DRAGNET

 

Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Tony Barrett, Carolyn Jones, Jack Kruschen
Running Time: 26 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

"The story you are about to see is true", "Just the facts, ma'am", "We were working the day watch" -- Phrases which became so popular as to inspire much parody set the realistic tone of this early police drama. The show emphasized careful police work and the interweaving of policemen's professional and personal lives. Dragnet featured Jack Webb as the inimitable Sergeant Joe Friday and Ben Alexander as his trusty partner/sidekick, Officer Frank Smith. In this episode: A man is found dead in the gutter. At first it seems as a routine hit and run case, but Friday and Smith become suspicious when all the witnesses from the night before give the exact same story. Usually witnesses are at variance in some respects. Something is not right and the two detectives must find out what it is...

 

Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell, Joe Carioca Jr., Billy Chapin, Joseph Heffernan, James Griffith, Ralph Moody, Walter Sande, Herb Vigran
Running Time: 28 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few dollars, but it is of great sentimental value for the parish. Friday and Smith promise to try to get it back before mass on Christmas Day, but this means that they have less than 24 hours to catch the thief.

 

Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Helen Andrews, Carolyn Jones, Martin Milner
Running Time: 26 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Obscene literature and pictures are spread among innocent teens at a school in Los Angeles. The supplier of this illegal stuff turns out to be a former film producer from the days of silent movies.

 

Cast: Jack Webb, Herbert Ellis, Willis Bouchey, Edwin Bruce, Vivi Janiss
Running Time: 31 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Sergeant Friday investigates the destruction of a movie theater by a gang of rowdy teenagers! The cops find a small box containing marijuana and put two-and-two together... the reefer is making the kids go wild! Turns out that teenage Johnny is pushing weed, yellow jackets, goof balls and "H." His friend tells the police, but it's too late... Johnny takes a hot shot and O.D.s!

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