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 »


Sgt. Joe Friday: It was Wednesday, October 6th. It was sultry in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of homicide. My partner is Ed Jacobs; the boss is Thad Brown, Chief of Detectives. My name's Friday.
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Hold the Mayonnaise
15 April 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Who would have suspected that the plug-ugly lead in this entry, filmed to highlight the gruesome bruise on his cheek, would later soar to the heights of super-stardom. Yet Lee Marvin did. Already his off-beat looks, natural way with dialogue, and clarity of emotion, command the screen like few others. Together they turn this 30 minutes into an early Marvin showcase. Here he's an ice-cold killer and borderline psychopath. The only suspense is how long it will take to break him down into a confession. This is a very early episode and features one of the few fist fights in a series that deliberately de-glamorized police work. (In passing-- one of the punches is thrown at the camera almost as though it's a crude attempt at 3-D which came along a year or so later.) Portraying killer Marvin as a health food addict is a nice unexpected touch, along with the well-timed mop-up of the dirty diner floor at episode's end. All in all , a chillingly memorable entry and revealing glimpse of an unusual super-star in the making.

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