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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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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4 September 1954 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Herbert Ellis, who appears uncredited as The Booking Sergeant, was one of several actors who played Officer Frank Smith during the first year of the Dragnet (1951) TV series before Ben Alexander got the role full time. 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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Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
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Music by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann
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Great 1950's period crime drama
23 January 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is so true to the atmosphere of the 1950's that you could show it in a history class, but it's a lot of fun. Jack Webb is fantastically straight as Joe Friday; he never had a better role. He speaks every word with a cement-like conviction; he's always got a snappy answer for every sarcastic criminal. Everyone in the movie is great, but the standouts are Virginia Gregg as the murdered man's alcoholic and handicapped wife, Stacy Harris as Max Troy, insincere head of the crime syndicate, and Richard Boone as the police captain, who says to his men with angry authority "all right, bumper to bumper tail; get up with em in the morning and put em to bed at night".


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