Dragnet 1967: Season 4, Episode 14

Burglary: Helpful Woman (22 Jan. 1970)

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The police ask the press to publicize the M.O. of a woman who burglarizes elderly people in an effort to either catch her or scare her out of Los Angeles. She claims that an employment ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nydia Westman ...
Martha Anderson
Julie Bennett ...
Evelyn Gentry
Ralph Moody ...
Chester Anderson
Bessie McDermott
Dick Whittinghill ...
Art Balinger ...
Capt. Ken Green
Ed Deemer ...
Sgt. Bert Crew
Don Ross ...
Lillian Powell ...
Edna Kissinger
Dorothy Morris ...
Betty Matthews


The police ask the press to publicize the M.O. of a woman who burglarizes elderly people in an effort to either catch her or scare her out of Los Angeles. She claims that an employment agency sent her out and when told that they never asked for help, she gains their confidence by doing things for them and steals valuables while doing it. Written by timshehan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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22 January 1970 (USA)  »

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When the elderly couple are looking at mug shots they point to one and identify it as the woman who burglarized them. The woman in the photo in the long shot is different from the one in the closeup shot from above. See more »

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Evelyn Gentry us scum.
30 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The character 'Evelyn Gentry' in this episode is a truly horrible person. She specializes in stealing from old people and the handicapped! It takes a truly special person to do such a thing! She steals by first showing up at an person's home--saying she was sent their by an employment agency. However, when the homeowner says they did NOT contact an agency, Gentry asks to use the phone--and says she learned there was a mistake and apologizes for the inconvenience. Then, she talks to the people and gains their confidence--all the while, looking about the house for things to steal--most often cash.

After many reports of this scam, Friday and Gannon get a break--a lady (Ann Morgan Gilbert) calls to say she saw a lady fitting the m.o. and she told the lady the old handicapped man was out but would return later. She then phoned the police. Gannon posed as this man and Ms. Gentry does return later--and she's as sweet as she can be--as she steals from what she thinks is a handicapped vet! Sweet! Overall, a rather interesting episode...and boy will you hate Gentry by the time the show is complete! By the way, this is the second episode that had an appearance by Ann Morgan Guilbert--that's 'Millie' from "The Dick Van Dyke Show". She was feisty and fun in this episode.

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