steal her jewels in an insurance scam. When he turns her down she frames him for theft. But it's her missing love letters that have several Hollywood lotharios on edge.
Jeff enters the world of espionage when he is asked to impersonate a brilliant scientist. He must keep up the subterfuge as he tries to ferret out who might be passing on intelligence to the nation's enemies.
Baxter Kellogg, a former star, is attempting a comeback but loses his luck charm at a party. Stu is hired to locate it but finds instead a secretive wife, a resentful nephew, an unemployed starlet plus a blackmailer who meets misfortune.
Jeff is asked by Lt. Gilmore to look into the disappearance of $85,000 hidden by gambler Stanley, recently out of prison. Jeff gets nowhere as his fiance Francine and friends claim ignorance. But a murder changes the investigation's course.
Rex heads to an old mining town, hired by the local boss Henning. After he turns down the job he's prevented from leaving. He becomes involved with Notch who holds the deed to a valuable claim that several of the locals want their hands on.
Stu is hired to find a missing husband, David Todd a once well known pianist who left the spotlight. Stu finds him playing at out of the way club where David insists his wife wants him back to murder him. Events unfold that the investigator must untangle.
Lt. Gilmore enlists Jeff when he's perplexed by a series of unrelated murders. Spencer's work reveals all had a connection to boats plus spoke French. Jeff enlists Suzanne's help but an encounter with a surly marina owner puts her at risk.
Meek bookkeeper Wilmer Zaleski picks 6 of 8 winners every day at the track, attracting the attention of hoods Flip & Schoolboy plus a statuesque billionaire track dilettante. Babs hires Stu to find out Zaleski's secret, while the strong-arms pummel Wilmer and kidnap his daughter. Maverick's a sure bet to win, but Roscoe has to pull an all-nighter to pick the other 5, to draw the kidnappers out in the open.
Jeff is hired by Fay Dakota to protect her estranged husband Flint on the set of his comeback western. A series of mishaps have plagued the film plus Flint's interest in starlet Rhonda creates complications as Jeff and Roscoe work as extras.
When Stu's pilot friend Hal is fired for reporting a dead body that disappears Stu decides to help. An vehicle search reveals the involvement of advice columnist Amanda Strong and her gigolo husband Bowman that raises suspicions.
Jeff is hired by a high end swimwear company to discover why their new designs appear first at their primary competition. Jeff places Suzanne as a model at the firm that unravels a complicated series of deceptions.
While Bailey and Spencer are out, Randolph takes an assignment from a mysterious South American girl, but he's apparently killed en route to her country when his plane explodes. The other detectives suspect he was actually kidnapped.
Randolph awakens from a drugged state to find he has been kidnapped by a banana republic's crooked politicos, and forced to impersonate a dead leader the people trust. Bailey and Spencer enlist Kookie and Roscoe to help in a rescue mission.
Rex is engaged by Gunnar Isis, a ruthless international tycoon, to guard a priceless diamond tiara. When it is stolen from his mistress, lovely ballerina Amanda Sant, Rex is thrown into a maze of murderers, blackmailers and Nazis.