Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Hands 

Friday and Smith are assigned to investigate the strangulation of an unidentified woman in a hotel room. With no leads and no clues, and no idea of who she is, they must start from scratch to find her killer.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Cliff Arquette Cliff Arquette ... Al Morgan
Tom McKee Tom McKee ... George Martin Crane
Olan Soule ... Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
Helen Kleeb ... Frances Watson
Jeanne Baird Jeanne Baird ... Dixie
Ted Bliss Ted Bliss ... Stephen Arnold
Mel Ford Mel Ford ... Vic
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Storyline

Friday and Smith are assigned to investigate the strangulation of an unidentified woman in a hotel room. With no leads and no clues, and no idea of who she is, they must start from scratch to find her killer.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1953 (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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21 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Big Hands" begins with a woman being found strangled in a hotel. First, the detectives need to figure out who this woman was. Second, they need to figure out who did it. At first it seems like an easy case, as the woman was in the midst of a divorce and her husband was known to be violent. However, this turns out to be a dead end. To find out who did it, see the show for yourself! This show suffers from a couple problems. The comic relief (using Cliff Arquette) isn't funny. Also, if you are looking for a logical reason for the woman's death you won't find it--and even the killer has no idea why he did it! Still, like any "Dragnet" episode, it's still well worth seeing.

By the way, Clifford Arquette was also known as 'Charlie Weaver'--a character he played on "Hollywood Squares" for many years as well as on other television shows. Arquette was the grandfather of David and Rosanne Arquette, by the way.


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