Dragnet: Season 4, Episode 8

The Big Bar (14 Oct. 1954)

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A holdup man is sticking up bars. After he takes the money he kills many of his victims. Sargeant Friday has few leads other than that the holdup man likes a certain song on the jukebox and likes to drink scotch and water.

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A holdup man is sticking up bars. After he takes the money he kills many of his victims. Sargeant Friday has few leads other than that the holdup man likes a certain song on the jukebox and likes to drink scotch and water.

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Hey, the forensics guy is Dennis Weaver!
17 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Big Bar" is an odd case for Friday and Smith. A guy is robbing folks in bars and killing several of his victims even when they gave him the money willingly. However, the take in each case is very small--a very small price to pay for murder. One odd clue about this is that the killer likes the jukebox and keeps playing the same tune all night--"Funny Man". And, one of the witnesses is able to pick the guy out of a mug book. However, when that guy is picked up, it turns out it isn't the right guy. This must stop soon, as the bodies are piling up thanks to this psycho.

The finale was really anticlimactic. Instead of showing the pursuit, Friday, Smith and the Captain listened in on the radio to the other cops doing the chase! In other words, they saved a lot of money by not showing this!! This made the episode stagy and less effective.

By the way, in the epilogue, I was surprised. This wasn't because the guy was sent to Death Row--you'd expect that with all the murders. Instead, for the first time I've seen, it said that he WAS executed (versus the usual 'sentenced to death').


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