A gang of con artists checks the obituary section of the daily newspaper, then uses the information they gather to prey on the grief-stricken families of those who have recently died.

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A gang of con artists checks the obituary section of the daily newspaper, then uses the information they gather to prey on the grief-stricken families of those who have recently died.

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24 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Human Vultures: Dragnet Style
10 April 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Above average episode distinguished somewhat by the really sleazy nature of the crime. Con artists follow up obituaries by selling worthless jewelry to the bereaved claiming a purchase was among the deceased's last intentions. Of course the loved ones are only too eager to comply. In this case, Friday's tough-talking outrage seems wholly warranted. Some nice touches, such as Friday's having to repeat himself over the phone. Realistic touches such as this were mostly avoided in 50's TV since they used up air time and distracted from the plot. Nonetheless, it was thoughtful little measures like this that imparted an air of reality to the series. Ending the entry at a New Years Eve bash also provides some unexpected color. Watch too for Dragnet favorite Allene Roberts as a wrenchingly tearful victim.


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