Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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The Shooting 

A police officer is shot during a routine stop of a car. Friday and Gannon find the driver and passenger, and learn they are paroled convicts. The police officer cannot remember anything ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

David H. Vowell (as David Vowell)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Don Marshall ... Dave Roberts
Art Balinger ... Capt. Hugh Brown
Hal Baylor ... Roger Kensington
Dick Miller ... Harry Johnson
Alfred Shelly ... Sgt. Al Vietti
David Bond ... Virgil Hicks
Harry Bartell ... Dr. Anderson
Dick Whittinghill ... Clerk
Bert Holland ... Carl Wilson
Howard Culver ... Pete Stuart
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Storyline

A police officer is shot during a routine stop of a car. Friday and Gannon find the driver and passenger, and learn they are paroled convicts. The police officer cannot remember anything about the shooting event to help convict the two men. Written by Bernie

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Official Sites:

Radio Retropolis

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The establishing shot of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum shows the field painted for the 1967 NFL Pro Bowl game which was played on January 22, 1967. That was one week after the first Super Bowl had been played there using similarly yellow-painted end zones - albeit with the names of the Packers and Chiefs instead of East and West The Pro Bowl game was played in a heavy rainstorm, which may explain why so much of the paint has worn off the end zone. Unexplained is why there are soccer goals and markings on the field. See more »

Goofs

Police artist Hector Garcia produces two portraits that are done in the style of a comic book or storyboard artist and not with the somewhat amateurish technique often evidenced in those mask-like reconstructions so often seen in newspapers and on TV. The likenesses are a just a bit too accurate suggesting that the actors may have served as models and are nearly three-quarter views instead of the traditional head-on stiff poses that show evidence of erasures and modifications as the trial-and-error sketch is refined. It simply doesn't look like the work of a genuine police artist. Instead, the draftsmanship suggests a commercial artist's spontaneously executed rough for a magazine ad or cartoon and doesn't look much like the average police-are-hoping-someone-can-identify-this-person poster. See more »

Quotes

[Joe and Bill enter an interrogation room bearing the sawed-off shotgun with which Roger Kensington and Harry Johnson shot Officer Dave Roberts]
Roger Kensington: Look here, Harry, they sent in the first team.
Sgt. Joe Friday: [tossing the shotgun on the table for effect] All right, tunnel mouth! Let's all save time! Last April a police officer was shot at Olive and Main, and we think you and that shotgun did it.
Harry Johnson: [sarcastically] He scare you, Roger? He scares me.
Roger Kensington: He makes me sick! You've been rousting me since I was a kid, you and ...
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What To Do When The One Witness Can't Remember
5 April 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The thieves, rapists and murders outnumber the cops by 7-1, according to Jack Webb's opening narrative, which always talks about the city of Los Angeles and its population.

This story has a more serious tone to it than most because a fellow cop is shot. It seems he just innocently went up to a car to check out something that looked suspicious when one of the two guys standing next to the car turned around, produced a shotgun, and blasted him. The cop survived but has no memory. A doctor in this episode mentions that often happens to people who suffer a traumatic experience. It's so bad their conscious does everything it can to suppress the bad memory. The cop in here said he doesn't know if he can tell anyone who the President is, his memory is so wiped out.

That turns out to be the major problem of this story because Friday and Gannon can't find witnesses to the shooting. They finally get enough information to arrest the two guys, but how to they close the case?

The two thugs, by the way, had some good, wise-guy film noir-type lines.


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