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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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

The murder scene is an open lot bounded by Loma Vista, 3rd, Wentworth and Rachel. These are actual streets in the LA area but do not intersect or form a block. Obviously the geography is intentionally inaccurate, which is also the case with that referred to hundreds of films and television programs. In such instances, if an actual address is used the occupant would have grounds of legal action if the location were to attract unwanted visitors. 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

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
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Music by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann
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Not Nearly As Entertaining As The TV Show
1 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the Dragnet television shows back in the 1950s with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander and later Harry Morgan. They were very entertaining and fast-moving. I say that because this feature-length film was just too boring to add to my collection. I wouldn't watch it again.

Oh, it started off with a bang as a man was murdered in a field, but then the rest of it is mostly detail work which gets pretty boring after 40 minutes! Some of the dialog is good: nice '40s-type film noir stuff.

What I missed was the humor of the TV show, in which Webb and his partner, Officer Frank Smith, would interview a number of crackpots and those interviews would be funny. Most of the characters in this movie did not invoke laughs. It needed a bit more action, too, for a crime movie.


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