Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big False Make 

Friday begins to question a local gardener, who has been arrested for holding up a grocery store. During the interrogation Friday begins to have strong doubts about the man's guilt, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

John Robinson (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Off. Frank Smith
Robert Crosson ... Thomas Stanford (as Bob Crosson)
William Johnstone William Johnstone ... Arthur Stanford
June Whitley Taylor June Whitley Taylor ... Alice Kenwood (as June Whitley)
Frances Bavier ... Hazel Howard (as Hazel Howard)
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Storyline

Friday begins to question a local gardener, who has been arrested for holding up a grocery store. During the interrogation Friday begins to have strong doubts about the man's guilt, and sets out to discover why the man has confessed to a crime Friday believes he didn't commit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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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In the end credits of the syndicated version (titled 'Badge 714'), where it should say that actress Frances Bavier played the role of Hazel Howard, it instead says that Hazel Howard played Hazel Howard. See more »

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He Did It, I'm Sure!
4 December 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Pretty good character study. So why is young Tom Stanford confessing to a robbery he maybe didn't commit. At least that's Friday's gut feeling even as Tom and the shop-keeper insist he is the culprit. But, somehow things don't quite add up. Maybe it's the kid's often evasive manner. Filming-wise, Webb goes for his usual close-ups as the interrogation proceeds. That way nothing detracts from Friday's impersonal manner and Tom's nervous responses. In short, character comes first. There's some suspense as we wonder what's going on with the kid. If he didn't do it, then who did, and why would Tom be covering for the real robber. Actor Crosson does a first-rate job as the troubled suspect. Also, catch Andy Griffith's unforgettable Aunt Bee (Bavier) as an accommodating neighbor. And, oh yes, next time I have a headache, I will not be going to Detective Smith's pharmacy.


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