Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 15

The Christmas Story (21 Dec. 1967)

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Friday and Gannon investigate the theft of a statue of the baby Jesus from a church's nativity scene on Christmas Eve. The figure itself has little monetary value. Father Xavier Rojas ... See full summary »


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Friday and Gannon investigate the theft of a statue of the baby Jesus from a church's nativity scene on Christmas Eve. The figure itself has little monetary value. Father Xavier Rojas explains this Jesus statue has been at the church for decades and has great sentimental value to the parishioners. The detectives pursue a lead but come up empty. As they return to Father Rojas, a small boy is pulling a wagon with the statue in it. The boy had prayed for a new wagon and promised the baby Jesus the first ride if he received it. The episode is a remake of "The Big Little Baby Jesus" from the original series, with three cast members (in addition to Jack Webb) reprising their original roles. Written by Bill Koenig

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21 December 1967 (USA)  »

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A remake of "The Big Baby Jesus" from the original "Dragnet" series, the only of its kind, and one of Richard L. Breen's only two contributions to this revival version of the series. See more »


Gannon is wearing his gun, handcuffs, and a spare ammo carrier, but you can see that he has no ammo in the carrier See more »


Remake of Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus (1953) See more »

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Excellent Episode
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This episode is very touching and sweet. It centers around a part of a Nativity Scene in a church that has gone missing. Detectives Friday and Gannon take the case even though the item is not considered very valuable, except to the church and its members. Our detectives take the case very seriously even though others think they are wasting their time. The story takes place at Christmas time and would be excellent to watch during that wonderful time of the year. I completely recommend this episode because you will need a handkerchief after it is over. I won't say anything else, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but please view this if possible. Currently, this show is being shown on the television channel Sleuth.

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