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The Billboard of March 12th 1949 signals NBC's intent to order an audition of Dragnet, starring Jack Webb
The Billboard of March 12th 1949 signals NBC's intent to order
an audition of Dragnet, starring
Jack Webb

NBC Press Release of May 28th 1949 announces NBC's rollout of Dragnet
NBC Press Release of May 28th 1949 announces NBC's rollout of Dragnet

Spot ad promoting the second NBC-sustained episode of Dragnet, from June 10th 1949
Spot ad promoting the second NBC-sustained episode of Dragnet, from June 10th 1949

August 27th 1949 press release explains NBC's surprise move in rescheduling a sustaining production at the request of another program's sponsor.
August 27th 1949 press release explains NBC's surprise move in rescheduling a sustaining production at the request of another program's sponsor.

Fatima ad featuring Jack Webb and Dragnet
Fatima ad featuring Jack Webb and Dragnet

Barton Yarborough (left, as Det. Ben Romero) was Sgt. Joe Friday's partner for the first 133 episodes of Dragnet over Radio.
Barton Yarborough (left, as Det. Ben Romero) was Sgt. Joe Friday's partner for the first 133 episodes of Dragnet over Radio.

Jack Webb as Joe Friday, ca. 1951
Jack Webb as Joe Friday ca. 1951




















Jack Webb found himself on the cover of TIME Magazine's March 15th 1954 issue.
Jack Webb found himself on the cover of TIME Magazine's March 15th 1954 issue.




Mark VII Logo, 1953


Background

KGO-ABC Productions Begin End Webb Departs
The Little Man Inside 45-09-19 45-11-09 45-11-09
One Out of Seven 46-02-06 46-03-20 46-03-20
The Jack Webb Show 46-03-27 46-08-07 46-08-07
Spotlight Playhouse 46-06-06
Music for The Family 46-06-24 46-07-26
Pat Novak . . . for Hire 46-08-22 48-01-04 ??
Are These Our Children 46-10-06
Murder and Mr. Malone 47-01-11 48-04-17 47-04-24
Hollywood Productions Begin End Webb Departs
Johnny Madero, Pier 23 47-04-24 47-09-04 47-09-04
The New Adv. of Michael Shayne
Jeff Regan, Investigator 48-07-10 50-08-27 48-12-18
Pat Novak . . . for Hire 49-02-13 49-06-26 49-06-26
Dragnet 49-06-03 57-02-26 57-02-26
Pete Kelly's Blues 51-07-04 51-09-17 51-09-17

From the June 14th 1949 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

Crsoby Article lede

     "Dragnet," a new sustaining program on KNBC 7 p.m.P.S.T. Friday, is an astonishing cops-and-robbers job simply because nothing very astonishing happens on it.  Each one is built around an actual case taken from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department, about which I know little except that it didn't do very well with the Black Dahlia murder.
     The show rings with an authenticity that I found absorbing though confirmed mystery addicts may find it just dull.  It may have been influenced toward honesty by the great and deserved success of the play "Detective Story," whose author Sidney Kingsley took a long hard look at police stations before he started writing about one.  Out in Hollywood, McKinley Kantor, last I heard, was writing a screen play about the cops, and spent months studying their operations
before tackling the job.  It's a healthy trend.  The police have for years been depicted either as utter nincompoops or as Supermen of monstrous brains capable of taking apart four armed thugs single-handed.
     In "Dragnet," the two-detectives are a couple of attractive, intelligent and very hard-working young men who operate as a team as detectives usually do.  In place of the usual brilliance nnd derring-do, these two substitute thoroughness, a minute attention to details and enormous patience.  Their first task on this program was a payroll stick-up.  From the outset they had a pretty good hunch who did it.  Picking up the man presented no problem.  They knew where he was.  The idea wasn't simply to arrest him.  It was to convict him once arrested.

VERY DULL SPORT

     The two detectives plodded patiently through the files of the known criminals, selected one who seemed most likely to have been the criminal's partner in this enterprise, tracked him down at his sister's, and then tailed him for weeks.  There is no duller sport than this.  It means hours, days, sometimes weeks of waiting patiently in a parked car watching a house from which nobody comes out or goes in.
     An ex-FBI man told me once about a tailing job he did on a Spanish spy in New Orleans.  This spy, a very gay blade, covered just about  all of the naughtier spots in New Orleans.  The FBI man never saw the inside of any of them.  He sat outside, night after night, waiting.  The only edifice he got inside of was a church where he followed the spy to be sure he didn't slip out a side door.  It's monotonous work and it takes the patience of Job.
     To get back to "Dragnet," the surveillance produced nothing at all as frequently it doesn't and the two detectives had to try something else.  They picked up their suspect, lodged him on another charge, a common practice, and finally by questioning got him to turn state's evidence on his pal.

OTHER PRACTICES

     That is just one way to catch a thief.  There's lots of other standard practices and, if we have to have whodunits on the air, I'd greatly prefer the real McCoy to the malarkey that is normally served up.  There are also, i'm afraid, a great many dodges used to get convictions which are not at all ethical.  I don't expect the Los Angeles Police Department to come clean on this score.
     Quite a few crime shows now claim to be heard on somebody or other's files.  Few of them sound as authentic as "Dragnet."  Even "This Is Your FBI," which has the official blessing of J. Edgar Hoover, is so tricked up with screeching sirens, chattering tommy-guns, teletype noises and filters of all descriptions as to sound no more credible than the "Adventures of the Falcon."
     Trouble is most police work is so methodical it's hard to make it exciting.  It's difficult to dramatize a cop searching through 400 photographs to find one likeness.  The alternative is to put crime detection in human terms which "Dragnet" seems to be trying to do.

Copyright, 1949, for The Tribune


Music Director Walter Schumann composed 'The Dragnet Theme' in 1949. The theme made its entrance during the third episode of the NBC-sustained series, on June 17th 1949.
Music Director Walter Schumann composed 'The Dragnet Theme' in 1949. The theme made its entrance during the third episode of the NBC-sustained series, on June 17th 1949.

From the August 23rd 1954 issue of The European Stars and Stripes:

Dum De Dum Dum. He Just Wants the Facts

 
EVERY TUESDAY, his name is Friday.  He's a cop.  Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, his name is Jack Webb, and he's a television guy.  Or, perhaps, it would be better to say that he's THE television guy.  He is the producer, director, star and sometimes writer of a show called "Dragnet."  Dum de dum dum!
     "Dragnet" is a simple little low-key documentary that dramatizes cases from the files of the Los Angeles police department.  There is nothing spectacular about it, very little blood and a minimum of gunfire.  If anyone raises his voice, it is done in rehearsal, never on the air.
     "Dragnet" is also the hottest thing that radio and TV have ever seen.  In a business where the supercolossal is barely good enough to get by on, "Dragnet" is looked upon with awe.  It is—or was, until it went off the air a few weeks ago for the summer—the top show on radio, and the top show on TV, with nothing but "I Love Lucy," a slick situation comedy, coming any place close to it in ratings.
     Last summer, its doom-laden theme was turned into a popular song which was high on the hit parade until a series of hilarious parodies ("St. George and the Dragonet,"etc.) displaced it.  Webb has contracted for series of full-length "Dragnet" movies, and comic strip takes "Dragnet" into whatever parts of the land are still without TV.
     The success of "Dragnet" is all the more remarkable because it has been accomplished against the steady and determined resistance of all the throttlebottoms in the business.  In a field ruled by formula, it violates every formula in the book.
     Any producer can give you the recipe for a successful crime show.  You've got to have a murder in a hurry to grab and hold the audience.  Then, as the police fall all over their big flat feet, your wisecracking private eye, as hard as a landlady's heart, proceeds, to the accompaniment of bludgeonings, gunplay and fisticuffs and as much sex as the producer thinks he can get away with, to put the collar on the culprit or, better still, to liquidate him in a final crescendo of roaring guns.
     Sgt Joe Friday and his "Dragnet" partner Officer Frank Smith just don't work that way. They just want to get the facts, ma'm, and their patient pursuit of the facts takes them into flophouses, night clubs, schools and business offices.  And they—and their fascinated audience—meet people, real people, usually deep in trouble.
     Therein lies the secret of "Dragnet's" success.  Whether Friday is talking to a Pershing Square derelict or a bank president, whether he's investigating a gangland murder or going through the wearying routine of proving to himself that a boy with a confession complex didn't really commit a crime, the audience feels that that's just the way it happened.
     Not since Dashiell Hammett introduced his hard-boiled Continental operator 30 years ago has America seen such a realistic presentation of a policeman at work.  The tough private eye that Hammett created by constant imitation and the competitive struggle to make each new fictional detective a little tougher, a little harderdrinking and a little more devastating in the female department, has become a stereotype and sometimes, as in the case of Mickey Spillane's illustrious Mike Hammer, almost a parody.
     "Dragnet" presents cops straight, and its one iron-clad rule is that they must neither be glorified nor vilified.  For this alone, cops love "Dragnet."  It would probably be impossible for Webb to get as much as a traffic ticket any place in America where there is radio, TV or a comic strip, and that's any place in America.  Contrary to fictional convention, policemen, and especially big city policemen, are not chosen for the bigness of their feet or the smallness of their heads.
     Most cops, except in Squeedunk or Podunk, are thoroughly qualified professionals doing a tough, often risky, often boring job for very little money and practically no thanks.  And, in "Dragnet," for the first time in the memory of man, they are seeing themselves presented as they are, instead of as clowns, boobs and chiselers.
     A large share of "Dragnet's" fan mail comes from cops and many of the writers assume without a second thought that Webb is actually a member of the Los Angeles police department.
     He's not, but he might as well be.  When he was first working on the radio version of "Dragnet" he spent night after night riding in a Los Angeles prowl car, soaking up the police routine and the police lingo that rings so true on the show.  Every "Dragnet" set is as close to the real thing as Webb can make it, down to desk calendars, ash trays and other minor props.
     William H. Parker, Los Angeles chief of police, gets a credit as technical adviser, but actually Webb can call on practically any member of the department to insure the authenticity that has become his trademark.  The cops are careful never to work on "Dragnet" during "company time."  Webb pays them, but Los Angeles cops love "Dragnet" even more than other cops do and they would gladly do it for nothing.
     As is normal in Hollywood, Webb has something of the reputation of an upstart and there is a tendency to regard "Dragnet's" success as a fluke.  The facts seem to be otherwise.  Webb broke into radio in San Francisco in 1945.  At Station KGO there, as a staff announcer, he made a pest of himself prying into the mechanics of broadcasting, learning all he could about technique.  Soon he had a show of his own, "Pat Novak for Hire," which started as a hard-boiled private eye affair, but which displayed much of "Dragnet's" realism before it went off the air.
     When Dick Breen, the writer-producer of "Pat Novak" got a Hollywood offer, Webb packed up and followed him.  During several years as a bit player—he was the kind of Hollywood beginner the critics call "promising"—he blotted up all the information he could get from assistant cameramen, grips and sound technicians about the process of making movies.
     When "Dragnet" finally went on the air as a radio show in 1949, its advent was far from earth shaking.  NBC took it as a summer replacement after CBS turned it down because it wasn't "enough like Sam Spade."  The show stayed on when fall came, steadily built up popularity and ratings and in two years was the top show on the air.
     When the time came to go into television, the formula men almost got their hands on "Dragnet."  Webb wanted to do the show on film and in California, among his friends, the Los Angeles police.  NBC wanted it live and in New York, where in all probability it would have become just another whodunit.  Webb won, but only because he managed to get the sponsor, Liggett & Myers, on his side.
     Webb had never produced a film before he shot his first "Dragnet" show.  He did it in two days with a rented camera, a cast of radio actors and the Los Angeles City Hall as sets.  It was a smashing success and the rest is history.
     Because of his uphill fight against the formula-lovers and for other reasons, Webb and NBC are not very happy collaborators.  One of the greatest sources of Webb's bitterness is financial.  NBC takes in about $3,000,000 a year on TV "Dragnet," yet the show has a budget that Webb regards as niggardly (about $30,000 a week), and his personal take has not been great. "Dragnet's" enormous success has not been achieved without cost.  Webb's pretty wife, a former actress named Julie London, divorced him because she said she never saw him anymore (he spends 12 to 16 hours a day on "Dragnet") and when she did they had nothing to talk about.
     Some people will tell you that Webb is a pretty ruthless guy—they cite the cases of old friends who worked with Webb in the days when the going was tough and who fell by the wayside as "Dragnet" became bigger and bigger.  Webb has no apologies when he hears these accusations.  If someone couldn't meet "Dragnet's" furious, perfectionist pace, that's just too bad, and there's nothing to talk about.
     Webb's divorce carried a half-million-dollar price tag.  Not in cash but in insurance and mortgages on his future earnings.  Partings with a couple of business managers and agents, with attendant lawsuits, have cost him a pretty penny.
     He is far from happy, and makes no secret of it, with his personal (and undisclosed) paycheck from NBC.  He complains that everybody makes more money from "Dragnet" than he does.  He has so far settled every suit out of court but swears that the next one—and he seerns to be sure there will be a next one—will be fought to the bitter end.  But, if half-million-dollar settlements are the price of having "Dragnet" the way he wants it, he seems to be willing to pay it.
     The show's the thing with this boy and nothing's going to stand in its way.  And "Dragnet" is only the beginning.  As soon as Webb gets his first "Dragnet" feature in the can, he wants to do a new TV show based on the hot jazz and the speakeasy underworld atmosphere of the '20s.  Then there's the picture he's going to do on jazzman Bix Beiderbecke . . . and a new radio series.

Stars and Stripes Dragnet Comic Strip announcement

The first installment of the Dragnet comic strip for European Stars and Stripes, from the August 23rd 1954 issue.
The first installment of the Dragnet comic strip for European Stars and Stripes, from the August 23rd 1954 issue.


Caption reads--'In an imaginary scene during the filming of 'Dragnet,' Webb serving simultaneously as actor, director, part-time writer and editor.' (LIFE Magazine, Aug. 30th 1954)
Caption reads--'In an imaginary scene during the filming of 'Dragnet,' Webb serving simultaneously as actor, director, part-time writer and editor.'
(LIFE Magazine, Aug. 30th 1954)






Series Derivatives:

AFRS END-133 'Dragnet'; AFN Playhouse 'Dragnet'; Dragnet television program (NBC); "Dragnet" (1954) film; Badge 714
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Dramas
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 49-06-03 01 Robbery
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 49-06-03 to 57-03-12; NBC ; Three hundred eighty-four, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: NBC Orthacoustic; Mark VII Productions
Sponsors: Fatima, Grainger Pipe Tobacco, Velvet Pipe Tobacco, Chesterfield, L & M
Director(s): Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau [Producers]
Karl Gruener, William P. Rousseau, Herb Ellis [Directors]
Principal Actors: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Frank Lovejoy, Paul Frees, Ted DeCorsia, Charles McGraw, Hans Conried, Herb Butterfield , Homer Welch, Barney Phillips, Raymond Burr, Parley Baer, Peggy Webber, Harry Morgan, Betty Lou Gerson, Herb Vigran, Jeff Chandler, William Johnstone, Tony Barrett, William Conrad, Richard Boone, Vic Perrin, Whitfield Connor, George McCluskey, Stacy Harris, Barney Phillips, Charles Smith, Eddie Firestone, Virginia Gregg, Ralph Moody, Herb Ellis, Helen Kleeb, Jack Kruschen, Harry Bartell, Marion Richman, Martin Milner, Victor Rodman, Inge Jollos, June Whitley, Gil Stratton, Sam Edwards, Joyce McCluskey, Ken Patterson, Gwen Delano, Cliff Arquette, Sarah Selby, Edwin Bruce, Sammy Ogg, June Whitley, Ben Alexander, Peter Leeds, Lee Marvin, Carolyn Jones, Herb Vigran, Jean Tatum, Art Gilmore, Paul Richards, Lillian Buyeff, Irene Tedrow, Michael Ann Barrett, Vivi Janis, Georgia Ellis, Bert Holland
Recurring Character(s): Detective Sergeant Joe Friday [Jack Webb]; Sgt. Friday's partner, Det. Sergeant Ben Romero [Barton Yarborough]; Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives [Charles McGraw, Raymond Burr]; Chief of Detectives, Thad Brown [ ]; Detective Lt. Lee Jones, Police Crime Laboratory [Herb Butterfield];
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Bob Ryf, Walter Schumann, Jack Webb, Jim Moser, John Robinson, Earl Schlay, Frank Burton, Paul Coates

Technical Advisors:

LAPD Police Chief Clemence B. Horrall
LAPD Acting/Police Chief W. A. Wharton
Music Direction: Walter Schumann [Conductor]

Bud Tollefson, Wayne Kenworthy [Sound Effects]
Musical Theme(s): "The Dragnet Theme" (first heard in Episode No. 3), composed by Walter Schumann, Copyright 1953 by Schumann Music Company.
Announcer(s): Hal Gibney [Host / Announcer]
George Fenneman [Announcer]
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby [Commercial Spokesmen for Chesterfield]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
384
Episodes in Circulation: 288
Total Episodes in Collection: 288
Provenances:

NBC Orthacoustic electrical transcription label for the Dragnet episode scheduled to air on January 19th 1954
NBC Orthacoustic electrical transcription label for the Dragnet episode scheduled to air on January 19th 1954
LIFE Magazine, Boys Life Magazine, Time Magazine.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Dragnet Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-05-27
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49-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:00 Life of Riley
49-06-03
1
The Payroll Stick-up
N
[ Premiere; Summer replacement for The Life of Riley]

49-06-02 Hanover Evening Sun
"Dragnet," a dramatic series based on the records of the the Los Angeles Police Department makes its bow at 10 p.m tomorrow over NBC as a summer replacemnt for William Bendix in "The Life of Riley." Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough and Charles McGraw will be among those in the cast.

49-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WMAQ): new dramatic series based on records of Los Angeles police department.

49-06-03 Capital Times
At 10, Dragnet,
a detective drama based on lecords of the Angeles police department, provided by NBC to fill in while Life of Riley is on vacation.

49-06-03 Oakland Tribune
7:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.
49-06-10
2
The Nickel-Plated .32-20
Y
[ Dedicated to Radio Officer Delbert E. Cook of the LAPD; Announced as the second in the new series ]

49-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:00 Dragnet

49-06-10 Reno Evening Gazette
With two brother police officers dead, victims of bullets from guns of a pair of robbers, Sergeant Joe Friday and his pal Ben Romero have but scanty evidence to begin their search for the killers in the new program "Dragnet" heard over KOH Friday nights at 9:00 o'clock.
NBC presents these series of dramatized stories from the actual tiles of the Los Angeles Police Department. Hear them over KOH or 9 P M.

49-06-10 Oakland Tribune
7:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Ted De Corsia as Alonzo and Frank Lovejoy as Officer Emerson
49-06-17
3
The Werewolf
Y
[ The first of the Dragnet series to air Walter Schumann's signature 'Dragnet Theme' and it's characteristic, "Dum, Da-Dum-Dum"; Dedicated to Sergeant Mario Victor Dairo of the LAPD; Announced as the third in the new series ]

49-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:00 Dragnet

49-06-17 Lowell Sun
10:00--WBZ—Dragnet, detective series.

49-06-17 Oakland Tribune
7:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.
49-06-24
4
A Gang of Quick-Trigger Gunmen
Y
[ Dedicated to Radio Car Patrolman Horace E. Sawyer of the Denver, Colorado Police Department; Announced as the fourth in the new series ]
49-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:00 Dragnet

49-06-26 Kingport Times-News
Dragnet, Friday nights at 10, brings to the air dramatizations of actual cases from the files of the Los Angeles police.
Charles McGraw, who plays the part of the detective captain, apparently can't gather enough material for nightmares from his program. He's recently secured a leading role in a new film to be called "Terror" . . . and he claims to relax after a hard day's work by reading a good mystery book.

49-06-24 Long Beach Press Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-Dragnet

49-06-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WMAQ-Dragnet

49-06-24 Oakland Tribune
7:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

49-06-28 Oakland Tribune
Comes a switch on network program switching. It involves the case of the sponsor (Liggett and Myers) leaving CBS to go to NBC.
In doing so it will shift from one program to another, instead of taking along its own.
The show dropped on CBS is "Tales of Adventure." ending October 1.
That to be taken up at NBC is Dragnet, a police drama used as a summer replacement which will he heard Thursday nights beginning October 6. CBS is filling the vacated time October 8 by moving in one of its summer shows, the escape dramas.
49-07-01
--
Title Unknown
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49-07-01 Syracuse Post-Standard
WSYR-NBC--10:00-- Dragnet

49-07-01 Jacksonville Daily Journal
10:00—Dragnet, Drama—nbc

49-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:30 Dragnet

49-07-01 Hutchinson News Herald
9:00
KWBW Dragnet

49-07-01 Logansport Press
WMAQ--9:00--Dragnet

49-07-01 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Dr. I.Q.; Lew Valentine

49-07-01 - North Adams Transcript
10:00—Dragnet Drama—nbc.

49-07-01 Lima News
10:00—Dragnet, Drama—nbc

49-07-01 Lima News
WLOK--10 00 Dr I Q (Mars) NBC

49-07-01 Long Beach Press Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-Dragnet

49-07-08 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-07-01 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KFI-Dragnet.

49-07-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00-WMAQ-Philip Marlowe [N].

49-07-01 Oakland Tribune
7:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dr. I.Q..
49-07-07
5
Who Killed Helen Corday?
Y
[ Moves from Friday to Thursday; Dedicated to Police Officer Charles A Brady of the Chicago, Illinois Police Department; Announced as the fifth in the new series ]

49-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
at new time.

49-07-07 Virginia Bee
NBC 10:30
Dragnet,
police drama recently introduced as a Friday night replacement, moving to a new time.

49-07-08 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-07-07 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Hans Conried as Otto Meyer and Stacy Harris as Frank Philip Larson
49-07-14
6
The Red Light Bandit
Y
[Raymond Burr takes over as Chief of Detectives Ed Backstrand; Dedicated to Police Officer Robert Steele of the Montana State Highway Patrol; Announced as the sixth in the new series]

49-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-07-15 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-07-14 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Herb Butterfield as Johnny Savich and Barney Phillips as Mr. Thomas
49-07-21
7
The City Hall Bombing
Y
[Dedicated to Town Marshall Lon T. Larson of the Mt. Pleasant, Utah Force; Announced as the seventh in the new series]

49-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-07-22 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-07-21 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Parley Baer as Vernon Carney
49-07-28
8
Find Juanita Lasky
Y
[ Christmas program; Dedicated to Corporal Grady A Beecham of the 9th Precinct, Metropolitan Police Force, Washington D.C.; Announced as the eighth in the new series]

49-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-07-29 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-07-28 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Verna Felton as Mrs. Hannah Lasky
49-08-04
9
A Wave of Narcotics Thefts
Benny Trounsel
Y
[ Dedicated to Chief Erskine "Erk" Fish of the North Sacramento Police Department; Announced as the ninth in the new series]

49-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-08-06 Virginia Bee
Here's another hew trend in radio program scheduling.
NBC is planning to schedule a number of their top summer shows in the fall even though there seems to be neither room or sponsors for them right, now.
Such scheduling may place these shows at unusual time segments of the day such-as "11:30 p. m. Nevertheless." NBC feels thfese shows are worthy enough to be kept on the air. There are 26 such programs which, rank high on the list.
Some are the Henry Morgan show, the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis show, My Good Wife, Dragnet, and Voices and Events.

49-08-05 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-08-04 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.
49-08-11
10
A Mad Killer At Large
The Maniac Murderer
Y
[ Dedicated to Detective Lewis A Abbott of the Chicago Police Department; Announced as the tenth in the new series]

49-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-08-12 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet
49-08-18
11
Sixteen Days of Jewel Thefts
Sixteen Jewel Thieves
Y
[ Dedicated to Warden Clarence A Larkin of Folsom Prison, Sacramento; Announced as the eleventh in the new series]

49-08-18 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Drama:
Dragnet. With Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Charles McGraw

49-08-19 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

Features
Harry Morgan as Walter Baker (alias Walter Tracy), Peter Leeds as Detective Joe Levine, and Betty Lou Gerson as Billie Crawford
49-08-25
12
The Blitz Bandits
Police Academy--Mario Koski
Y
[ Dedicated to Patrolman James Frank Goggin of the Cleveland Police Department; Announced as the twelfth in the new series]

49-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet


49-08-26 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-08-25 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Herb Butterfield Bert McCarthy, Herb Vigran as John Delmar, and Jeff Chandler as Rookie Patrolman Hank Dekker
49-09-01
13
A Wave of Auto Burglaries
Myra the Redhead
Y
[ Dedicated to Detective Harry William Vosper of the Seattle, Washington Police Department; Announced as the thirteenth in the new series; Announces "this Saturday, September 3rd, Dragnet will be heard at a new time"]

49-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet


49-09-02 Long Beach Independent
9:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-09-02 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KFI-Dragnet.

49-09-01 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
Betty Jane Rhodes as Joanne Miller, Herb Butterfield as Paul Hackett and Jeanne Bates as Myra Hackett





49-09-03
14
Find the Woman . . . or Her Murderer
Eric Kelby's Wife is Missing
Y
[Moves from Thursday to Saturday in some markets; Moves from Friday to Saturday in California; Dedicated to William J. Weston, Jr. of the Washington, D.C. Police Department; Announced as the fourteenth in the new series]

9-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): The drama series from stories of the Los Angeles police files
moves to a new time spot.

49-09-03 Long Beach Independent
8:00 P.M.
KFI— Vic Damone

49-09-03 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KFI-Dragnet.

Features
Harry Morgan as Detective Frank Kearney and Earle Ross as Eric Kelby
49-09-10
15
Get Donald Kiefer, 'The Wolf'
Sullivan Kidnapping
Y
[Dedicated to Deputy U.S. Marshall John B Glenn of Boise, Idaho ; Announced as the fifteenth in the new series]

49-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
on new schedule.

49-09-10 Long Beach Independent
8:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-09-10 Oakland Tribune
8:00 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

Features
William Johnstone as Mr. Sullivan and Harry Bartell as Donald Kiefer
49-09-17
16
Who Shot Officer Beamis?
James Vickers
Y
[Dedicated to Private Richard H Taylor of the Washington D.C. Police Department ; Announced as the sixteenth in the new series]

49-09-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 6:30 Dragnet

49-09-17 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:00-KFI--
An invasion of gangsters is prevented when the police track down killers of a traffic cop on "Dragnet" tonight.

49-09-17 Long Beach Independent
8:00 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

Features
Harry Morgan as Luther Gage and Herb Vigran as Frank Gannon
49-09-24
17
The Brick-Bat Killer
Y
[ Moves half an hour later in the Saturday lineup; Dedicated to Motorcycle Patrolman John Kramer of the El Paso, Texas Sheriff's Department ; Announced as the seventeenth in the new series]

49-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dragnet

49-09-24 Long Beach Independent
8:30 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-09-24 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30-KFI--
As fingerprints cannot be taken from a brick, other methods are undertaken during the "Dragnet" story to apprehend a murderer who uses this weapon.
49-10-01
18
A Gang of Truck Hijackers
Tom Laval
Y
[ Announces that "starting next Thursday, October 6th, Dragnet will be brought to you by Fatima Cigarettes"; Dedicated to Motorcycle Officer Elmer Forssman of the Fresno, California Police Department ; Announced as the eighteenth in the new series]

49-09-30 Los Angeles Times
8:30 P.M. KFI-Dragnet

49-09-30 Long Beach Independent
8:30 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dragnet

49-10-01 Oakland Tribune
8:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.

49-10-02 Kansas City Sta
"Dragnet," widely acclaimed police documentary program, has been signed by a tobacco company and will move to a regular Thursday night spot on WDAF, starting this week at 9:30 o'clock. Jack Webb as Sergt. Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Officer Ben Romero, are featured.

Features
William Johnstone as Thomas Laval





49-10-06
19
Second-Hand Killer
N
[ Moves from Saturdays to Thursdays under Liggett & Myers [Fatima cigarettes] sponsorship]

49-10-02 Kingsport Times
At 10:30 Thursday night, whodunit fans will enjoy Dragnet, the stories of actual cases from the files of the Los Angeles police department, cases dramatized in a low-pressure manner that gives them more rather than less punch.
Dragnet was originated on NBC this past summer, to the delight of the average listeners as well as the critics, and has received wide acclaim
in its first few months.


49-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
on new schedule.

49-10-06 Los Angeles Times
7:30 P.M. KFI-Dragnet

49-10-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P.M. KFI-Reserve

49-10-07 Long Beach Independent
8:30 P.M.
KFI— Dragnet

49-10-06 Oakland Tribune
7:30 p.m.
KNBC--Dragnet.
49-10-13
20
The Big Buy
N
49-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-10-14 Long Beach Independent
8:30
KFI— Candy Matson

49-10-13 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P.M. KFI-Reserve
49-10-20
21
The Big Lamp
N
49-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
chemistry and patience trap burglar.

49-10-20 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--"Dragnet," the crime detection series, that has attracted so many listeners because of its factual reporting of actual cases in the L.A. police file, will tonight tell
the story of the effort to secure incriminating evidence against a burglar.
49-10-27
22
The Big Drink
N
49-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

49-11-03
23
Casco and Breen
N
49-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
police trap clever forger.

49-11-10
24
The Big Bar
N
49-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
police trap killer of bar and café owners.

49-11-10 Long Beach Independent
7:30—KFI—
A criminal who holds up bars and cafes, robbing and murdering their proprietors, is captured by Police Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero. This "Dragnet" program will be dedicated to the late Private Harry Hamilton of Washington, D. C., who was killed while trying to apprehend an auto thief.

49-11-17
25
Harry Girard
N
49-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives track down swindler who preys on elderly women with romance as bait.

49-11-17 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--The "Dragnet" drama tonight depicts
the capture of a criminal who cons elderly ladies out of their money by pretending romantic interest in them.

49-11-24
26
The Mother-In-Law Murder
Y
[ Dedicated to Private Hubert W Estes of the Washington D.C. Police Department ]

49-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
laboratory clears girl of murder charge.

49-12-01
27
The Spring Street Gang
Y
[ Dedicated to Chief John M. Gleason of Greenwich, Conn. Police Department ]

49-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
story of a modern Fagin.

49-12-01 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--
For the first time "Dragnet," the realistic crime-smashing show, honors a living police officer . . . John M. Gleason of Greenwich, Conn., who is also president of the International Association of Police Chiefs. The case tonight is a man who encourages juveniles to steal and then acts as a fence for the stolen goods.

Features
Tony Barrett as Eddie Ramsey

49-12-08
28
The Jade Thumb Rings
Y
[ Dedicated to Sgt. Joe H Roberts Director of Knoxville City School Safety Patrols ]

49-12-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
children help trap jewel thieves.

49-12-15
29
The Garbage Chute Killer
Y
[ Raymond Burr leaves the production as Chief Ed Backstrand; Dedicated to Chief of Police Edward J Allen of the Youngtown, Ohio Police Department]

49-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
night club musician found strangled in her locked apartment.

49-12-22
30
A .22 Rifle For Christmas
Y
[ Christmas program; Dedicated to Chief of Police Ryan of the Hennepin Police Department]

49-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
danger of keeping firearms in homes.

49-12-29
31
The Twelve-Gun Round-Up
The Roseland Murders
The Roseland Roof Murders
The Flowerland Roof Murder
Y
[ Dedicated to Chief of Police Clarence H. Morris of the Pasadena, California Police Department; Neither the words "Roseland,' 'Roseland Roof,' nor 'Flowerland Roof' appear anywhere in the script for this episode. All such references are simply fabricated by the OTR Community. ]

49-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Four Killers and 12 guns are put out of circulation in "
Twelve-Gun Round-Up."

49-12-29 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--
There is a "Twelve-gun Roundup" when Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero are assigned to track down the killers of a dance hall manager. Four men are captured, but two escape before thely are rounded up in the police "Dragnet."

50-01-05
32
Max Tyler Escapes
Arson Investigation
Y
[ Dedicated to Chief Clifford E. Peterson of the California Highway Patrol]

50-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
police and firemen cooperate in arson-murder case.

50-01-05 San Antonio Express
DETECTIVE SGTS. JOE FRIDAY (JACK WEBB) AND Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough) discover
evidence of a possible murder during a routine probe of a fire in "Arson Investigation," drama on NBC' "Dragnet" Thursday. The story, a dramatization of an actual case from the files of the Los Angeles Police Dept, stresses the close cooperation between police and firemen in determining the cause of a suspicious blaze. When Webb and Romero discover the body of a young woman on the stairway of a flame-gutted dwelling, the case assumes new importance. WOAI—9:30 P.M.

50-01-12
33
The Big Buy Part I
The Big Man Part 1
Y
50-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detective joins dope ring to get evidence against it.

50-01-12 Portsmouth Times
10:30 p.m.—NBC: "Dragnet" series of authenticated police dramas, will present the first half of a famous narcotics case from the files of the Los Angeles Police Dept.
'Titled,
'The Big Buy", the case concerns the wqrk of Detective Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero in uncovering a widespread ring of Dope peddlers. In tonight's broadcast Friday will don a disguise and join the ring to obtain evidence. The second half of the story with the solution of the case will be presented Jan. 19.

Announces "
The Big Man, Arthur Belmont" as next

Features
Tony Barrett as Agent Craig
50-01-19
34
The Big Buy Part II
The Big Man, Arthur Belmont
The Big Man Part 2
Y
[ Dragnet Technical Advisor W. A Wharton is promoted to LAPD Chief of Police]

50-01-19 San Diego Union
Part II of the authentic narcotics case, "The Big Buy," is scheduled tonight on "Dragnet," KFSD at 7:30.

50-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives trap narcotics dealer.

Features
Tony Barrett as Agent Craig
50-01-26
--
The Big Preemption
--
50-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 p.m.--Supper Club (WIBA): special program at Durham, N.C., with Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, and Eddy Arnold joining Perry Como in quartet; Mindy Carson, Fontane sisters, Mitchell Ayres' orchestra.

50-01-26 The Anniston Star
Arthur Godfrey, Perry Conn and Bob Htpe will aiar an a special full-hour Chesterfield radio program Thursday night, Jan. 26, from 10 to 11 p. m. EST over all NBC stations, from coast to coast. The show will climax an all-day celebration of the official opening of the world's newest, most modern cigarette factory and research laboratory by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. The giant alr-condltioned factory in the heart of Tobaccoland waa built to meet the erer Increaiing demand for Chetlerfleld cigarettes. The special full-hour radio broadcast will replace the Chesterfield Supper Club and Dragnet, for Fatima cigarettes, on Thursday night, Jan. 26, only. Eddy ("Tennessee Ploughboy") Arnold, Ihe Fontane Sisters and Mitchell Ayres and his Supper Club orchestra will also be included on the roster of top guest stars who will gather for this memorable occasion.
50-02-02
35
The Child Killer
Y
50-02-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
sergeants capture fiendish killer of little girls.
50-02-09
36
The Long Hunt
The Big Girl
Y
50-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

50-02-09 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30— KFI— Sometimes it is a "
Long Hunt" when the law enforcement agencies attempt to track down an evasive criminal . . . this is ably proven on the "Dragnet" series
tonight.
50-02-16
--
The Big Preemption
--
50-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Pres. Truman (WIBA, WISC, WKOW): Jefferson-Jackson Day address.

50-02-16 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--KNX--President Harry S. Truman will address the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner from the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. . . . This broadcast will also be heard on KECA at 9:00 and KHJ at 10:30.

50-02-16 San Antonio Light
WOAI 9:30 Pres. Harry S. Truman
50-02-23
37
The Confidence Man
The Big Grifter
Y
50-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): "
The Big Grifter."

50-02-23 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--
Detectives Joe Friday and Ben Romero are faced with the problems of obtaining a conviction against a gyp artist who manages to stay within the law while he swindles a few dishonest dollars on the "Dragnet" drama.
50-03-02
38
The Big Plant
The Big Kill
Y
50-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detective poses as prisoner.

50-03-02 LaCrosse Tribune
DRAGNET will tell how the Los Angeles police department moved into a jail to obtain a murder conviction during the broadcast at 9:30 tonight on WKBH-NBC. The program concerns a case in which a detective is sent to a prison to obtain the confidence of a man suspected of murder while he was free on parole.

50-03-09
39
The Deadly Thanks
The Big Thank You
Y
50-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives meet woman killer.

50-03-16
40
The Four Young Hoodlums
The Big Boys
Y
50-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet
50-03-23
41
The Big Gangster Part 1
Y
50-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives buck underworld code to prevent gang warfare.
50-03-30
42
The Big Gangster Part 2
Y
50-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
killer's conviction hangs on a mute's testimony.
50-04-06
43
The Big Smut Press
The Big Book
Y
50-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives trail dealer in lewd literature.
50-04-13
44
The Big Pocket Watch
The Big Watch
Y
50-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives catch motorist who robs kills GI hitchhikers.

50-04-13 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30--KFI--
In an actual case from the Los Angeles Police Department "Dragnet" gives the details of the aprehension of a motorist who has been robbing and murdering hitchhiking military personnel.

50-04-20
45
The Big Payoff
The Big Arraignment
The Big Trial
Y
50-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

Features
John McIntyre as the prosecuting attorney and Parley Baer as the defense attorney
50-04-27
46
The Bunko Killer
The Big Job
Y
[ Announces the 'date of the report' as April 27th]

50-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet
50-05-04
47
The Badge Bandit
The Big Badge
Y
50-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet
50-05-11
48
The Big Knifings
The Big Knife
Y
50-05-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet
50-05-18
49
The Big Pug
Y
50-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Dragnet

Features
Olan Soulé as Marty
50-05-25
50
The Big Key
Y
[ Christmas program]

50-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
murder on Christmas Eve.

Features
Olan Soulé as Frank Gomez
50-06-01
51
The Big Fake
Y
50-05-30Terre Haute Star
Detective Sergeants Joe Friday and Ben Romero are assigned to a case which involves a young rookie police officer on "Dragnet" Thursday night at 9:30 o'clock. The detectives clear the rookie policeman in what they they find to be a deliberate frame-up. "Dragnet" programs are dramatizations of actual cases from the files of the Los Angeles police department.

50-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives clear rookie policeman of robbery frame-up.

Features
Stacy Harris as Officer Russell Clarke. Announces that it will be heard one half-hour earlier beginning June 8th.

50-06-08
52
Murder In A Hotel Room
The Big Smart Guy
The Human Bomb
Y
50-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): at new time, "
Murder in a Hotel Room."

50-06-08 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:00--KFI--
The 52nd presentation of "Dragnet" will relate how Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero are called to investigate the shooting of a woman. She has been killed in an exchange of shots between a stick-up man and her husband.

50-06-08 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Dragnet--Drama:
The Human Bomb

50-06-08 Long Beach Press Telegram
7:30 P.M. KFI--Reserve

50-06-08 Danville Bee
Perry Como's sponsor having given up his NBC time, the spot at 10 o'clock tonight is being turned over the the year-old dragnet, Police Drama by another sponsor, which is moving up a half-hour.

50-06-15
53
The Big Grab
The Big Press
Y
[ Announces "one year ago tonight," Dragnet premiered on NBC]

50-06-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
university catalog gives clue to abduction of professor's wife.

50-06-15 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P. M.
KFI— Sara's Private Caper
50-06-22
54
The Big Mink
Y
50-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
furrier slain in his shop.

50-06-22 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:00--KFI--
A fur shop on a main street business area is the scene of a murder which is investigated by Joe Friday and Ben Romero on the "Dragnet" series.

50-06-22 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:30 P. M.
KFI— Sara's Private Caper

50-06-29
55
The Big Grab
Y
50-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
purse-snatching youngsters steal car, shoot officer.
50-07-06
56
The Big Frame
Y
50-07-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Dragnet
50-07-13
57
The Big Bomb
Y
50-07-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Dragnet
50-07-20
58
The Big Gent Part 1
Y
50-07-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detectives probe robbery, killing.
50-07-27
59
The Big Gent Part 2
Y
50-07-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Dragnet
50-08-03
60
The Big Dare
Y
50-08-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Dragnet
50-08-10
61
The Big Actor
Y
50-08-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Dragnet
50-08-17
62
The Big Youngster
Y
50-08-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-08-24
63
The Big Chance
Y
50-08-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

50-08-24 Madison Capital Times
'Dragnet' and Cass Daley Trade Times "Dragnet," popular series dramatizing actual police cases, and "The Cass Daley Show," comedy drama featuring the radio and movie star, will trade time-spots tonight. "Dragnet" will be on WIBA and WIBA-FM at 8 and Miss Daley's show will be on WIBA and WIBA-FM at 9.
Tonight's "Dragnet" story will concern the discovery of a state highway patrol car parked with its motor running on a heavily-traveled road. Police Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero investigate the case, and find the patrolman's body in a shallow grave near the highway.

50-08-24 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
Heard one hour earlier, this prize-winning documentary "Dragnet" tonight celebrates one year on the air. This factual program has won acclaim from law enforcement bodies all over the country. Mayor Bowron and police officials will attend a dinner to honor this invaluable service.

50-08-31
64
The Big Check
Y
50-08-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-09-07
65
The Big Poison
Y
50-09-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-09-14
66
The Big Make
Y
50-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-09-21
67
The Big Pair
Y
50-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-09-28
68
The Big Death
Y
50-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-10-05
69
The Big 38
Y
50-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
police break up confidence ring preying on veterans' families.
50-10-12
70
The Big Quack
Y
50-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

50-10-15 Zanesville Times Recorder - INSIDE RADIO
by ROBERT MALEY
By far one of the best of all anti-crime programs now on radio is "Dragnet", just returned to WHIZ after an absence of lo, these many pauses for station identification! The current series bowed in locally last Thursday night at 10 o'clock and will be heard at that time weekly until Nov. 9 on which day it will move up to the 9 p.m. slot. Judging by the wonderful reception "Dragnet" received way back there in its baby days, I have no doubt at all that before another two or three weeks have passed it will be one of the most popular WHIZ-NBC programs on the air.

50-10-19
71
The Big Grandma
Y
50-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

50-10-19 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
For 13 years a little old Los Angeles lady has been cashing rubber checks. After a new flurry of "bad paper" is reported, the detectives on "Dragnet" track down the erring grandmother. Am anxious to recommend this one as the local scene makes for better listening.
50-10-26
72
The Big Meet
Y
50-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
narcotics ring uses novel scheme to outwit police, but in vain.

50-10-26 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
A gang of narcotic peddlers move into Los Angeles with a novel scheme to outwit the police on the dramatic documentary of cases from police files, "Dragnet."
50-11-02
73
The Big Church
Y
50-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives track down writer of threatening letters.

50-11-02 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
When Detective Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero are assigned to track down the originator of a series of anonymous threatening letters to a frightened young girl on the police drama "Dragnet," the case leads them to a religious fanatic whose twisted mind has almost caused him to commit murder.

50-11-09
74
The Big Mother
Y
50-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
love-starved mother kidnaps newborn child.

50-11-09 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
The heart-tugging case of a love-starved mother who stole a new-born baby from a hospital nursery will occupy the attention of Detective Sergeants Joe Friday and Ben Romero, during the airing of "Dragnet" tonight.
50-11-16
75
The Big Parrot
Y
50-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives hunt killer of parking lot attendant, wife and parrot.

50-11-16 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
Los Angeles police detectives are at a loss to discover the motive and killer of a harmless parking lot operator and his wife on the documentary drama "Dragnet." A capture is made through a slip of the tongue.
50-11-23
76
The Big Betty
Y
50-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
confidence men fleece grieving families.

50-11-30 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
In a period of four months a well-dressed bandit robs 15 food markets, posing as a salesman. He is stopped after much detecting and tracing by members of the police department.
50-11-30
77
The Big Car
Y
50-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
50-12-07
78
The Big Picture
Y
50-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): phony talent school sends girl to suicide.

50-12-07 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
The death of a stage-struck girl brings the police into the picture as detectives are assigned to track down the operators of a loathsome phoney "Talent School" during "Dragnet."
50-12-14
79
The Big Break
Y
50-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detectives match wits with chronic jailbreaker.
50-12-21
80
A .22 Rifle For Christmas
Y
50-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): danger of giving firearms for Christmas.

50-12-21 Tucson Daily Citizen
The prize-winning NBC documentary series, Dragnet, is repeating tonight the comment-evoking dramatization of last year about the 9-year-old boy who prematurely discovers his Christmas gift from his parents--a .22 rifle. The factual but shocking story tells how the Los Angeles police called in to search for the missing chum of the youngster, discover that the Christmas gift has been turned into a lethal weapon. "Gun For Christmas" proved to be such a moving story and attrated such widespread attention when it was presented just before Christmas last year, that it was decided to repeat it again this year. All Dragnet stories are authentic from official files of the Los Angeles police department. (KVOA, 7 p.m.)

50-12-28
81
The Big Family
Y
50-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
Missing four-year-old twins lead police to a long-wanted criminal.

50-12-28 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
A wealthy businessman drops out of sight and our illustrious detective sergeants are assigned the mission person's case on tonights story of "Dragnet."

50-12-28 Corpus Christi Caller-Times
A worried mother calls the Los Angeles Police Department to report the disappearance of her twin four-year-old daughters. This is the beginning of another exciting documentary which leads Detective Sgts. Friday and Romero to the capture of a criminal
on Dragnet, KRIS, 8:00 p.m.

51-01-04
82
The Big Holdup
Y
51-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-01-11
83
The Big Jump
Y
51-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-01-12 Paris News
Jack Webb will play the feature role in "Size of the World," to be presented by KPLT at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, as this week's drama in the American Red Cross radio series "Errand of Mercy." Mr. Webb will be remembered for his performances as star of another radio program, "Dragnet."

51-01-18
84
The Big Dance
Y
51-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-01-25
85
The Big Tomato
Y
51-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): authentic police case.

51-02-01
86
The Big Children
Y
51-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): dramatization of true police story.

51-02-01 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--
The assignment for detectives of a policement tonight is to search and find the missing mother of three abandoned children. This is the documentary series of "Dragnet.

51-02-08
87
The Big Cast
Y
51-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): authentic police case.

51-02-15
88
The Big Crime
Y
51-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detective finds kidnaper of 40year-old twins.

51-02-22
89
The Big Couple
Y
51-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
bunco artists sell phony polio insurance.

51-03-01
90
The Big Partner
Y
51-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detective find diamond thief.

51-03-08
91
The Big New Years
Y
51-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
bartender unwittingly gives clue to police officer's killer.

51-03-08 Corpus Christi Caller
KRIS NBC
It isn't easy to inforrm a policeman's wife of her husband's death. But that's the job that falls to Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romerao on Dragnet tonight at 8:00 on KRIS. It's another actual case from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department, as Friday and Romero set out to avenge their friend's death.

51-03-15
92
The Big Ben
Y
51-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
tracing phony Romeo who bilks teachers.

51-03-15 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:00--KFI--The dramatic documentary series "Dragnet" each week unfolds authentic factual cases from police files.
Tonight you will hear about the tracking down of a stolen car.

51-03-15 Corpus Christi Caller
KRIS NBC
Los Angeles detectives are out to get a "con" artist whose racket is fleecing matronly school teachers of their life savings. You'll hear the true story from police files on Dragnet at 8:00

51-03-22
93
The Big Trunk
Y
51-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
once-famed actress slain in Skid Row hotel room.

51-03-29
94
The Big Lover
Y
51-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-04-05
95
The Big Friend
Y
51-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-04-12
96
The Big Threat
Y
51-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-04-19
97
The Big Speech
Y
51-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-04-26
98
The Big Saint
Y
51-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-05-03
99
The Big Casing
Y
[ 100th Episode]

51-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-05-03 Tucson Daily Citizen
     NBC's Dragnet, starring Jack Webb,
will celebrate its 100th broadcast tonight.
     Since Dragnet went on the air 100 weeks ago, there has been but one credo on the part of all those concerned with the show, from the star Jack Webb, to the chief of the Los Angeles police department.
     Reasonably enough, it is simply this--all cases dramatized on the weekly program are traced from the files of the Los Angeles police department. All cases are traced from the police angle, from start to end. If a case is true, then present it in a true to life form, never vary from the pattern, even for heightened dramatic value, and stick to the true story.
     At no point in the case are any clues withheld--the listeners know no more than the detectives. This bit of practical scripting has bade the show one of the finest on the air today.

51-05-10
100
The Big Drills
Y
51-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-05-10 Corpus Christi Caller
Joe Friday and Ben Romero are confronted with a suicide that turns out to be murder in another exciting true story from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department on Dragnet at 8:00.

51-05-17
101
The Big Blast
Y
51-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-05-24
102
The Big Mailman
Y
5-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-05-31
103
The Big Bindle
Y
51-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-06-07
104
The Big Imposter
Y
51-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-06-14
105
The Big Building
Y
51-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-06-14 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
L.A. cops solve the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy society woman after the case was so old that no clues remained. (KVOA)

51-06-21
106
The Big Run
Y
51-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
crime laboratory furnishes clues in hit-and-run case.

51-06-28
107
The Big Cliff
Y
51-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-07-05
108
The Big Love
Y
51-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
true story of disappearance of mother and daughter.

51-07-12
109
The Big Set-Up
Y
51-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives expose fraudulent TV repairmen.

51-07-12 Chester Daily TImes
9:00 p.m.--KYW--
On Dragnet, detective sergeants Joe Friday and Ben Romero track down fraudulent television repairmen.

51-07-19
110
The Big Sophomore
Y
51-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): case history from police files.

51-07-19 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Neighborhood petty thievery leads to capture of the culprit and a much more dramatic story than supposed. (KVOA)

51-07-26
111
$20,000 Ransom
The Big Late Script
Y
51-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-07-26 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
When a rising young businessman disappears from his home, the police are called in to solve the mystery. (KVOA)

51-07-26 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
$20,000 Ransom."

51-07-26 The Daily Republic
Tonight (Thursday) NBC
8, Dragnet. "
$20,000 Ransom."

51-08-02
112
The Big Cop
Y
51-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-08-09
113
The Big Screen
Y
51-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): documentary drama from official police files, starring Jack Webb.

51-08-09 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Crooked TV repairmen often present a problem for big city police. (KVOA)

51-08-16
114
The Big Winchester
Y
51-08-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-08-23
115
The Big In-Laws
Y
51-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in police drama.

51-08-30
116
The Big Crazy
Y
51-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
51-09-06
117
The Big Seventeen
Y
51-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): true police story.

51-09-13
118
The Big Waiter
Y
51-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives quiz "other woman" and jealous friend to solve murder case.

51-09-13 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Sgts Joe Friday and Ben Romero track down the killer of an unfaithful husband. (KVOA)

51-09-13 La Crosse Tribune
DRAGNET,
the documented step-by-step dramatization of an actual crime will present the investigation of a "triangle" that had little of the glamor of the fiction version of such cases. The 9:00 p. m. WKBH-NBC program will tell how detectives in Los Angeles solved a murder case full of evidence of marital double-dealing.

51-09-20
119
Bandit Torture
The Big Sour
Y
51-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
armed bandits torture elderly man.

51-11-01 Evening Independent
Radio Tonight
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Bandit Torture."

51-10-04 The Daily Plainsman
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Bandit Torture."

51-10-04 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Bandit Torture."

51-09-27
120
Surprise
The Big September Man
Y
51-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
steel pipe, drunk's story are clues in bludgeon murder.

51-09-27 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Sgts Friday and Romero trace the killer of an attractive blonde secretary, found beaten to death with almost no clues left. (KVOA)

51-10-11 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Surprise."

51-10-04
121
Auto Buying Racketeers
The Big Want Ad
Y
51-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
criminals give bad checks ffor used cars.

51-10-04 The Daily Plainsman
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Auto Buying Racketeers."

51-10-11 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Auto Buying Racketeers."

51-10-04 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A used car racket is uncovered by Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero when a father beats up his 10-year-old son. (KVOA)

51-10-11
122
Shoplifting
The Big Shoplift
Y
51-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detectives capture shoplifter.

51-10-11 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Shoplifting."

51-10-11 The Daily Mail
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Shoplifting."

51-10-11 The Daily Plainsman
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Shoplifting."

51-10-11 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A wave of shoplifting upsets the city and Sgts. Friday and Romero are almost stumped. (KVOA)

51-10-18
123
The Big Story Man
Y
51-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): crime story from Los Angeles police files.

51-10-25
124
The Big Market
Y
51-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-11-01
125
Missing Man
The Big Lease
Y
51-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
wealthy businessman disappears after wife's death.

51-11-01 Evening Independent
Radio Tonight
NBC
9 Dragnet. "
Missing Man."

51-11-01 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Missing Man."

51-11-01 Nothwest Arkansas Times
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Missing Man."

51-11-08
126
Hit and Run
The Big Hit and Run Killer
Y
51-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
hit and run driver trapped by two detectives, Jack Webb and Ben Romero.

51-11-08 Evening Independent
Radio Tonight
NBC
9 Dragnet. "
Hit and Run."

51-11-08 Nothwest Arkansas Times
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Hit and Run."

51-11-08 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Hit and Run."

51-11-08 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A speeding delivery truck strikes down two people and a long and difficult search for the driver follows. (KVOA)

51-11-15
127
The Big Bungalow
Y
51-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-11-15 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A "stakeout" pays off for Sgts. Joe Friday and Ben Romero in an assignment with "burglary detail." (KVOA)

51-11-22
128
The Big Hands
Y
51-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): actual police case.

51-11-29
129
The Big Affair
Y
51-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): true police story.

51-12-06
130
The Big Canaries
Y
51-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

51-12-13
131
The Big Overtime
Y
51-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): true police drama with Jack Webb.

51-12-13 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A jail break sets off a man hunt of huge proportions. (KVOA)

51-12-20
132
A .22 Rifle For Christmas
Y
[ Christmas program]

51-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): "
22 Rifle for Christmas," story of danger in giving firearms as presents.

51-12-20 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet. For the third year this program tells the tragic story of
a ".22 Rifle for Christmas." (KVOA)

51-12-27
133
The Big Sorrow
Y
51-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough in cases from the Los Angeles police files.

51-12-27 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Program will be dedicated to Barton Yarborough--Sgt. Ben Romero on the show--who died last week, and Jack Webb will pay a personal tribute at the end of the show. (KVOA)

52-01-03
134
Dope Ring
The Big Red Part 1
Y
52-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detective cracks narcotics ring.

52-01-03 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Tonight brings the first of a two-part program in which the police attempt to crack a dope ring. (KVOA)

52-01-10
135
Dope Ring Capture
The Big Red Part 2
Y
52-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detective smashes narcotics ring.

52-01-10 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Dope Ring Capture."

52-01-10 The Daily Republic
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Dope Ring Capture."

52-01-17
136
Juvenile Gangsters
The Big Juvenile Division
Y
52-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives stop juvenile gang war.

52-01-17 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet. A juvenile gang war gives the police department a bad time. (KVOA)

52-01-17 Fresno Bee
KMJ
9:00 PM . . .
JACK WEBB, as Sgt. Joe Friday, tracks down an outbreak of juvenile gang wars on tonight's DRAGNET show.

52-01-17 Ludington Daily News
NBC
9--Dragnet "
Juvenile Gangsters"

52-01-17 Escanaba Daily Press
NBC
8--Dragnet "
Juvenile Gangsters"

52-01-10 The Daily Republic
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Juvenile Gangsters"

52-01-24
137
Cafe Killer
The Big Court
Y
52-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives find new suspect in murder case.

52-01-24 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A true picture of courtroom procedures in a murder trial is presented along with a new suspect. (KVOA)

52-01-24 The Daily Republic
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Cafe Killer"

52-01-24 Escanaba Daily Press
NBC
8--Dragnet "
Cafe Killer"

52-01-24 Ludington Daily News
NBC
9--Dragnet "
Cafe Killer"

52-01-24 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Cafe Killer"

52-01-31
138
The Big Almost No-Show
Y
52-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in true police case.

52-02-07
139
Romantic Swindler
The Big Honeymoon
Y
52-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives trail romantic swindler.

52-02-07 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Another true story from police files dealing with "con" men and their nasty tricks. (KVOA)

52-01-24 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet. "
Romantic Swindler"

52-01-24 The Bismarck Tribune
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Romantic Swindler"

52-02-14
140
The Big Phone Call
Y
52-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): true police story.

52-02-14 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A near fool-proof jewel theft takes nine months to solve. (KVOA)

52-02-14 Fresno Bee
KMJ
9:00 PM . . .
A near fool-proof jewel theft is committed and Detective Sgts. Friday and Jacobs are assigned to the case of DRAGNET.

52-02-21
141
Picture Seller
The Big Producer
Y
52-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
rounding up indecent-picture ring.

52-02-21 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
The police tell in detail about the long search necessar to nab distributors of pornographic pictures in schools. (KVOA)

52-02-21 The Daily Republic
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Picture Seller"

52-02-21 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet drama "
Picture Seller"

52-02-28
142
The Big Plant
Y
52-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-03-06
143
The Big Evans
Y
52-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in true police story.

52-03-06 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A question of possible police brutality is investigated and solved by the police. (KVOA)

52-03-13
144
The Big Fire
Y
52-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in true police story.

52-03-20
145
The Big Border
Y
52-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-03-27
146
The Big Rose
Y
52-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in Los Angeles police case.

52-04-03
147
The Big Streetcar
Y
52-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in true police story.

52-04-03 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
The police are called upon to use all their skill to locate a woman who shot her husband. (KVOA)

52-04-03 Fresno Bee
KMJ
9:00 PM . . .
Sgts. Friday and Jacobs set a DRAGNET for a woman that shot her husband--another factual story from police files.

52-04-10
148
The Big Show
Y
52-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
52-04-17
149
The Big Bunco
Y
52-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-04-17 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
An experienced "con" man leads the officers on a merry chase for a long time. (KVOA)

52-04-24
150
Double Guilt
The Big Elevator
Y
52-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-04-24 The Express
NBC
9, Dragnet drama "
Double Guilt"

52-04-24 Ludington Daily News
NBC
9--Dragnet "
Double Guilt"

52-01-24 The Bismarck Tribune
NBC
8, Dragnet. "
Double Guilt"

52-04-24 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A dead body is left in a hospital elevator and the Los Angeles police force goes to work on the mystery. (KVOA)

52-05-01
151
The Big Safe
Y
52-05-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

52-05-01 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Safe robberies plague the Los Angeles police and finally the case is cracked on a slight lead. (KVOA)

52-05-08
152
The Big Gamble
Y
52-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in Los Angeles police story.

52-05-08 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A gambling ring sets up operations in Los Angeles and the guilty ones are finally captured. (KVOA)

52-05-15
153
The Big Mail
Y
52-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-05-15 Fresno Bee
KMJ
9:00 PM . . .
A United States mail truck is held p and robbed and Sgt. Friday of robbery detail takes the assignment on DRAGNET.

52-05-22
154
The Big Shakedown
Y
52-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
Sgt. Joe Friday investigates case of police officer suspected of extortion, with his victim a bookmaker.

52-05-22 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
An extortion racket that threatens to involve a member of the police department is solved by Joe Friday and his pal. (KVOA)

52-05-29
155
Child Stealing
The Big Fourth
Y
52-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
when an eight-month-old baby is stolen from its mother, the third case of child-stealing reported in less than three weeks, Detective Sgt. Joe Friday is assigned to the case.

52-05-29 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Det. Sgt. Joe Friday is assigned to a case of child stealing and solves it. (KVOA)

52-06-05
156
The Big Whiff
Y
52-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-06-05 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Joe Friday has a hard time identifying a body found in a vacant lot, but a missing necklace provides the real clue. (KVOA)

52-06-12
157
The Big Donation
Y
52-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-06-12 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A team of confidence men give the police department a bad time. (KVOA)

52-06-19
158
The Big Jules
Y
52-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-06-19 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
The narcotics traffic is investigated. (KVOA)

52-06-26
159
Trap for A Kidnapper
The Big Roll
Y
52-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-06-26 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A kidnapping case with no clues is handed to Joe Friday for solving. (KVOA)

52-07-03
160
The Big Trio
Y
52-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
sudden death on the highways and streets.

52-07-03 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
One of the most extraordinary warnings to motorists ever dramatized will be offered this Fourth of July Eve. (KVOA)

52-07-10
Title Unknown
N
52-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Republican Convention

52-07-10 Evening Independent
Radio Tonight
WTAM
9:00 Dragnet


52-07-10 The Daily Republican
9:00 P.M.
KDKA, Dragnet


52-07-10 The Vidette Messenger
8:00 P.M. --
WMAQ--Dragnet


52-07-10 The Portsmouth Herald
WBZ
9:00 Dragnet


52-07-10 The Daily Mail
NBC--9 Dragnet


52-07-10 The Indiana Gazette
9:00 P.M.
KDKA, Dragnet


52-07-17
161
The Big Hate
Y
52-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-07-17 Fresno Bee
KMJ
9:00 PM . . . Two Armed bandits hold up a restaurant and Sgt. Joe Friday is assigned to robbery detail on tonight's DRAGNET thriller.

52-07-24
Title Unknown
N
[ Probable Preemption due to Democratic Party Convention Coverage in most major outlets]

52-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Democratic Convention

52-07-24 Santa Cruz Sentinel
9:00 to 9:30
KNBC Dragnet


52-07-24 The Daily Plainsman
NBC
8, Dragnet
Police Drama

52-07-31
162
The Big Signet
Y
52-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Jack Webb in true police story.

52-08-07
163
The Big Impression
Y
52-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
52-08-14
164
The Big Drive
Y
52-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
52-08-21
165
The Big Paper
Y
52-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-08-21 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
A forger with stolen checks gives the police a bad time before he is corener in a supermarket. (KVOA)

52-08-28
166
The Big Test
Y
52-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
52-09-04
167
The Big Ray
Y
52-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
52-09-11
168
The Big Tear
Y
52-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet

52-09-11 Tucson Daily Citizen
7--Dragnet.
Story of a police search for a vicious gang leader. (KVOA)

52-09-14
169
The Big Bull

time change today DRAGNET Sundays at 6:30 KMJ dial 580

Y
[ Moves to Sundays at the half-hour]

52-09-11 Tucson Daily Citizen
PICKS FOR TOMORROW
7:30--Dragnet.
This award-winning show starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday moves to a new day and new time. (KVOA)

52-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--
"Dragnet" changes day--WIBA.

52-09-21
170
The Big Shot
Y
52-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
52-09-28
171
Automobile Crime
The Big Brain
Y
52-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

52-09-28 Panama City News
NBC--8:30 Dragnet "
Automobile Crime"

52-10-05
172
The Big Jolt
Y
52-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

52-10-05 Independent Press-Telegram
More chill when Sgt. Joe Friday investigates a near high school riot on "Dragnet' at 6:30 (KFI)

52-10-12
173
The Big Lie
Y
52-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
mother claims son has been slain.

52-10-19
174
Hangover Cure
The Big Pill
Y
52-10-18 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . Sgt. Friday investigates a navy intelligence report that two marines have been poisoned on the "Dragnet" drama, heard on NBC at 6:30.

52-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
man poisons two Marines.

52-10-18 Bismarck Tribune
Sunday, Other--NBC:
8:30 -- Dragnet, "
Hangover Cure"

52-10-19 Evening Independent
NBC:
9:30 -- Dragnet, "
Hangover Cure"

52-10-26
175
The Big Number
Y
52-10-25 Bakersflield Californian
NOTHING TO GO ON
"My name is Friday . . . Sgt. Friday from . . ." identifies radio's number one whodunit show . . . DRAGNET. Tonight Jack Webb in the voice and garb of
Sgt. Friday tackles the "unsolvable" problem of bagging some unauthorized bank-withdrawal experts who cleverly vanish, leaving no witnesses behind. Sgt. Friday cracks this case . . . but to find out, listen to DRAGNET tomorrow at 6:30 on KERO.

52-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
a smooth bank robbery.

52-11-02
176
Movie Studio Death
The Big Light
Y
52-11-01 The Bismarck Tribune
Sunday other:
NBC--8:30 Dragnet "
Movie Studio Death"

52-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
death strikes in a movie studio.

52-11-09
177
Romantic Triangle
The Big Dive
Y
52-11-08 Bismarck Tribune
Sunday, Other--NBC:
8:30 -- Dragnet, "
Romantic Triangle"

52-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

52-11-09 The Fresno Bee
KMJ
6:30 P. M.
Sgt. Joe Friday is confronted with a woman's unidentified body and an unknown killer on tonight's authentic DRAGNET.

52-11-16
178
The Big Walk
Y
52-11-15 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . Assigned to narcotices detail, Sergt. Joe Friday learns that an organized gang has been selling high-grade heroin to anyone with the price on "Dragnet" heard on KNBC at 6:30.

52-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
fighting dope peddlers.

52-11-23
179
Necktie Strangler
The Big Guilt
Y
52-11-22 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . Sergt. Friday is assigned to pursue the killer of a man who has been robbed and strangled with his own necktie on "Dragnet" on KNBC at 6:30.

52-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives set trap for strangler.

52-11-30
180
The Big Shirt
Y
52-11-29 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . A pawn shop owner is found beaten and Joe Friday and his partner unravel the crime on "Dragnet" on KNBC at 6:30.

52-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives trail pawnbroker's slayer.

52-12-07
181
The Big Mole
Y
52-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

52-12-14
182
Narcotics
The Big Eavesdrop
Y
2-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
narcotics search brings murder clue.

52-12-13 The Blizzard
Sunday other:
NBC--9:30 Dragnet "
Narcotics"

52-12-21
183
A .22 Rifle For Christmas
.22 Rifle For Christmas
Y
52-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
"22 Rifle for Christmas."

52-12-21 The Fresno Bee
KMJ
6:30 P. M.
The famous police story, "
A .22 Rifle for Christmas," marks its fourth annual broadcast on the award-winning DRAGNET series.

52-12-28
184
The Black Mask Part 1
The Big Mask Part 1

Y
52-12-27 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . Working for the robbery detail, Detective Sgt. Joe Friday is assigned to investigate a series of holdups in which all the victims are managers of large markets on "Dragnet" on KNBC at 6:30.

52-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-01-04
185
The Black Mask Part 2
The Big Mask Part 2

Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-01-11
186
The Big Small
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-01-18
187
The Big String
Kidnappers Trapped
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
kidnap victim helps find captors.

53-01-25
188
Lay-Out
The Big Lay-Out
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): police trap man selling heroin to teen-agers.

53-02-01
189
The Big Strip
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-02-08
190
The Big Press
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives nab check-passer.

53-02-15
191
The Big Tooth
Y
53-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): woman reports mother's disappearance.

53-02-22
192
The Big Smoke
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-03-01
193
The Big Want
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-03-08
194
The Big Laugh
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-03-15
195
The Big Impossible
Y
[Date verified by original script; script was originally prepared for 53-03-08 as per script annotations]

53-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-03-22
196
The Big Informant
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
wrist watch starts trail to burglars.

53-03-22 The Fresno Bee
KMJ
6:30 PM
A wristwatch is the clue that enables JACK WEBB, as Sgt. Joe Friday, to capture a gang of burglars on DRAGNET.

53-03-29
197
The Big Dream
Y
53-03-28 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . Sgt Friday goes in search of a 70-year-old man who is believed to have robbed a large market on "Dragnet" on KNBC at 6:30.

53-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-04-05
198
The Big Chet
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-04-04 The Times (San Mateo)
SUNDAY
. . . A pair of holdup men stage 11 robberies in jeewelry stores and supermarkets before they are captured on "Dragnet" on KNBC at 6:30.

53-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-04-12
199
The Big Compulsion
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-04-19
200
The Big Rip
Y
53-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-04-26
201
The Big Scrapbook
Y
53-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-05-03
202
The Big Carney
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): on trail of jewel thieves.

53-05-10
203
The Big Joke
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): police prevent killing.

53-05-17
204
The Big False Make
The Big False Move
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): victim identifies robber, but police aren't satisfied.

53-05-24
205
The Big Narco Part 1
The Big Gun Part 1
Y
[Date verified by original script; Title and Espisode number annotated as "TBA']

53-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-05-31
206
The Big Narco Part 2
The Big Gun Part 2
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): detective trails narcotics peddlers to Mexico.

53-06-07
207
The Big Will
Y
53-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet

53-06-14
208
Lilly
The Big Lilly
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dragnet
53-06-21
209
The Big Revolt
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
a phony case of amnesia.

53-06-28
210
The Big Ham
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
foul play disguised as suicide.

53-07-05
--
--
53-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Confession





53-08-25
--
--
53-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Baron and the Bee

53-09-01
211
The Big Bop
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): starting new season; Jack Webb, as Sgt. Joe Friday,
tracks down disguised thief.

53-09-08
212
The Big Lift
Y
53-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-09-15
213
The Big Cab
Y
53-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): wave of holdups leaves no clues.

53-09-22
214
The Big Slip
Y
53-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): cashier's check is only clue in car theft.

53-09-29
215
The Big Try
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-10-06
216
The Big Little Mother
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-10-13
217
The Big Plea
Y
53-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-10-20
218
The Big Paint
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-10-27
219
The Big Fraud
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-11-03
220
The Big Rain
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): two men suspected in beating case.
53-11-10
221
The Big Kid
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): Friday assigned to burglary detail to trap organized gang thieves with clever operation.
53-11-17
222
The Big Flight
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-11-24
223
The Big Present
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-12-01
224
The Big Odd
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
hijackers steal 14 loaded trucks.

53-12-08
225
The Big Pick
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-12-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-12-15
226
The Big Brink
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
53-12-22
227
The Big Little Jesus
Y
[Christmas Program; Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
Jack Webb in new Christmas story of world where police wouldn't have to show their badges.

53-12-29
228
The Big Steal
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

53-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-01-05
229
The Big Listen
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-01-12
230
The Big Switch
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-01-19
231
The Big Bill
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-01-26
232
The Big Bid
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-02-02
233
The Big Filth
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-02-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-02-09
234
The Big Broad
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
liquor store robberies.
54-02-16
235
The Big Sucker
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
"refugee" offers smuggled diamonds for sale.
54-02-23
236
The Big Pipe
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-03-02
237
The Big T.V.
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-03-09
238
The Big Cup
Y
[ Announces Jack Webb on the cover of Time Magazine]

54-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-03-16
239
Rod
The Big Rod
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-03-23
240
The Big Mustache
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA): super-market holdup.
54-03-30
241
The Big Confession
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-04-06
242
The Big Saw
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

4-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
on trail of masked bank bandits.
54-04-13
243
The Big Note
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-04-20
244
The Big Net
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dragnet (WIBA):
detectives seek answer to wave of robberies and assaults.
54-04-27
245
The Big Lift
Y
[Announces Cosmopolitan Magazine spread on Jack Webb and Dragnet; Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-05-04
246
The Big Stop
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-05-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-05-11
247
The Big Look
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-05-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-05-18
248
The Big Help
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-05-25
249
The Big Watch
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-06-01
250
The Big Cowboy
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dragnet
54-06-08
251
The Big Student
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-06-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-06-15
252
The Big Cat
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-06-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-06-22
253
The Big Customer
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-06-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-06-29
254
The Big Chick
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-06-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-07-06
255
The Big Search
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-07-06 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-07-13
256
Rescue
The Big Rescue
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-07-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-07-20
257
The Big Heel
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-07-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-07-27
258
The Big Match
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-07-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-08-03
259
The Big Stand
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-08-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-08-10
260
The Big Wish
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-08-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-08-17
261
The Big Cad
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-08-17 Chicago Daily Tribune - 8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-08-24
262
The Big Shock
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-08-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-08-31
263
The Big Office
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-08-31 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-09-07
264
The Big Trunk
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-09-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-09-14
265
The Big Cut
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-09-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-09-21
266
The Big Try
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-09-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-09-28
267
The Big Bible
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-09-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-10-05
268
The Big Handsome Bandit
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-10-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-10-12
269
The Big Tar Baby
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-10-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-10-19
270
The Big Mannequin
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-10-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-10-26
271
The Big Key
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-10-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-11-02
272
The Big Locker
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-11-02 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet

54-11-02 New York Times
8:30-9--Dragnet: "
The Big Locker," with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander--On hte trail of stolen jewelry--WRCA.
54-11-09
273
The Big Coin
The Big Coins
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-11-09 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-11-16
274
The Big Dog
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-11-16 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30--DRAGNET:
Jack Webb in drama based on actual police case WRCA

54-11-23
275
The Big Switch
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-11-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-11-30
276
The Big Gone
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-11-30 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-12-07
277
The Big Dig
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-12-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-12-14
278
The Big Lens
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-12-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-12-21
279
The Big Little Jesus
Y
[Christmas Program; Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-12-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
54-12-28
280
The Big Underground
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

54-12-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-01-04
281
The Big Mug
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-01-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-01-11
282
The Big Complex
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-01-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-01-18
283
The Big Token
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-01-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-01-25
284
The Little Bounce
The Big Bounce
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-01-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-02-01
285
The Big Bird
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-02-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-02-08
286
The Big Gap
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-02-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-02-15
287
The Big Hat
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script; Close announces National Crime Prevention Week]

55-02-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-02-22
288
The Big Slug
Y
[Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-02-22 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30--DRAGNET: Jack Webb in drama based on actual police case WRCA

55-03-01
289
The Big Set Up
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-03-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-03-08
290
The Big Father
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-03-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-03-15
291
The Big Set
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-03-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-03-22
292
The Big Talk
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-03-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-03-29
293
The Big Death
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-03-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-04-05
294
The Big Tooth
The Big No Tooth
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-04-05 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30--DRAGNET: Jack Webb in drama based on actual police case WRCA
55-04-12
295
The Big Tie
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-04-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-04-19
296
The Big Deal
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-04-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-04-26
297
The Big Child
Y
55-04-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet

55-05-03
298
The Big Mama
The Big Momma
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-05-10
299
The Big Revision
Y
[Title, Episode No. verified by original script]

55-05-10 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-05-17
300
The Big Squealer
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-05-24
301
The Big Siege
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-24 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-05-31
302
The Big Sisters
Y
[Title, Episode No. and date verified by original script]

55-05-31 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-06-07
303
The Big Limp
Y
55-06-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-06-14
304
The Big Fall Guy
Y
55-06-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-06-21
305
The Big Grab
Y
55-06-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-06-28
306
The Big Convertible
Y
55-06-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-07-05
307
The Big Rush
Y
55-07-05 New York Times
8:30-9--Dragnet: Stories from Los Angeles police files, with Jack Webb, others--WRCA.

55-07-12
308
The Big Genius
Y
55-07-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-07-19
309
The Big Bobo
Y
55-07-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-07-26
310
The Big Housemaid
Y
55-07-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-08-02
311
The Big Sheet
Y
55-08-02 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-08-09
312
The Big Missus
Y
55-08-09 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-08-16
313
The Big Beer
Y
55-08-16 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-08-23
314
The Big Blonde
Y
55-08-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-08-30
315
The Big Fellow
Y
55-08-30 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-09-06
316
The Big Ruling
Y
55-09-06 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-09-13
317
The Big Daughter
Y
55-09-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-09-20
318
The Big Close
Y
55-09-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-09-27
319
The Big Shot
Y
55-09-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30 no WMAQ listing
55-10-04
320
The Big Brain
Y
55-10-04 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30--DRAGNET: Jack Webb in drama based on actual police case WRCA.

55-10-11
321
The Big Jolt
Y
55-10-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-10-18
322
The Big Lie
Y
55-10-18 New York Times
8:30-9--Dragnet: With Jack Webb, Ben Alexander; a woman reports her son shot.
55-10-25
323
The Big Pill
Y
55-10-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-11-01
324
The Big Number
Y
55-11-01 New York Times
8:30-9--Dragnet: With Jack Webb, Ben Alexander; probing a bank robbery--(WRCA).
55-11-08
325
The Big Light
Y
55-11-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-11-15
326
The Big Dive
Y
55-11-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-11-22
327
The Big Walk
Y
55-11-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-11-29
328
The Big Guilt
Y
55-11-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-12-06
329
The Big Shirt
Y
55-12-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30--DRAGNET: Jack Webb in drama based on actual police case WRCA
55-12-13
330
The Big Mole
Y
55-12-13 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-12-20
331
A .22 Rifle for Christmas
Y
55-12-20 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
55-12-27
332
The Big Mask Part 1
Y
55-12-27 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-01-03
333
The Big Mask Part 2
Y
56-01-03 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-01-10
334
The Big Small
Y
56-01-10 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-01-17
335
The Big String
Y
56-01-17 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-01-24
336
The Big Lay-Out
Y
56-01-24 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-01-31
337
The Big Strip
Y
56-01-31 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-02-07
338
The Big Press
Y
56-02-07 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-02-14
339
The Big Tooth
Y
56-02-14 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-02-21
340
The Big Smoke
Y
56-02-21 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-02-28
341
The Big Want
Y
56-02-28 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-03-06
342
The Big Laugh
Y
56-03-06 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-03-13
343
The Big Impossible
Y
56-03-13 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-03-20
344
A .22 Rifle for Christmas
Y
56-03-20 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-03-27
345
The Big Informant
Y
56-03-27 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:30--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-04-03
346
The Big Dream
Y
56-04-03 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-04-10
347
The Big Chet
Y
56-04-10 New York Times - 8-8:30--Dragnet: With Jack Webb--(WRCA).
56-04-17
348
The Big Compulsion
Y
56-04-17 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-04-24
349
The Big Rip
Y
56-04-24 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-05-01
350
The Big Scrapbook
Y
56-05-01 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-05-08
351
The Big Carney
Y
56-05-08 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-05-15
352
The Big Joke
Y
56-05-15 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-05-22
353
The Big False Move
Y
56-05-22 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-05-29
354
The Big Gun Part 1
Y
56-05-29 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-06-05
355
The Big Gun Part 2
Y
56-06-05 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-06-12
356
The Big Will
Y
56-06-12 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-06-19
357
The Big Lilly
Y
56-06-19 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-06-26
358
The Big Revolt
Y
56-06-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-07-03
--
--
56-07-03 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--X Minus One





56-09-11
--
--
56-09-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--X Minus One
56-09-18
359
The Big Ham
Y
56-09-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-09-18 San DIego Union
Dragnet:
Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Friday as series resumes for fall season. KFSD, 8:30 p.m.

56-09-25
360
The Big Bop
Y
56-09-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-10-02
361
The Big Lift
Y
56-10-02 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-10-09
362
The Big Cab
Y
56-10-09 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-10-09 San DIego Union
Dragnet:
Grocer is beaten with a sawed-off shotgun in drama. Jack Webb plays Sgt. Friday. KFSD, 8:30 p.m.

56-10-16
363
The Big Slip
Y
56-10-16 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-10-16 Oregonian
8:30 P.M. --
Jack Webb in role of Sergeant Friday, gets call from used car lot operator who thinks he had been sold a stolen car, Dragnet, KGW.

56-10-23
364
The Big Flight
Y
56-10-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-10-30
365
The Big Present
Y
56-10-30 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-11-06
366
The Big Odd
Y
56-11-06 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-11-13
367
The Big Pick
Y
56-11-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-11-20
368
The Big Brink
Y
56-11-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-11-27
369
The Big Steal
Y
56-11-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-12-04 The Post-Crescent
WHIZ
AN ORGANIZED
gang of thieves has been looting homes in a well-to-do neighborhood. Sgt Friday and officer Frank Smith are assigned to find them. Listen to DRAGNET as they take the listeners along the step-by-step solution of a dramatized case from the Los Angeles police files tonight at 8 o'clock.

56-12-04
370
The Big Listen
Y
56-12-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-12-04 The Post-Crescent
WHIZ
THREE NATIONALLY
-known gansters suddenly appear in town on NBC Radio's DRAGNET program tonight at 8 o'clock. Sgt Joe Friday and Officer Frank Smith set out to check on the purpose of their visit.

56-12-11
371
The Big Shock
The Big Switch
Y
56-12-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

56-12-11 San Diego Union
Dragnet:
Jack Webb, as Sgt. Joe Friday, solves mystery of unconscious girl, KFSD, 8:30 P.M.

56-12-11 The Ottawa Journal
9.00--Dragnet. "
The Big Shock." Joe and Frank are working out of Burglary Division on a series of tunnel burlaries. In an attempt to obtain information, they make contact with one of the suspects who tells them that his partner is trying to tunnel into a bank.

56-12-11 The Post-Crescent
WHIZ
WHEN
a young girl is found unconscious in a hotel room with all the clues indicating foul play, Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) are ordered to apprehend the guilty party. You won't want to miss this baflling missing-person case tonight on DRAGNET at 8.

56-12-18
372
The Big Bill
Y
56-12-18 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
56-12-25
373
The Big Little Jesus
Y
56-12-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet
57-01-01
374
The Big Bid
Y
57-01-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

57-01-01 San Diego Union
Dragnet:
Joe Friday investigates $12,000 clothing store burglary, KFSD, 8:30 P.M.

57-01-08
375
The Big Filth
Y
57-01-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

57-01-15
376
The Big Broad
Y
57-01-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--Dragnet

57-01-15 San Diego Union
Dragnet:
Two dangerous thieves are tracked down by Joe Friday and Frank Smith, KFSD, 8:30 P.M.

57-01-22
377
The Big Sucker
Y
57-01-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-01-29
378
The Big Pipe
Y
57-01-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-02-05
379
The Big TV
Y
57-02-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-02-12
380
The Big Cup
Y
57-02-12 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-02-19
381
The Big Rod
Y
57-02-19 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-02-26
382
The Big Mustache
Y
57-02-26 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-03-05
383
Title Unknown
Y
57-03-05 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet
57-03-12
384
The Big Genius
Y
57-03-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--WMAQ--News; Dragnet

57-03-12 Ottawa Journal
9.00--Dragnet. Title is "
Big Genius".

57-03-19
--
--
57-03-19 Chicago Daily Tribune - 7:00--WMAQ--News; Great Gildersleeve





AFRS END-133 'Dragnet' Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-07-28
Christmas Program
N
50-04-27 The Big Job
N
52-10-05 The Big Jolt
N
52-10-16 The Big Pill
N
52-10-26 The Big Number
N
52-11-02 The Big Light
N
52-11-09 The Big Dive
N
52-11-16 The Big Walk
N
53-01-04 The Black Mask Part 2
N
53-01-11 The Big Small
N
53-01-18 The Big Sting
N
53-02-01 The Big Strip
N
53-02-08 The Big Press
N
53-02-15 The Big Tooth
N
53-02-22 The Big Smoke
N
53-03-01 The Big Want
N
53-03-08 The Big Laugh
N
53-03-22 The Big Informant
N
53-03-29 The Big Dream
N
53-04-12 The Big Compulsion
N
53-04-19 The Big Rip
N
53-05-03 The Big Carney
N
53-05-10 The Big Joke
N
53-05-17 The Big False Make
N
53-05-24 The Big Gun Part 1
N
53-05-31 The Big Gun Part 2
N
53-06-07 The Big Will
N
53-06-14 The Big Lilly
N
53-06-21 The Big Revolt
N
53-06-28 The Big Ham
N
53-11-10 The Big Kid
N
53-11-17 The Big Fight
N
53-11-24 The Big Present
N
53-12-01 The Big Odd
N
53-12-15 The Big Brink
N
53-12-22 The Big Little Jesus
N
53-12-29 The Big Steal
N
54-01-05 The Big Listen
N
54-01-12 The Big Switch
N
54-01-19 The Big Bill
N
54-01-26 The Big Bid
N
54-02-02 The Big Fifth
N
54-02-09 The Big Broad
N
54-02-16 The Big Sucker
N
54-02-23 The Big Pipe
N
54-03-02 The Big TV
N
54-03-09 The Big Cup
N
54-03-16 The Big Rod
N
54-03-23 The Big Moustache
N
54-03-30 The Big Confession
N
54-04-06 The Big Saw
N
54-04-13 The Big Note
N
54-04-20 The Big Net
N
54-04-27 The Big Lift
N
54-05-04 The Big Stop
N
54-05-11 The Big Look
N
54-05-18 The Big Help
N
54-05-25 The Big Watch
N
54-06-01 The Big Cowboy
N
54-06-08 The Big Student
N
54-06-15 The Big Cat
N
54-06-22 The Big Customer
N
54-06-29 The Big Chick
N
54-07-06 The Big Search
N
54-07-13 The Big Rescue
N
54-07-20 The Big Heel
N
54-07-27 The Big Match
N
54-08-03 The Big Stand
N
54-08-10 The Big Wish
N
54-08-17 The Big Cad
N
54-08-24 The Big Shock
N
54-08-31 The Big Office
N
54-09-07 The Big Trunk
N
54-09-14 The Big Cut
N
54-09-21 The Big Try
N
54-09-28 The Big Bible
N
54-10-05 The Big Handsome Bandit
N
54-10-12 The Big Tar Baby
N
54-10-19 The Big Mannequin
N
54-10-26 The Big Key
N
54-11-02 The Big Locker
N
54-11-16 The Big Dog
N
54-11-23 The Big Switch
N
54-11-30 The Big Gone
N
54-12-07 The Big Dig
N
54-12-14 The Big Lens
N
54-12-28 The Big Underground
N
55-01-04 The Big Mug
N
55-01-11 The Big Complex
N
55-01-18 The Big Token
N
55-01-25 The Big Bounce
N
55-02-01 The Big Bird
N
55-02-08 The Big Gap
N
55-02-15 The Big Hat
N
55-02-22 The Big Slug
N
55-03-01 The Big Set-Up
N
55-03-08 The Big Father
N
55-03-15 The Big Set
N
55-03-22 The Big Talk
N
55-03-29 The Big Death
N
55-04-05 The Big No Tooth
N
55-04-12 The Big Tie
N
55-04-19 The Big Deal
N
55-04-26 The Big Child
N
55-05-03 The Big Momma
N
55-05-10 The Big Revision
N
55-05-17 The Big Squealer
N
55-05-24 The Big Siege
N
55-05-31 The Big Sisters
N
55-06-07 The Big Limp
N
55-06-14 The Big Fall Guy
N
55-06-21 The Big Grab
N
55-06-28 The Big Convertible
N
55-07-05 The Big Rush
N
55-07-12 The Big Genius
N
55-07-19 The Big Bobo
N
55-07-26 The Big Housemaid
N
55-08-02 The Big Sheet
N
55-08-09 The Big Missus
N
55-08-16 The Big Beer
N
55-08-23 The Big Blonde
N
55-08-30 The Big Fellow
N
55-09-06 The Big Ruling
N
55-09-13 The Big Daughter
N
55-09-20 The Big Close
N






Dragnet Radio Program Biographies




John Randolph 'Jack' Webb
(
Det. Sgt. Joe Friday / Producer)
Radio, Stage, Screen and Television Actor, Radio Disc Jockey, Recording Artist, Producer, Director, and Writer
(1920-1982)

Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA

Education: Belmont High School, Los Angeles, CA

Radiography:
1945 The Little Man Inside
1946 One Out of Seven
1946 The Jack Webb Show
1946 Music for the Family
1946 Spotlight Playhouse
1946 Are These Our Children?
1947 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1947 Johnny Madero, Pier 23
1947 Suspense
1948 Murder and Mr Malone
1948 Escape
1948 The Whistler
1948 Ellery Queen
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 Errand of Mercy
1948 Guest Star
1948 The Anacin Hollywood Star Theatre
1949 Three For Adventure
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Dragnet
1949 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1950 Family Theatre
1950 Night Beat
1950 The Story of Dr Kildare
1951 Pete Kelly's Blues
1951 Errand of Mercy
1953 The Martin and Lewis Show
1953 The Bob Hope Show
1957 Noah's Ark (TV)
1959 Hollywood Salutes the National Guard
1963 Weekend Sound Flights
1969 The Charlie Greer Show
1969 Special Delivery: Vietnam
Three For Adventure

Mark VII, Limited Productions:

Mark VII Logo, 1953

1951-1959 Dragnet
1956-1957 Noah's Ark
1959 The D.A.'s Man
1959 Pete Kelly's Blues
1962-1963 General Electric 'TRUE'
1967-1970 Dragnet
1968-1975 Adam-12
1971-1972 The D.A.
1971-1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
1972-1979 Emergency!
1972-1974 Hec Ramsey
1973 Escape
1973-1974 Chase
1974 Sierra
1975 Mobile One
1978-1979 Project UFO


August 16, 1951 Article on Jack Webb's Work Ethic
August 16, 1951 Article on Jack Webb's Work Ethic


Jack Webb ca. 1955
Jack Webb ca. 1955

Jack Webb (lower right) at Belmont High School ca. 1938
Jack Webb (lower right) at Belmont High School ca. 1938

Jack Webb ca. 1948
Jack Webb ca. 1948

Jack Webb as Joe Friday, ca. 1951
Jack Webb as Joe Friday ca. 1951

Jack Webb, providing direction to Ella Fitzgerald, ca 1954
Jack Webb, providing direction to Ella Fitzgerald, ca 1954

Jack Webb and first wife famed Jazz songstress, Julie London ca 1955
Jack Webb and first wife famed Jazz songstress, Julie London ca 1955

Jack Webb at home with his first daughter, Stacey ca. 1953
Jack Webb at home with his first daughter, Stacey ca. 1953

Jack Webb, reading a script on set, ca 1953
Jack Webb, reading a script on set, ca. 1953

Webb, with Peggy Lee and George Jessel at 1953 Cerebral Palsy Fund Raiser
Webb, with Peggy Lee and George Jessel at 1953 Cerebral Palsy Fund Raiser

Ben Alexander and Jack Webb confer in the Radio studio for Dragnet, ca. 1953

Ben Alexander and Jack Webb confer in the Radio studio for Dragnet, ca. 1953

Jack Webb, resting on a lighting board for the production set of Pete Kelly's Blues, ca. 1955
Jack Webb, resting on a lighting board for the production set of Pete Kelly's Blues, ca. 1955

Jack Webb, ca. 1965
Jack Webb, ca. 1965
Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1920, Jack Webb's father had already left home before his birth and Jack Webb would never know him. John Randolph Webb was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother amidst the poverty immediately preceding the Great Depression.

To make matters worse, Webb suffered from acute asthma from the age of six until his death, despite a cigarette intake that often reached three packs a day throughout his adulthood. Even as a young man, Jack Webb's great passion was movies, and he dreamed of one day directing them. His other passion--Jazz, was the gift of an ex-jazz performer who lived in Webb's Bunker Hill, L.A. apartment building. He gave Webb an LP of the legendary Bix Beiderbecke, the first of over 6,000 jazz recordings Jack Webb would collect over his lifetime.

Jack Webb served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a crewmember of a B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War II. Upon receiving his discharge, he relocated to San Francisco, working first as a late night disc jockey, then starring in his own radio shows, The Jack Webb Show (1946), a half-hour comedy that aired on the West Coast over ABC Radio.

His first acting roles in Radio were in San Francisco-based Monte Masters' Spotlight Playhouse (1946) performing with Masters' wife Natalie Park (later of Candy Matson fame), 1947's The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, and his own Johnny Madero, Pier 23. He would later spin off his Johnny Madero character into Pat Novak for Hire and Jeff Regan, Detective before he refined his crime drama sights to the more realistic and subdued Joe Friday character in Dragnet. Most notable--and personal--of his early projects was One Out of Seven (1946) in which Webb performed all the voices, attacking many social ills of the era, including race prejudice, corrupt politicians, and Red-baiting.

Jack Webb had an extraordinary ear for the 'throwaway line' most often associated with the work of Raymond Chandler. But it was Webb's genius for drolly and cynically delivering those Chandleresque lines, that made every radio program he recorded during that era some of the most often revisited recordings among Golden Age Radio collectors. Nevermind the fact that he was bouncing those memorable, hard-boiled retorts off of the likes of Raymond Burr, William Conrad, Wilms Herbert, Tudor Owen, Herb Butterfield--and yes, even the famous Carlisle Bibbers. Webb's influence continued throughout most of the radio noir genre detective and crime dramas that followed, even though Webb's own Joe Friday character never uttered a Chandleresque line himself during any of the iterations of Dragnet that followed.

Indeed it was a small role as a crime lab technician in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948) that led him to the creation of "Dragnet." Dragnet first aired over NBC radio on June 3, 1949, and moved to TV ("Dragnet" (1951)) on December 16, 1951, where it ran until September 1959. Webb also appeared in the famous Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard (1950) as William Holden's energetic best friend. But it was the influence of the gritty, hyper-realistic He Walked By Night, that linked Webb to Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn of the Los Angeles Police Department. Wynn was a technical consultant for He Walked By Night, and with Wynn's assistance--and entre to legendary LAPD Chief William H. Parker--that Webb mapped out the pains-taking, hyper-realistic model for Dragnet.

Dragnet's ground-breaking influence was being felt in both Radio and Television. Webb's star continued rising fast, and the 1950s saw him become a film director, directing (and starring in) five features: Dragnet (1954), Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), The D.I. (1957), -30- (1959), and The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961). Webb's famous--or infamous--attention to the minutest details made him a natural behind the camera, but his last two directorial outings were box office flops.

Jack Webb's personal life was also arcing from the mid-1940s through the 1950s. He met and married beautiful Jazz songstress and actress Julie London, in 1947. The couple had two daughters, Stacey (1950) and Alisa (1952) and Webb was a doting father, albeit greatly compromised for quality time throughout what came to be the most active and demanding years of his professional life.

The compromises inevitably took their toll, and the couple divorced in 1953. Webb would marry three more times during his life; to Dorothy Towne (2 years), Jackie Loughery (6 years), and Opal Wright (2 years). After his divorce from Jackie Loughery in 1964, Webb would remain single until he married Opal Wright in 1980, just two years before his sudden heart attack just before Christmas of 1982.

Webb's return to Television in 1962 led to his appointment as Head of Production for Warner Bros. Television in February 1963. Webb had taken over from William T. Orr as executive producer of the hit ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip (1958). Webb demanded wholesale changes in the program, retaining only Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in the role of Stuart Bailey from the previous rotating ensemble cast of Zimbalist, Ed Byrnes, Roger Smith, Louis Quinn, Jaqueline Beer, and Richard Long. The result was a predictable disaster. Its ratings plummeted, and Warner Bros. canceled the Webb-helmed series midway into its sixth season. Apart from the poor box office showing of Webb's two previous films, Webb's reputation as one of Hollywood's wunderkind had continued to rise. The loss of his position with Warner Bros. was the first significant stumble of Webb's career

Following two years of unemployment--and reflection, Universal Studios invited Webb to do a new Dragnet as a TV movie. The result so pleased NBC and Universal that they offered Webb a new Dragnet series--Dragnet 1967. The new, updated series was an almost instant hit, and Dragnet 1967 ran for three seasons, followed by over ten years in syndication. Webb leveraged Dragnet 1967's success into a second hit, Adam-12 (1968), which gave both Jack Webb and his Mark VII, Limited production company a new lease on life. Webb's success developing new television programs with Mark VII continued through the 1970s, right up until the time of his unexpected passing in 1982. Webb's daughter Stacy tragically died in an automobile accident in 1996.

Jack Webb was a tireless champion of both social justice and the peace officers he so respected throughout his adult life. Jack Webb's mark in Radio influenced hundreds of other productions throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His influence on Television is felt to this day.

But for his Radio fans, his body of work--and its far-reaching influence--carries on, generation after generation through the magic of The Golden Age of Radio and the wonderful recordings we've managed to preserve from the era.

Rest In Peace, Detective Sergeant Friday




William Barton Yarborough
(Det. Sgt. Ben Romero)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor; Playwright
(1900-1951)

Birthplace: Goldthwaite, Texas, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1932 One Man's Family
1935 Unsolved Mysteries
1939 I Love A Mystery
1939 The Chase and Sasnborn Hour
1941 One Man's Family
1944 Adventures By Morse
1944 Radio Almanac
1944 The Human Adventure
1944 The Life Of Riley
1944 Attorney For the Defense
1945 Words At War
1945 Cavalcade Of America
1946 Hawk Larabee
1947 Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1947 Escape
1948 In Your Name
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 Decision Now!
1948 I Love Adventure
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 Family Theatre
1948 The Eddie Cantor Pabst Blue Ribbon Show
1948 Errand Of Mercy
1948 Guest Star
1949 Three For Adventure
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Let George Do It
1949 Today's Children
1949 Dragnet
1949 Broadway Is My Beat
1950 Frontier Town
1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Hopalong Cassidy
1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1950 One Man's Family
1950 Adventure Is Your Heritage
1950 Suspense
1951 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1951 The Line-Up
1951 Lux Radio Theatre
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 Melody Ranch
1951 Meet Millie
1951 Bold Venture
1951 The Halls Of Ivy
1952 I Was A Communist For the FBI
The Black Ghost
Hashknife Hartley and Sleepy Stevens
The Cisco Kid
Obsession
Three For Adventure
The Capture Of Lizzie Stone

Barton Yarborough circa 1944
Barton Yarborough circa 1944


Barton Yarborough was a member of the famed Eva Le Gallienne Company
Barton Yarborough was a member of the famed Eva Le Gallienne Company.


Barton Yarborough as Doc Long with Jim Bannon as Jack Packard in I Love A Mystery
Barton Yarborough as Doc Long with Jim Bannon as Jack Packard in I Love A Mystery (1945)


News clipping for I Love A Mystery from April 2 1943
News clipping for I Love A Mystery from April 2 1943


Barton Yarborough was briefly married to beautiful Stage, Screen, Radio and Television actress Barbara Jo Allen, better remembered in Radio as Vera Vague.
Barton Yarborough was briefly married to beautiful Stage, Screen, Radio and Television actress Barbara Jo Allen, better remembered in Radio as Vera Vague.


'Doc', Reggie and Jack camp it up for publicity still for I Love A Mystery
'Doc', Reggie and Jack camp it up for publicity still for I Love A Mystery


Michael Raffetto as Paul Barbour in One Man's Family
Barton Yarborough as Detective Sergeant Ben Romero in Dragnet (1951)

William Barton Yarborough was born in 1900 near Goldthwaite, Texas to Patrick and Molly Ardena Yarborough. During high school, Yarborough ran away from home, attracted to Vaudeville.

Yarborough began his acting career on the Stage, studying with the famed Eva Le Gallienne Company. Yarborough began his Radio career while in his early 20s, starring in several long-running programs as well as in hundreds of character roles during a twenty-six year career in Radio. It was while appearing in early radio that he met and briefly married his first wife, actress Barbara Jo Allen, best remembered by Golden Age Radio fans as Vera Vague, a character she'd developed in San Francisco in 1935. The couple had one child together before divorcing in 1931. The two later appeared in two long-running Radio programs together: One Man's Family (as Beth Holly from 1937) and I Love A Mystery (1939).

He appeared in the premiere cast of one of Radio's longest running serial melodramas, One Man's Family (1932), portraying young Clifford Barbour--eventually portraying Cliff Barbour for his entire adult life as a professional actor.

Yarborough was probably best known for his role as Doc Long in Carlton E. Morse's I Love a Mystery (1939), an occasional Skip Turner in Adventures By Morse (1944), and Doc Long in I Love Adventure (1948), his starring role in Hawk Larrabee (1946), and as Sergeant Ben Romero on Dragnet (1949). Indeed, Bart Yarborough owed most of his Radio career to either Carlton E. Morse or Jack Webb. Yarborough appeared in virtually every production Carlton Morse ever initiated and in every production that Jack Webb was associated with during Yarborough's career.

Barton Yarborough debuted in a credited Film role in the Dr. Christian feature, They Meet Again (1941) with Jean Hersholt. Yarborough subsequently co-starred as 'Doc' Long, of the A-1 Detective Agency in three movies based on the Carlton E. Morse radio series I Love a Mystery: I Love a Mystery [a.k.a. The Decapitation of Jefferson Monk] (1945), The Devil's Mask (1946), and The Unknown (1946).

Throughout the 1940s he appeared in another fourteen character roles, in a variety of characterizations. Notable among his other Film appearances was his role as Dr. Kettering in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), the ill-fated mastermind, Joseph Bradish in the Charlie Chan film The Red Dragon (1945), and a small, uncredited role in Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Saboteur (1942).

But it's Yarborough's Radio work that remains his greatest legacy. Yarborough's distinctive, easy drawl and nasally twang were his most easily recognizable voice characterizations, although it's clear from his other Radio work and Film work that he could just as easily dispense with his native twang for hundreds of other highly versatile characterizations.

Barton Yarborough added playwright to his already considerable resumé in 1948 with his play, These Tender Mercies, which concerns lynching and racial discrimination in a small Southern town of the early 1900's. It was presented in both Los Angeles and at the Lenox Hill Playhouse in New York as part of Experimental Theatre's Invitational Series, sponsored by the American National Theatre and Academy.

Yarborough began his highly productive--yet brief--association with 28-year old Jack Webb in Webb's gritty detective drama Jeff Regan Investigator (1948) with an appearance as one of Regan's fellow operatives, Joe Canto of Anthony J. Lyon's dubious International Detective Bureau. The Lady With the Golden Hair (48-07-31) was the fourth episode of Jeff Regan, and costarred Hans Conreid [Max Vladny], Betty Lou Gerson [Hilda Graham], and Wilms Herbert [Anthony J. Lyon] as well. In one of the series most entertaining episodes, Joe Canto takes a gunshot in the lung during the second half of the program. Joe Canto would survive to appear in at least two other Jeff Regan adventures.

In 1949, Webb approached Yarborough with his idea for a ground-breaking new, true-to-life cop show. The stories would come straight from the files of the L.A.P.D., with the full support of legendary L.A. Police Chief William Parker. Dragnet would star Jack Webb as Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and Bart Yarborough as his partner, Detective Sgt. Ben Romero.

Homicide was Dragnet's premiere Radio episode, airing on June 2, 1949. Friday and Romero would work together in 133 appearances on Radio's Dragnet until Yarborough's unexpected fatal heart attack of December 19, 1951 that took his life.

Webb and Yarborough had already begun filming their Television version of Dragnet. With the pilot already in the can, Webb and Yarborough both anticipated a December 1951 roll-out of the equally ground-breaking Television version of Dragnet.

Television's Dragnet pilot episode, The Human Bomb, aired on December 16, 1951, three days before Yarborough's fatal heart attack, starring Radio standbys Stacy Harris, Herb Butterfield, Jack Kruchen, and Sam Edwards. Barney Philips appeared as Officer Sam Erickson and Raymond Burr as Watch Commander Thad Brown. The pilot was a critical and popular sensation and the series was set to premiere on January 3, 1952. The second episode, The Big Actor, was already in the can. They'd begun filming the third episode when, on the evening of December 19,1951 at 8:55pm, Barton Yarborough died of a heart attack at his home at 122 South Valley Street in Burbank, California. He was survived by his second wife, Janet, and their daughter, Joan.

On December 27, 1951, eight days after Yarborough's death, Jack Webb remembered his friend and partner in a Dragnet radio episode he dedicated to Barton Yarborough. The Big Sorrow, has Joe Friday working Homicide when he gets the news that his partner, Ben Romero, has died at his home from a heart attack--a poignant memorial to one of Radio's giants.

Barton Yarborough's last I Love A Mystery adventure, Find Elsa Holberg - Dead or Alive, aired posthumously on December 29, 1949.

Yarborough's One Man's Family character, Cliff Barbour, heard for 19 years, was written out of the storyline.

On January 3, 1952, the first Dragnet television episode of the season, The Big Actor, aired--the last screen appearance of Performing Arts legend, Barton Yarborough.




Nicholas Benton Alexander
[ a.k.a. Ben Alexander]
(Det. Sgt. Frank Smith)
(Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Actor and Announcer)
(1911-1969)

Birthplace: Goldfield, Nevada, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1939 Little Old Hollywood
1940 The Chase and Sanborn Program
1941 Point Sublime
1941 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 The Old Gold Program
1942 The Great Gildersleeve
1946 Mail Call
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 Favorite Story
1946 NBC Radio Institute
1946 The Baby Snooks Show
1946 Dark Venture
1946 Through the Iron Curtain
1947 Heart's Desire
1948 It's A Living
1949 Straight Arrow Pow-Wow
1949 The Martin and Lewis Show
1952 Dragnet
Yarns For Yanks
I Have No Prayer


Ben Alexander circa 1922


Ben Alexander circa 1962
Born Nicholas Benton Alexander IV in Goldfield, Nevada, young Ben Alexander was raised in California. He made his screen debut at age of five in Every Pearl A Tear (1916). He then went on to portray Lillian Gish's young brother in Hearts of the World (1918) for the legendary D.W. Griffith. He worked for Cecil B. DeMille in The Little American (1917). He subsequently graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in many of the earliest sound films. Alexander remained a very busy juvenile actor until 1930's World War I classic, All Quiet on the Western Front, in which Alexander performed in his first breakout role as an adult actor as Kemmerick, the tragic amputation victim.

Although Alexander's acting career slowed down in the mid 1930s, he reinvented himself as a successful radio announcer, working steadily in Radio through the late 1930s and 1940s. By the late 1940s, Alexander had all but retired from acting and announcing. He'd already diversified his business interests by opening a very successful automobile dealership in downtown Los Angeles.

It took Jack Webb to coax Alexander out of retirement in 1952. Alexander's straightforward delivery and amiable personality caught Jack Webb's attention and he chose Alexander to replace Herb Ellis in Webb's Dragnet Television series. Alexander remained as Officer Frank Smith in the TV's Dragnet for the duration of the 1950s run. Alexander's very human characterization of Detective Frank Smith provided the perfect counterpoint to Jack Webb's calculatedly dry, non-nonsense characterization of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday.

Ben Alexander 'Lives'
Role of Frank Smith

BY DON PAGE
 
THE CHARACTER of Officer Frank Smith, a warnm sympathetic man who looks like the guy next door, is much like Ben Alexander--who brings him to life on Dragnet.
     "I feel like Frank Smith," said Ben.  "We're both a little fat, take things easy and we enjoy life."
     Ben, who has made 260 Dragnet episodes and he'd like to do 500 more, is always being identified as Frank Smith in private life.
     "The Los Angeles Police Department receives about a dozen letters a week addressed to Frank Smith or Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb).  I received one letter from an out-of-State couple who insisted that I take an enclosed check for $40 and send their son home...and give him a good scolding for running away."
          He Enjoys Dragnet
     Ben enjoys doing Dragnet more than anything he's ever done.  That takes in a vast field, from dramatic acting (he was nominated for an Academy Award for a supporting role in "All Quiet on the Western Front") to owning a Ford agency.
     Alexander wants to continue with Dragnet as long as there's a place for him.  Jack Webb has already made plans to leave the series after the current filming is finished.  The Dragnet series is now being filmed through 1959.
     "I like working for Jack" Ben said.  "I don't know if I'd want to work for someone else--they might make me work harder."  Of course, Ben was only kidding.  Webb is a known perfectionist and everyone works hard for him.
          Irons in Fire
     If, by chance, Ben should ever leave Dragnet he has many other TV irons in the fire.
     He is enthusiastic over a program called "People," which ran only once in Los Angeles.  "The prints have gone to New York--htey seem to have aroused interest," he said.
     Long before Dragnet had its inception, Ben was active in television.  He created a program called "Ben Alexander Builds His Dream House."  It was a simple show showing the progress of his new home in Brentwood.
     "We sold the show to a building company in San Francisco and it went so well that the subdividers had to buy more land."
     Later on, Webb approached Ben with the Frank Smith role.  Ben was reluctant to accept the part at first, because he hadn't done any dramatic work for 17 years.  It turned out to be Ben's most lucrative endeavor.
     His association with Dragnet has made him feel like a policeman.
     "We work closely with the Los Angeles police," he said.  "We've practically mastered the technical end of Dragnet with the help of advisers from the force."
     Ben used to spend a lot of time cruising in patrol cars with his police budies.  "That was before my children were born.  My wife used to worry that I'd get hurt, so I stopped sleuthing for a while."
     Ben has two children, Lesley Beth, almost 3, and Webb, 15 months.  It is obvious for whom Webb is named.
     We asked Ben if playng Frank Smith for so long has made him wish he'd started as a policeman.
     "I'll tell you something funny," he said.  "When I was with NBC radio in 1937, the company executives sent me to Stanford to study business administration.  NBC wanted me to become an executive in the event that radio should take a back seat to television.  Yes, they could see TV coming."
     "While at Stanford I took an aptitude test and the results proved to have more bearing on my career than I imagined at the time," he mused.
     "It said I should become a pilot--or a policeman."

When Webb revived Dragnet as Dragnet 1967, he tapped Harry Morgan as his new sidekick. Alexander had already returned to Television police work as Desk Sergeant Dan Briggs in ABC's Felony Squad (1966-1969), with Howard Duff.

Despite Alexander's extraordinary Film career it was as a Television actor that Ben Alexander was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ben Alexander brought his refreshing, plain-talking, amiable personality to all of his Television roles, and he was highly sought after as both an inspirational speaker and Public Relations advocate for the Los Angeles Police Department. His successful Ford dealership remained in the family after his death in 1969.

His light-hearted delivery and inherent likeability continue to keep him in the hearts and minds of his millions of fans worldwide now forty years after his passing. An appropriate tribute to a Radio and Television professional who recognized the value of an honest, human characterization in all the roles he performed.




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