Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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On an April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesee. With riots erupting all over the United States, the Los Angeles Police Department braces for worse case ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

James Doherty
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Art Balinger ... Capt. Hugh Brown
Ed Deemer Ed Deemer ... Sgt. Andy Blakeley
Marc Hannibal ... Off. Earl McNevin
Clark Howat ... Insp. Hagan
Robert Patten ... Sgt. Joe Gunn
Yvonne Lime ... Policewoman Gloria Harbor
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Radio Operator
Clifford Sales Clifford Sales ... Off. Jim Kenady (as Cliff Sales)
Alfred Shelly ... Lt. Robert Ward
Jeff Malloy Jeff Malloy ... Off. Art Cragnotti
S. John Launer ... Dep. Chief Houghton
Vince Williams Vince Williams ... 1st Reporter
Bill Baldwin ... 2nd Reporter
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On an April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesee. With riots erupting all over the United States, the Los Angeles Police Department braces for worse case scenarios such as rioting and bomb threats. Friday and Gannon are assigned to the command post and monitor the situation from there and wait for the first sign of trouble. However, as the weekend progresses Friday notes that Los Angeles is quieter than normal and that many of the people are doing their best to remember that Dr. King stood for peace. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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NBC's coverage of the King assassination caused the preemption of the season 2 finale, Dragnet 1967: The Joy Riders (1969). That episode would wind up airing a few weeks after this one. See more »

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An interesting historical perspective...
22 November 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the most unusual episodes of "Dragnet" and it's extremely important from a historical standpoint. Following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., major cities around the United States were racked with violence and rioting. I was very young at the time, but remember seeing portions of my hometown, Washington, DC, burned to the ground. This episode of the show is about the impact on Los Angeles as well as how the police braced--ready should violence erupt.

This particular show finds Friday and Gannon working the phones along with many other police--coordinating services and phone calls in case of a full-blown emergency. The police brace for the worst and hope for the best.

Overall, while it's not the most memorable episode, it was incredibly timely--debuting six months after the tragic and senseless murder of King. And, seen today, it's a potent reminder of the volatility of the time--something the younger generations may be totally unaware of and could benefit from learning. An important historic artifact.


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