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Police procedurals go back long before Dragnet's 1949 premiere -- with an especially strong heritage in Los Angeles. Private Investigator Nick Harris presented dramatizations drawn from his own true-life case files as far back as the 1920s, and the Los Angeles Police Department itself collaborated closely with Don Lee Network producer William N. Robson for the long-running 1930's series 'Calling A…

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for several reasons. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the reason for the show’s existence was its star Jack Webb and his role as Joe Friday. Webb made sure that Friday was a policeman that other policemen could relate to and that listeners enjoyed. Played almost to understated perfection, Friday walks listeners through every episode, unfurling the case…

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Known for breaking new ground in radio and entertainment, Dragnet was truly a pioneering program in many ways. This was most evident in the actual stories told in each episode, some sentimental, some brutal, all as realistic as show star and creator Jack Webb could make them. Strong stories and great characterizations make up every show featured in Dragnet, Volume 11.

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for a multitude of reasons. The memorable opening theme, classic lines, and dedication to detail and more have imprinted this program on American society permanently. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the very reason for the show’s existence was its creator and star Jack Webb. Webb’s portrayal of Joe Friday takes center stage in Dragnet, Volume 12 from…

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Police procedurals go back long before Dragnet's 1949 premiere -- with an especially strong heritage in Los Angeles. Private Investigator Nick Harris presented dramatizations drawn from his own true-life case files as far back as the 1920s, and the Los Angeles Police Department itself collaborated closely with Don Lee Network producer William N. Robson for the long-running 1930's series 'Calling A…

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Marking a sharp departure from radio’s hard-boiled gumshoes, the 1949 premier of Jack Webb’s “Dragnet” was a breath of fresh air. No exaggerated characterizations, no purple dialogue, just a dedicated law enforcement officer determined to do his job as completely and as thoroughly as possible. Lt. Joe Friday may have been just another workaday guy trudging thru his daily routine but, in Webb’s han…

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In a radio schedule packed with dangerous dames and gat-toting gumshoes, “Dragnet” was a strikingly different and provocative program that took an inside look at the everyday work of police officers. Deliberately understated and low-key, the series was created by and stars Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday - an average cop who spends his days - and often his nights - working with his colleagues to…

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Although not the first to base its stories on real cases, Dragnet most assuredly was best in assuring that each program was as realistic as possible, from the first step heard to the last word spoken. Dragnet creator and star Jack Webb insisted that this show would be as true to life as possible. Dragnet portrayed each procedure followed by policemen accurately, but took this accuracy even further…

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for several reasons. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the reason for the show’s existence was its star Jack Webb and his role as Joe Friday. Webb made sure that Friday was a policeman that other policemen could relate to and that listeners enjoyed. Played almost to understated perfection, Friday walks listeners through every episode, unfurling the case…

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Known for breaking new ground in radio and entertainment, Dragnet was truly a pioneering program in many ways. This was most evident in the actual stories told in each episode, some sentimental, some brutal, all as realistic as show creator Jack Webb could make them. This program was in every sense a true police procedural and dealt with crimes of all sorts. Never gratuitous in its portrayal, Drag…

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for several reasons. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the reason for the show’s existence was its star Jack Webb and his role as Joe Friday. Webb made sure that Friday was a policeman that other policemen could relate to and that listeners enjoyed. Played almost to understated perfection, Friday walks listeners through every episode, unfurling the case…

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for several reasons. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the reason for the show’s existence was its star Jack Webb and his role as Joe Friday. Webb made sure that Friday was a policeman that other policemen could relate to and that listeners enjoyed. Played almost to understated perfection, Friday walks listeners through every episode, unfurling the case…

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Escape never received the lavish attention afforded to Suspense but, from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins and provide top-quality entertainment. Occasionally a celebrity would appear in a leading role - Victor Mature, Edmond O'Brien, Vincent Price - but for the most part Escape relied on the tried-and-true veterans of 'Radio Row', ou…

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Escape never received the lavish attention afforded to Suspense but, from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins and provide top-quality entertainment. Occasionally a celebrity would appear in a leading role - Victor Mature, Edmond O'Brien, Vincent Price - but for the most part Escape relied on the tried-and-true veterans of 'Radio Row', ou…

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The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, Volume 1 stars Jeff Chandler as Brett Halliday's reckless, redheaded Irishman in a series of detective adventures that bring the dark and brooding atmosphere of film noir to radio. Cynical, action packed, and violent, with fists and bullets flying practically every second, this gritty and hard-boiled series is directed by William P. Rousseau in a slam bang man…

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The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, Volume 2 stars Jeff Chandler as Brett Halliday's reckless, redheaded Irishman in a series of detective adventures that bring the dark and brooding atmosphere of film noir to radio. Cynical, action packed, and violent, with fists and bullets flying practically every second, this gritty and hard-boiled series is directed by William P. Rousseau in a slam bang man…

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In the postwar years, MGM adapted many of its movie properties for radio, and one of its most successful transfers was The Story of Dr. Kildare, starring Lew Ayers in the title role of Lionel Barrymore as his crusty, harrumphing mentor Dr. Gillespie. As in the movies, the radio Kildare offers engrossing, well produced medical melodramas revolving around the patients and staff at Blair Memorial Hos…

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In the postwar years, MGM adapted many of its movie properties for radio, and one of its most successful transfers was The Story of Dr. Kildare, starring Lew Ayers in the title role of Lionel Barrymore as his crusty, harrumphing mentor Dr. Gillespie. As in the movies, the radio Kildare offers engrossing, well produced medical melodramas revolving around the patients and staff at Blair Memorial Hos…

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In the postwar years, MGM adapted many of its movie properties for radio, and one of its most successful transfers was The Story of Dr. Kildare, starring Lew Ayers in the title role of Lionel Barrymore as his crusty, harrumphing mentor Dr. Gillespie. As in the movies, the radio Kildare offers engrossing, well produced medical melodramas revolving around the patients and staff at Blair Memorial Hos…

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Videos

John Muller (Paul Henried), a career criminal on the run after a botched casino robbery, finds the ultimate hideout by taking on another man's identity. Produced by Henried and directed by low-budget genius Steve Sekely (Blonde Savage, Revenge of the Zombies), the movie has a fine cast that includes Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, and a very young Jack Webb. Noted cinematographer John Alton shoots in…

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