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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sergeant Joe Friday
... Officer Frank Smith
... Capt. James E. Hamilton
... Officer Grace Downey
... Max Troy
... Ethel Starkie
Vic Perrin ... Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
... Belle Davitt
... Jesse Quinn
Dick Cathcart ... Roy Cleaver
... Lee Reinhard
... Chester Davitt
... Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
... Police Capt. R.A. Lohrman
Monte Masters ... Fabian Gerard
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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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4 September 1954 (USA)  »

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The Original Dragnet  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(WarnerColor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Boone and Dennis Weaver, who portray police captains, would win fame as peace officers in the two long-running TV western series, Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) (Boone as Paladin) and Gunsmoke (1955) (Weaver as Matt Dillon's deputy, Chester). See more »

Goofs

The update about the streets not intersecting in real life comes under the heading of "names were changed to protect the innocent". Webb did this many times in the TV series as well as in this picture. 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

Referenced in Drafty, Isn't It? (1957) 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 Film of Dragnet Fans
28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Every time I see this movie, I find something else about it that makes me like it all the more. Whether its the cars, the attitudes, the clothes or just the story itself. I liked the cast from the very first time and recognized most of them from the TV series. Seeing again, now, was like getting visit from some old friends. It departed from the TV show in that you saw the crime committed up front and there was no epilogue of the outcome. But otherwise, it was classic Joe Friday. Just the facts. Not a lot of superfluous rhetoric or endless scenes of police tailing bad guys. Lots of voice over with details like time of day, location, etc. Simple interrogation from Friday with smart-mouth answers from the bad guys and the snappy, emotional responses from Joe. It kind of gets you, right where you live, you know? Don't miss this one. You won't be sorry.


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