Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Missing Realtor 

A realtor has been missing for several days. Friday and Gannon must find out what happened to her.

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Gene Boland ...
Terry Williams
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Ida Walters
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Mrs. Esther Jenkins
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Carl Keegan
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Dave Richmond
Dennis McCarthy ...
Lt. W.L. Clingan
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Friday and Gannon search for a female real estate agent who has been missing for a few days. When last seen she was with her bartender boyfriend. The two detectives eventually find her dead in a house she was trying to sell. At first they suspect the boyfriend, but soon their attention turns to a con man whose MO is to steal a woman's credit cards and have a female confederate pose as the victim. Now they must find him before he victimizes another woman. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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16 November 1967 (USA)  »

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The portrayal of black professional people in a predominantly white show was unusual in the 1960s. However, Jack Webb had long been very outspoken against racism, even doing a radio series in 1946 called "One Out of Seven" that specifically addressed the issue of racism in every episode. See more »

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This episode illustrates that Jack Webb was ahead of his time in one respect.
30 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a different kind of review (although this is one of the better Dragnet episodes). As noted in the trivia section of the IMDb page on this episode, this show featured black real estate professionals, which was rare for a late 60's show.

Jack Webb, who has the reputation for being starchy and conservative, was actually quite progressive for that time period. If you watch Dragnet regularly, you will see black real estate agents, judges, lawyers, doctors, and nurses. Black criminals are somewhat uncommon. In one episode, the Lieutenant giving directions to Sgt. Friday is black, and Sgt. Friday is clearly displaying respect.

Moreover, the black professionals portrayed in the show are not stereotyped. They are well dressed and clearly well educated.

Yes, at times Dragnet can be inadvertently campy (e.g. "Blue Boy"), but we should also note Webb's willingness to portray blacks in a positive manner (and to make them the victims of crime, rather than the criminals).


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