Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Grandma 

Friday and Jacobs look for an elderly woman who has been passing bad checks just three different months a year for nearly 10 years.


Jack Webb


James E. Moser (based on a radio play by) (as James Moser)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Gwen Delano Gwen Delano ... Inez Lambert
Bert Holland ... Mr. Hammerstein
Ken Peters Ken Peters ... Sgt. Ferguson
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Mary Walker
Don Dillaway ... Captain Welch
Maurice Hill Maurice Hill ... Mr. Montrose (as Maury Hill)
Dorothy Abbott ... Ann Baker
Renny McEvoy ... Don Meyer (as Rennie McEvoy)


Friday and Jacobs look for an elderly woman who has been passing bad checks just three different months a year for nearly 10 years.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


Not Rated




Release Date:

8 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Unusual Premise
19 July 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Check kiting isn't the most riveting of crimes, especially when a sweet old grandma does it. Nonetheless, Webb and Co. manage to make an engrossing half-hour of it. Seems the old lady only does it three months a year and for relatively small amounts. Plus, she's been doing it for nine years and the cops are no closer now than they were then. For shop clerks, she's simply too motherly looking to suspect. So guess who's assigned to crack the impossible case.

I love the way Webb keeps us entertained with byplay during the interviews. Still, I could have used more of the fashion models parading their shapely stuff. But who's idea was it to have one of the girls make unlikely goo-goo eyes at ordinary looking cop Friday. And what about Frank becoming a cook's helper; I'll bet that wasn't on his duty roster for the day. Anyway, it's a typically engaging entry that makes the most of what's really a pretty tame crime premise that's nevertheless heightened with a human interest payoff.

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