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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Pretty good.
19 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this episode of "Dragnet" doesn't have wonderful one-liners from Joe Friday nor does it have memorably goofy characters, I really like it because it shows how good police work can nab a whole gang of criminals--starting at the bottom of the chain and working your way up to the top man.

"The Big Shipment" begins at the end of Friday and Gannon's shift. After a long and unsuccessful stakeout, a break occurs when a small plane crashes. Oddly, the pilot runs off--leading the police to wonder if perhaps this was being flown by a drug courier. And, upon investigating they find it is filled with marijuana and heroin. So, the first order of business is tracking down the pilot. This consists of following a few dead leads and lots of knocking on doors...at 1:45am! Eventually, they catch the guy...who, in turn leads them to his contacts. Eventually, the detectives are able to catch these two crooks as well. Oddly, one pretends to be deaf--though Friday quickly sees through the ruse. And, when they break, the path leads right to Mr. Big.

This is just a great example of determined police work and what it often takes to crack a case. Nothing all that dramatic or amazing...just lots of legwork.


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