A man threatens to jump from a 9th-floor building ledge by ten o'clock.



(creator), (radio play) (as James Moser)


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Episode cast overview:
Capt. R. A. Lohrman
Herbert Ellis ...
Sgt. Gene Bechtel (as Herb Ellis)
Kenneth Patterson ...
Off. Bill Lockwood
Walter Harrison
Lillian Buyeff ...
Ruth Harrison
Alice Backes ...
Nurse Lenihan
Anthony Jochim ...
Doctor Rike


A man threatens to jump from a 9th-floor building ledge by ten o'clock.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

11 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The second season opener ran in real time, and it contained several "what time is it" inquiries to keep track of the time. The story starts with the police frantically trying to meet a ten o'clock deadline for when a man has threatened to jump from a 9th-floor building ledge. See more »

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Incredibly tense. And, unfortunately, a depressing epilogue.
16 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Big Jump" is among the best of the old "Dragnet" shows that are available today. I phrase it this way because although the series ran for almost a decade, only about 40 of these original shows survive--unlike the 1960s "Dragnet"--of which all of them are available to view today.

The show is unusual in that it's made in real time. Friday is called to respond to a man who is standing on a ledge and who promises to jump. And, when folks try to reason with the disturbed man, he gets anxious and threatens to jump sooner than later. But it turns out the man is not simply a depressed man but a real nut-case. When Friday tries to lure the guy back in the building, he pulls out a knife and slashes the Sergeant! Clearly they are going to have to think fast to save this guy--and the finale is amazingly tense and well done.

There's really nothing not to love and appreciate about this one...except the epilogue. Despite Friday and the rest doing a fantastic job and saving the man, it's revealed that the guy actually DID kill himself a few months later!! A great episode that shows how under-appreciated and brave cops can be...but also a bit of a downer as well.

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