Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Hit-Run Killer 

A truck kills an old lady and her little grandson at a crossing and drives away. The owner of the truck asserts that he let a man called Paul lend the truck for one hour, but he doesn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
James Anderson ... Daniel Miller (as Kyle James)
Walter Reed ... Paul Barton
Mary Shipp Mary Shipp ... Blanche Chapman
Jack Carol Jack Carol ... Arthur V. Singer
Joe Cranston Joe Cranston ... Fred Stewart (as Joel Cranston)
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Storyline

A truck kills an old lady and her little grandson at a crossing and drives away. The owner of the truck asserts that he let a man called Paul lend the truck for one hour, but he doesn't know the last name of this man or where he lives. The police must investigate all circumstances, but should Friday and Smith really spend lots of resources on trying to find a man they hardly believe exists at all? Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 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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On at least a couple of occasions, the character "Daniel Miller" is referred to as "Daniel North" by other characters. See more »

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References City Beneath the Sea (1953) See more »

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Driving Under the Influence
13 April 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

One reason for Dragnet's phenomenal success was its ability to engage viewers with less exciting material. Here the crime is vehicular manslaughter, a decidedly non-commanding crime, though the victims are a heart-wrenching grandmother and small grandson. The narrator makes a voice-over case for equating reckless driving deaths with premeditated murder. But you don't have to agree in order to enjoy the episode. Once the sinister James Anderson appears, it looks like Friday and Smith have their man. The evidence is damning, yet Friday is unconvinced. (Note how often in these early episodes that Webb wears the same checkered sport coat-- a nice, realistic touch for a modestly paid civil servant.) Average, albeit entertaining.


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