Season 2 Episode 15

The Christmas Story

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Dec 21, 1967 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A statue of the child Jesus was stolen from a church. Joe and Bill have to get it back by Christmas. They have less than 48 hours.

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Harry Bartell

Harry Bartell

Father Xavier Rojas

Guest Star

Bobby Troup

Bobby Troup

Claude Stroup

Guest Star

Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody

Mr. Flavin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode ends without any trial or sentence given.

    • Dragnet: 1968 (for first broadcast in 1967 on 12/21/1967)
      Dragnet: 1970 (for second broadcast in 1969, as part of season 4)
      Date: Wednesday, December 24
      Weather: -- none given --
      Working: Day Watch, Burglary Division
      Boss: Captain Mack

    • When Claude Stroup, under interrogation, begins recounting everything he did on December 23rd, Friday barks "Back up!", meaning that he wants Stroup to start from an earlier point in the day. But Stroup ignores the comment and Friday does not reiterate his order, he just lets Stroup continue on speaking as he was.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Father Rojas: It isn't from Santa Claus. The firemen fix up old toys and give them to new children. Pacquito's family... they're poor.

      Joe Friday: Are they, Father?

  • NOTES (10)

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

    • The first time this episode aired (during season 2) on December 21, 1967, the title says Dragnet 1968. It broadcasts again 2 years later in 1969, but with the opening title of Dragnet 1970. It ships on the DVD discs, though, in season 2 (Dragnet 1968) and not in season 4 (Dragnet 1970).

    • This episode is a remake of the Dragnet episode "The Big Little Jesus" which aired on December 24th, 1953. Ralph Moody, Herb Vigran, and Harry Bartell also guest starred in that episode, each playing the exact same roles.

    • Joe Friday's girlfriend is always mentioned throughout the series, but was never seen in any episodes.

    • This is the series only Christmas episode.

    • This was Barry Williams first credited acting role. He would begin his role as Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch about two years after this appearance.

    • Bobby Troup is best known for his future role as Doctor Joe Early on Emergency. Jack Webb also created the series in 1972.

    • This is the only DRAGNET episode featuring a case that did NOT happen in Los Angeles. The actual case occurred in San Francisco in 1930.

    • This episode is a near-exact remake of "The Big Little Jesus," which premiered during the run of the original DRAGNET on 12/24/53. Harry Bartell, Ralph Moody and Herb Vigran played the same roles in the original.

    • Repeated on December 19, 1968 and December 18, 1969.


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