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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 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

Character Actor Dub Taylor was known for his heavy, sometimes hard to understand southern drawl, but in this movie his uncredited role had no speaking involved. Added to that, his murder in the very beginning is what the entire film is based around. See more »

Goofs

The calendar on the wall of the police detective's office is an actual April 1954 calendar that shows the first day of the month falling on a Thursday and the last day of the month falling on a Friday. This wall calendar can be seen out of focus during a time when Webb's monologue voice over claims was "Saturday, April 23" and again in focus on "Monday, April 25." However, the authentic calendar on the wall is a day off from Webb's claims with Saturday being April 24 and Monday falling on April 26. See more »

Quotes

Captain R.A. Lohrman: What about the victim, you think Starkey was in trouble?
Sgt. Joe Friday: He was at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
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Connections

Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Foggy Night in San Francisco
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herman Saunders)
Lyrics by Sidney Miller
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Second rate at best.
28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1954 as a child, and frankly, at that time it seemed to me to be both

amateurish and boring. I knew that Jack Webb had written, produced and directer it, and that's usually a pretty good prescription for a failure. Fifty-five years later, I still feel the same. This motion picture was made only because "Dragnet" (the TV series) was popular enough to draw in an audience, or at least, I'm guessing that the folks putting up the money thought so . If in fact "Dragnet" made a profit (I have my doubts) it was only because it was made on a very slim budget. What the movie audiences got for their money was just a thirty minute TV show that had been blown up -- filmed in color -- and little more. "Dragnet" was like a lot of films or TV shows that caught on at a particular time. They were different, rather than they were particularly good. "Dargnet" isn't something that holds up over time; rather, it becomes a curiosity, something that has to be defended. Several comments have have been made that this film reflected both the 1950's and Joseph R. McCarthy. Well, actually this film reflected Jack Webb, and his conception of movie making. If you see Joe McCarty here, it's because you want to see Joe McCarthy. This movie is not political unless you just think that policing is just a reflection of closet fascism.


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