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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 »
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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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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?

Assistant Director Oren Haglund's name shows on the back of a fight ticket as O.H. Haglund.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
[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:
Referenced in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)See more »
Foggy Night in San FranciscoSee more »


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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
No wonder LAPD loved him it's like their PR folks wrote this script., 8 September 2014
Author: Kevin from United States

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.

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