Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Hit-and-Run Driver 

Friday and Gannon try to track down the driver who hit and run with a pedestrian.


Jack Webb


David H. Vowell (as David Vowell)




Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Audrey Dalton ... Patricia Filmore
Robert Clarke ... Clayton Filmore
Harlan Warde ... Capt. Tom Janes
Buddy Lester ... Bob Dugan
Olan Soule ... Ray Murray (as Olan Soulé)
Stuart Nisbet ... Gus Archer
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Norman Jacoby
King Moody ... Norton Bernard
Julian Burton ... Ed Neiman
James Seay ... Paul Bateman
Morgan Jones ... Bill Wheelock
Rhoda Williams Rhoda Williams ... Alice Bronson


Friday and Gannon try to track down the driver who hit and run with a pedestrian.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery



Official Sites:

Radio Retropolis





Release Date:

6 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What Happens To You In A Car Crash
5 April 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

In this episode we, the viewer, get a little education on what happens to the human body when you are involved in a head-on auto collision going 55 miles per hour. They show photos of the cars but not any gruesome bloody sights of people. However, the description of how one is impaled, having feet cut off, lungs punctured, etc., is extremely powerful and dramatic. It's a speech I won't forget. One just prays that they never get into a serious auto accident.

Later in the day, Friday and Gannon get called out to a scene in which two elderly people were run down by a dark blue Lincoln. The two cops interview everyone they can to get an accurate description of the car and, perhaps, the driver.

Most of Friday's and Gannon's assignments involve a lot of routine stuff, which this program shows every week. It is not an action program, not like something you'd see today. It's more of a behind-the-scenes procedural program.

Another thing: boy, when Joe Friday (Jack Webb) bawls you out, you get a tough lecture. I've heard Friday do it to a few guys but in this episode, he really lays out a guy who killed two elderly people. The perpetrator, who was going about 60 mph in a 30-miles per hour zone and ran over two people, killing them, and then fleeing, says "So what? It's not like they had a lot of years to live anyway."


That sets off Friday big-time who gives a very powerful speech about drunk drivers and shallow people who have no respect for human life, much less driving laws.

That's really the subject of this episode, drunk driving, an act that still causes a lot of problems to this day.

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