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Dragnet (1954)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Harris ...
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Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
Georgia Ellis ...
Dick Cathcart ...
Willard Sage ...
Olan Soule ...
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Release Date:

4 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Original Dragnet  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Sgt. Joe Friday: [as Troy's friend starts to stand up] Unless you're growin', Sit down!
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Great Film of Dragnet Fans
28 January 2007 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Every time I see this movie, I find something else about it that makes me like it all the more. Whether its the cars, the attitudes, the clothes or just the story itself. I liked the cast from the very first time and recognized most of them from the TV series. Seeing again, now, was like getting visit from some old friends. It departed from the TV show in that you saw the crime committed up front and there was no epilogue of the outcome. But otherwise, it was classic Joe Friday. Just the facts. Not a lot of superfluous rhetoric or endless scenes of police tailing bad guys. Lots of voice over with details like time of day, location, etc. Simple interrogation from Friday with smart-mouth answers from the bad guys and the snappy, emotional responses from Joe. It kind of gets you, right where you live, you know? Don't miss this one. You won't be sorry.

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