Dragnet (1951–1959)

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Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

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"The story you are about to see is true", "Just the facts, ma'am", "We were working the day watch" - phrases which became so popular as to inspire much parody - set the realistic tone of this early police drama. The show emphasized careful police work and the interweaving of policemen's professional and personal lives. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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(300 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

'Jack Webb' gained some initial production time when Chesterfield cigarettes agreed to finance an anthology series titled Chesterfield Presents (1952) (aka "Dramatic Mystery") that alternated with "Dragnet" in early 1952. This provided the time needed to work through the sudden death of Barton Yarborough shortly after its initial broadcast. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
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Just the facts, ma'am
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I'm most familiar with the Harry Morgan period but all versions I've seen of the TV and radio originals are really good. Post-sixties angst is absent from the stories and characterizations, as in Perry Mason and perhaps a few others. Actually, "Ozzie and Harriet" from a different angle gives the same picture of a time with a bit less self-doubt.


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