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Dragnet 1966 (1969)

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:
Vic Perrin ...
Mrs. Eve Kruger
Capt. Hugh Brown
John Roseboro ...
Sgt. Dave Bradford
George Freeman
Tom Williams ...
Melvin Gannon
Jack Ragotzy ...
Roger Til ...
Claude LeBorg (as Gerald Michenaud)
Herbert Ellis ...
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 <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

27 January 1969 (USA)  »

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World Premiere: Dragnet  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Jack Webb' - though divorced from gorgeous Julie London, remained one of her closest friends, throughout their lives. His friendship with his former wife, even extended to her next husband - Bobby Troup, who - in addition to later co-starring with Julie on the Webb-produced series, Emergency! (1972), is cast here, as George Freeman, the brother of one of the cases victims. 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 »


Officer Bill Gannon: Do you remember what kind of car they were driving?
Freddie: Danged if I don't! It was a nineteen and fifty-nine Sword!
Officer Bill Gannon: Beg your pardon.
Freddie: A nineteen and fifty-nine Buick Sword!
Officer Bill Gannon: You mean Le Sabre?
Freddie: That's what you call 'em. Green it was.
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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 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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