Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Fraud 



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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Joe Friday
Officer Frank Smith
Harry Bartell ...
Martin Dietrich
Keith Mather
Gabriel Bush
Harlan Warde ...
Roger Silby
Gerald Lang
Thad Brown
Robert Emlin ...
Henry Alden


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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A very interesting fraud case.
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

The only negatives about this very good episode of "Dragnet" is that at the beginning BOTH people reporting crimes (particularly the first one) were a bit too talkative and goofy. Perhaps there really are people like this, but the one in particular, seemed awfully strange. Apart from this, "The Big Fraud" is an interesting show about some VERY audacious con-men who pose as policemen and a drug addict. One man relayed his story to Friday and Smith--about how some cops shook him down for over $2000. The 'cops', however, turned out to be fakes and so Friday goes undercover to see if he, too, can become the mark of these phonies. This show is similar to one from the 1967 version of "Dragnet" where thieves not only pose as cops but actually take their victims to the police station!!

This is a very good episode and hearing Friday unloading on one of these crooks at the end felt very satisfying. One part of the show reminded me of my own life, as the man cheated out of all that money had no place to sleep--so Officer Smith took him home. This sounds impossibly nice, but when my wife and I had everything stolen when we were in Wales, a nice police officer offered to let us stay with his family! Such things do actually happen.

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