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"Dragnet" The Big Frame (1954)

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One for the Road

Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
17 May 2007

Routine entry, but one that shows how the creators could take a highly unglamorous crime and turn it into an entertaining half-hour. A bar-fly is found dead in a downtown gutter. Was it an accident or murder. Friday and Smith follow the leads, including an interview with a very hung-over girlfriend of the deceased. Carolyn Jones again shines in a tacky role showing why she was a Dragnet favorite. Good procedure episode, especially since our two cops take back-up with them for the arrest-- an often neglected aspect of police work in the series, maybe because of the additional expense. The segue from Friday's snarling arrest to a humorous wrap-up is, nevertheless, clumsily handled. Even so, an impacted wisdom tooth is never self-correcting. Friday should listen to Frank's nagging.

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A look at some of the more mundane aspects of police work.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 November 2013

While this isn't one of the more exciting episodes of "Dragnet", it is worth seeing simply because it shows more of the mundane work a policeman might do.

Friday and Smith are working the hit and run division. However, the autopsy is rather odd and inconsistent with a hit and run. The more they investigate the more they feel that the witnesses are hiding something and that the man did NOT die as a result of the car accident. It might just be that the man was beaten to death and folks just want to sweep the case under the rug.

As I said, this one seems a lot more routine as far as the type of police work you'll see. However, it's handled well and is worth your time even if it lacks the thrills of many of the other episodes.

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