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Officer Paul Culver


Friday and Gannon question Officer Paul Culver, on the job only 114 days and currently working undercover out of the narcotics division, about the armed robbery of a liquor store in Hollywood. Despite a positive identification in the line-up and thinking he failed the lie-detector tests, Culver swears he is innocent. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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9 February 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Friday: There are over five thousand men in this city who know that being a policeman is an endless, glamorless, thankless job that's gotta be done. I know it, too. And I'm damned glad to be one of them.
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Instead of the famous Dragnet fanfare, the music playing over the credits consists of the slow beat of a single tympani drum--symbolic, perhaps, of an officer being "brought to the drumhead" to answer charges of wrongdoing while on duty. See more »

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Every Citizen Should Hear This!
24 October 2009 | by (Montgomery, PA) – See all my reviews

In the day and age of action police dramas, the Dragnet series seems an anachronism. For the most part, all that happens are the detectives Sgt Joe Friday (played with the straightest of straight faces by Jack Webb) and his partner Office Bill Gannon (a slightly more expressive character played by Harry Morgan) interviewing suspects or witnesses. There are lots of scenes where it is just the two of them talking about mundane matters of life. But what resonates with this series is that it seems what cops actually do in real life. It is rarely high speed chases or big shoot-outs, but rather the everyday discipline of routine investigation and plain old hard work. This particular episode, "The Big Interrogation," is even more shorter in the dramatic department than others in the series as it consists almost totally of Friday and Gannon interrogating a young undercover cop accused of holding up a liquor store. Almost everything happens in an incredibly small internal affairs interview room that is so sparse, there is not even a place for poor Officer Gannon to sit down. But for its limited action and scenery, it more than makes up for it in one section toward the end of the episode. Joe Friday goes into a five minute monologue on the difficulties of being a policeman, but ends with the reward of doing the job because it needs done. I found myself nearly in tears by the time he finished. It was flawlessly delivered and spoken with total conviction. The next time someone complains about their local police force,they would do well to play this clip and think about it for awhile. I want to go shake the hand of the next policeman I meet!

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