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Dragnet (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 September 1954 (USA)
Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Richard Boone ... Capt. James E. Hamilton
Ann Robinson ... Officer Grace Downey
Stacy Harris ... Max Troy
Virginia Gregg ... Ethel Starkie
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
Georgia Ellis ... Belle Davitt
James Griffith ... Jesse Quinn
Dick Cathcart Dick Cathcart ... Roy Cleaver
Malcolm Atterbury ... Lee Reinhard
Willard Sage ... Chester Davitt
Olan Soule ... Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
Dennis Weaver ... Police Capt. R.A. Lohrman
Monte Masters Monte Masters ... Fabian Gerard
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Storyline

Saturday, April 9: A known bookie named Miller Starkie has been "cut in half" by a sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun. Working out of Intelligence Division, Sgt. Joe Friday and Off. Frank Smith piece together what little evidence they have, interview acquaintances, intimidate witnesses, interrogate suspects to the point of harassment, utilize a Minifon and a wiretap, and testify before the Grand Jury in a tireless effort to catch and convict Starkie's killers. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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7:55 P.M. All days off were cancelled. All officers placed on standby. This was the hottest case to hit the department. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The talent agent's office on "Sunset Boulevard" (actually, Hollywood Boulevard on the Sunset Strip) is set across the street from the famous Ciro's Nightclub, which featured the absolute top of the who's-who of the singers and entertainers of the day. As seen in the marquee, the featured performers that night were the Mills Brothers. who were featured acrobatic dancers in many Hollywood films of the thirties and forties. Due to talent expenses and other matters, Ciro's went out of business two years after Dragnet was released. See more »

Goofs

When Friday and Smith enter the elevator, Friday pushes the button and Smith bobs for an instant to indicate elevator movement. Friday barely bobs. When they reach their floor Friday finishes his line by bobbing to indicate the elevator stopping but Smith does not. The unintended humorous effect makes it seem that Smith curtsies at the start of the ride and Friday curtsies at the end. See more »

Quotes

[Friday has unsuccessfully interrogated Chester Davitt]
Captain James E. Hamilton, Intelligence: He won't cop out.
Sgt. Joe Friday: He can smell the gas.
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Connections

Followed by Dragnet 1966 (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Foggy Night in San Francisco
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herman Saunders)
Lyrics by Sidney Miller
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Great 1950's period crime drama
23 January 1999 | by MartaSee all my reviews

This film is so true to the atmosphere of the 1950's that you could show it in a history class, but it's a lot of fun. Jack Webb is fantastically straight as Joe Friday; he never had a better role. He speaks every word with a cement-like conviction; he's always got a snappy answer for every sarcastic criminal. Everyone in the movie is great, but the standouts are Virginia Gregg as the murdered man's alcoholic and handicapped wife, Stacy Harris as Max Troy, insincere head of the crime syndicate, and Richard Boone as the police captain, who says to his men with angry authority "all right, bumper to bumper tail; get up with em in the morning and put em to bed at night".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Original Dragnet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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