Dragnet

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (6)

  • Sergeant Joe Friday: (Friday's opening monolog) This is the city. Every 24 hours a little bit of everything happens. Two million people make a lot of history in one day. They write it all down and file it away. Some of it's important, some of it isn't. Business, industry, government - you buy a three-cent stamp or an oil well - they keep records of it. Progress, money, success... and failure. A complete history of every day; some of it's public, some personal. It's all written down. In my job we catalog trouble. I'm a cop.

  • (The judge is addressing the jury early in the episode immediately following its acquittal of the defendant of burglary) Judge: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I've been a judge for 26 years. For the past 14 years I've presided in this particular court. May I say now that this is the worst miscarriage of justice I have ever witnessed! After hearing your verdict I can arrive at only one conclusion: ladies and gentlemen of the jury, either you are innately dishonest or you're complete morons!

  • Jacko: You better get that boy fast, he's got enough H to start a war.

  • Friday: It was Wednesday May 18th, we were working the day watch out of bunco-fugitive division.

  • Friday: You offer him quite a bit of freedom don't you? Letting him go out at night? Edith: Well he is 17 years old going on 18, of course his father and I let him go out. Friday: Where does your son go most nights? Edith: Down to the gym or the library. Friday: You know this for fact? Edith: I trust my son if that's what you mean. If I can't trust my own son, who can I trust?

  • Alma Face: Friday? (Laughing) That's a funny name! Friday: Yes, uh, I guess it is, Mrs. Face.

Notes (61)

  • The script was originally produced as the seventh episode of the radio series on July 21, 1949.

  • This was originally presented as a "preview" episode (before the series' official TV premiere in January 1952) on Chesterfield Sound-Off Time , a short-lived Sunday night NBC variety series Liggett & Myers eventually dropped to sponsor Dragnet [as they did on radio].

  • This is the last episode that we see Barton Yarborough as Officer Ben Romero. Yarborough passed away just after this episode finished filming.

  • Actor Whitfield Connor was credited in this episode as Whit Connor.

  • Actor Stuart Hall was credited in this episode as Stu Hall.

  • The script for this episode was writen on January 25, 1952.

  • Originally presented on the radio program of October 20, 1949.

  • Actor Jerry Paris is credited as Gerald Paris.

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Trivia (35)

  • This episode was one of only two that did not have The Big in the title. The other one was A Gun for Christmas .

  • It was Wednesday September 28th, they were working the night watch out of homicide detail.

  • It was Thursday July 17th, they were working the day watch out of robbery detail.

  • It was Sunday March 9th, they were working the day watch out of homicide detail.

  • It was Thursday April 10th, they were working the day watch out of juvenile division.

  • This episode was one of only two that did not have The Big in the title. The other one was The Human Bomb .

  • It was Monday April 17th, they were working the day watch out of forgery detail.

  • It was Monday August 12th, they were working the day watch out of juvenile division.

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