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Dragnet (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 September 1954 (USA)
Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Richard Boone ... Capt. James E. Hamilton
Ann Robinson ... Officer Grace Downey
Stacy Harris ... Max Troy
Virginia Gregg ... Ethel Starkie
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander (as Victor Perrin)
Georgia Ellis ... Belle Davitt
James Griffith ... Jesse Quinn
Dick Cathcart Dick Cathcart ... Roy Cleaver
Malcolm Atterbury ... Lee Reinhard
Willard Sage ... Chester Davitt
Olan Soule ... Ray Pinker (as Olan Soulé)
Dennis Weaver ... Police Capt. R.A. Lohrman
Monte Masters Monte Masters ... Fabian Gerard
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Storyline

Saturday, April 9: A known bookie named Miller Starkie has been "cut in half" by a sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun. Working out of Intelligence Division, Sgt. Joe Friday and Off. Frank Smith piece together what little evidence they have, interview acquaintances, intimidate witnesses, interrogate suspects to the point of harassment, utilize a Minifon and a wiretap, and testify before the Grand Jury in a tireless effort to catch and convict Starkie's killers. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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7:55 P.M. All days off were cancelled. All officers placed on standby. This was the hottest case to hit the department. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

Dennis Weaver, who portrays a police captain, would win fame as a peace officer in the long-running TV western series Gunsmoke (1955) as Matt Dillon's deputy, Chester. See more »

Goofs

When Friday and Smith enter the elevator, Friday pushes the button and Smith bobs for an instant to indicate elevator movement. Friday barely bobs. When they reach their floor Friday finishes his line by bobbing to indicate the elevator stopping but Smith does not. The unintended humorous effect makes it seem that Smith curtsies at the start of the ride and Friday curtsies at the end. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Joe Friday: [as Troy's friend starts to stand up] Unless you're growin', Sit down!
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Connections

Followed by Dragnet (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann
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Chrome
29 January 2007 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Check out the Chrome on the shiny 1950's automobiles. Look carefully and you will see the clear plastic air-conditioning tubes inside the rear window of the Cadillac. Wood furniture (not fiberboard), non-filter cigarettes by the ton, neon signs, 8-miles per gallon autos. This is authentic 1950's retro (and wastefulness) at its best.

Expensive color film and fine film editing. First-class musical scoring is seamlessly blended into the movie.

"Dragnet" is a meticulously planned movie project. Looks like every scene was thought out well in advance of the actual production. Webb must have been a very hard-working movie craftsman.

Stylistically, Webb's brisk handling of actors and clipped, monotonous dialog is not appealing to my tastes, but directing style is in the eye of the beholder I suppose. His style is OK for television shows but less so in a full-length movie. However, this is a good crime movie and Webb at least gives it a kind of watchable uniqueness.

Modern TV's "Law and Order" breaks no new ground. This "Dragnet" movie has the cops and detectives, then the District Attorney, then some sort of judicial hearing, etc. And of course "Law and Order" doesn't have those big chrome dinosaurs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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