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Episode complete credited cast:
Donald L. Chapman
Ray Murray (as Olan Soulé)
Al Amory
Harlan Warde ...
Capt. Henry Mack
Ralph Manza ...
Gene Ellis
Phil Masturian
Officer (as Kent McWhirter)
Matt Kemper
John Nolan ...
Nelson Grover
Car Salesman


Friday and Gannon are working the day watch out of burglary division when they hear that a large quantity of high velocity gelatin dynamite has been stolen from a construction site. When they interview the Night Watchman who tried to stop the crime they get a license plate # for the car involved. Further investigating leads them to a bar patron nicknamed Ziggy. When they finally track him down they find that four of the eight stolen cases are empty and set to go off somewhere in the city. Written by tomtrekp

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explosives | racist | neo nazi | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery



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19 January 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[Friday and Gannon are interrogating Donald L. Chapman at his apartment after he had taken four cases of stolen dynamite with blasting caps and planted the resulting explosive somewhere]
Officer Bill Gannon: You expect us to believe you've got a closet full of dynamite and you don't know how it got in there?
Donald Chapman: How am I supposed to know? I hardly ever go into the closet.
Sgt. Joe Friday: Never mind the smart answers, Chapman. We can bust you right here for Receiving Stolen Property.
Donald Chapman: [cockily] So why don't you do it?
Sgt. Joe Friday: Just tell us what ...
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Hold on tight to listen to the final "Joe-ism"'s a beauty!
15 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better episodes of the series, partly because it was so tense and entertaining and partly because it had one of the very best "Joe-isms" in DRAGNET history. A Joe-ism is a term I've coined for one of Joe Friday's terrific one-liners. Many episodes had them and these are the sort of comments you wish you could make--they are that perfect! The Joe-ism that ends this episode is probably the second best of the series and it really helps the show to end on a great note. For a square, Joe sure knew exactly what to say!!

The show begins with a robbery at a construction site. Some psycho has apparently stolen 400 pounds of high explosives and blasting caps and it's up to Friday and Gannon to try to figure out who did it. Much of the show consists of showing a police investigation from start to finish and it is both informative and tense--as they must find the stolen stuff as soon as possible.

The interesting twist is WHO took the dynamite. It seems that a crazed racist and self-styled Nazi has stolen it. When they find the cache, the cops notice that four cases are missing and the nut refuses to say what he's done with it. It's sick to see the he actually seems happy--excited at the prospect of it going off SOMEWHERE....but where?! Overall, a great episode and one not to be missed. The series sure got off to a great start, as the first episode (involving Blue Boy) and this one (the second show) are among the best of the series.

By the way, in an interesting note, Bobby Troup co-stars as a bartender. Troup was the husband of Jack Webb's ex-wife (Julie London) and it seems that Webb bore Troup no malice for marrying his ex. In fact, Troup was later a regular in Webb's series EMERGENCY.

Also, there was one minor inconsistency in the show. The Nazi nut's favorite hangout was a local Chinese restaurant and I have a hard time imagining a white supremacist going to an ethnic restaurant.

Overall, a very powerful episode that hasn't dimmed with the passage of time. Great stuff.

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