Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Little Jesus 

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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Sgt. Joe Friday
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Officer Frank Smith
Harry Bartell ...
Father Xavier Rojas
Joe Carioca Jr. ...
Paco Mendoza
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Claude Stroup
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Mr. Flavin
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Capt. Barnard
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Joseph Heffernan
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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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24 December 1953 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The episode "The Big Little Jesus" (12/24/1953) was network television's first half-hour color film. It was the only color show of the series. It was rerun on the network at Christmas time, for several seasons. It was the only episode not to go into reruns as "Badge 714". See more »

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

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Dragnet Meets Christmas
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

A religious themed show such as this is largely a matter of taste, particularly the ending atmospherics which are not exactly subtle. Up to that point, the plot of a missing Jesus statue is nicely handled, just the right amount of Christmas thematics without being heavy-handed. Still and all, if memory serves, this was one of the most talked about of the early episodes. It obviously struck a popular chord. Perhaps it was because the audience enjoyed seeing the two bloodhounds tracking after a two-dollar statuette, not for its dollar value, but because of its sentimental and symbolic value to a poor parish church. The solution itself is appropriate to the lightweight story. There's also a good look at some regulars among the Webb stock company of actors, particularly .the ever-cranky Ralph Moody and the slyly eccentric James Griffith. Little Billy Chapin also appears, a fine little actor soon to make a permanent mark as one of the two terrified children in that great Gothic classic, Night of the Hunter (1955).


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