Dragnet: Season 3, Episode 27

The Big Winchester (4 Mar. 1954)

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An apparent suicide turns out to be murder.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Collins ...
Officer Harkness
Barbara Stewart ...
Doris Chambers
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Elsie Donworth
Steven Terrell ...
Warren Thomas White (as Steve Terrell)
Sergeant Jay Allen


An apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

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Drama | Crime | Mystery




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4 March 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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About average for this series.
30 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Keep your eyes open as you watch this one, as Fess Parker and Dennis Weaver (two popular 1950s-60s actors) make small appearances as police officers.

The show begins with what looks like a complicated suicide. A Winchester rifle has been rigged up with strings to shoot an old man. However, upon closer investigation, it appears that this was actually rigged up AFTER the man was killed to make a murder appear to be a suicide. Friday and Smith follow a lead--a very young woman who might be behind it. When they do eventually find the killer, he is very obliging--admitting he did it but unable to explain why. A very unusual episode but one that is still about average for the series--which still makes it pretty good.

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