Dragnet: Season 2, Episode 4

The Big Seventeen (6 Nov. 1952)

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Upper middle-class teenagers in Los Angeles are going crazy. They trash a movie theater, beating up the manager and pushing a young man through a plate glass window. Sergeant Friday must get to the bottom of what is causing this to happen.

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Herbert Ellis ...
Officer Frank Smith (as Herb Ellis)
Allene Roberts ...
Evelyn Maxford
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Harold Everson Sr. (as Bill Bouchey)
Edwin Bruce ...
Harold Everson Jr.
Forrest Lewis ...
Clyde Barton
Vivi Janiss ...
Frances Demmering
Herb Vigran ...
Jocko Harris
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Upper middle-class teenagers in Los Angeles are going crazy. They trash a movie theater, beating up the manager and pushing a young man through a plate glass window. Sergeant Friday must get to the bottom of what is causing this to happen.

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Mrs. Demmering: Tomorrow's Johnny's birthday, you know; I meant to tell you. I always expect him home on his birthday. Seems no matter where he is, no matter how he's tied up with school or sports or something, Johnny always makes it home on his birthday.
Sgt. Joe Friday: I see.
Mrs. Demmering: I wonder how it will be tomorrow. He's never missed being at home on his birthday - not once.
Sgt. Joe Friday: Well, if he shows up, I guess you can count on one thing, ma'am.
Mrs. Demmering: What's that?
Sgt. Joe Friday: He might have to miss next year.
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Spreading the Hype
10 April 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

"Drug-crazed Teens Riot at Local Theater"-- could be the sub-title of this typical 50's entry. Yeah, only communists were feared more during those Mc Carthy years than unruly teenagers, otherwise known as juvenile delinquents. And the demon drug that could set them off was not rum, but what was then known as "MaryJane" or "weed" or what now goes by the common slang "pot". Never mind that the only riot marijuana ever caused was a mass love-in at a 60's rock concert. Just the thought of "reefer madness" was enough to set off the guardians of law and order like Joe Friday, who probably enjoyed a martini or two after a hard day on the set. And never mind that the impossibly wild tales surrounding pot probably led more kids into truly dangerous drugs than the proverbial toke or two behind the family garage.

Pot-hype aside, this is a pretty tame episode, as Friday and Ellis track down the chief drug pusher who turns out to be a 17 year old. I like the way Ellis gets to do most of the questioning, a rarity once the show became a mega-hit. Also notable for the incredibly sweet presence of Allene Roberts who seems to have made a brief career out of falling for hell-bent type boys, and for the great Bill (Willis) Bouchey whose inimitably gruff presence enlivened many a feature of the day. If not much else, this is a genuine 30-minute reflection of its time.


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