Dragnet: Season 4, Episode 1

The Big Producer (26 Aug. 1954)

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Obscene literature and pictures are spread among youngster at a school in Los Angeles. The supplier of this illegal stuff turns out to be a former film producer from the days of silent movies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Stephen Banner (as Marty Milner)
Laura Osborne (as Caroline Jones)
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Obscene literature and pictures are spread among youngster at a school in Los Angeles. The supplier of this illegal stuff turns out to be a former film producer from the days of silent movies.

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26 August 1954 (USA)  »

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Based on a 1952 episode of the Dragnet radio series. See more »


[first lines]
Sgt. Joe Friday: This is the city - Los Angeles, California. I work here; I'm a cop. It was November 4th. It was windy in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of Juvenile Division. My partner is Frank Smith; my name's Friday. A steady stream of obscene literature had been finding its way into a half-dozen high schools in the city. We'd gotten a lead on one of the sources of supply - a seventeen year old high school senior. We had to check it out.
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Martin Milner....porno prince!
23 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Big Producer" is not one of the better episodes of the original "Dragnet" television series. It suffers from being a bit too vague but the biggest problem is the final 10 minutes--as they just drag and could have used a HUGE editing.

The show begins with Friday and Smith going to a local high school to arrest the school's resident porno prince (Martin Milner). Apparently he's selling porn to his classmates and someone has complained to the police At first, the kid is evasive and denies everything but soon the little rat is spilling his guts--implicating another student as well as the dirty old man behind the business.

Following this, the officers track down leads to find the guy, as he's not just guilty of distributing this material to kids, but he's also apparently photographing under-aged models. Here's the problem, however, they find the guy rather quickly. What follows is what looks like one of the most blatant examples of padding I've ever seen--with the goofy old guy taking the detectives on a very long and meandering stroll down memory lane.

As far as the vagueness goes, apart from photographing some naked teens and selling it to other teens, the viewer is left wondering what really constitutes pornography in this. I especially was confused when Milner's character referred to some of the magazines as 'joke books'. Huh? Were dirty jokes considered pornographic? Were there pictures in them? What?! The bottom line is that this episode of "Dragnet" isn't written or paced well. Enjoyable, yes, but nothing more.

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