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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Episode complete credited cast:
Fred Vincent ...
Jerry Frank
John Sebastian ...
Peter Witmer
Julian Burton ...
Wallace Shanklin
Mrs. Frank
Clark Howat ...
Capt. Al Trembly
Stephen Dunne ...
Fred Robertson (as Steve Dunne)
Elaine Devry ...
Patricia Wingate
William Boyett ...
Sgt. Robert Forsen
Bert Holland ...
George Donaldson


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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Dragnet 1968: The Big Shipment
18 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Routine, by-the-numbers drug bust episode of Dragnet 1968 where Sgt Friday and partner Bill Gannon (Jack Webb and Harry Morgan) are part of a narcotics sting operation, hoping to thwart major drug supplier Sal Moreno and his network, transporting/importing heroine into Los Angeles. A young Lorraine Gary of Jaws fame has a minor part as the wife of the one-legged ex-Nam pilot who could be the drug transporter. The case does show the tedious nature and frustrating hurdles that exist (long stakeouts, having to go door-to-door, constantly running into roadblocks), but also allows us to see how one break can topple dominoes leading to the Big Dog the police is specifically targeting. Nothing remarkable, but follows a case from its doldrums to the huge breakthrough that sets in motion the collapse of a major drug operation. The idea of two crooks to have one of them as a deaf-and-dumb mute was rather hilarious, not fooling Friday a bit.

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