Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 16

The Big Shipment (28 Dec. 1967)

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The crash of a small aircraft offers Friday and Gannon an opportunity. Inside the plane officers discover marijuana and heroin with a total street value over a million. If they can find the... See full summary »

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The crash of a small aircraft offers Friday and Gannon an opportunity. Inside the plane officers discover marijuana and heroin with a total street value over a million. If they can find the pilot, and get the drop location from him, they may be able to follow the chain of criminals to the very top. But they only have five hours: after that the criminals will realize their shipment is missing and disappear. Canvassing neighborhoods at 1:45am eventually puts them onto the pilot, but he won't cooperate. Of course, as Friday reminds him, when he fails to make his shipment on time his criminal bosses are likely to be murderously unhappy. His insurance plan - an article in the newspaper about the crash - won't help him, since Friday has persuaded the news hounds to withhold that item. Stuck, he puts them onto the drop site, and that leads them to the pick up men. If they can get the pick up men to talk, they might just cage the top dog. Written by CommanderBalok

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If God Had Meant Man To Fly . . .
7 April 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable trifle. A small plane has crash landed in the hills, and the police find the pilot has fled, leaving behind his cargo of tens of thousands of dollars worth of grass and heroin.

The newspaper boys are all over it and Friday begs them to hold the story for several hours. The reasoning is that the pilot can still be found. He was seen limping away from the crash and can't have gone far. But he's in danger from the organization that hired him. Right now, the mob is waiting to hear from him. When they don't, they'll figure the pilot ran off with the cargo on his own -- unless the media reveal that the cargo was lost. So if the reporters hold the story, the pilot still has a few hours to cooperate with the cops in order to save his life. It's a question of who will reach the pilot first -- the cops or the mob.

What adds interest is the time pressure. Friday and Gannon have only twelve hours to locate an unknown person and talk him into spilling the beans. The clock ticks during wasteful stakeouts and helpful leads.

Nothing makes this episode stand out. It's typical for the series -- engaging, not boring, not talky, and reassuring in its adherence to standards of conduct now thought of as dated. It's like watching "Alice in Wonderland." You want a realistic picture of life on the LAPD at this time? See "L.A. Confidential."


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