When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.

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Lester Wylie
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Helen Karsten
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George Gramberg
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When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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9 September 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Amazingly creepy and gritty
24 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1950s, television was apprehensive to talk about child molestation and this is why "The Big Crime" is such an unusual episode of "Dragnet". The show begins with the police being alerted that 4 year-old twins had disappeared. A while later, the kids are found--but they'd been molested. Unfortunately, the kids weren't very reliable witnesses and Sergeant Friday and Officer Smith have little to go on to catch the perpetrator. Eventually they have a strong lead and it leads them to a mustached man who might fit the kids' description. And, ultimately, it leads to an amazingly violent finale.

This gritty show is among the better ones of the series. It is a pretty honest sort of portrayal of pedophiles and it's very chilling in many ways. If you do watch it, look for Virginia Christine (Mrs. Olson from the Folger's commercials) and Irene Tedrow (from "Dennis the Menace" and many other shows). Well worth seeing and creepy.


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