Dragnet 1967: Season 3, Episode 21

Frauds: DR-28 (20 Feb. 1969)

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Friday and Gannon work in the Frauds Department. Disability payments are being sent to deceased persons, and evidence suggests an insider is involved.

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Bert Holland ...
Harvey Peterson
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Mr. Levin
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Friday and Gannon work in the Frauds Department. Disability payments are being sent to deceased persons, and evidence suggests an insider is involved.

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The social security number used on the screen was a live number at the time. 567-54-3726 belonged to Joseph Monzio who was born in 1942 and died in 1986. See more »

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25 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I let out that yell of delight because this episode represents a return to form during season 3. You see, while season 1 of "Dragnet" was great, starting in season 2 and increasing dramatically in season 3 they did episodes that were about a wide variety of rather mundane topics--showing the sorts of behind the scenes jobs detectives often do. So, all the great investigations in the field and apprehending criminals was rare by season 3. Instead, the shows took a turn towards propaganda (albeit, good propaganda)--with episodes about police morale, community relations, debates with drug users about legalization and the like.

This episode is great because Friday and Gannon are back in the field--investigating a theft. It seems that a computer with the local government has just discovered a case where a dead person has just begun receiving social security benefits! And, when they dig deeper, a pattern emerges--and there are LOTS of dead people who are getting checks! So, with a bit of investigating and attending a meeting of local landlords, the men get their culprits.

Overall, an interesting idea for a show and well worth seeing.


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