Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big September Man 

Someone murdered a secretary late at night in her office. She was beaten to death with a metal pipe wrapped in newspaper. Could it be the drunk found three blocks away beating his head against a wall?

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Someone murdered a secretary late at night in her office. She was beaten to death with a metal pipe wrapped in newspaper. Could it be the drunk found three blocks away beating his head against a wall?

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8 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Sgt. Joe Friday: It was 11:48 p.m. when I got back from the crime lab. The call came in a few hours earlier. An attractive blonde secretary was found beaten to death in a downtown office building. A length of steel pipe wrapped in heavy paper was on the floor beside her. There was no trace of the killer, no apparent motive for the killing. For every murder, there's at least one of each. My job: to find 'em.
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Hallelujah-- I'm a Murderer!
4 May 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Early episode features some series regulars, most prominently Stacy Harris as the righteous hand of the Lord. Harris pops up regularly over the years as a villain, even getting a starring role in the Dragnet movie (1954). Here he plays a Bible-spouting psychopath, who, shall we say, has a problem practicing what he preaches. Then too, just the thought of this guy being modeled on a real life nut-case is chilling. It's also surprising he was found sane at the time of the crime, since here he appears truly-- if calmly-- deranged. Really low-key portrayals and sequencing. Clearly, in these early entries, Webb is doing his darndest to de-dramatize police work and shatter the old movie image. The challenge. of course, is to keep audience interest at the same time. Fortunately this re-creation, like most in the series, has enough inherent human interest to keep the audience glued to the screen. Slightly above average.


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