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(Oct. 26, 2004)
Directed by the distinctive, unwavering hand of Jack Webb and with Webb in the leading role of Detective Joe Friday, the "Dragnet" television series of the 1950s became the first highly successful TV cop show. Famous for its tense, staccato pacing, the monotone of its onscreen dialogue and its punchy musical theme, the show became a national obsession and a frequent subject of parody and humor on radio and television.
Episode 1 - The Big Girls: A woman described as attractive, shapely and remarkably tall has terrorized the city for weeks - robbing men, beating them senseless and in many cases shooting the victims. Inconsistencies in the victims' reports make the apprehension of prime suspect drag on.
Episode 2 - The Big Boys: Officers Smith and Friday receive a warning to be on the lookout for four armed fugitives who are heading for LA. The men, two escaped prisoners and two army deserters, are wanted for staging a series of auto thefts and burglaries in San Francisco.
Episode 3 - The Big Oscar: A theft report of missing valuables, taken from the home of an eccentric spinster takes a bizarre twist when the talkative woman insists that she gets the "scoop" on the story by being the first to report the crime to her local newspaper.
Episode 4 - The Big Thief: Sgt. Joe Friday is terribly shaken. For the first time in his career he has killed someone in the line of duty.
(Sep. 09, 2003)
The sparse, stunning style of the classic series "Dragnet" has influenced the police genre for over fifty years. Director/star Jack Webb struck new ground through his pursuit of authenticity, extracting the stories from actual LAPD cases and focusing on deductive and investigative police work. Begun in 1949 as a radio program, the original television series ran from 1952 through 1959 and was the most popular detective series of the decade. Three movies were produced featuring Joe Friday, including one in 1987 starring Dan Aykroyd. The series returned to the air in the 1960's for a second series and the legacy continues with the contemporary series starring Ed O'Neill.
Episode 1: The infant Jesus disappears from a church's manger scene on Christmas Eve. Promising to retrieve the figure before the morning mass, the detectives race against time to discover what sort of cold-blooded crook could commit such a heartless crime.
Episode 2 A gang of teenagers run wild, destroying a movie theater and attacking fellow students. Sgt. Friday's worst suspicions are confirmed when marijuana is found at the wrecked theater.
Episode 3 Obscene books and photos flood local high schools, corrupting young minds. A tense interrogation of the teens who distribute the dirty books leads the detectives to the man behind the operation.
Episode 4 A standard hit-and-run case swiftly involves into a elaborate murder case, leading the investigators to a brutal bar fight and a vicious merchant marine.
(Nov. 06, 2001)
This 85 minute DVD contains three episodes from the first year of the 1950's classic TV program, Dragnet. Sergeant Joe Friday has become an icon of our times. In this 85 minute DVD, the powerful Jack Webb gives some of his greatest performances as the s