Dragnet 1967: Season 1, Episode 7

The Hammer (2 Mar. 1967)

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The manager of an apartment building is beaten to death with a hammer. Clues at the scene point to a man named 'Fred', who was playing cards with the victim. Fred has fled, possibly in ... See full summary »

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Terry Ridges
Art Balinger ...
Capt. Hugh Brown
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Chet Stratton ...
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The manager of an apartment building is beaten to death with a hammer. Clues at the scene point to a man named 'Fred', who was playing cards with the victim. Fred has fled, possibly in another tenant's car. Later, Friday gets a call notifying him that Frederick Tosca and his girlfriend are in custody in Arizona. Extradition papers are prepared and Friday, Gannon, and Policewoman Dorothy Miller head to Cottonwood. Tosca admits nothing, but a search of the stolen car turns up a key piece of evidence. Written by bobbymaxwell

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When the detectives and Officer Miller travel to Arizona to interrogate Tosca and Gearhardt, we are shown a police car driving down a sunlit desert highway. However, we are told in the voiceover that the flight landed at 1AM and they were met and driven to Cottonwood by Chief Snoddy. At that time, it should have been pitch black outside. See more »

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Friday: [Friday and Gannon are getting ready to leave for Arizona and Friday notices Gannon doesn't have a suitcase] Where's your gear?
Officer Bill Gannon: Don't worry, I've got it.
Friday: Where?
Officer Bill Gannon: [He points to Friday's suitcase] You won't catch me carrying one of those cases.
Friday: Where's your gear?
Officer Bill Gannon: Oh, come on, Joe.
[He points to his coat's chest pocket]
Officer Bill Gannon: Tooth brush, toothpaste, razor,
[points to another pocket]
Officer Bill Gannon: clean socks,
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Story Isn''t Much But There Were A Number Of Good Sidelights
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A 62-year-old man is beaten to death with a hammer and Friday and Gannon have to find out who did it. The victim was the manager of a hotel. The man he was playing cards with one night is the guilty party. That part is determined pretty early in this episode.. How Our Heroes discover that and then track him down, is the story. It sounds better than it played. There was really no suspense in here and, as usual, no action.

Gannon, thankfully, adds a little humor here and there, such as demonstrating his method of "traveling light." The episode also puts the viewer back in the mid '60s with terms such as "fuzz" for the police.

Dick (a.k.a. Richard) Simmons, who had a small role in here, was a pretty famous television personality in the 1950s as "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon." In here, he's ten years older and bit heavy but there is no mistaking that voice!

The most interesting part of this episode, to me, were the wild colors on the third floor of the apartment complex, where the man was killed. In each scene, the hallway, doors, ceiling, etc., were all different colors and weird mixtures such as purple and green, and red mixed in with a green area and then a yellow door, etc. This is one of the few Dragnet episodes that had very interesting visuals.


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