Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Crime 

When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.

Director:

Jack Webb
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Jack Kruschen ... Lester Wylie
Virginia Christine ... Helen Karsten
Paul Richards ... George Gramberg
Irene Tedrow ... Bernice Hopper
Bill Brundige Bill Brundige ... Officer Tom Willkie
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Geo. Comanches
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When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1954 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Notes On This Episode And Show After First Look In 50 Years
28 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"It was Saturday, August 8th, we were working the day watch out of juvenile division. My partner is Frank Smith. The boss is captain Powers. My name's Friday."

So begins the typical start of the famous Dragnet program. In this episode, Joe and Frank (Ben Alexander) are at the home of a mother of four-year-old twins who are missing. (The mother was played by Virginia Christine, who became famous for doing Folger's Coffee commercials!) Nowadays, these missing kids would be a big story but, oddly, Joe and Frank seem to pass it off as no big deal.

Shortly thereafter, they get a tip that an ice cream truck driver saw two little girls with a man. Our two cops talk to the vendor who describes where he saw the kids and a general description of the guy. More evidence pops up when a piece of torn clothing is found. Homicide joins the investigation. The girls are found, bruised a bit and molested and it's up to Joe and Frank and the police to find the abductor.

This was my first viewing, believe it or not, of Dragnet since I watched it as a kid in the '50s and later in the '60s when Henry Morgan was "Joe's" (Jack Webb) partner.

What was interesting here was that one of the suspects, a guy who had been arrested for child molestation in the past, looked and sounded exactly like a young Hal Linden of "Barney Miller" fame, but it wasn't him.

They did something they don't do anymore on crime shows - wasted about a minute showing the two cops just standing there listening to a real estate woman talk on the phone. It had nothing to do with the story, just killing time in this episode.

Overall, it was a "fair" episode, not as humorous as I remembered this show. I think there was more comedy later with Morgan. Then again, child molestation is hardly a humorous topic. I was shocked they even handled it on TV back in '54.


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