Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

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Jack Webb
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Jack Webb ...  Sgt. Joe Friday / ... 276 episodes, 1951-1959
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"The story you are about to see is true", "Just the facts, ma'am", "We were working the day watch" - phrases which became so popular as to inspire much parody - set the realistic tone of this early police drama. The show emphasized careful police work and the interweaving of policemen's professional and personal lives. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Badge 714 See more »

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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(300 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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Many of the episodes available on DVD are from syndication copies in which the classic "dumm-da-dum-dum" and theme music have been replaced by other music. See more »

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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
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Just the facts, ma'am
16 September 2001 | by occupant-1See all my reviews

I'm most familiar with the Harry Morgan period but all versions I've seen of the TV and radio originals are really good. Post-sixties angst is absent from the stories and characterizations, as in Perry Mason and perhaps a few others. Actually, "Ozzie and Harriet" from a different angle gives the same picture of a time with a bit less self-doubt.


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