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.

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Vic Perrin ...
Don Negler, alias J. Johnson
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Mrs. Eve Kruger
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Capt. Hugh Brown
John Roseboro ...
Sgt. Dave Bradford
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George Freeman
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Melvin Gannon
Jack Ragotzy ...
Carl Rockwell
Roger Til ...
William Smith
Jean-Michel Michenaud ...
Claude LeBorg (as Gerald Michenaud)
Bruce Watson ...
Freddie
Herbert Ellis ...
Rico 'Ricky' Markell
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Max Shelton
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Eve Sorenson
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Sgt. Joe Friday is called back from vacation to work with his partner, Off. Bill Gannon, on a missing persons case. Two amateur female models and a young war widow have vanished, having been last seen with one J. Johnson. In the course of tracking down Johnson and the young ladies, the detectives wind up with two different descriptions of the suspect, one of which closely resembles a dead body found in a vacant lot. But the dead man, later identified as Charles LeBorg of France, proves not to be J. Johnson, when a third young model disappears. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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27 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 1966 but not broadcast until 1969. See more »

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Friday and Gannon collect a picture of each of the missing women. At the end when they see the pictures that Negler took of his bound victims, they are all wearing the same outfits. See more »

Quotes

Don Negler, alias J. Johnson: I'd like to tell you right now why I killed them.
Sergeant Joe Friday: Why?
Don Negler, alias J. Johnson: Because they asked me to. They said they'd rather die than live with me.
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Follows Dragnet (1954) See more »

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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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Good TV movie.
23 June 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a good TV movie version of the 1967-70 series, released in 1969. Actually, I heard it was filmed in '66, but then NBC took it as a pilot. I can see why, this is top-notch stuff, and being a fan of the series, I liked it. Once again, fans of the series shouldn't miss it. Too bad I haven't seen this on video or DVD, it might be out there, though. Very good, time well spent.


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