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The Big Shoplift 

There seems to be a lot of recent theft at retail stores in the city, and Jack Webb and his partner are on the case. The detectives question a salesperson from a big department store ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Joe Friday
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Officer Frank Smith
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Virginia Sterling
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Patricia Denvers
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Charles Elliott
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Dorothy Kirkman (as Michael Barrett)
Myra Marsh ...
Mrs. Briggs
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There seems to be a lot of recent theft at retail stores in the city, and Jack Webb and his partner are on the case. The detectives question a salesperson from a big department store downtown, and she denies any involvement. They talk to a woman who was at the bus station, who saw another woman leave a parcel which contained a fur coat. Eventually Webb talks to a teenage girl, who saw a woman discard boxes of new items in a vacant lot. The girl knows the woman's identity, and soon the officers are interrogating the shoplifter, a doctor's wife with a lot of time on her hands. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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11 March 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Dorothy Kirkman: Only thing I took from that store was my paycheck.
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24 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Considering that "Dragnet" was an exceptionally well made show, "The Big Shoplift" being average is not a bad thing. Because of this, it's well worth seeing and the story is a bit unusual.

Friday and Smith are working on a case involving lots of thefts from local department stores. At first it appears as if a cashier might be responsible for this, but this turns out to be a dead end. Who actually is behind it and why makes this an unusual story. Peggy Webber stars as the perpetrator, Virginia Sterling. I'd say more but don't want to ruin the show for you.

The best thing about this one is that the story is unusual and has an interesting twist. I sure wish I knew what happened to the real woman after her release from prison, as the stories on this show are based on real stories from (mostly) the Los Angeles Police Department.


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