Dragnet 1967: Season 1, Episode 11

The Shooting (30 Mar. 1967)

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A police officer is shot during a routine stop of a car. Friday and Gannon find the driver and passenger, and learn they are paroled convicts. The police officer cannot remember anything ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Don Marshall ...
Dave Roberts
Art Balinger ...
Captain Brown
Hal Baylor ...
Roger Kensington
Harry Johnson
Alfred Shelly ...
Sgt. Al Vietti
David Bond ...
Virgil Hicks
Harry Bartell ...
Dr. Anderson
Dick Whittinghill ...
Bert Holland ...
Carl Wilson
Howard Culver ...
Pete Stuart


A police officer is shot during a routine stop of a car. Friday and Gannon find the driver and passenger, and learn they are paroled convicts. The police officer cannot remember anything about the shooting event to help convict the two men. Written by Bernie

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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30 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Police artist Hector Garcia produces two portraits that are done in the style of a comic book or storyboard artist and not with the somewhat amateurish technique often evidenced in those mask-like reconstructions so often seen in newspapers and on TV. The likenesses are a just a bit too accurate suggesting that the actors may have served as models and are nearly three-quarter views instead of the traditional head-on stiff poses that show evidence of erasures and modifications as the trial-and-error sketch is refined. It simply doesn't look like the work of a genuine police artist. Instead, the draftsmanship suggests a commercial artist's spontaneously executed rough for a magazine ad or cartoon and doesn't look much like the average police-are-hoping-someone-can-identify-this-person poster. See more »


Sgt. Joe Friday: All right, I'll talk to you Johnson- You were born in Harlan, Kentucky. Your father was a house painter, killed in the war. Your mother and your sister brought you out here. You went to school in Torrance. You got expelled for throwing a punch at your math teacher. The army took you during the Korean War. They didn't want you: they shoved you out on a Section 8! For seven years now, you've either been *in* jail, or just getting *out*!
Harry Johnson: [sarcastically] I *do* hope you'll write my *book*!
Sgt. Joe Friday: [...]
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What To Do When The One Witness Can't Remember
5 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The thieves, rapists and murders outnumber the cops by 7-1, according to Jack Webb's opening narrative, which always talks about the city of Los Angeles and its population.

This story has a more serious tone to it than most because a fellow cop is shot. It seems he just innocently went up to a car to check out something that looked suspicious when one of the two guys standing next to the car turned around, produced a shotgun, and blasted him. The cop survived but has no memory. A doctor in this episode mentions that often happens to people who suffer a traumatic experience. It's so bad their conscious does everything it can to suppress the bad memory. The cop in here said he doesn't know if he can tell anyone who the President is, his memory is so wiped out.

That turns out to be the major problem of this story because Friday and Gannon can't find witnesses to the shooting. They finally get enough information to arrest the two guys, but how to they close the case?

The two thugs, by the way, had some good, wise-guy film noir-type lines.

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