"The Big Gap" is a very good episode of "Dragnet"--solid and well done. However, the ending is very peculiar--so much different than you'd ever see in the later "Dragnet" series! The show begins with a pawnbroker calling the police. It's unusual in that he's not sure that a crime has even been committed but he's concerned about a man he recently had come into his shop. According to this guy, someone came in to have a ring appraised and when he learned it was essentially junk, he became enraged. Soon, instead of questioning the value of the jewelry, he insists now he wants to buy a gun! But the owner of the shop isn't about to sell an angry guy a weapon.
The pawn broker and police think that the angry guy was angry because he'd just bought the ring and was told it was very valuable...and paid accordingly. However, it takes the police a while to find Garfield Hunt--and even Hunt's wife is worried because he never came home. Fortunately, it turns out the man just needed time to cool down and it neither dead nor a murderer. Unfortunately, although the police KNOW the crooks who sold the ring to Hunt, they cannot prove it. Here s the odd twist--the show ends this way--with no arrest or conviction. However, and this is odder yet, in the epilogue, it indicates that later, different officers WERE able to get a conviction! Odd in style, that's for sure but also well done and worth your time.
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