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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


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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Release Date:

27 January 1969 (USA)  »

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World Premiere: Dragnet  »

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1.33 : 1
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This tele-movie was to serve as the pilot episode of Dragnet 1967 (1967). However, it didn't air as originally planned, as Jack Webb decided to change the pace and tone of the series from this film. Webb finally decided to allow the pilot to air during the series 3rd year, in 1969. See more »


Friday and Gannon collect a picture of each of the missing women. At the end when they match the pictures to the photographs that Negler took of his bound victims, each woman is wearing the same outfit as in her portrait. See more »


Officer Bill Gannon: Do you remember what kind of car they were driving?
Freddie: Danged if I don't! It was a nineteen and fifty-nine Sword!
Officer Bill Gannon: Beg your pardon.
Freddie: A nineteen and fifty-nine Buick Sword!
Officer Bill Gannon: You mean Le Sabre?
Freddie: That's what you call 'em. Green it was.
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Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »


Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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Great pursuit scene
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical Jack Webb movie, with most of his quirks in it. However, the scene near the end where multiple police units are in pursuit of the killer is wonderful and masterfully done, showing what an under-rated director Jack Webb really was. The only police car you see - until the pursuit is over - is 1-K-80 (Friday and Gannon's unmarked unit) racing through the rain in the night. You hear all of the action over the radio in the detective unit, but never see a black and white sliding around a corner, or racing down the road. Just the same, the scene builds tension and you feel the tension of the pursuit, perhaps better than if you actually saw it portrayed. I think it's one of my favorite scenes in any movie I've ever watched.

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