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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Cast overview:
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Jack Ragotzy ...
Carl Rockwell
Roger Til ...
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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 <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

27 January 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

World Premiere: Dragnet  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This tele-movie was to serve as the pilot episode of Dragnet 1967 (1967). However, it didn't air as originally planned, as Jack Webb decided to change the pace and tone of the series from this film. Webb finally decided to allow the pilot to air during the series 3rd year, in 1969. See more »


When Friday and Gannon are informed their suspect was found dead in a vacant lot, they depart to check it out. Friday narrates that it's "Friday, 8:17am." When they arrive Friday narrates that the deputy coroner "...estimated the time of death between the hours of 2am and 4 am Saturday morning." When they inform the victims relatives they learn the victim was last seen the night before which would've been a Thursday so the time of death would not and could not have been estimated as Saturday. 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 (1987) See more »


Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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19 February 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this made-for-TV film and was fortunate enough to catch a broadcast on TV and I must say, it was very well done! I've been a fan of the 60s/70s series with Webb and Morgan and this is very much along the same vein, but better in that it's expanded and more in depth than the usual 30 minute episodes could ever be. I'd definitely say if you were or are a fan of the 60s/70s series, this is a film you'd enjoy. Many of the usual familiar faces are included in this film and it's a lot like revisiting old friends. Worth a look-see!

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