Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Phone Call 

Friday and Jacobs question a jeweler regarding the robbery of a colleague. The man takes offense at being questioned about the incident, but as the detectives begin to amass evidence, the ... See full summary »

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Friday and Jacobs question a jeweler regarding the robbery of a colleague. The man takes offense at being questioned about the incident, but as the detectives begin to amass evidence, the jeweler's outrage quickly begins to lose credibility. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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22 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Vic Perrin (Ernest Garvey) appeared often on both the radio and TV versions of "Dragnet". He wrote several scripts for the radio series "Gunsmoke", on which he also appeared. He did a lot of voice-over work, for such TV cartoons as Jonny Quest (1964) and The Fantastic Four (1978), and is perhaps best known as the Control Voice on the original The Outer Limits (1963) series. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Friday: It was Thursday, July 17th. It was sultry in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of robbery detail. My partner's Ed Jacobs; the boss is Captain Didion. My name's Friday.
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A little claustrophobic.
24 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

In the early years of "Dragnet", the show went through quite a few cast changes in regard to Sergeant Friday's partners. Barton Yarborough was his first partner but died soon after the series began. Then, Barney Phillips played Sergeant Jacobs for a few shows. Finally, Officer Smith was cast and played the partner for most of this first series--though he was played by Herbert Ellis and, mostly, Ben Alexander. Sadly, when the show was revived in 1967, Yarborough had died and they needed a new partner (Harry Morgan). "The Big Phone Call" is one of the few Barney Phillips episodes.

"The Big Phone Call" finds the crime already investigated and just about wrapped up. All Friday and Jacobs need to do is question the accused and get his statement. However, the guy is cool and maintains a cocky facade through much of the interview. Even when confronted with much of the evidence, this guy isn't going to admit anything and continually threatens to sue the officers. What's next is pretty predictable. And, to make it worse, it all takes place in one room--making the show seem very claustrophobic. Well made and an important part of police work--but also a bit dull compared to most episodes.


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