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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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Taglines:

Straight from Police Files-The Never-Told Trackdown of the Red-Spot Criminals! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While not released as a 3-D movie, the fight scene includes multiple first-person shots that were set-up for 3-D, in which the person striking the blow punches directly at the camera in a tight close-up. 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

Doctor: I'm sorry, was Mr. Troy a friend of yours?
Sgt. Joe Friday: No sir, we hardly knew him.
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Soundtracks

Foggy Night in San Francisco
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herman Saunders)
Lyrics by Sidney Miller
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Chrome
29 January 2007 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Check out the Chrome on the shiny 1950's automobiles. Look carefully and you will see the clear plastic air-conditioning tubes inside the rear window of the Cadillac. Wood furniture (not fiberboard), non-filter cigarettes by the ton, neon signs, 8-miles per gallon autos. This is authentic 1950's retro (and wastefulness) at its best.

Expensive color film and fine film editing. First-class musical scoring is seamlessly blended into the movie.

"Dragnet" is a meticulously planned movie project. Looks like every scene was thought out well in advance of the actual production. Webb must have been a very hard-working movie craftsman.

Stylistically, Webb's brisk handling of actors and clipped, monotonous dialog is not appealing to my tastes, but directing style is in the eye of the beholder I suppose. His style is OK for television shows but less so in a full-length movie. However, this is a good crime movie and Webb at least gives it a kind of watchable uniqueness.

Modern TV's "Law and Order" breaks no new ground. This "Dragnet" movie has the cops and detectives, then the District Attorney, then some sort of judicial hearing, etc. And of course "Law and Order" doesn't have those big chrome dinosaurs.


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