TV Dragnet (NBC 1951-1970, Jack Webb) Published 3 years ago on August 9, 2016 Police drama Dragnet began on radio in 1949, was a long-running television series from 1952 to 1959 and was revived in January 1967 for four more years. Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday was a constant throughout all the Dragnet incarnations, as was the famous Dragnet theme song composed by Walter Schumann. Joe Friday and his partner Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) are determined to do the right thing. For Jack Webb, the show’s creator and star, good often took the form of straight-laced squares in gray suits, while evil generally appeared as a flamboyantly attired hippie. Along with a strict moral code (particularly in ’60s episodes), a distinguishing characteristic of Dragnet was the documentary-style employed in its portrayal of police procedure in Los Angeles. Each episode was based on actual cases drawn from LAPD files. In addition, Webb conceived an original dramatic and visual style. The no-frills art direction, deadpan acting (actors were encouraged to read their lines off cue cards rather than memorize them) and austere camera work perfectly reflected Webb’s stark view of the conflict between good and evil in contemporary society. Barton Yarborough only appeared in three episodes before dying suddenly of a heart attack. Friday was then teamed with Sergeant Ed Jacobs and then Frank Smith. In 2004 there was a revival of the series with Ed O’Neill as Friday which never really took off. Mid way through it’s run there was a title switch to L.A. Dragnet and Eva Longoria joined the cast as a new partner for Joe. There was also a lacklustre big screen comedy outing with Dan Ackroyd as Friday and Tom Hanks as his partner Pep Streebeck. classic quotes “The story you are about to see is real; the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” “I sometimes get a notebook full of notes and a crime lab full of evidence but nothing to tie them together. I’ve got the pieces; I’ve just got to put them together.” “Just the facts, ma’am” production details USA / NBC – MCA – Mark VII – Universal / 361×30 minute episodes / 1951-58 (263 episodes black and white) 1967-70 (98 episodes colour) Creators: Jack Webb, Richard L. Breen / Executive Producer: Jack Webb / Music: Walter Schumann cast Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday 1951-1958 cast Barton Yarborough as Officer Ben Romero Barney Phillips as Sgt Ed Jacobs Herb Ellis as Officer Frank Smith Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith 1967-1970 cast Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon Randy Stuart as Ellen Gannon; Bill’s wife Art Ballinger as Captain Brown Clark Howat as Captain Nelson Byron Morrow as Captain Nelson; later Clark Howat as Cap. Al Trembly Clark Howat as Captain Brooks Ed Deemer as Sgt. Andy Blekeley William Boyett as Sgt. Bill Pailing William Boyett as Sgt. Dick Reed Marc Hannibal as Officer Earl McNevin John McCook as Officer Keefer Charles Brewer as Officer Lathrop Crime And MysteryHarry MorganJack WebbNBCTVWalter Schumann Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes22 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes22 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... 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