Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Christmas Story 

Friday and Gannon investigate the theft of a statue of the baby Jesus from a church's nativity scene on Christmas Eve. The figure itself has little monetary value. Father Xavier Rojas ... See full summary »


Jack Webb

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Harry Bartell ... Father Xavier Rojas
Bobby Troup ... Claude Stroup
Byron Morrow ... Captain Mack
Ralph Moody ... Mr. Flavin
Herb Vigran ... Desk Clerk
Barry Williams ... John Heffernan
Fernando Vásquez Fernando Vásquez ... Paco Mendoza


Friday and Gannon investigate the theft of a statue of the baby Jesus from a church's nativity scene on Christmas Eve. The figure itself has little monetary value. Father Xavier Rojas explains this Jesus statue has been at the church for decades and has great sentimental value to the parishioners. The detectives pursue a lead but come up empty. As they return to Father Rojas, a small boy is pulling a wagon with the statue in it. The boy had prayed for a new wagon and promised the baby Jesus the first ride if he received it. The episode is a remake of "The Big Little Baby Jesus" from the original series, with three cast members (in addition to Jack Webb) reprising their original roles. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this episode is from 1967, the opening credits are from 1970 while the end theme/credits say Dragnet 1969. See more »


Gannon is wearing his gun, handcuffs, and a spare ammo carrier, but you can see that he has no ammo in the carrier See more »


Father Xavier Rojas: [Friday and Gannon are in the church, speaking to Father Rojas. A small boy approaches pulling a wagon with the baby Jesus statue in it. The boy approaches and greets the priest] It's Peco Mendoza, a boy from the parish.
Sergeant Joe Friday: Well, ask him where he found it.
Father Xavier Rojas: [to Paco, in Spanish] ¿Dónde lo encntraste?
Paco Mendoza: No encontré, lo cogí esta mañana.
Father Xavier Rojas: [to Friday and Gannon] He says he didn't find it, he took it.
Sergeant Joe Friday: Why?
Father Xavier Rojas: [to Paco] ¿Porqué?
Paco Mendoza: Todo los años rezé por un caminocito rojo. Y en este año rezé al niño Jesús y le ...
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Alternate Versions

When repeated in December 1968, the original opening and closing credits were replaced with the third season version of the opening and closing credits. A later broadcast in December 1969 replaces the opening with the fourth season "Dragnet 1970" opening credits, but retains the "Dragnet 1969" closing. Syndicated repeats of this episode are derived from this repeat version, and the original broadcast version has not been aired since its original broadcast. See more »


Remake of Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus (1953) See more »

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Excellent Episode
23 June 2008 | by Ares-10See all my reviews

This episode is very touching and sweet. It centers around a part of a Nativity Scene in a church that has gone missing. Detectives Friday and Gannon take the case even though the item is not considered very valuable, except to the church and its members. Our detectives take the case very seriously even though others think they are wasting their time. The story takes place at Christmas time and would be excellent to watch during that wonderful time of the year. I completely recommend this episode because you will need a handkerchief after it is over. I won't say anything else, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but please view this if possible. Currently, this show is being shown on the television channel Sleuth.

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