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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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Cast overview:
... Sgt. Joe Friday
... Officer Bill Gannon
Vic Perrin ... Don Negler, alias J. Johnson
... Mrs. Eve Kruger
... Capt. Hugh Brown
John Roseboro ... Sgt. Dave Bradford
... George Freeman
Tom Williams ... Melvin Gannon
Jack Ragotzy ... Carl Rockwell
Roger Til ... William Smith
... Claude LeBorg (as Gerald Michenaud)
... Freddie
Herbert Ellis ... Rico 'Ricky' Markell
... Max Shelton
Elizabeth Rogers ... Eve Sorenson
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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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27 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 1966 but not broadcast until 1969. See more »

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When Friday and Gannon are informed their suspect was found dead in a vacant lot, they depart to check it out. Friday narrates that it's "Friday, 8:17am." When they arrive Friday narrates that the deputy coroner "...estimated the time of death between the hours of 2am and 4 am Saturday morning." When they inform the victims relatives they learn the victim was last seen the night before which would've been a Thursday so the time of death would not and could not have been estimated as Saturday. See more »

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Claude LeBorg: ...Trouvez-les!
['Find them!"]
William Smith: [Translating] The boy implores you to find whoever it is that did this to his father and see that they are punished for what they have done.
Sergeant Joe Friday: [Claude wraps his arms around Friday's legs and cries hard] You don't have to translate any more.
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Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »

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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 See 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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