Before September 11, 2001… there was September 23, 1960

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

This attack was not in New York. It was in California.77 Sunset Strip The address was not Liberty St & Church St. It was…

77 Sunset Strip.

Snap, snap!

Okay… many of you may not get the double-snap. This show was before my time… so I imagine it might be before yours as well.

Here is a compilation of opening sequences… all featuring the snappy theme song.

“The Fanatics,” an episode of 77 Sunset Strip written by Seelig Lester & Allen Chasen, aired on television over four decades before the 9/11 attacks.

Credited as television’s very first hour-long private eye drama, 77 Sunset Strip co-starred television’s first teen heartthrob, Ed “Kookie” Byrnes… the first to make girls scream by simply combing his hair.

77 Sunset Strip Cast

The premise of this episode featured a group of terrorists from the Middle East plotting to have a suicide bomber blow up a hospital where their enemy would undergo surgery.

Hmm… sound familiar?

The bomb (which looked more like a Radio Shack transistor radio than an explosive device — this was, after all, the 1960’s), was strapped to the waist of a suicide bomber portrayed by a very young Marlo Thomas. She was told a lie that Kemal wanted her to blow herself up for the cause.

While her terrorist boyfriend commiserated over his love being blown up, his mentor reassured him that her death would be for the glory of their cause. After the good guys defused the bomb, the terrorists learned that their mentor was full of khara. The story ended with the terrorist couple turning away from evil and living happily ever after (this was, after all, the 1960’s).

Despite the laughable casting of actors like Bert Convy as Kemal and Joe DeSantis as Mustafa Caleb (this was, after all, the 1960’s), it was interesting to see that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

So, what if you were not even born when that show aired?

A movie reboot of the series (why not… everything else is) has been in development for roughly half a decade. Greg Berlanti, the genius behind two of the CW Network’s hottest superhero shows, is expected to direct a script written by Stephen Chin (“Another Day in Paradise”).

You think they might hire Justin Bieber to play Kookie?

Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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