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The Big TV (Aired March 2, 1954)
The origins of Dragnet can be traced to a semi-documentary film, "He Walked by Night" from 1948, in which Webb had a small role. Both employed the same Los Angeles Police Department technical adviser, used actual police cases and presented the case in "just the facts" manner that became a hallmark of Dragnet. It is interesting to note that Webb employed that format in other radio series, some pre-dating the film mentioned above. 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 was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1954. Program #237. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big TV". Harriet Shipley has disappeared with her baby, after threats had been made against her life. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Marty Winn (technical advisor), Vance Frazer (technical advisor). 25:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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