Dragnet: Season 3, Episode 21

The Big Boys (21 Jan. 1954)

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Friday and Smith receive a bulletin about an armed four-man gang, two of whom are army deserters, who have committed a series of robberies and auto thefts in San Francisco and are on their way to Los Angeles.

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Harry Bartell ...
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Peter Leeds ...
George the Drunk
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Friday and Smith receive a bulletin about an armed four-man gang, two of whom are army deserters, who have committed a series of robberies and auto thefts in San Francisco and are on their way to Los Angeles.

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Some of the humor works, some clearly doesn't.
16 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I am a big fan of both the 1950s and 1960s versions of "Dragnet", one way that they sometimes fell short was when they were trying to be funny. They didn't usually try this but when they did, the humor usually seemed forced. In "The Big Boys", it's a mixed bag in the comedy department--some works and some clearly doesn't.

The show begins with the Los Angeles police getting a bulletin. It seems that a four-man gang of young* thieves has been working its way down the coast and they are likely in the area. Friday and Smith go looking for the young punks--guys who are known to have committed a long string of burglaries and robberies--armed robberies. However, their search is made more difficult as they canvas various local hotels as one of the hotel desk men is practically deaf (this was intended to be funny...it wasn't) and one was a drunk (it was funny but also wore a bit thin). The bottom line is that although this is a very watchable show, it's not up to the usual higher standards of the series. The laughs are a bit too forced for my taste.


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