Dragnet 1967: Season 3, Episode 8

Public Affairs: DR-12 (14 Nov. 1968)

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The LAPD has just been informed that The President of the United States will be making a trip to LA. They have only been given a few hours to prepare. They work with The Secret Service to ... See full summary »

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The LAPD has just been informed that The President of the United States will be making a trip to LA. They have only been given a few hours to prepare. They work with The Secret Service to secure the location at which The President will be holding a press conference. Written by timshehan

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This was Olan Soule's final appearance as LAPD police scientist Ray Murray. He would return in later episodes of the series, but as a different character in each. See more »

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Agent Roger Franke: One last thing. I usually recite this to remind myself. Back home I work the White House detail. Before all agents sign in, there's a little deal that hangs in a frame above the sign-in desk. It's required reading by all of us. Its part of an article that appeared in a Washington newspaper sometime back. Short and to the point. Goes something like this: "Last night, a man approached the Presidential Box and confronted the guard outside. The visitor was well dressed, and his demeanor appeared ...
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The President's a comin'.
22 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual episode. The President is coming to L.A. and the Secret Service is naturally very nervous about the visit in light of the recent Kennedy assassinations. Their job is to coordinate things through the local police and one of the people who is very important to this visit if Joe Friday. In fact, he is so efficient and professional, that the man in charge of the Secret Service detail repeatedly offers him a job. But the job requires too much work and stress for the workaholic Sgt. Friday!

Overall, a decent episode and it certainly is unusual. However, the show also is following a trend seen through much of the later part of season 2 and well into season 3--the shows are now rarely about Joe and Bill hitting the streets but are often about the behind the scenes jobs police have (such as public relations and the like). While it's nice that the show points out these aspects of the job that aren't shown on other cop shows, this makes it a tad less exciting as well.


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