Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 20

The Starlet (1 Feb. 1968)

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Friday and Gannon are asked by a woman from Oregon to try to find her niece who has run away from home. Their search eventually leads them into the world of pornography and they soon become... See full summary »

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Friday and Gannon are asked by a woman from Oregon to try to find her niece who has run away from home. Their search eventually leads them into the world of pornography and they soon become involved in the arrest of a pornographer who may have info on where she might be located. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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When the four detectives are at the office building to catch the pornographer, one says that the office is up on the fifth floor. As Friday approaches the elevator, he pushes the down button. See more »

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Excellent Take on the Pernicious evils of Pornography
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent episode for the 2nd season (1968) exposing the pre-1972 pornography industry which was largely underground but still existed, just like drugs and other illegal vices, but available if wanted bad enough.. Friday and Gannon are led to find out much information regarding the laws and courts and the legalities of defining "obscene", and the evidence room showing tons of literature and old school reels would be a vintage porn collector's dream.. Odd casting of Lyle Talbot as the shady porn manufacturer and distributor, since only a few years earlier he was seen daily as the jovial neighbor of the Ozzie and Harriet Family and other suburbia settings, but also starring the gorgeous Susan Seaforth as the veteran "actress" who now felt bad for the missing girl since it brought back recollections of when she herself first started out in the dark Hollywood business. (Seaforth later went on to play a policewoman a season later)..So they finally find the girl, deceased, in the seedy hotel room listening to jazz (presumably Miles Davis since it is a muted trumpet on a Columbia LP) which was stereotypical of the day when jazz was still associated with such environments. One of the best of the season..


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