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
Tom Williams ...
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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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 »

Goofs

Carol Freeman was married but her husband was killed in Vietnam, it is very possible that she went back to her maiden name. See more »

Quotes

Carl Rockwell: Go swallow a germ you nigger cop!
Sergeant Joe Friday: Now you listen to me, you gutter-mouth punk. I've dealt with you before, and every time I did, it took me a month to wash off the filth. I'll tell you what you did to that four-year old girl out in Westlake Park: you staked out a bench like you've always done. You bought a sack of penny candy; you waited until the right little girl came along... You got her in your car. She started to cry; you hit her across the mouth twice. You cut her lip with your ring. ...
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Follows Dragnet 1967 (1967) See more »

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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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