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
Gene Evans ...
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
Eddie Firestone ...
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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This was the pilot episode of Dragnet 1967 (1967). But it did not air as originally planned because Jack Webb decided to change the tone of series from the pilot. Webb finally decided to allow the pilot to air during the third season of the series. See more »

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One of suspects has driver's license in which his first name is only indicated by the initial "J" with no middle name; unless a person could prove that the initial was his legal first name (highly unlikely), no municipality would ever issue a license such as that as the documents would be virtually useless as any form of identification device. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Friday: [busts the kitchen door with the suspect hiding behind it knocks him down crook goes for his gun Friday has his pointed at his nose] Go ahead pick it up.
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Follows Dragnet (1954) See more »

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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
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The Story You Are About to See is True
6 April 2001 | by (charlotte nc) – See all my reviews

However Jack Webb stretched the truth a wee bit with this one. The story is based on the case of Harry Glatman who murdered 2 aspiring models and one woman he met through a lonely hearts club over the course of 1957-58. The police weren't hot on his trail and were just working it as a missing persons case. Nor was he cornered on a rainy hillside with his 4th victim inside a trailer. Instead, he got into a struggle with his 4th intended victim on the side of a Orange County highway and was arrested after a passing CHP motorman, on his way home, stopped to investigate. Glatman confessed to the 3 murders and Orange County notified the LAPD since 2 of the victims were from LA and Sgt.Pierce Brooks was assigned the case to clean up their end. Still it's a pretty good Dragnet episode.


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