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Dragnet -- A mysterious gangland slaying has taken place and it is up to Joe Friday and the Los Angeles Police Department to put together the pieces. They enlist the services of a pretty and daring police woman to trap the devious mobsters and bring them to justice. Friday gets his man with help from his partner, Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander), in a crime caper so tough it could only be called Dragnet.


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Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 September 1954 (USA) See more »
This was the hottest case to hit the department! See more »
Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Dennis Weaver Dies in Colorado
 (From WENN. 28 February 2006)

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  (in credits order)

Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday

Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith

Richard Boone ... Capt. James E. Hamilton

Ann Robinson ... Officer Grace Downey

Stacy Harris ... Max Troy

Virginia Gregg ... Ethel Starkie
Vic Perrin ... Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
Georgia Ellis ... Belle Davitt

James Griffith ... Jesse Quinn
Dick Cathcart ... Roy Cleaver

Malcolm Atterbury ... Lee Reinhard
Willard Sage ... Chester Davitt

Olan Soule ... Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)

Dennis Weaver ... Police Capt. R.A. Lohrman
Monte Masters ... Fabian Gerard
Herb Vigran ... Mr. Archer
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Caldwell
Guy Hamilton ... Walker Scott
Ramsay Williams ... Wesley Cannon (as Ramsey Williams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Bradshaw
James Anderson ... Fred Kemp (uncredited)
Art Aragon ... Art Aragon (uncredited)
Cliff Arquette ... Charley Weaver (uncredited)
Harry Bartell ... Lt. 'Tex' Stevens (uncredited)
William Boyett ... Grand Jury Bailiff (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Detective (uncredited)
Thad Brown ... Himself - Chief of Detectives (uncredited)
Bill Brundige ... Sgt. Hank Wilde (uncredited)
Clarence Cassell ... Walter Lewis (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Balding Card Player (uncredited)
Aubrey Lee Dale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Sgt. William Tilden (uncredited)
Jean Dean ... Telephone Company Secretary (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Deputy D.A.'s Aide (uncredited)

Ross Elliott ... Intelligence Div. Sergeant at Desk (uncredited)
Herbert Ellis ... Booking Sergeant (uncredited)
Mel Ford ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Art Gilmore ... Doctor (uncredited)
Harper Goff ... Bridge Club Manager (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Chief Special Agent (uncredited)
James E. Hamilton ... Intelligence Division Sergeant (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Passerby (uncredited)
Charles Hibbs ... Ken the Stenotypist (uncredited)

Bert Holland ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Jailer (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Sgt. Keeler (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Passerby (uncredited)
Eddy King ... Eddy King (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Officer Greeley (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Policeman (uncredited)
Meg Myles ... Singer at Talent Agency (uncredited)
Robert North ... Floorman (uncredited)
Ken Osborne ... Thief (uncredited)
W.H. Parker ... Himself (uncredited)
Dick Paxton ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Detective (uncredited)
Ken Peters ... Detective Gene (uncredited)
S. Ernest Roll ... Himself - District Attorney of Los Angeles County (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Card Player with Max and Carl (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Detective Mac (uncredited)
Hazel Shermet ... Talent Agency Receptionist (uncredited)
Leonard Shoemaker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Card Player Carl (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... District Attorney S. Ernest Roll (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Belle's Escort - Solid Color Tie (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Miller Starkie (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Doctor (uncredited)
Roy Whaley ... Sgt. Jack McCready (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Webb 
Writing credits
Richard L. Breen (screenplay)

Harry Essex  screenplay (uncredited)
Jack Webb  screenplay (uncredited)
Jack Webb  television series (uncredited)

Produced by
Stanley D. Meyer .... producer (as Stanley Meyer)
Original Music by
Walter Schumann 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds 
Art Direction by
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
Makeup Department
Stanley E. Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oren Haglund .... assistant director
Lee White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Delaney .... props (uncredited)
Gil Kissel .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie G. Hewitt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard L. Wilson .... chief set electrician
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Bert Lynch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ted Kring .... wardrobe
Music Department
Walter Schumann .... music conductor
Nathan Scott .... scorer
Other crew
James E. Hamilton .... police technical advisor
Frank Kowalski .... script supervisor (uncredited)
W.H. Parker .... police technical advisor (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stand-in: Jack Webb (uncredited)
Marty Wynn .... technical advisor (uncredited)

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  • RCA  sound system

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Original Dragnet" - USA (reissue title)
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88 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | USA:Approved (PCA #17096, General Audience) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: The update about the streets not intersecting in real life 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)See more »
Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Great Film of Dragnet Fans, 28 January 2007
Author: muvphreek from San Jose, CA

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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