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Dragnet Volume 5

Jack Webb stars as Joe Friday in four (more) episodes of the classic TV cop show.
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DVD Features:

  • Based on a radio play by James E. Mosen
  • Episodes aired between 1953-1958
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Directed by the distinctive, unwavering hand of Jack Webb and with Webb in the leading role of Detective Joe Friday, the "Dragnet" television series of the 1950s became the first highly successful TV cop show. Famous for its tense, staccato pacing, the monotone of its onscreen dialogue and its punchy musical theme, the show became a national obsession and a frequent subject of parody and humor on radio and television.

Episode 1 - Big Break: Sgt. Friday leads several officers on a house raid of an extremely dangerous armed robber, resulting in a bloody shootout.

Episode 2 - Big Hands: An unidentified woman is strangled to death in a hotel room. With no leads, Smith and Friday must search the entire city for clues.

Episode 3 - Big Betty: A heartless gang of con artists prey on the relatives of the recently deceased, using the obituaries to find new victims.

Episode 4 - Big War: Friday and Smith attempt to track down the ring leaders of several Los Angles street gangs and stop a murderous citywide gang-war before it starts.

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Considered by many to be the best police drama in television history, DRAGNET originally aired throughout the 1950's. Following the adventures of Sgt. Joe Friday, the show starred Jack Webb, who also worked as the show's creator and director. Heavy attention to detail, documentary style narration, and story lines inspired by actual L.A.P.D. criminal files all gave this show an air of realism. This is a style that would be copied in the years to follow, with DRAGNET inspiring several spin-offs and one film adaptation. Rather than glamorizing the police profession, the show explored the nitty-gritty routine of police work, examining how the demands of the job affect one's personal life. Setting a precedent for all later cop shows, DRAGNET'S dry style and rigid dialogue became the subject of parody for comedians everywhere, who found humor in reciting lines like "My name is Friday-I'm a cop," and "Just the facts, ma'am." This Volume contains the episodes "Big Break," "Big Hands," "Big Betty," and "Big War."

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1950s | Cops | Crime | Detective | Detectives | Police | Television / TV Series | Television Shows
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Rating 5.0 4 GREAT EPISODES Movie Lover: from USA -- August, 18, 2005

Four great episodes and airdates:

Episode One: THE BIG BREAK (3/9/53)
Episode Two: THE BIG HANDS (5/21/53)
Episode Three: THE BIG BETTY (9/24/53)
Episode Four: THE BIG WAR (4/10/58)

The Big Betty is an all-time Dragnet fan favorite and worth the price of this excellent DVD.


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  • Sales Rank: 9,271
  • UPC: 089218458490
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