Dragnet: Season 3, Episode 17

The Big Little Jesus (24 Dec. 1953)

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It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few ... See full summary »

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It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few dollars, but it is of great sentimental value for the parish. Friday and Smith promise to try to get it back before mass on Christmas Day, but this means that they have less than 24 hours to catch the thief. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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Remade for the series sequel Dragnet 1966 (1969), Season 2, Episode 15 entitled "The Christmas Story,." with Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) as Friday's partner replacing Frank Smith (Ben Alexander). See more »

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Remade as Dragnet 1967: The Christmas Story (1967) See more »

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My all-time favorite Christmas TV program
25 January 2007 | by (Corpus Christi, Texas) – See all my reviews

Dragnet a Christmas favorite? Yes. As the detectives search through the inner city neighborhood asking about the missing Baby Jesus statue, more and more people give testimony about how much the image of the Baby Jesus at Christmas means to the Hispanic community, including a presumably Jewish second-hand dealer or pawnbroker and skid row derelicts.

I won't spoil the ending here, I'll just say I cry whenever I describe it. It was so strong I remembered the episode from seeing only once over 50 years ago. A year ago,I found it on DVD. Funny, I "remembered" some incidents that weren't actually in the show...

I have found more than one version of a DVD, different collections, etc. Both contained this show, "The Big Little Jesus." I would recommend for Christmas viewing or anytime.


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