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Dragnet (1954)

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

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Cast

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Officer Frank Smith
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Officer Grace Downey
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Ethel Starkie
Vic Perrin ...
Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
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Belle Davitt
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Dick Cathcart ...
Roy Cleaver
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Lee Reinhard
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Chester Davitt
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Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
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Monte Masters ...
Fabian Gerard
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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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7:55 P.M. All days off were cancelled. All officers placed on standby. This was the hottest case to hit the department. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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4 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Original Dragnet  »

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Budget:

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

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(WarnerColor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The movie followed the then current tendency of radio and TV shows to work in the sponsor's products wherever possible. Liggett & Meyers Tobacco was the TV/radio series' main sponsor, and though it is doubtful they had any financial involvement with the movie, packs of their Chesterfield cigarettes can be seen throughout the movie. Every public place in the movie also featured a Chesterfield vending machine. 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

[Friday has unsuccessfully interrogated Chester Davitt]
Captain James E. Hamilton, Intelligence: He won't cop out.
Sgt. Joe Friday: He can smell the gas.
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Connections

Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann
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Second rate at best.
28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1954 as a child, and frankly, at that time it seemed to me to be both

amateurish and boring. I knew that Jack Webb had written, produced and directer it, and that's usually a pretty good prescription for a failure. Fifty-five years later, I still feel the same. This motion picture was made only because "Dragnet" (the TV series) was popular enough to draw in an audience, or at least, I'm guessing that the folks putting up the money thought so . If in fact "Dragnet" made a profit (I have my doubts) it was only because it was made on a very slim budget. What the movie audiences got for their money was just a thirty minute TV show that had been blown up -- filmed in color -- and little more. "Dragnet" was like a lot of films or TV shows that caught on at a particular time. They were different, rather than they were particularly good. "Dargnet" isn't something that holds up over time; rather, it becomes a curiosity, something that has to be defended. Several comments have have been made that this film reflected both the 1950's and Joseph R. McCarthy. Well, actually this film reflected Jack Webb, and his conception of movie making. If you see Joe McCarty here, it's because you want to see Joe McCarthy. This movie is not political unless you just think that policing is just a reflection of closet fascism.


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