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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The opening and closing theme composition was changed with this episode, as well as a different text style for the credits. 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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Remake of Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus (1953) See more »

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The Christmas Story is perhaps the most touching episode of "Dragnet 1967"
5 December 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having just seen "The Big Little Jesus" episode of the original "Dragnet", I just went on Hulu to watch the remake for "Dragnet 1967" called here "The Christmas Story". It's basically word for word and scene for scene with some additions like Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) bringing a little pine tree in the office and Friday narrating about giving suspect Claude Stroup (Bobby Troup) his rights since this episode was made after the Miranda rights were established. Once again the priest whose baby Jesus statue was stolen was played by Harry Bartell. Other reprise of original supporting actors were Herb Vigran as a hotel desk clerk and Ralph Moody as Mr. Flavin, a pawn shop owner. In fact, I chuckled when he questioned how Friday knew his name and declared they never met before! (The answer was his name being on the store window.) I should note here that altar boy John (not Joe as in the original) Hefferman was played by Barry Williams two years before he became Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch" and that Bobby Troup was married to singer Julie London who earlier was once wed to Jack Webb. Also, Byron Morrow, who plays Captain Mack here, was born in my birthtown of Chicago, Illinois. As with before, this version of the "Dragnet" Christmas story was one of the most touching in the entire series history. Well worth seeking out. By the way, this originally aired on December 21, 1967.

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