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Dragnet (1954)

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Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

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Storyline

Saturday, April 9: A known bookie named Miller Starkie has been "cut in half" by a sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun. Working out of Intelligence Division, Sgt. Joe Friday and Off. Frank Smith piece together what little evidence they have, interview acquaintances, intimidate witnesses, interrogate suspects to the point of harassment, utilize a Minifon and a wiretap, and testify before the Grand Jury in a tireless effort to catch and convict Starkie's killers. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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Straight from Police Files-The Never-Told Trackdown of the Red-Spot Criminals! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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4 September 1954 (USA)  »

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The Original Dragnet  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Malcolm Atterbury. See more »

Goofs

This comes under the heading of "names were changed to protect the innocent". Webb did this many times in the TV series as well as in this picture. See more »

Quotes

Max Troy: This gonna take long?
Sgt. Joe Friday: You've got the time.
Max Troy: Mine's worth money, yours isn't!
Sgt. Joe Friday: Send in a bill.
Max Troy: I asked you a question!
Sgt. Joe Friday: You're here to answer 'em, not ask 'em!
Max Troy: Now, listen to me, Cop. I pay your salary.
Sgt. Joe Friday: All right, sit down. I'm gonna earn it.
Max Troy: You already have, the kind of money you make. What do they pay you to carry that badge around, 40 cents an hour?
Sgt. Joe Friday: You sit down! That badge pays 464 dollars a month. That's what the job's worth. I knew that when I hired on. $67.40 comes out with withholding. I ...
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Referenced in NCIS: Nature of the Beast (2011) See more »

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Foggy Night in San Francisco
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herman Saunders)
Lyrics by Sidney Miller
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Excellent movie adaption of TV series.
20 June 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is the 1954 film version of the 1951-59 original TV series. This time it's in color, but it's not exactly the same as the show. We know who the killer is at the beginning, so it's not even a surprise. They didn't even say what happened to him in the end (you know, when they show the criminal in handcuffs, with the narrator telling what the judgement was) because he died (which they still did on the show, they'd say the suspect was deceased instead). Despite that, it's an excellent film, and well worth seeing if you're a fan. Joe still has Frank Smith as his partner, well acted by Ben Alexander and the performance by Jack Webb is classic. Track this one down for sure.


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