Dragnet 1967: Season 3, Episode 22

Vice: DR-30 (13 Mar. 1969)

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Friday and Gannon go undercover at a hotel to find the location of an illegal gambling operation. Soon after spreading the word they're looking for some action they are driven to a late-night game in the Hollywood Hills. After the game the detectives give the location of the residence to their boss and a raid is set for the following night. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Worth seeing in order to see Joe Frazier!
26 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A hotel manager contacts the police. He's heard about many of his patrons (mostly conventioneers) getting taken in a nearby illegal gambling operation. The problem is, he has no idea where it is. So, Friday and Gannon go undercover--posing as farmers looking to buy some equipment! An odd choice of covers, but even more unusual is Joe's moniker--he goes by the name "Joe Frazier"--the same name as the current heavyweight champ!! Eventually the men learn about the game through a contact and instead of making an arrest, they gamble and keep their eyes open. It seems that the cards are marked and so they're not only running an illegal game but cheating to boot. Eventually, the cops arrest the gang--after Joe makes a love connection of his own! Not a great episode but a welcome relief from all the community relations-type episodes that made the first 2/3 of season 3 pretty forgettable.

By the way, Bobby Troup plays essentially the same character (though not so sympathetic) in this episode as he did in another ("The Bookie"). Yet again, he's a bartender who works for gamblers, though he's a much more minor character in this one. For some interesting reading, check up on Troup and Webb (who directed, produced and starred in this show). Troup was the step-father to Webb's kids and despite this, Webb apparently fostered no ill feelings, as he had him play on "Dragnet" and was one of the stars of "Emergency".


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