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Dragnet 1966 (1969)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  27 January 1969 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Perrin ...
Don Negler, alias J. Johnson
Mrs. Eve Kruger
Gene Evans ...
Capt. Hugh Brown
John Roseboro ...
Sgt. Dave Bradford
George Freeman
Melvin Gannon
Jack Ragotzy ...
Carl Rockwell
Roger Til ...
William Smith
Jean-Michel Michenaud ...
Claude LeBorg (as Gerald Michenaud)
Bruce Watson ...
Herbert Ellis ...
Rico 'Ricky' Markell
Eddie Firestone ...
Max Shelton
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Eve Sorenson


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 <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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27 January 1969 (USA)  »

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World Premiere: Dragnet  »

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Did You Know?


Pierce Brooks, the technical advisor on this film, was the Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective who originally solved the actual case on which this film was based. See more »


When Carol Freeman is reported missing, the officers visit her brother, George Freeman. If Freeman was her married name, her brother's last name would not be Freeman. See more »


Sgt. Joe Friday: Let's go, Markell, you're going downtown.
Ricky Markell: I ain't gonna talk to you there, either.
Sgt. Joe Friday: Well now, you don't have to. Shelton copped out, told me the whole story, he said you stabbed the guy and shot him three times, once in the right temple.
Ricky Markell: Max didn't tell you that!
Sgt. Joe Friday: He said it was your show, all he did was throw the mustard power in his face, just wanted to roll him, but you were so geed up you had to cut him open.
Ricky Markell: Maxie's a liar!
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Followed by Dragnet (1989) See more »


Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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The Best "Dragnet" EVER
28 June 1999 | by (Manassas VA) – See all my reviews

Although it's written by the same writer as "Dragnet" (1954), this film is the antidote to the theatrical production, and the best "Dragnet" Jack Webb ever did.

The actual case had occurred in the late 1950's, and had been worked by then-Sgt. Pierce Brooks, who served as technical consultant. (Wambaugh's "The Onion Field" was also a Brooks case.) A sex deviant photographs young, inexperienced models before raping and murdering them. Sgt. Friday and Officer Gannon try to find the killer pervert, and in the process they solve ANOTHER murder; that of a jewelry salesman from France who bears a striking resemblance to their suspect. The plot is gripping and (of course) well acted and directed. A great moment comes when Friday consoles the young son of the murdered jewelry salesman. It's a rare display of emotion for the "cop's cop." The dialogue is true-to-life, and so are the supporting characters - even the ones clearly played for laughs.

For anyone who wants to know why Webb's "Dragnet" was so successful, THIS is the film to see.

FACTOID: The film aired in 1969, but was actually shot in 1966. It wasn't intended as a pilot for a new series, but when NBC saw it, they wanted Webb back as Friday full time.

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