I Love Trouble (1948 film)

I Love Trouble is a 1948 American film noir mystery film written by Roy Huggins from his first novel The Double Take, directed by S. Sylvan Simon, and starring Franchot Tone as Stuart Bailey.[1][2][3] The character of Stuart Bailey was later portrayed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in the television series 77 Sunset Strip.[4]

I Love Trouble
Film poster
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Produced byS. Sylvan Simon
Screenplay byRoy Huggins
Based onRoy Huggins (novel The Double Take)
StarringFranchot Tone
Janet Blair
Janis Carter
Music byGeorge Duning
CinematographyCharles Lawton, Jr.
Edited byAl Clark
Cornell Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 15, 1948 (1948-01-15) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States


A wealthy politician, Ralph Johnston, hires detective Stuart Bailey to investigate his missing wife's background. Bailey discovers that the wife had been a dancer under her maiden name of Jane Breeger and had left her Oregon home town with Buster Buffin, a nightclub entertainer, who says Jane changed her name to Janie Joy and enrolled at UCLA. Buffin is killed before Bailey can question him further.

Norma Shannon shows up, looking for her sister Jane, but when Bailey shows her a photograph of the missing woman, Norma says it's not her. Bailey learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girlfriend to enter college after she stole $40,000 from the club where she worked, owned by a man named Keller.

The detective eventually learns that Johnston had killed his wife when he had himself discovered her past, in order to avoid a scandal, and that he had hired the detective in order to frame him for the killing.



The novel and film were written by Roy Huggins, and is laced with a comedic sophistication evident in his subsequent work. In Huggins' Archive of American Television interview, he notes that I Love Trouble was somehow lost and had not been seen anywhere for decades and never run on television, but the film has since been found and screened in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Huggins later created numerous landmark television series such as Maverick starring James Garner, The Fugitive starring David Janssen, The Rockford Files starring Garner, and 77 Sunset Strip starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Stuart Bailey. I Love Trouble was Huggins' first brush with making narrative film.

See also


  1. Keaney, Michael F. (2003). Film Noir Guide, 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959 (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 541. ISBN 9780786415472.
  2. "Stuart Bailey". thrillingdetective.com. Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  3. "I Love Trouble". citwf.com. Complete Index To World Film. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  4. "77 Sunset Strip". Thrilling Detective. pp. thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
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