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Dragnet 1966 (1969)

Initially intended as a pilot for the Dragnet 1967 TV series, featuring L.A. police detective Joe Friday and his partners, but not aired until 1969.

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Jack Webb
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Don Negler, alias J. Johnson
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Eve Kruger
Gene Evans ... Capt. Hugh Brown
John Roseboro John Roseboro ... Sgt. Dave Bradford
Bobby Troup ... George Freeman
Tom Williams Tom Williams ... Melvin Gannon
Jack Ragotzy Jack Ragotzy ... Carl Rockwell
Roger Til Roger Til ... William Smith
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Claude LeBorg (as Gerald Michenaud)
Bruce Watson ... Freddie
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Rico 'Ricky' Markell
Eddie Firestone ... Max Shelton
Elizabeth Rogers ... Eve Sorenson
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Storyline

Sgt. Joe Friday is called back from vacation to work with his partner, Off. Bill Gannon, on a missing persons case. Two amateur female models and a young war widow have vanished, having been last seen with one J. Johnson. In the course of tracking down Johnson and the young ladies, the detectives wind up with two different descriptions of the suspect, one of which closely resembles a dead body found in a vacant lot. But the dead man, later identified as Charles LeBorg of France, proves not to be J. Johnson, when a third young model disappears. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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World Premiere: Dragnet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Near the film's end, Officer Bill Gannon is forced to retire from the LAPD for health reasons; according to the book "Crime Television" by Douglas Snauffer, the film originally would have ended with Sgt. Joe Friday interviewing a new partner immediately after Gannon takes his leave. But to reflect the fact that Friday and Gannon ended up being partnered in the series that resulted from this movie pilot, Jack Webb (i) revised the ending so that Gannon, his health improved after eight months in retirement, ends up returning to the force. See more »

Goofs

Carol Freeman was married but her husband was killed in Vietnam, it is very possible that she went back to her maiden name. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Joe Friday: [busts the kitchen door with the suspect hiding behind it knocks him down crook goes for his gun Friday has his pointed at his nose] Go ahead pick it up.
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Connections

Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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The second wave of "Dragnet" in top form.
11 October 2001 | by yarboroughSee all my reviews

This powerful 1966 "Dragnet" flick marked the return of Sgt. Joe Friday to the screen (though Friday was a Lieutenant in the last black-and-white episode). This time Friday is teamed with Officer Bill Gannon played by Harry Morgan. The episode, involving young ladies murdered by a photographer, is tense and gut-wrenching. It is finely directed and features the best, most realistic performances of any 1960s episode. It received very high ratings when it was finally broadcast in 1969, after a very successful season in which the show returned to the top twenty in the Nielsen ratings for the first time since the 1950s.

Fans of this new version of "Dragnet" may be very interested to know that Jack Webb and Harry Morgan had appeared together in two film-noir movies before doing this show. The first was "Appointment with Danger," filmed in 1949, in which the two play killers and Jack Webb's character, coincidentally named Joe, kills Harry Morgan's character by smashing his head with bronze shoes. The other movie was "Dark City," filmed in 1950, in which the two play gambling cronies and constantly get on each other's nerves.

In this "Dragnet" show they don't get on each other's nerves, and, with some of the most clever investigation Joe Friday ever does (the candy bar wrapper scene and the lured confession), the two get their guy.


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