Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Big Amateur 

The police department starts to get calls of praise for Officer Dengle who has been helpful and gone above the call of duty. Since there is no Officer Dengle, Friday and Gannon track down the person impersonating an officer.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

Henry Irving
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Del Moore ... Tyler Finch
Clark Howat ... Captain Lambert
Bert Holland ... Harry Wilson
Keye Luke ... George Lum
Carol Byron ... Ardith Roach
Stuart Nisbet ... Gideon C. Dengle
David Carlile David Carlile ... Captain Dan Packard (as Dave Carlile)
Ron Wilder Ron Wilder ... Bob Greene
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The police department starts to get calls of praise for Officer Dengle who has been helpful and gone above the call of duty. Since there is no Officer Dengle, Friday and Gannon track down the person impersonating an officer.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Keye Luke played a character with the same name "George Lum" in a episode of Adam-12 "Vice Versa" S3-E23 shown in March 1971 three years after this episode. See more »

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What was the REAL Officer Friendly like?
29 June 2016 | by cynic2allSee all my reviews

Wouldn't you like to know what was really behind all this? I mean what did Gideon Dengle really do; how did he make his living? Why was he not really a cop or firefighter? While "the story...is true," we know that means there has to be only a couple or so facts about a case file, and then the writers could come up with whatever they wanted. But if the real case even resembles this episode, it would seem that Dengle had applied, and perhaps had worked, as a police officer or firefighter, but for some reason he was not so employed then. Perhaps there is something he lacked that the ep doesn't touch...may eyesight, for one; law enforcement still does not hire applicants who must have glasses (I don't know about fire departments), but will allow officers to remain who later must have them. Then maybe he couldn't keep his mind on class when he was in school, so he never got a diploma or equivalency. Perhaps he was financially secure and just live a childhood dream, and the means to do it.

Anyway, I think there is more to it than he was just "some kind of nut" who wanted to play policeman. And maybe there was only one or 2 incidents, not all this high praise and helping kids get into the car and rescuing an old lady's cat. They just decided to pour it over with all that good will stuff.


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