Dragnet (1951–1959)
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The Big Oskar 

The detectives take a report of valuables stolen from the home of a somewhat eccentric old lady. They begin to suspect something is amiss when she starts talking about how she gets the "... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

William Spier
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Oskar Hovejg
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Elma Face
Jack Webb ... Lt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Sgt. Frank Smith
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The detectives take a report of valuables stolen from the home of a somewhat eccentric old lady. They begin to suspect something is amiss when she starts talking about how she gets the "scoop" on crimes by being the first to report them to the local newspaper. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1958 (USA) See more »

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Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Check the Scenery for Chew Marks
12 May 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The case is an interesting one in the way it's rather mysteriously introduced. It's hard to know what to make of Oskar, the elderly Norweigian gentleman. He has all the solemn seriousness of a man carrying some awful secret, but what could it be.

Unfortunately, the episode does not live up to the potential. Producer-director Webb, it would seem, has to make an interesting 30 minutes out of two characters who basically do nothing but talk. Apparently, his solution is to have each act the part of an extreme eccentric. In Oskar's case it works pretty well-- we accept him as a man with a very refined conscience. Amzie Strickland's Miss Face, however, is so outrageously overdone that I had to check whether this was really Dragnet-- a series that earned its reputation on consistent underplaying. But there she is hooting and hollering like the old woman from The Beverly Hillbillies. Even her tearful mode is badly overdone. In the process, Oskar's human interest gets badly overshadowed. With some restraint, this could have been a memorable entry. For me, it still is, but for the wrong reasons.


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