Dragnet: Season 1, Episode 5

The Big Cast (14 Feb. 1952)

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Friday begins to question Henry Ross, a suspect in a man's disappearance, which Friday believes is actually a murder. Ross coolly and calmly denies any involvement in the disappearance, but... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barney Phillips ...
Henry Ross


Friday begins to question Henry Ross, a suspect in a man's disappearance, which Friday believes is actually a murder. Ross coolly and calmly denies any involvement in the disappearance, but Friday's relentless interrogation soon begin to crack the man's facade. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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14 February 1952 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title "The Big Cast" is a joking reference to the fact that there are only three credited cast members in this episode. See more »


Henry Ross: You remember the Wilson case back in '34 don't you, Sergeant? Woman killed her whole family. Big case. You remember it?
Sergeant Ed Jacobs: Yeah. Pretty tragic.
Sgt. Joe Friday: Is that a hobby of yours, Henry? Collecting murder stories?
Henry Ross: No, I just read 'em. I remember 'em. I can remember every murder case in the past 15 years.
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Best Dragnet Episode Ever
17 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Say what you will about Jack Webb, this is the best episode of Dragnet by far. It's basically the character study of a serial killer, masterfully portray by future superstar Lee Marvin. Lee's about 28 years old here, and emits a quietly menacing persona. Viewers might find fault with the notion that Joe Friday could beat the snot out of him (yes, it is hard to swallow) but Marvin's presence makes it intense. Be sure to watch his mannerisms and disarming lack of eye contact. 57 years has certainly changed the legal system too: mass murder suspects being taken out to lunch (and after a brutal assault on their hosts no less)... Barney Phillips would likely be in ICU with a hematoma after being walloped by that chair. And viewers might note that there's only 5 actors seen in this episode (including the lie detector operator and the woman in the restaurant).This is a great chance to witness a young Lee Marvin in one of his earliest TV roles (he'd appear on Dragnet once more).

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