Dragnet

The Big Accident

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 4/6/67
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  • Episode Description
  • An elderly man and woman are killed in a marked crosswalk by a hit and run driver. Friday and Gannon do an extensive investigation. He receives a light sentence, even though he has a drunk driving record dating back to his high school days. Their frustration is compounded when they have another unfortunate run in with the man several months later.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harry Morgan

    Officer Bill Gannon

  • Jack Webb

    Sergeant Joe Friday

  • David H. Vowell

  • Robert Clarke

    Clayton Fillmore

  • Audrey Dalton

    Patricia Fillmore

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Friday: It doesn't take long to die.

    Notes (1)

    • TV Rating:
      Canada: G
      USA: TV-G

    Trivia (3)

    • Friday explains over breakfast to a reporter what happens in a head-on collision in 1967 (no seat belts or air bags, as they didn't exist or were not required at the time). A person dies in the 7/10th of a second. The reporter doesn't even start his breakfast before having to leave.

    • Dragnet: 1967
      Date: Thursday, June 26
      Weather: Clear
      Working: Day watch, Felony Follow-up Section, Accident Investigation Division.
      Boss: Captain (Tom) Janes

    • According to Sgt. Friday during the opening, the maximum speed limit is 65 MPH, there are 3.5 million cars in Los Angeles, over 132 miles of freeway, on an average day there are 161 accidents, and 37 people die every month.

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