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      Dragnet

      Released Aug 18, 1954 1h 29m Crime Drama List
      43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) are Los Angeles Police Department detectives, and they need every bit of skill they have to solve their latest case: the shooting death of low-end bookie Miller Starkie. While initial evidence points to gangster Max Troy (Stacy Harris) and his trigger-man, Chester Davitt, Friday and Smith have trouble getting an indictment. Only through their own tenaciousness can they make sure justice is served. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety In making the transition from radio-TV to the big screen and color, this is spotty in entertainment results. Jun 15, 2020 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The atmosphere is harsh and real. But Mr. Friday is not a nice policeman to anticipate as a regular hero on the screen. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl The storytelling in Dragnet is as straightforward as Joe Friday himself-this leads to that which leads to that other thing which eventually leads to the conclusion you knew was coming all along. Rated: 6/10 Nov 17, 2020 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said Beautifully shot by Edward Colman. Nov 13, 2020 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Television's Jack Webb, under his own fast-paced direction, effectively but rather monotonously portrays the bleak and brutal plain-clothes man Joe Friday in this Hollywood whodunit. Dec 10, 2019 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide Based on actual L.A. police files, the film manages to still deliver plenty of suspense. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The dialogue and acting is so absurd I couldn't stop laughing. ACAB, but sometime's they're so un-self-aware they're hilarious. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was based on the 1950's version of Dragnet. This was the heyday of Black and White TV. The only way to do a color version of Dragnet was to show it in movie theaters. The 1950's version of Dragnet had a more pessimistic view of Los Angeles. The 1960's color TV version was more upbeat and tried to show LA as modern American city with a professional modern police force. The buildings and furniture were new. The 1950's version showed LA as a grimy depression era city. The buildings and furniture was old pre-war vintage. Most of the stories came from the 1930's and 1940's. The LAPD had gotten very corrupt during the depression and World War II. Cops weren't paid well during the depression and during the war the young guys were off fighting the war. Police departments all over the country were plagued with corruption that started with the prohibition era. Starting 1950 the LAPD started to clean house and used the Dragnet TV show to improve their reputation. The 1954 movie told the story of a gangland murder. The movie showed how the LAPD was fighting organized crime in the 1950's. The movie kind of looked like the 1960's TV show with all the bright colors but the clothes and cars were old style. The men all wore hats and the cars were pre 1954 models. The woman all had long dresses. Since the movie was based on a true story the ending had the killers dying before they could be tried. The ring leader died of cancer in a run down old hospital. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a great and classic television show brought to the big screen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Like the actual police work it strives to portray, this film is interesting but not particularly rewarding. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member If you like the Dragnet series, you will like this movie Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie will leave you thinking, "Who was the murderer?" until the very end. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) are Los Angeles Police Department detectives, and they need every bit of skill they have to solve their latest case: the shooting death of low-end bookie Miller Starkie. While initial evidence points to gangster Max Troy (Stacy Harris) and his trigger-man, Chester Davitt, Friday and Smith have trouble getting an indictment. Only through their own tenaciousness can they make sure justice is served.
      Director
      Jack Webb
      Producer
      Stanley D. Meyer
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 18, 1954, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 25, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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