I Love Trouble (1948 film)

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I Love Trouble
I Love Trouble poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
Produced by S. Sylvan Simon
Written by Roy Huggins (novel The Double Take)
Starring Franchot Tone
Janet Blair
Janis Carter
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Charles Lawton, Jr.
Edited by Al Clark
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 1948 (1948)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I Love Trouble (1948) is a film noir 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]


A wealthy man, Ralph Johnston, hires detective Stuart Bailey to investigate his wife's background. Bailey discovers that the wife had been a dancer under her maiden name of Jane Breeger and had left her home town with actor Buster Buffin. Buffin tells that Jane changed her name to Janie Joy and enrolled in UCLA. He promised more information but is killed before Bailey can question him further.

With the help of a showgirl, 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. 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



  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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