DRAGNET

Dragnet, the brainchild of Jack Webb, may very well be the most well-remembered, and the best, radio police drama series. From September, 1949 through February 1957, Dragnet’s 30 minute shows, broadcast on NBC, brought to radio true police stories in a low-key, documentary style.

Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers.

 The ominous four note introduction to the brass and tympani theme music, titled Danger Ahead, is instantly recognisable as well as the shows opening narration: “Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

The original Dragnet starring Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday ran on radio from June 3rd, 1949 to February 26th, 1957; and on television from December 16th, 1951 to August 23rd, 1959, and from January 12th, 1967 to April 16th, 1970. All of these versions ran on NBC. There were two Dragnet feature films, a straight adaptation starring Jack Webb in 1954, and a comedy spoof in 1987. There were also television revivals, without Webb, in 1989 and 2003.

Episodes

  1.       Production 2 aka Homicide aka The Nickel Plated Gun
  2.       Production 3 aka The Werewolf
  3.       Production 4 aka Homicide aka Quick Trigger Gun Men
  4.       The Helen Corday Murder
  5.       Red Light Bandit
  6.       Attempted City Hall Bombing
  7.       Missing Persons - Juanita Lasky
  8.       Benny Trounsel - Narcotics
  9.       Production 10 aka Homicide aka Maniac Murderer aka Mad Killer At Large
  10.       Production 11 aka Sixteen Jewel Thieves
  11.       Police Academy - Mario Koski
  12.       Dragnet_49-09-01_013_Auto_Burglaries_-_Myra
  13.       Eric Kelby - Body Buried In Nursery
  14.       Sullivan Kidnapping
  15.       James Vickers - Cop Killing - Tunnel Chase
  16.       Brick-Bat Slayer
  17.       Truck Hi-jackers - Tom Laval
  18.       Dragnet_49-11-24_026_Mrs._Rinard
  19.       Spring Street Gang - Juveniles
  20.       George Quan - The Jade Thumb Rings
  21.       22 Rifle for Christmas
  22.       The Roseland Roof Murders
  23.       Max Tyler - Escaped Convict
  24.       The Big Man Part 1 (Narcotics)
  25.       The Big Man Part 2 (Narcotics)
  26.       Dragnet_50-02-02_035_Claude_Jimmerson
  27.       The Big Girl
  28.       The Big Grifter
  29.       The Big Kill
  30.       The Big Thank You
  31.       The Big Boys
  32.       The Big Gangster Part 1
  33.       The Big Gangster Part 2
  34.       The Big Book
  35.       The Big Watch
  36.       The Big Trial
  37.       The Big Job
  38.       The Big Badge
  39.       The Big Knife
  40.       The Big Pug
  41.       The Big Key
  42.       The Big Fake
  43.       Dragnet_50-06-08_052_Big_Smart_Guy_AFRS#46
  44.       The Big Smart Guy
  45.       The Big Press
  46.       Dragnet_50-06-22_054_Big_Mink_AFRS#48
  47.       The Big Mink
  48.       The Big Grab
  49.       The Big Frame
  50.       The Big Bomb
  51.       The Big Gent Part 1
  52.       The Big Gent Part 2
  53.       The Big Dare
  54.       The Big Actor
  55.       The Big Youngster
  56.       The Big Chance
  57.       The Big Check
  58.       The Big Poison
  59.       The Big Make
  60.       The Big Pair
  61.       The Big Death
  62.       The Big 38
  63.       The Big Quack
  64.       The Big Grandma
  65.       The Big Meet
  66.       The Big Church
  67.       The Big Mother
  68.       The Big Parrot
  69.       The Big Betty
  70.       The Big Car
  71.       The Big Picture
  72.       The Big Break
  73.       22 Rifle for Christmas
  74.       The Big Family
  75.       The Big Holdup
  76.       The Big Jump
  77.       The Big Dance
  78.       The Big Tomato
  79.       The Big Children
  80.       The Big Cast
  81.       The Big Crime
  82.       The Big Couple
  83.       The Big Partner
  84.       The Big New Years
  85.       The Big Ben
  86.       The Big Friend
  87.       The Big Threat
  88.       The Big Speech
  89.       The Big Saint
  90.       The Big Casing
  91.       The Big Drills
  92.       The Big Blast
  93.       The Big Mailman
  94.       The Big Bindle
  95.       The Big Imposter
  96.       The Big Building
  97.       The Big Run
  98.       The Big Cliff
  99.       The Big Love
  100.       The Big Set-Up
  101.       The Big Sophomore
  102.       The Big Late Script
  103.       The Big Screen
  104.       The Big Winchester
  105.       The Big In-Laws
  106.       The Big Crazy
  107.       The Big 17
  108.       The Big Waiter
  109.       The Big Sour
  110.       The Big September Man
  111.       The Big Want Ad
  112.       The Big Shoplift
  113.       The Big Story Man
  114.       The Big Market
  115.       The Big Lease
  116.       The Big Hit and Run Killer
  117.       The Big Bungalow
  118.       The Big Hands
  119.       The Big Affair
  120.       The Big Canaries
  121.       The Big Overtime
  122.       22 Rifle for Christmas
  123.       The Big Sorrow
  124.       The Big Red Part 1
  125.       The Big Red Part 2
  126.       The Big Juvenile Division
  127.       The Big Almost No Show
  128.       The Big Honeymoon
  129.       The Big Phone Call
  130.       The Big Producer
  131.       The Big Plant
  132.       The Big Evans
  133.       The Big Fire
  134.       The Big Border
  135.       The Big Rose
  136.       The Big Streetcar
  137.       The Big Show
  138.       The Big Bunco
  139.       The Big Elevator
  140.       The Big Safe
  141.       The Big Gamble
  142.       The Big Mail
  143.       The Big Shakedown
  144.       The Big Fourth
  145.       The Big Whiff
  146.       The Big Jules
  147.       The Big Roll
  148.       The Big Trio
  149.       The Big Hate
  150.       The Big Signet
  151.       The Big Impression
  152.       The Big Drive
  153.       The Big Paper
  154.       The Big Test
  155.       The Big Ray
  156.       The Big Tear
  157.       The Big Bull
  158.       The Big Shot
  159.       The Big Brain
  160.       The Big Jolt
  161.       The Big Lie
  162.       The Big Pill
  163.       The Big Number
  164.       The Big Light
  165.       The Big Dive
  166.       The Big Walk
  167.       The Big Guilt
  168.       The Big Shirt
  169.       The Big Mole
  170.       The Big Eavesdrop
  171.       22 Rifle for Christmas
  172.       The Big Mask Part 1
  173.       The Big Mask Part 2
  174.       The Big Small
  175.       The Big String
  176.       The Big Lay-Out
  177.       The Big Strip
  178.       The Big Press
  179.       The Big Tooth
  180.       The Big Smoke
  181.       The Big Want
  182.       The Big Laugh
  183.       The Big Laugh (AFRS)
  184.       The Big Impossible
  185.       The Big Informant
  186.       The Big Dream
  187.       The Big Chet
  188.       The Big Compulsion
  189.       The Big Rip
  190.       The Big Scrapbook
  191.       The Big Carney
  192.       The Big Joke
  193.       The Big False Move
  194.       The Big Gun Part 1
  195.       The Big Gun Part 2
  196.       The Big Will
  197.       The Big Lilly
  198.       The Big Revolt
  199.       The Big Ham
  200.       The Big Bop
  201.       The Big Lift
  202.       The Big Cab
  203.       The Big Slip
  204.       The Big Try
  205.       The Big Little Mother
  206.       The Big Plea
  207.       The Big Paint
  208.       The Big Fraud
  209.       The Big Rain
  210.       The Big Kid
  211.       The Big Kid
  212.       The Big Flight
  213.       The Big Present
  214.       The Big Present
  215.       The Big Odd
  216.       The Big Odd
  217.       The Big Pick
  218.       The Big Pick
  219.       The Big Brink
  220.       The Big Brink
  221.       The Big Little Jesus
  222.       The Big Steal
  223.       The Big Steal
  224.       The Big Listen
  225.       The Big Listen
  226.       The Big Switch
  227.       The Big Switch
  228.       The Big Bill
  229.       The Big Bill
  230.       The Big Bid
  231.       The Big Bid
  232.       The Big Filth
  233.       The Big Filth
  234.       The Big Broad
  235.       The Big Broad
  236.       The Big Sucker
  237.       The Big Sucker
  238.       The Big Pipe
  239.       The Big Pipe
  240.       The Big TV
  241.       The Big TV
  242.       The Big Cup
  243.       The Big Cup
  244.       The Big Rod
  245.       The Big Rod
  246.       The Big Mustache
  247.       The Big Mustache
  248.       The Big Confession
  249.       The Big Confession
  250.       The Big Saw
  251.       The Big Saw
  252.       The Big Note
  253.       The Big Note
  254.       The Big Net
  255.       The Big Net
  256.       The Big Lift
  257.       The Big Lift
  258.       The Big Stop
  259.       The Big Stop
  260.       The Big Look
  261.       The Big Look
  262.       The Big Help
  263.       The Big Watch
  264.       The Big Cowboy
  265.       The Big Student
  266.       The Big Cat
  267.       The Big Customer
  268.       The Big Chick
  269.       The Big Search
  270.       The Big Rescue
  271.       The Big Heel
  272.       The Big Match
  273.       The Big Stand
  274.       The Big Stand
  275.       The Big Wish
  276.       The Big Cad
  277.       The Big Shock
  278.       The Big Office
  279.       The Big Trunk
  280.       The Big Cut
  281.       The Big Cut
  282.       The Big Try
  283.       The Big Bible
  284.       The Big Bible
  285.       The Big Handsome Bandit
  286.       The Big Tar Baby
  287.       The Big Tarbaby
  288.       The Big Mannikin
  289.       The Big Mannikin
  290.       The Big Key
  291.       The Big Locker
  292.       The Big Coins
  293.       The Big Dog
  294.       The Big Switch
  295.       The Big Gone
  296.       The Big Dig
  297.       The Big Lens
  298.       The Big Little Jesus
  299.       The Big Underground
  300.       The Big Mug
  301.       The Big Complex
  302.       The Big Token
  303.       The Big Bounce
  304.       The Big Bird
  305.       The Big Gap
  306.       The Big Hat
  307.       The Big Slug
  308.       The Big Set-Up
  309.       The Big Father
  310.       The Big Set
  311.       The Big Set
  312.       The Big Talk
  313.       The Big Talk
  314.       The Big Death
  315.       The Big No Tooth
  316.       The Big Tie
  317.       The Big Deal
  318.       The Big Child
  319.       The Big Momma
  320.       The Big Revision
  321.       The Big Squealer
  322.       The Big Siege
  323.       The Big Sisters
  324.       The Big Sisters
  325.       The Big Limp
  326.       The Big Fall Guy
  327.       The Big Grab
  328.       The Big Convertible
  329.       The Big Rush
  330.       The Big Genius
  331.       The Big Bobo
  332.       The Big Housemaid
  333.       The Big Sheet
  334.       The Big Missus
  335.       The Big Beer
  336.       The Big Blonde
  337.       The Big Fellow
  338.       The Big Ruling
  339.       The Big Daughter
  340.       The Big Close
  341.       22 Rifle for Christmas
  342.       The Big Dream
  343.       The Big Scrapbook
  344.       The Big Present

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