6.8/10
641
21 user 6 critic

Dragnet (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 September 1954 (USA)
Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dragnet (1951–1959)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule
Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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

Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
Dragnet (1989–1991)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Stars: Jeff Osterhage, Bernard White, Thalmus Rasulala
The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
Pushover (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey
Dragnet (2003–2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An updated edition of the classic police drama, featuring Ed O'Neill as the 2000 version of Joe Friday.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, Christina Chang
Drama | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted defendant and invites her to move into his family's home and his son soon falls in love with her.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Brian Aherne, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Dragnet 1966 (TV Movie 1969)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Initially intended as a pilot for the Dragnet 1967 TV series, featuring L.A. police detective Joe Friday and his partners, but not aired until 1969.

Director: Jack Webb
Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Vic Perrin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Vic Perrin ...
Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
...
...
Dick Cathcart ...
...
...
...
Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
...
Monte Masters ...
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Original Dragnet  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first theatrical film based on a television show. See more »

Goofs

The murder scene is an open lot bounded by Loma Vista, 3rd, Wentworth and Rachel. These are actual streets in the LA area but do not intersect or form a block. See more »

Quotes

[Hamilton and Friday read the Dead Body, or DB, Report on Miller Starkey]
Captain James E. Hamilton, Intelligence: Shotgun, extreme close range, double-O. Starkey was hit four times, first two cut him in half.
Sgt. Joe Friday: The second two turned him into a crowd.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Dragnet (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Foggy Night in San Francisco
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herman Saunders)
Lyrics by Sidney Miller
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
No wonder LAPD loved him it's like their PR folks wrote this script.
8 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Webb made a very good living starring and directing in various TV versions of Dragnet in the 1950s and again in the late 1960s. His continued support for the hard work that the brave city police did for their communities built him a strong audience base among law enforcement members and their supporters.

In Dragnet (1954) Webb, who starred in his familiar role of Sgt. Joe Friday, also produced this one sided propaganda film. He shows a world where innocent witnesses, to organized crime murderers, are to be scorned for not risking their lives to testify in proceedings; A judicial system, that should stand back and allow police to determine where and when to wire tap citizens.

In addition, the residents of L.A. should feel their safety is almost assured when Friday's captain (Richard Boone) authorized non-stop surveillance of four suspected syndicate members; I guess the dozen or more officers, involved here, can be spared for this detail since things must be fine elsewhere in the city.

At one point, Friday and his portly detective partner Officer Frank Ryan, played in almost obscurity by actor Ben Alexander, beat up younger, larger thugs in an unintentionally funny brawl in a private club.

Webb certainly had the right to create a film stock full of glowing praise for the law enforcement agency that helped make him a very wealthy man. However, unlike the hour long television versions of this same material, Dragnet (1954) is a feature length sanitized, political piece of propaganda better left to a law enforcement recruitment video.


1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page