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Encyclopedia > Dragnet (drama)
Dragnet opening frame from the 1967 version.
Dragnet opening frame from the 1967 version.

Dragnet was a popular, influential and long-running radio and television police procedural about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles, California police detective, Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a dragnet for any system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Image File history File links Open from the 1967 version of Dragnet. ... Image File history File links Open from the 1967 version of Dragnet. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which tries to demonstrate accurately the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... Nickname: City of Angels Motto: Official website: http://www. ... A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. ... Detective Sergeant Joe Friday was a fictional character created and played by American actor, television producer, and writer Jack Webb 1920-1982) on the the radio and television series Dragnet. ... A dragnet is any system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects; including road barricades and traffic stops, widespread DNA tests, and general increased police alertness. ...

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Introduction

Title frame from the open of the 2003 version.
Title frame from the open of the 2003 version.

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous police procedural of all time. Actor and producer Jack Webb's catchphrase, 'Just the facts, ma'am', has become a permanent part of American culture. The series has been credited with dramatically improving the public image of the police in the United States. Image File history File links Open from the 2003 version of Dragnet. ... Image File history File links Open from the 2003 version of Dragnet. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which tries to demonstrate accurately the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... Jack Webb John Randolph Jack Webb (April 2, 1920 – December 23, 1982) was an American actor, television producer director, and writer who is most famous for his role as Detective Joe Friday in the television series Dragnet. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...


Webb’s aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.


The show's cultural impact is demonstrated by the fact that even after five decades, elements of Dragnet are known to those who've never seen or heard the program:

  • The ominous, four-note introduction to the brass and tympani theme music (titled "Danger Ahead") is instantly recognizable (though its origins dating back to Miklos Rozsa's score for the 1946 film version of The Killers).
  • Another Dragnet trademark is the show's opening narration: "Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." ("Hear" was changed to "see" for the television version.) Variations on this announcement have been featured in many subsequent crime dramas, and in satires of these dramas.

On radio, Dragnet ran from June 3, 1949 to February 26, 1957 on. Dragnet appeared on television from December 16, 1951 to 1959, and from 1967 to 1970 on Thursday nights. All of these versions ran on NBC. A brass instrument is a musical instrument whose tone is produced by vibration of the lips as a player blows into a tubular resonator. ... Timpani, or kettledrums, are musical instruments in the percussion family. ... Miklós Rózsa (April 18, 1907 - July 23, 1995) was a major Hungarian-American composer, primarily known for his music for films. ... The Killers, also known as Ernest Hemingways The Killers is a black and white film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Burt Lancaster. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX in Roman) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


History

Creation

Dragnet was created and produced by Jack Webb, who starred as the terse Sgt. Friday. Webb had starred in a few mostly short-lived radio programs, but Dragnet would make him one of the major media personalities of his era. Jack Webb John Randolph Jack Webb (April 2, 1920 – December 23, 1982) was an American actor, television producer director, and writer who is most famous for his role as Detective Joe Friday in the television series Dragnet. ...


Dragnet had its origins in Webb’s small role as a police forensic scientist in the 1948 film, He Walked by Night, inspired by the actual murder of an LAPD officer. The film was depicted in quasi-documentary style, and Marty Wynn (an LAPD sergeant) was a technical advisor on the film. Webb and Wynn became friends, and both thought that the day-to-day activities of police officers could be realistically depicted, and could make for compelling drama without the forced sense of melodrama then so common in radio programming (and very common on movies and television today). Webb frequently visited police headquarters, drove with police patrols, and attended police academy courses to learn authentic jargon and other details that could be featured in a radio program. When he proposed Dragnet to NBC officials, they were not especially impressed; radio was aswarm with private investigators and crime dramas, such as Webb’s earlier Pat Novak For Hire. That program didn’t last long, but Webb had received high marks for his role as the titular private investigator, and NBC agreed to a limited run for Dragnet. Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ... Police plan of attack late in He Walked By Night He Walked by Night is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Alfred L. Werker. ... Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ... Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... Jargon is a type of terminology which is used in conjunction with a specific activity, e. ... A private investigator, or PI, is a person who undertakes investigations. ... A private investigator, or PI, is a person who undertakes investigations. ...


With writer James E. Moser, Webb prepared an audition recording, then sought the LAPD’s endorsement; he wanted to use cases from official files in order to demonstrate the steps taken by police officers during investigations. The official response was initially lukewarm, but they offered Webb the endorsement he sought. Police wanted control over the program’s sponsor, and insisted that police not be depicted unflatteringly. This would lead to some criticism, as LAPD racial segregation policies were never addressed, nor was there a suggestion of police corruption. The Rex Theatre for Colored People, Leland, Mississippi, June 1937 Racial segregation is a kind of formalized or institutionalized discrimination on the basis of race. ...


Radio

Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters. Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashburton (1731 - 1783) was an English jurist and politician. ... Barton Yarborough (October 2, 1900 – December 19, 1951) in Texas, was an American actor. ...


Webb insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. The dialogue was clipped, understated and sparse, influenced by the hard boiled school of crime fiction. Scripts were fast moving but didn’t seem rushed. Every aspect of police work was chronicled, step by step: From patrols and paperwork, to crime scene investigation, lab work and questioning witnesses or suspects. The detectives’ personal lives were mentioned, but rarely took center stage. "Underplaying is still acting," Webb told Time. "We try to make it as real as a guy pouring a cup of coffee.” (Dunning, 209) Los Angeles police chiefs C.B. Horrall and (later) William H. Parker were credited as consultants, and many police officers were fans. Hardboiled crime fiction is a uniquely American style pioneered by Dashiell Hammett, refined by Raymond Chandler, and endlessly imitated since by writers such as Mickey Spillane. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Notable Time magazine covers from the dates May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


Webb was a stickler for accurate details, and Dragnet used many authentic touches, such as the LAPD's actual radio call sign (KMA-367), and the names of many real department officials, such as Ray Pinker and Lee Jones of the crime lab or Chief of Detectives Thad Brown. Lee Jones (born 21 February 1975 in Castor Bay) is a New Zealand soccer player. ...


Specialized terminology was mentioned in every episode, but was rarely explained. Webb trusted the audience to determine the meanings of words or terms by their context, and furthermore, Dragnet tried to avoid the kinds of awkward, lengthy exposition that people wouldn’t actually use in daily speech. Several specialized terms (such as "A.P.B." for "All Points Bulletin" and "M.O." for "Modus Operandi") were rarely used in popular culture before Dragnet introduced them to everyday America. An exposition may be one of the following: In music an exposition is the first of the sections in sonata allegro form. ... An All Points Bulletin (APB) is a bulletin broadcast to all parties, often with information about a suspect who is to be detained or a person to be on the look out for. ... Modus operandi (often used in the abbreviated form MO) is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as mode of operation. ...


While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. A single minute of "A Gun For Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on ‘’Dragnet’’. While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard, the listener hears an overlapping aural display: a squeaking gate hinge, footsteps, a technician scraping blood into a paper envelope, the glassy chime of chemical vials, and bird calls and a dog barking in the distance. For the album, see Sound Affects. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Orders Many - see section below. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris (Linnaeus, 1758) The dog is a canine mammal of the Order Carnivora. ...


Scripts tackled a number of topics, ranging from the thrilling (murders, missing persons and armed robbery) to the mundane (check fraud and shoplifting), yet ‘’Dragnet’’ made them all interesting due to fast-moving plots and behind-the-scenes realism. Missing statue in a park A missing person is someone who has disappeared for a long period of time, commonly with no known reason. ... Robbery is the crime of seizing property through violence or intimidation. ... Check kiting is any sort of fraud that involves drawing out money from one bank account that does not have sufficient funds to cover the check. ... Shoplifting (also known as retail theft) is theft of merchandise for sale in a shop, store, or other retail establishment, by an ostensible patron. ...


Though rather tame by modern standards, Dragnet--especially on the radio--handled controversial subjects such as sex crimes and drug addiction with unprecedented and even startling realism. Dragnet broke one of the unspoken (and still rarely broached) taboos of popular entertainment when a young child was killed in ‘’A Gun For Christmas’’ (aired December 21, 1950). The episode followed the search for eight-year-old Stevie Morheim, only to discover he’d been accidentally killed by his best friend while they played with a rifle his friend had received as a Christmas gift. Thousands of letters were mailed to NBC in complaint, including a formal protest by the National Rifle Association. Webb forwarded many of the letters to police chief Parker who promised "ten more shows illustrating the folly of giving rifles to children." (Dunning, 211) Sex crimes are forms of human sexual behavior that are crimes. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A rifle is a firearm that uses a spiral groove cut into the barrel to spin a projectile (usually a bullet), thus improving accuracy and range of the projectile. ... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Jesus Christ) is a traditional holiday observed on 25 December. ... This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association, UK The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a 501(c)(4) group for the protection of gun rights in the United States, established in New York in 1871 as the American...


Dragnet also broke ground by sometimes ending episodes on a sad or disappointing note, at least in its radio incarnation. In 1950, Time quoted Webb: "We don’t even try to prove that crime doesn’t pay ... sometimes it does" (Dunning, 210) (Clockwise from upper left) Notable Time magazine covers from the dates May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


Due in part to Webb’s fondness for radio drama, Dragnet persisted on radio until 1957 as one of the last old time radio shows to give way to television’s increasing popularity. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Old-Time Radio (OTR) or The Golden Age of Radio is a term used to refer to radio programs that were broadcast during the 1920s through the late 1950s (with some outlying programs produced earlier and later) in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada and...


Television

Harry Morgan (left) as Ofc. Bill Gannon and Jack Webb (right) as Sgt. Joe Friday from the 1967 version of Dragnet.

When television was interested in Dragnet, Webb bucked the prevailing wisdom which argued that radio staff couldn’t adapt to the new medium. He insisted on hiring radio staff (from actors to writers and production staff) as much as was feasible to work on the television version. This loyalty would endear Webb to many of his Dragnet colleagues for decades to come. Image File history File links Harry Morgan (left) as Ofc. ... Image File history File links Harry Morgan (left) as Ofc. ...


Dragnet first aired on television in January of 1952. Friday's original partner in the TV episodes (as on the radio) was Sgt. Ben Romero, played by Barton Yarborough, who died after only three episodes were filmed. The Romero character was soon replaced by Officer Frank Smith, played by Ben Alexander on both television and radio. Alexander continued in the role through the show's original run, which ended in 1959. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Barton Yarborough (October 2, 1900 – December 19, 1951) in Texas, was an American actor. ... Ben Alexander (May 26, 1911 – July 5, 1969) was a American actor. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While Dragnet was still on the air, reruns began to air in syndication as Badge 714.


Two other hallmarks of the TV show came at the end of each episode:

  • The arrested criminal stands uncomfortably, presumably for the mug shot and the fate of the perpetrators is stated, as a verdict of a court "in and for the City and County of Los Angeles" on an appropriate date.
  • A sweaty, glistening left hand appeared, holding what would turn out to be a stamp for indenting metal; a heavy hammer struck the top of the handle of the stamp, twice, loudly; the stamp was removed to reveal the result, "MK VII", referring to the production company, Mark Seven Productions. It would later be revealed that the two hands were in fact, those of Jack Webb.

In 1954, a theatrical movie of the same name aired, with Webb, Alexander, and Richard Boone. In 1966, a TV movie, also called Dragnet, was produced, although it did not air until 1969. Starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as his partner Bill Gannon, it spawned a new series, Dragnet 1967, which aired until 1970, the title year changing with each season. In 1982, when Jack Webb died, the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department announced that badge number 714--Webb’s badge number on the television show--was retired, and Los Angeles city offices lowered their flags to half-mast. Al Capone. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Boone often played in Westerns and action films. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Henry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Norwegian extraction. ... 1970 (MCMLXX in Roman) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Parker Center-LAPDs Headquarters The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... // Events February 28 - An earthquake strikes Syria. ...


Remakes

Ed O'Neill (left) as Det. Joe Friday and Ethan Embry (right) as Det. Frank Smith from the 2003 version of Dragnet.

In 1987, a comedy movie version of Dragnet appeared (also titled Dragnet), starring Dan Aykroyd as the stiff Joe Friday (the original Detective Friday's nephew), and Tom Hanks as his partner Pep Streebeck. The film contrasted the terse, clipped character of Friday, a hero from another age, with the 'real world' of Los Angeles in 1987. Beyond Aykroyd’s effective imitation of Webb’s Joe Friday (and Harry Morgan’s small role reprising his earlier role as Bill Gannon), this film version shares little with the previous incarnations. Image File history File links Ed ONeill (left) as Sgt. ... Image File history File links Ed ONeill (left) as Sgt. ... Ethan Embry is an American actor. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dragnet is a 1987 film starring Dan Akroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Dabney Coleman, Harry Morgan, and Alexandra Paul. ... Dan Aykroyd (left) with John Belushi in The Blues Brothers Daniel Edward Aykroyd, C.M. (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter and musician. ... Tom Hanks in February 2004 Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor famous for playing notable roles in many popular and critically acclaimed movies. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Henry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Norwegian extraction. ...


In 1989, The New Dragnet appeared in first-run syndication, featuring all-new characters, and aired in tandem with The New Adam-12, a remake of another Webb produced police drama Adam-12. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Adam-12 was a television program which ran from 1968 until 1975 on police officers, of the Rampart Division , veteran Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and rookie Jim Reed (Kent McCord), and their sergeant, played by William Boyett. ...


In 2003 another Dragnet series was produced by Dick Wolf, the producer of Law & Order, a series that was strongly influenced by Dragnet. It aired on ABC, and starred Ed O'Neill as Joe Friday. After a season that rather closely followed the traditional formula, the format of the series was changed to an ensemble crime drama similar to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. With this change came a new title, L.A. Dragnet and it focused less on Joe Friday. With most of the trappings that made Dragnet unique no longer in place, it became just another cops and robbers series and it was canceled only five episodes into its second season. Another three episodes aired on USA Network in early 2004, with two final episodes as yet unaired. A total of 22 episodes were produced. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard A. (Dick) Wolf, (born December 20, 1946, New York City), is one of television’s most respected drama series creators and is an Emmy-award-winning producer. ... Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and courtroom drama. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... Ed ONeill as Governor Eric Baker (D-PA) on The West Wing Edward ONeill (April 12, 1946) is an American actor. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... The USA Network is a popular cable TV network based in the United States with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Dragnet and popular culture

Dragnet has been referenced or spoofed numerous times, aside from the 1987 film version. In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ...

  • Stan Freberg parodied Dragnet in the spoken-word comedy take-offs "St. George and the Dragon-Net" and "Christmas Dragnet".
  • Eric Burdon & The Animals spoofed the show's opening at the beginning of their hit single "San Francisco Nights".
  • James Ellroy featured a thinly-veiled reference to Dragnet in his L.A. Confidential novel; the popular television police drama called Badge of Honor (also depicted briefly in the film version of L.A. Confidential). Ellroy’s perspective on Los Angeles cops as crooked and vice-ridden contrasts sharply with Webb’s portrayals of police. The Brett Chase character in Confidential was based on Dragnet star Jack Webb.
  • Thomas Pynchon mentions Dragnet in V.; two minor characters in this novel, Patrolman Jones and Officer Ten Eyck, "were faithful viewers of the TV program Dragnet. They'd cultivated deadpan expressions, unsyncopated speech rhythms, monotone voices".
  • In Die Hard 2, John McClane sends a fax message to Al Powell. When the girl who sent the fax asks him what he is doing later, McClane thumbs his wedding ring and says "Just the fax, ma'am, just the fax."
  • In 2006 the avant-garde band The Residents announced a special project entitled "River of Crime", which is, as their website states, "A modern day Dragnet". "The series follows the reminisces of its unseen narrator as he discloses a lifelong obsession with wickedness and vice. But, as opposed to the ironic and terse Joe Friday, a classic crime solver, THE RIVER OF CRIME’S narrator is a crime collector" states the website.

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External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ...

Sources

  • John Dunning, On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, Oxford University Press, 1998, ISBN 0195076788

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