Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Casing 

Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who phoned in the fatal shooting of his wife. He claims it was suicide, but upon looking at the crime scene and talking to neighbors they begin to wonder if it was murder.

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Sgt. Joe Friday
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Andrew Robertson
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Lt. Lee Jones (as Herb Butterfield)
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Ted Carleton
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Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who phoned in the fatal shooting of his wife. He claims it was suicide, but upon looking at the crime scene and talking to neighbors they begin to wonder if it was murder.

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5 June 1952 (USA)  »

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Sgt. Joe Friday: This is the city. This is the way it looks from downtown - steel and stone and two million people. They produce everything in the millions; they use it up in the millions. They waste it the same way. Every month, they throw away thousands of dollars of everything. Some of 'em waste food and water; some of 'em waste time and money; and some of 'em just waste themselves. When they do I pick up the pieces. I'm a cop.
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A really neat episode....
16 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

"The Big Casing" is a really, really good episode of "Dragnet". The plot offers some wonderful twists and demonstrates that excellent forensic work was occurring back in the dark ages of the 1950s! I say this because shows like "CSI" and "NCIS" would make it appear like this aspect of police work is brand-new...which it certainly isn't.

The show begins with what appears to be a simple open and shut case of murder. A man says that his wife killed herself but the clues all make it appear as if he's lying and he killed her himself. After all, they constantly fought, he had a bad temper and it was his gun. But, as the episode progresses, you are struck by how the man INSISTS that in spite of this and so much more that he is innocent. Sergeants Friday (Jack Webb) and Jacobs (Barney Phillips) are just about to arrest the guy when they get a phone call from their forensics expert--and he has a few surprises to offer.

I really liked this episode. It was very well acted, had a great story and you could follow the forensics work step by step to see how they ended up dissecting the story. Fascinating and among the best episodes I've seen from the show. However, it sure was a lot more graphic than the later "Dragnet" series--which you'll most likely notice if you give this one a viewing.


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