"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
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Gang Busters (1952) ran on alternate weeks with "Dragnet" on NBC on Thursday nights for a little more than a season (1952-53). "Gang Busters" was the highest-rated show at the time NBC decided to cancel it, in favor of airing "Dragnet" weekly. See more »
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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I purchased a couple of episodes of the classic B & W version of "Dragnet" in a "Everything for a Buck" sort of store, not long ago. In one collection, the transfer from film to DVD was great. However, the other set, from a different company, left a good deal to be desired. The film quality was low, and to add insult to injury, they had edited music from the score, as well. I would wager that it was the signature, "Dahhh-da-DUM-DUM" that we all know "Dragnet" by.
Still was a great watch, however, and the stories are interesting. Just having the audio quality change, and small bits of dialoge get clipped by inserting a piano playing a couple of notes, is somewhat irritating.
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