Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 1

The Grenade (14 Sep. 1967)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 50 users  
Reviews: 9 user

Friday and Gannon are working out of the juvenile division when they get called to a movie theater to investigate an attack on a high school student who had acid thrown on his back. The ... See full summary »


Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb


Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 11 Dec 2011

Related Items

Search for "The Grenade" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Grenade (14 Sep 1967)

The Grenade (14 Sep 1967) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dragnet 1967.
« Previous Episode | 18 of 98 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode complete credited cast:
Mickey Sholdar ...
Gerald Paulson
Rick Schneiderman (as Michael Vincent)
Robert Brubaker ...
Martin Kirsop
Cathleen Cordell ...
Lois Kirsop
Paul Whidden
Robert Cleaves ...
George Nash
Lorean Harper (as Heather Menzies)
Barbara Luddy ...


Friday and Gannon are working out of the juvenile division when they get called to a movie theater to investigate an attack on a high school student who had acid thrown on his back. The suspect is another boy named Gerald Paulson, who is emotionally disturbed. Later, Gerald has an argument with his stepfather and runs out of the house carrying a live hand grenade. Eventually, Friday and Gannon trail him to a house where a girl he attends high school with is throwing a party and he is holding them hostage and threatening to pull the pin. It is now up to the two detectives to get the grenade out of his hands before he kills himself and seriously wounds several other people. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

grenade | acid | teenager | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

14 September 1967 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alternating shots of the record player at the party show the multi-play arm on and off. See more »


Sergeant Joe Friday: You're going to have to go to a court hearing, without the grenade.
Gerald Paulson: Sure.
Sergeant Joe Friday: See if you can scare the judge.
See more »


References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the Best of the '67's
20 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Dragnet 1967's more ambitious episodes. It's notable for the casting of future 70's TV/movie stars John Rubinstein and (the "Jan" not yet credited) Michael Vincent. While Rubinstein shows more talent (I saw him do a dead-on Darryl F. Zanuck once: excellent actor!), Webb managed to save a few wardrobe bucks by keeping hunk Vincent shirtless. Mickey Sholdar plays misunderstood acid-wielding loner/psychopath Gerald Paulson. A bit on the melodramatic side here, Sholdar's acting career spanned primarily his teens & twenties, with his most notable gig being a series regular on real-life uber-disturbed Inger Stevens' The Farmer's Daughter (where he once appeared with this episode's Heather Menzies; Hollywood was a small planet in the 60's). "The Grenade" contains less right wing proselytizing than many of Webb's '67 entries but does sport the usual idiotic generic "rock" music heard when a 60's TV producer was either too cheap or oblivious to the real thing. I think Sherwood Schwartz shared his '45 collection with Jack Webb (I'm sure that same dance number was used in an episode where Gilligan dances with a monkey). This episode does have me wondering if it really was that easy for a disturbed, Brylcreamed 18-year old to get his mits on WW2-era explosive ordinance in 1967. I was only 10 then and don't remember these babies being sold in the Army-Navy stores I wandered into. Sidebar: What the hell ever happened to Jan-Michael Vincent?! He was a big deal in the 70's-early 80's but he's seemed to have blazed a trail for Mickey Rourke, without the late game comeback. Back on topic: For all my criticism about how chea.. errh ---economical--- Webb-the-Producer was, the series has a weird, undeniable appeal and this is one of the better installments. 9+/10 for the season, likely the Citizen Kane of Dragnet 1967.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How old is Gannon supposed to be? Debater-Mouse
oj simpson--usc TVadic73
HOW can anyone like this show ?!?!?! tuffigirl1
The Very Best Episode of Dragnet bigching
All talk and less rock parillamilt
The Interrogation episode rm270
Discuss The Grenade (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: