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The Big Pill (Aired October 19, 1952)
Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. A single minute of "A Gun For Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on "Dragnet". While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard, the listener hears a series of overlapping effects: a squeaking gate hinge, footsteps, a technician scraping blood into a paper envelope, the glassy chime of chemical vials, bird calls and a dog barking in the distance. Scripts tackled a number of topics, ranging from the thrilling (murders, missing persons and armed robbery) to the mundane (check fraud and shoplifting). THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1952. Program #174. NBC network. "The Big Pill". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. Two Marines are poisoned in a cheap hotel by the slightly mad "Stubby." Network, sponsored version. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Jack Kruschen, Hal Gibson (announcer), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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