Dragnet - The Big Death (09-28-50)


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The Big Death (Aired September 28, 1950)
Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." THIS EPISODE: September 28, 1950. Program #68. NBC network. "The Big Death". Sponsored by: Fatima Cigarettes, Chesterfield. A man decides to kill his wife, and hires Joe Friday for the job! The "Dragnet" program of March 29, 1955 (#61369) has the same story title, but the plots are not the same. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 28:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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