Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas 

Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found. Further probing reveals the boy's parents had purchased him a .22-caliber rifle ... See full summary »

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(based on a radio play by) (as James Moser), (based on a radio play by)
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Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
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Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found. Further probing reveals the boy's parents had purchased him a .22-caliber rifle for Christmas -- and the weapon is missing, removed from its wrapped package. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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18 December 1952 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(shot in color)

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1.33 : 1
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Sgt. Joe Friday: This is the city. All year around it wears work clothes; on holidays it dresses up. To most people, Christmas brings happiness and prayer; to some it brings heartbreak - then my job gets tougher. I'm a cop.
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A Memorable Entry
29 April 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

One of the best known and most widely remembered of the early episodes. In fact, I think it's one of the few to really put the series on the TV map. Two boys are missing at the same time mysterious bloodstains turn up in a back yard. The premise is an unusual one, showing how much story potential lay in the unconventional crime drama. Excellent performances in an entry that depends on powerful emotions, though the ending seems a little too pat and contrived. There's considerable emphasis on procedure as we watch criminologist gather and test blood sample at scene. Also, Friday's "voice-over" explains the judgment he and partner use in handling the sensitive case. As in many of the best episodes, the two detectives fade into the background once the human interest takes over-- Webb was an astute director in that regard. Tag line is a memorable one, expressing traditional police reservations toward guns in private hands.

Reviewing entries in the series caused me to wonder why the excellent Herb Ellis was replaced as Friday's partner, especially with the uncop-like Ben Alexander as permanent replacement. I suspect it was because Ellis looked and acted too much like Webb, which became a liability once the series tried to inject more humor into the proceedings. In that key regard, I suspect the amiable Alexander proved much more adept.


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