Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Big Kids 

A teenage shoplifting gang is targeting a group of stores. It turns out the kids belong to a club, The Mod Squad, which requires them to steal $20 in clothes. Friday and Gannon go to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

David H. Vowell (as David Vowell)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Roger Mobley ... Audie Fulton
Andrea King ... Mrs. Lisa Fulton
Peggy Webber ... Mrs. Peggy Lassin
Richard Crane ... Sgt. John Pearson
Art Balinger ... Capt. Lou Richey
Mickey Sholdar Mickey Sholdar ... Robert Lassin
Russell Arms ... David Carroll
Alan Dexter ... Hal Rosten
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A teenage shoplifting gang is targeting a group of stores. It turns out the kids belong to a club, The Mod Squad, which requires them to steal $20 in clothes. Friday and Gannon go to the high school to talk to the boys before they get into more trouble. Written by Charles Hurley <bullwinkle60@gmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Radio Retropolis

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Capt. Lou Richey: It's not just a law enforcement problem, it's a community problem.
Sgt. John Pearson: Trouble is there's no community captain. These people come piling in from everywhere. They don't know each other and don't want to. They come out here, make a down payment on a house and move in with a couple of kids. That doesn't mean they made a home no more than givin' a name to a place
Sergeant Joe Friday: Yeah, and you get a little weary of hearing every kid give you the same excuse when you tag them. You don't understand. I just want to belong...
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Population Explosion, Changing Culture Add Up To 'Juvenile' Problems
9 April 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Just how the population explosion in the Los Angeles area affected crime is explained in this episode, which concentrates on the juveniles. In a western valley area, the population increased by 130,000 from 1957-66, it was pointed out, and more than half of them were kids. In addition, "we live in an age of the New Morality," the captain tells Friday and Gannon, "you know: God is dead, drugs are good, etc."

With all that brought a huge rise in all kinds of crime including the one discussed in this episode: shoplifting. A local plaza (this was before malls became popular) was being targeted and kids were stealing all kinds of strange objects. One is caught and spills the beans: he's part of a club. The initiation is that you have to steal $20 worth of merchandise and show the complete store tags to the club president. (Tags were always ripped in half, so a complete tag is proof you stole it.)

"Audie Fulton," the leader of the "Mod Squad" (I wonder if the TV people later ripped off that name from this show), is a funny guy and comes up with some very good wise-guy comments to Friday. The sergeant retaliates with some speeches of his own - good stuff on both sides!

There are a lot of social comments in this episode, things one probably has heard in every generation, regarding kids and parents, right and wrong. I almost had to laugh because a lot of it is heard today, too. There is a lot of truth in the speeches though, but the point is every generation of kids have many of the same attitudes, as demonstrated in this 1967 show.


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