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"Dragnet" The Big Casing (1952)

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One of the better episodes

8/10
Author: Steve-275 from North Dakota
25 October 2008

Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who claims his wife killed herself. However, the crime scene and the neighbors suggest murder.

This is a really good episode because of the way the boys and the crime lab worked together to solve the case. It looked simple on the surface, but became more complicated as time went on.

All of these episodes focus on minutia and the mundane aspects of police work, but that actually adds to the realism and keeps your attention as you wonder if that particular detail mattered.

I found this episode and others on www.archive.org. Recommended.

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A really neat episode....

9/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 December 2013

"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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