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32 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #83-The Big Ben
While Friday and Romero investigate a man who was pulled from his car on a deserted street who was also robbed and severely beaten , the police duo encounter an unexpected tragic event. Commentary on the dramatic turn of events before Act 2 and the creative choice Dragnet made for the rest of the episode.
37 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #79-The Big Cast
Friday questions Henry Ross, a suspect in a man's disappearance, which Friday believes is actually a murder. Commentary on the unusual format of this episode which starts right at the interrogation and never lets up. Plus, we discuss the first uses of the polygraph machine.
32 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #78-The Big Children
An eight-year-old boy and his sister have been going from door to door begging for food even though they are from well to do parents. Commentary on yet another award won by Dragnet. This one was The Motion Picture Herald Association with Fame Award. Also discussed are the millions of children abused each year and why this episode may have had special meaning for star Jack Webb.
30 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #77-The Big Tomato
A band of dope peddlers launches a full-scale operation in Los Angeles targeting high-school children. Commentary on the recent commendation both Dragnet and Jack Webb received for the best new star of tomorrow and excellence in programming.
30 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #75-The Big Jump
Walter Harrison is on the window ledge of a downtown building, thirteen stories above the street threatening to leap to his death at exactly 2 pm just 22 minutes from now. Commentary on this great real-time episode when everything happens in 22 minutes.
35 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #73-The Big Family
A wealthy businessman is thought to have committed suicide although murder has not been ruled out. Friday and Romero investigate the suspicious circumstances and make a startling discovery. Commentary tonight on the Dragnet pattern of determining the guilty party. Plus, we look at the possibility with present day technology how one can or cannot carry out the deed that one of our characters actually does in 1950 Los Angeles.
34 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #71-The Big Picture
A pair of phony talent scouts are targeting young girls with dreams of stardom in Hollywood. Commentary tonight on the tragedy of fame and fortune plus Jim shares a very personal tragic story about a close friend of his.
31 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #68-The Big Parrot
Arson is suspected in a cover-up of a gruesome double murder. Commentary on why this is one of the best Dragnet episodes so far. This episode was one of the first to be adapted for television for its brilliance. The final ten minutes are exceptional Dragnet drama not to be missed!
30 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #67-The Big Mother
Friday and Romero investigate the abduction of a three day old baby from Mercy Hospital. Commentary on Hispanic mothers and emphasis on family. Also a look at the guest actors who gave these excellent performances. One of Dragnet's finer moments.
32 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #66-The Big Church
Friday and Romero investigate a woman who is receiving life-threatening letters and phone calls and need to find this stalker before she winds up dead. Commentary on how this was a departure from its regular procedural format and how mental illness was treated in 1950.
31 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #65-The Big Meet
Sgt. Friday tries to trap Howard Scully, a careful narcotics wholesaler, by posing as a buyer. Commentary on Joe Friday's tough character when faced with a situation of having to actually kill someone...or be killed.
30 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #63-The Big Quack
A man posing as a doctor is burglarizing homes in the city. Commentary on William H. Parker, Los Angeles Police Chief, who in this episode gives Dragnet and Jack Webb a citation for merit for the authentic portrayal of the LAPD. Parker modeled his tenure as chief after Dragnet.
30 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #62-The Big .38
A store clerk has been murdered and all Friday knows is that the killer is well dressed and escapes using taxis. Commentary on the specific detail of the beverages being consumed and why Webb felt it was important to focus on these minor moments. Plus, we'll discuss why Joe Friday's catchphrase is "Just the Facts, Ma' am" -or was it?
30 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #61-The Big Death
Friday goes undercover as a hit man to prevent a man from murdering his wife.` Commentary on Jack Webb's role in Marlon Brando's first film The Men as well as his characterization of Friday's undercover role as being similar to his Pat Novak, For Hire character-a series he did the year before Dragnet.
31 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #60-The Big Pair
Tonight’s case-Thieves are breaking into homes all over the city stealing furniture with no leads available. Commentary on a casting misfire with this episode as well as a rare blooper.
30 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #59-The Big Make
Tonight is the case of a small bakery shop being held up and a man and his daughter who are shot dead. Commentary from two different sources with two completely different assessments on Jack Webb and what he brought to Dragnet.
30 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #58- The Big Poison
An elderly couple have suddenly disappeared from a fashionable neighborhood in Los Angeles. There’s no trace of them not a clue to their whereabouts. The final five minutes are not to be missed. Commentary on the brilliant dramatic conclusion of this episode which is why Dragnet is a standout series.
36 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #54-The Big Actor
A large hospital in Los Angeles is held up and $10,000 in high-grade narcotics is stolen. The trail leads to a Hollywood set where fiction and truth collide. Great commentary on how the answers we want are prolonged by LIFE as one's daily routine may prolong the anticipation of the dramatic conclusion of another life. The answer we want is prolonged by LIFE outside our realm. A beautifully written script.
36 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #53-The Big Dare
Detective Sergeant Joe Friday in homicide detail. Investigates the brutal knifing murder of a woman in her own home and the unusual circumstance around it. Commentary on the simplicity of story which made it even more interesting along with the real story of Mendocino State Hospital and the connection to a very famous cult, plus part 3 with Bill Roddy on one of his biggest radio gaffes, and Jack Webb's smoking habit.
33 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
The Dragnet Radio Podcast #52-The Gentleman Bandit Part 2
Three people have been shot down in a twelve thousand dollar hold-up. One of the bandits is apprehended, convicted and sent to prison for life, while Frank Chaney, the rich man murderer, is still at large. Commentary on the ballad of Joe Friday in which the success he has as a cop is polar opposite to his life away from the badge. Also, part 2 of our conversation with San Francisco radio legend and roommate to Jack Webb on his greatest broadcasting achievement.
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