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Dragnet: Episodes 001 - 105

From June 3, 1949 through June 15, 1951:

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
06/03/49 06/24/49 NBC Friday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

Confirmed information indicates the script title for six episodes were typed on the scripts as Production #1, Production #2, Production #3, Production #4, Production #10 and Production #11.

Jack Webb portrays the lead role of Joe Friday throughout the entire series.

Barton Yarborough assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Ben Romero.

Date Aired: 49/06/03
Episode Number: 001
Available: NO
Title: Production #1
First Line Narrative and Plot: (not available)
Plot Extension: expected: George Slocum - Thief
Cast: expected: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Charles McGraw
Notes: Listed in the New York Times as the Premier broadcast for the Dragnet series begins on NBC at 10:00 pm.

Date Aired: 49/06/10
Episode Number: 002
Available: YES
Title: Production #2
First Line Narrative and Plot: "It was Tuesday, March 25th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the night watch out of Homicide. Detectives in Los Angeles work in pairs. My partner's Ben Romero, he's a sergeant, so am I. My name's Friday."
Plot Extension: A nickel plated .44 caliber Smith and Wesson is used to shoot two cops and a lot more people. The point was made that no civilian bystanders would help the wounded policemen. The police make extensive use of "IBM machines" and a tape recorder to solve the case.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Frank Lovejoy, Charles McGraw, Frank Barton (Opening announcement), Bill Lava (composer).
Notes:
  1. Sound Effects (FX): Sound of an IBM card sorter run is emphasized.
  2. Sound Effects (FX): Bandits punched "No Sale" and you could hear the opening and closing of the cash register drawer.
  3. This episode is typical of the music and dramatic format for the show opening of the first two episodes.

Date Aired: 49/06/17
Episode Number: 003
Available: YES
Title: Production #3
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. There's a potential killer on the loose in your city. Eighteen women have been beaten and robbed by this man. The newspapers call him The Werewolf. You're job is to get him."
Plot Extension: "The Werewolf" has beaten up and robbed eighteen women in six weeks. This big, ugly man always seems to be one step ahead of the cops. He's finally captured in a "dragnet".
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Charles McGraw.
Notes: The Dragnet theme is introduced. "Dragnet", the instrumental theme song from the radio and television show of the same name, was composed by Miklós Rózsa as part of his score for the 1946 film version of The Killers; it was modified by Walter Schumann for the show. A 1953 recording of the tune by Ray Anthony became a popular music chart hit (reaching #2 on Billboard). The song, also known as "Danger Ahead" and the "Dragnet March", was later covered by the band Art of Noise to become the theme song for the 1987 MTV Video and the film starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks and based on the TV show. Its familiar four-note opening fanfare was also adopted as a jingle for Tums antacid medication.

Date Aired: 49/06/24
Episode Number: 004
Available: YES
Title: Production #4
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A gang of quick-trigger gunmen have moved in on your city. They've given public notice that they'll kill the first cop who tries to take them. You know the risk. Your job... apprehend the suspects."
Plot Extension: A cop on a stake-out is killed by a shotgun blast from three quick-trigger gunmen in a bar. A cab number breaks the case. The killers are trapped in an apartment house.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Charles McGraw.
Notes:

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
06/03/49 06/24/49 NBC Friday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
07/07/49 09/01/49 NBC Thursday 10:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

No broadcast on July 1, 1949, the next date sequential broadcast schedule. There is a posting in the Thursday, July 7th Annapolis Capital paper: "10:30 Dragnet, police drama recently introduced as a Friday night replacement is moving to a new time." Ed. Note: and day.

Date Aired: 49/07/07
Episode Number: 005
Available: YES
Title: Helen Corday Murder
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide. Somewhere in the tangled web of your city, there's a killer on the loose. A young woman has been brutally murdered, the weapon, a steel bludgeon. You're job is to get him."
Plot Extension: A well liked 21 year old waitress named Helen Corday, earning $26.50 per week, has been murdered with a steel pipe. Details of forensics evidence are highlighted and play a role in the conviction of the suspect. The suspect's name is Larson.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Charles McGraw.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/07/14
Episode Number: 006
Available: YES
Title: The Red Light Bandit
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A ruthless fiend roams the streets of your city masquerading as a police officer. For months, helpless citizens have been robbed, beaten senseless and kidnapped. The criminal is a twisted genius, vicious, cunning. Your job is to get 'em."
Plot Extension: Ex-convict, Johnny Savage, stops by the police office to let them know he's served his time and is out on the streets. A malicious robber, tall, dark hair and big hands is impersonating a police officer, usually striking when there's a red traffic light. A girl is kidnapped from a parked car on Mullholland Dr. and recovers enough to identify Johnny Savage then dies. The "Red Light Bandit" is turned in by his own father, Carl Savage. Savage is captured after a high speed car chase.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/07/21
Episode Number: 007
Available: YES
Title: Attempted City Hall Bombing
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're been off duty two hours. You receive an emergency call from the chief of detectives. An entire block in the heart of your city is threatened with complete destruction. Your job... report at once."
Plot Extension: Vernon Carney is threatening to blow up City Hall with a bomb if his brother isn't freed from jail by nine o'clock.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes: See July 13, 1950 "The Big Bomb" Episode 057 for the same script but with a different title, first line.

Date Aired: 49/07/28
Episode Number: 008
Available: YES
Title: Missing Persons - Juanita Lasky
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Missing Persons Detail. You've never heard of Fountain Green Utah. You've never heard of Juanita Lasky. Los Angeles is a big city, 452 square miles, 3,356,969 people. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: Juanita Lasky has been reported missing by her mother. The story takes place at Christmas, despite the July broadcast date. Police have been one step behind her. When they catch up, she is found to be suffering from amnesia.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes:
  1. This episode contains census information showing essentially, the city's population has only increased 500,000 in 50 years. The more current information is Population, 2003 is 3,819,915 and Land Area, 2000 is 469 sq. miles.
  2. The story also includes FX information for a long distance call placed through the manual telephone system.

Date Aired: 49/08/04
Episode Number: 009
Available: YES
Title: Benny Trounsel - Narcotics
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. For more than two months doctors' offices have been burglarized, hospital pharmacies pillaged, drug stores robbed medical supply firms ransacked with one purpose in mind, the theft of narcotics. The criminals are expert, cunning, vicious. Your job... get them."
Plot Extension: It was Thursday, March 23rd. A small-time narcotics user named Benny Trounsel has been beaten to death shortly after tipping the cops to a new narcotics ring working at the hospital in town.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/08/11
Episode Number: 010
Available: YES
Title: Production #10
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide. There's a mad killer at large in your city. A woman has been brutally slain. The body mutilated. The picture is clear. The killer has a thirst for blood. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A homicidal maniac has killed and mutilated several young women on a cold and rainy night in Los Angele. Details of the crime lab activities are described. A massive manhunt is launched to find the killer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes: End of Show: Announcements for Saturday's NBC Shows, "Dangerous Assignment" and "Richard Diamond, Private Detective".

Date Aired: 49/08/18
Episode Number: 011
Available: YES
Title: Production #11
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A sudden wave of jewel thefts is sweeping the city. In 16 days, 16 burglaries have been committed. One each night, they bear the same trademark. Thousands of dollars of jewels are missing. The thief is a master at his trade. Your job...get 'em."
Plot Extension: There have been sixteen jewel burglaries in the last sixteen days, a very active thief! The trail leads to Walter Tracy. Finding the loot is a lot harder than finding Tracy.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan.
Notes: End of Show: Announcements for Saturday's NBC Shows, "Dangerous Assignment" and "Richard Diamond, Private Detective".

Date Aired: 49/08/25
Episode Number: 012
Available: YES
Title: Police Academy - Mario Koski
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. An armed gang of "blitz bandits" has started to work in your city. Their pace is fast, four and five robberies each night. The criminals are not amateurs; they're well armed, dangerous. Your job... get them."
Plot Extension: A gang of "blitz bandits" are committing three and four burglaries a night, eighteen liquor stores and restaurants. A young cop begins his police career at the same time.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Jeff Chandler as the new cop.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/09/01
Episode Number: 013
Available: YES
Title: Auto Burglaries - Myra the Redhead
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. In three months, more than 250 cars have been broken into. Property mounting well into thousands of dollars has been stolen. Two youthful members of the gang have been apprehended. The all important brains of the criminal ring, the leaders, are still at large. Your job... get them."
Plot Extension: The mysterious "Myra" has been using teams of youngsters to break into and steal valuables from parked automobiles.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr
Notes: End of Show: Announcement for the schedule change to Saturdays

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
07/07/49 09/01/49 NBC Thursday 10:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
09/03/49 10/01/49 NBC Saturday 7:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

Episode 014 begins the weekly end of show announcements identifying the Technical Advice received from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Date Aired: 49/09/03
Episode Number: 014
Available: YES
Title: Eric Kelby - Burried Body in Nursery
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man's wife has suddenly dropped from sight. On the surface it appears only as a routine missing person's case. You start to investigate, suspicion grows. There is evidence of possible foul play. Your job... find the woman or find her murderer."
Plot Extension: Agnes Kelby has disappeared from her house. Mr. Kelby is acting suspiciously. Something smells fishy!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Harry Morgan.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/09/10
Episode Number: 015
Available: YES
Title: Sullivan Kidnapping
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A twenty-two year old girl has disappeared. A letter has been received. It demands $30,000 for the girls return. The letter is signed The Wolf. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: "The Wolf" has kidnapped a girl and has demanded $30,000 ransom. An excellent, taut, police drama, emotional and hard hitting. Fingerprints off the ransom note provide a good lead. The greatest dragnet in LA history was activated to look for the girl and then for the girls killer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes: See December 13, 1951 Episode 131 for a program with a similar script.

Date Aired: 49/09/17
Episode Number: 016
Available: YES
Title: James Vickers - Cop Killing - Tunnel Chase
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Bureau. A police officer has been shot, mortally wounded. One of the suspects has been apprehended, the other is still at large. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A cop killer is shot and killed while attempting to escape during a transfer from the hospital to jail. The search for the other man in the car begins and leads to a major payroll holdup.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan plays two small parts.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/09/24
Episode Number: 017
Available: YES
Title: Brick-Bat Slayer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide. A mad killer is loose in the city. In every instance, he leaves the murder weapon behind. There are no fingerprints, no clues to the killers' identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A homicidal maniac, Carlos Monterey, who uses a brick-bat is on the loose. A large 1,000 man dragnet slowly gets him cornered.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes:

Date Aired: 49/10/01
Episode Number: 018
Available: YES
Title: Truck Hi-Jackers - Tom Laval
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A gang of hijackers has started to work in your city. Truckloads of valuable merchandise have vanished and the thieves are clever, seem to have a foolproof system. Your job... find them."
Plot Extension: Thomas Laval admits to being involved in a truck hijacking. While in custody, he jumps out of a window, but Sergeants Friday and Romeo are accused of pushing him to his death.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes: End of Show: An announcement is made that the next program in the series will be sponsored by Fatima cigarettes. Also the episode number 18 is announced. Also the new specific broadcast time is announced correctly as 10:30pm next Thursday immediately following The Supper Club.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
09/03/49 10/01/49 NBC Saturday 7:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
10/06/49 06/01/50 NBC Thursday 7:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

Beginning sustaining sponsorship of Fatima Cigarettes (L&M) through September 11, 1952.

Date Aired: 49/10/06
Episode Number: 019
Available: NO
Title: The Second-Hand Killer
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: Two officers are shot.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/10/13
Episode Number: 020
Available: NO
Title: The Big Buy - Narcotics
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: 175 oz. Heroin Released
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/10/20
Episode Number: 021
Available: NO
Title: Conrad Buckley - Anthracene
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: Burglarizing safes for 7 months
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/10/27
Episode Number: 022
Available: NO
Title: Hugh Taylor - Wife Murderer
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: A woman is brutally slain
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/11/03
Episode Number: 023
Available: NO
Title: Forgery - Johnny Casco, Marty Breen
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: Flooded worthless checks
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/11/10
Episode Number: 024
Available: NO
Title: Robbery-Murder - Juan Pedillo, Wesley Guttridge
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: Savage killer loose on the streets
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Lee Marvin.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/11/17
Episode Number: 025
Available: NO
Title: Bunco Detail - Harry Girard
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension: Citizens swindled out of $200,000
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/11/24
Episode Number: 026
Available: YES
Title: Mrs. Rinard, Albert Barry –- Mother-in-Law Murder
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A vicious killer has taken the life of a sixty-two year old woman. Suspicion points in only one direction. The murderer was heartless, cold-blooded. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Mr. Reynard's mother has been murdered, his wife is suspected of being the killer. Another example of time and charge long distance phone call. The importance of CSI detail is emphasized.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/12/01
Episode Number: 027
Available: YES
Title: Spring Street Gang - Juveniles
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A rash of crimes has broken out in your city. Suspicion points to an organized gang of juveniles. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of juveniles is hanging out on Spring Street. One of the gang members has been wounded; another is shot by a night watchman while committing a robbery.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/12/08
Episode Number: 028
Available: YES
Title: George Quan - The Jade Thumb Rings
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Eight thousand dollars worth of Chinese jade has been stolen. The criminal is vicious. His weapon, a handful of buckshot in a handkerchief. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A Chinaman has been badly beaten and his valuable jade has been stolen. The needed clue is supplied by an observant six year old boy. A reputable dealer organized the robbery as a pseudo retirement plan, expecting to sell the jade when she is released from prison.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. End of Show: "Dragnet honors the City of Knoxville, State of Tennessee and the men who make up the Knoxville Police Department. Another of America's great law enforcement agencies..."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima, Velvet Pipe Tobacco

Date Aired: 49/12/15
Episode Number: 029
Available: YES
Title: The Garbage Chute Murder - Laura Barclay
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young woman has been murdered. The body was discovered behind locked doors. The assassin is still at large. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Chief Ed Backstrand has retired and is replaced by new Chief of Detectives, Thad Brown. Laura Barclay has been strangled with a lamp cord. The killer seems to have entered through an unused garbage chute. This is another show emphasizing the important role of CSI.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/12/22
Episode Number: 030
Available: YES
Title: 22 Rifle for Christmas
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A small boy is reported missing from his home. His age, nine years. Foul play is suspected. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A young boy, son of a fireman, named Stanley Johnstone is missing, and so is the .22 caliber rifle he was going to get for Christmas.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, William P. Rousseau (director), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, William Johnstone.
Notes:
  1. This script is used as a Christmas program six times over the years: December 22, 1949 Episode 030, December 21, 1950 Episode 080, December 20, 1951 Episode 132, December 21, 1952 Episode 183, plus the rebroadcasts of December 20, 1955 Episode 331, and March 20, 1956 Episode 344.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 49/12/29
Episode Number: 031
Available: YES
Title: The Roseland Roof Murders
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A gang of holdup men have been running loose in your city. They've committed more than a dozen robberies. They're heavily armed, quick to shoot. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang that usually holds up drugstores robs and kills the manager of a dance hall. A stake-out in a garage yields results and a total of twelve guns. After trial, two of the gang break out of jail and have to be recaptured.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Opening Disclaimer: "Ladies and Gentlemen, for a more authentic presentation, portions of the program were actually recorded on the scene."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/01/05
Episode Number: 032
Available: YES
Title: Max Tyler - Escaped Convict
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two armed bandits have robbed a large jewelry store in your city. One of the suspects escapes, one is apprehended. He's identified as a friend of yours. Your job... send him to prison."
Plot Extension: The search for Max Tyler, a friend of Sergeant Friday who pulled an armed robbery shot Ben Romero, escaped from jail,
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/01/12
Episode Number: 033
Available: YES
Title: The Big Man - Part 1 (Narcotics)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Bureau. A vicious criminal has resumed operations in your city. His profession -- dealer in narcotics. You know his name. You know he's guilty. Your job... prove it."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday calls his mother to tell her that he's not going to be home for a while. He's going under cover to try to get evidence on the Flats gang of narcotics pushers. Friday finishes up his undercover assignment.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, William Conrad.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/01/19
Episode Number: 034
Available: YES
Title: The Big Man - Part 2 (Narcotics)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Bureau. For seven months you've been working with federal and state agents in breaking a narcotics ring. You've apprehended the small fry. Next in the line, the big man. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Friday returns to active duty from his undercover assignment. Arthur Z. Belmont is the number one man in the narcotics business on the west coast. A stakeout begins in Manhattan Beach.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough,
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

January 26, 1950 -- Special presentation of the NBC Supper Club extended into the Dragnet time slot, pre-empting the broadcast. Special guests Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope and Perry Como celebrate the opening of the world's newest most modern cigarette factory and research laboratories for Chesterfield. Maybe a blooper, sponsor's slogan is "Always Buy Chesterfield" on NBC.

Date Aired: 50/02/02
Episode Number: 035
Available: YES
Title: Claude Jimmerson - Child Killer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. Two small girls are reported missing. Somewhere between their homes and the neighborhood grocery store they dropped from sight. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: Two little girls, aged seven and eleven went missing about 3:45pm. Their pet collie is found beaten to death. Foul play is suspected.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Opening Disclaimer: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this program is for you, not your children. The subject is of vital importance to you as parents. This is the story of a vicious man."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/02/09
Episode Number: 036
Available: YES
Title: The Big Girl
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Sixteen persons have been robbed and beaten senseless. The victims describe the assailant as a tall, beautiful woman. Your job... stop her."
Plot Extension: The cops search for a big blonde who shoots her victims in cold blood. Is he possibly a man in woman's clothing?
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

February 16, 1950 -- Broadcast for February 16, 1950 was pre-empted for President Truman's address at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner from Washington DC.

Date Aired: 50/02/23
Episode Number: 037
Available: YES
Title: The Big Grifter
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Detail. An expert confidence man has resumed operations in your city. His criminal record dates back thirty-five years. He's a master in the art of the gentle swindle. Your job... stop him."
Plot Extension: "Gentleman Wallace," a born con-man, takes advantage of two used-car dealers, and many others.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. End of Show: "Dragnet wishes to thank the editors of True Detective magazine for their considered appraisal of this program. For those of you who may be interested, the behind-the-scenes story of Dragnet appears in the March issue of True Detective."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/03/02
Episode Number: 038
Available: YES
Title: The Big Kill
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A police officer is shot down on the front steps of his home. There's no apparent motive for the shooting. The assailant escapes in a blue sedan. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Jack Carver, just out of Folsom, is suspected of killing a cop for revenge. Friday poses as a criminal in jail to find the missing murder weapon.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. End of Show: "Dragnet wishes to thank the editors of Radio Best Magazine for their considerate appraisal of this program. For those of you who may be interested, a novelized version of Dragnet appears in the April issue of Radio Best."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/03/09
Episode Number: 039
Available: YES
Title: The Big Thank You
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A confessed murderess is paroled from the state prison for women. After seven months the parole office loses contact with her. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: Annie Johnson, a woman on parole from a murder conviction, is suspected of harming Laura Muller, the woman responsible for her parole. And she has disappeared.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. The editors of Radio Television Life magazine names Dragnet "Outstanding New Radio Program of the last season".

Date Aired: 50/03/16
Episode Number: 040
Available: YES
Title: The Big Boys
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Four young hoodlums wanted for a series of robberies are headed for your city. They're armed, reckless, cold-blooded. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of four robbers and their puppy have come to Los Angeles from San Francisco, planning to pull a job. A long stake-out with an alcoholic desk clerk provides results.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/03/23
Episode Number: 041
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gangster (Part 1)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. Attempts have been made on the life of a notorious hoodlum in your city. His death could mean an open gang war. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: Who has taken a shot at Gus Valentine? Even though he's on the wrong side of the law, the cops must protect him... and fail!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/03/30
Episode Number: 042
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gangster (Part 2)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A notorious hoodlum in your city has been shot to death. A gang war is threatened if his followers seek revenge. Your job... find the killers."
Plot Extension: The search for the killers of Gus Valentine continues.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/04/06
Episode Number: 043
Available: YES
Title: The Big Book
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. The high schools in your city have been flooded with obscene literature. You stamp out one source and a dozen more spring up. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Obscene "comic" books are being sold in high schools. Friday and Romero make a presentation to the local PTA. The trail leads to a cigar stand downtown and "Barney", then eventually to the printer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/04/13
Episode Number: 044
Available: YES
Title: The Big Watch
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Vicious gunmen have committed assaults, robberies, attempted murders. Their victims, army officers stationed in your city. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of "Hitch-Hike Bandits" are assaulting and killing soldiers.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Title, but not the script, re-used on Episode 249.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/04/20
Episode Number: 045
Available: YES
Title: The Big Trial
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Accident Investigation, Felony Detail. In the early hours of the morning a woman pedestrian is struck down by a hit-and-run driver. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: Sheila Gordon is the victim of a hit and run driver. After three months of grueling police work, she takes a payoff not to show up for the trial of the guy who hit her.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/04/27
Episode Number: 046
Available: YES
Title: The Big Job
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco-Fugitive Detail. You receive information an escaped criminal is hiding out in your city. He's dangerous, he may be armed. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: While trying to arrest Alfred Garvey, an off-duty cop about to go on vacation is shot and killed.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Also available from AFRS.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/05/04
Episode Number: 047
Available: YES
Title: The Big Badge
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. For two months a depraved criminal has been at work in your city. Men and women have been robbed, brutally attacked. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: "The Badge Bandit" has struck fifteen times, but is now trapped in Laurel Canyon. Friday and Policewoman Dorothy Rivers are on stake out. She asks Friday to go to a dance in two weeks. Friday replies he doesn't have a tux. At the end of the show Friday asks his mother if he still has his tux.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/05/11
Episode Number: 048
Available: YES
Title: The Big Knife
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A potential killer roams the halls of one of the high schools in your city. Girl students have been brutally slashed by the criminal. Your job... stop him."
Plot Extension: Twenty one girls have been knifed while at high school. Who is doing it?
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/05/18
Episode Number: 049
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pug
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. An elderly woman on her way to the bank has been robbed and beaten senseless. The suspects are cruel, ruthless. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Two criminals rob and beat up Myrtle Shaw, the owner of a cafe in the parking lot of a bank. Friday lets us know he is a dog lover. Friday had to get change for a dime to use the pay phone, $0.05.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/05/25
Episode Number: 050
Available: YES
Title: The Big Key
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman has been murdered, her identity unknown. The body shows the marks of a savage attack. Your job... find the killer."
Plot Extension: Maria Comacho is found dead in a churchyard. The clues are meager: a key, a pen, a shoe polish smear.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Title is repeated on Episode 271, but is a completely different script.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/06/01
Episode Number: 051
Available: YES
Title: The Big Fake
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Personnel Division. A resident of your city files a report of robbery and assault. The suspect, a rookie police officer. Your job... arrest him!"
Plot Extension: A drunk accuses a rookie cop of beating him up, robbing him, and breaking his arm.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Opening Show Announcement: Be sure to listen to the important promo at the end of the show.
  2. End of Show: Announces change in broadcast schedule "In response to thousands of letters requesting Dragnet be broadcast at an earlier hour--" Show will be broadcast one half hour earlier beginning June 8th.
  3. Sponsored by Fatima

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
10/06/49 06/01/50 NBC Thursday 7:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
06/08/50 08/17/50 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

Date Aired: 50/06/08
Episode Number: 052
Available: YES
Title: The Big Smart Guy
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman has been shot to death. The apparent motive, robbery. The killer is still at large. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: Elizabeth Benham has been shot and killed by a robber. Jack Morrison, also known as Tommy Kane, is the suspect.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/06/15
Episode Number: 053
Available: YES
Title: The Big Purse
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Scores of lone women have been beaten and robbed. The victims have been unable to identify the criminals. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: Two young purse-snatchers, who also beat their victims, are working in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. First Anniversary Episode: The announcer makes an announcement before the story thanking everyone involved on the first anniversary of the program. After the story, W. A. Warton, Chief of Police of Los Angeles, congratulates the show.

Date Aired: 50/06/22
Episode Number: 054
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mink
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. The owner of the fur store has been shot and killed. Your only lead, a missing fur coat. The killer is at large. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: A furrier named Albert Criver has been shot and killed, his wife finds the body. One mink coat has been taken. Albert's 1940 Oldsmobile is also missing. The wife mentions the license keychain tag distributed by the Veteran's Administration.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/06/29
Episode Number: 055
Available: YES
Title: The Big Grab
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman has disappeared, taken from her home by a man posing as a police officer. Your job... find her!"
Plot Extension: Professor Kessell's wife has been kidnapped. The show features a moving scene of a Seder (the ceremonial dinner on the first night [or both nights] of Passover.)
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. AFRS, similar script, same title, re-used on Episode 305.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/07/06
Episode Number: 056
Available: YES
Title: The Big Frame
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Hit and Run Felony Detail. A dead body is found in the streets, in the early hours of the morning. There's only one clue: a set of skid marks on the pavement. Your job... find the killer!"
Plot Extension: Stokes has been the victim of a hit and run driver... or is there a conspiracy?
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/07/13
Episode Number: 057
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bomb
First Line Narrative and Plot: "Ladies and gentlemen, this true story concerns the heart of a great city. It took 58 minutes to resolve the question of its safety or its total destruction. This is the story of those 58 minutes. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."
Plot Extension: Vernon Carney is threatening to blow up the Los Angeles City Hall unless his brother Elwood is released from jail.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Richard Boone.
Notes:
  1. See July 21, 1949 Episode 007, "Attempted City Hall Bombing" for the same script with a different title and first line, broadcast a year earlier.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima
  3. This plot was probably reused for the Dragnet television premier, "The Human Bomb", December 16, 1952.

Date Aired: 50/07/20
Episode Number: 058
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gent (Part 1)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A hold up has been committed in a neighboring city. A bystander is shot to death, two others are wounded. The bandits are ruthless, well armed. Your job... get em!"
Plot Extension: Unusually, Friday narrates a bland description of the day to day life of him and Romero over the past several months. Friday and Romero track down a rich man who robs and kills, even after an eighteen year stay in prison. Stanley T. Webber is captured but his partner, The Gentleman Bandit, Frank Cheney is still at large.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show: Next week, Frank Cheney, The Gentleman Bandit, Part Two.

Date Aired: 50/07/27
Episode Number: 059
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gent (Part 2)
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Three persons are shot down in a twelve thousand dollar hold up. One of the bandits is apprehended, convicted and sent to prison for life. The other one is still at large. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: Friday has a message to call to fellow officer, Dorothy Rivers, about her lost purse and their date at the movies last night. Friday gets up the courage to ask her to have dinner with him at his mothers next week. The hunt for "The Gentleman Bandit" continues thanks to a tip from Cheney’s father, leading to his capture at a freighter loading dynamite in the harbor.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/08/03
Episode Number: 060
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dare
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman is knifed to death in her home. The body bears the mark of inhuman attack. The killer escapes. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: The son discovers his brutally slain mother at home. His single mom had several boy friends, the jealous boy friend didn't like her having other boy friends. The killer's sister arranges for his surrender.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. Jack Webb is sound effects compulsive – in the market scene of this episode, a customer purchases five items, you can hear the five items being rung up on the manual adding machine and then you can hear the five items being placed in the paper bag.

Date Aired: 50/08/10
Episode Number: 061
Available: YES
Title: The Big Actor
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. A large hospital in your city is held up. Ten thousand dollars in high grade narcotics is stolen. The bandits escape. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: $10,000 worth of narcotics has been stolen from St. Christopher's Hospital pharmacy.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show Announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, starting Thursday, August 24th, that's two weeks from tonight, Dragnet will be heard one hour earlier, at 9:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings time."

Date Aired: 50/08/17
Episode Number: 062
Available: YES
Title: The Big Youngster
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A vicious case of wanton and willful destruction of private property occurs in your city. Suspicion points to a juvenile. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: A young boy confesses to a murder. When no body is found, Arnold Waterman is suspected of vandalizing a lawyer's office.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. Before Show Announcement: "Next week, Thursday, August 24th, Dragnet will be heard one hour earlier, at 9:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings time."
  3. End of Show Announcement: "Next week, Thursday, August 24th, Dragnet will be heard one hour earlier, at 9:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings time."

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
06/08/50 08/17/50 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
08/24/50 12/20/51 NBC Thursday 9:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero

Date Aired: 50/08/24
Episode Number: 063
Available: YES
Title: The Big Chance
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You answer an early morning call. A police officer on patrol duty disappears. Any attempt to contact him by car radio fails. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: A highway patrolman has disappeared from his cruiser, out in the countryside. His cruiser was found with the motor running and lights on.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show Announcement: In a most unusual announcement, similar to Crime Stoppers of the 21st Century, the announcer reads the following: "Ladies and gentlemen, The Los Angeles Police Department requests the cooperation of all Dragnet listeners in the following police matter. The Los Angeles Police Department would like any and all information regarding a gun fitting the following description: 38 caliber special Smith and Wesson revolver, Gold Seal model. The gun has a blue steel 4" barrel. The serial number is 210088. If you have any information as to the past or present whereabouts of this gun, contact Chief W. H. Parker, Chief of Police, Los Angeles, CA. This is a very important matter. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Thank You."

Date Aired: 50/08/31
Episode Number: 064
Available: YES
Title: The Big Check
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. An accomplished check forger is at work in your city. His victims, small businessmen. You know his MO, you don't know his identity. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: Friday and Romero track down Harry Johansson, a check forger who passes dozens of small checks... all of them bad! The program starts with Friday visiting his mother at 4656 Collis Ave. His mother always calls him Joseph!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/09/07
Episode Number: 065
Available: YES
Title: The Big Poison
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An old couple suddenly disappear from one of the fashionable neighborhoods in your city. There is no trace of them. Not a clue to their whereabouts. Foul play is suspected. Your job... find them."
Plot Extension: Mr. and Mrs. Apperson, an elderly couple, have disappeared. A bottle of cyanide points to a grim conclusion, the live-in nephew.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/09/14
Episode Number: 066
Available: YES
Title: The Big Make
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A small bakery shop in your city is held up. A man and his daughter are shot down without reason. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday tracks down the robber at Stendahl's Bakery Shop. He has also has shot the owners.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/09/21
Episode Number: 067
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pair
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. Unidentified thieves start a campaign of burglaries in your city. Homes are broken into and stripped of their furnishings. There is no lead on the criminals. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: A couple run a racket of selling all the furniture in the houses of families out of town, starting with the house of a little girl and her grandfather.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/09/28
Episode Number: 068
Available: YES
Title: The Big Death
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant... you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A socially prominent citizen is plotting to kill his wife. You gain his confidence [Not included in spoken word]. He tells you his plans for the murder. He hires you to do the killing. Your job... stop 'em"
Plot Extension: A man decides to kill his wife, and hires Joe Friday for the job!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. Title re-used on Episode 293.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/10/05
Episode Number: 069
Available: YES
Title: The Big 38
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A store clerk has been murdered, shot to death in a robbery. The holdup man is described as tall, well dressed. He escapes in a taxi cab. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Seven armed robberies have been committed in the past 16 days. The holdup man escapes in taxi cabs. Number of the cab was covered up some way. The cab driver is the accomplice.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/10/12
Episode Number: 070
Available: YES
Title: The Big Quack
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A man posing as a doctor is burglarizing homes in your city. You have his description. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: Marla Hutchins commits suicide after being robbed by a phony Dr. Schulte, owner of the Los Angeles College of Psychotherapeutics.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dragnet honors the 57th Annual Conference of the Chiefs of Police. The Chief from Los Angeles reads a certificate for The Award of Merit to the staff during the program on October 12, 1950.

Date Aired: 50/10/19
Episode Number: 071
Available: YES
Title: The Big Grandma
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. An accomplished check forger resumes operations in your city. The suspect's described as a middle aged woman. She's written more than twenty thousand dollars in bad checks. Your job... get her!"
Plot Extension: An elderly woman has been passing bad checks for the last nine years! She looks like everyone's grandmother, and never passes a bad check between May and October!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/10/26
Episode Number: 072
Available: YES
Title: The Big Meet
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. A gang of veteran dope peddlers moves in to your city. They offer a hundred thousand dollars worth of heroin for sale. They make their contacts. They're ready to do business. Your job... stop them!"
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday tries to trap Howard Scully, a careful narcotics wholesaler, by going undercover and posing as a buyer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/11/02
Episode Number: 073
Available: YES
Title: The Big Church
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant... you're assigned to Homicide Detail. The life of a young woman is in danger. Anonymous letters and phone calls threaten her with murder. The notes bear the mark of a fanatic. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A new member of the congregation receives threatening letters. Police suspect fraud until a faked attack confirms their suspicion. Second Reformed Church of the Holy Book is the name of the church.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/11/09
Episode Number: 074
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mother
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A newborn baby is taken from a hospital nursery. There is no trace of the infant. There is no trace of the abductor. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: One of the three day old Striker baby twins has been stolen from Mercy Hospital.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/11/16
Episode Number: 075
Available: YES
Title: The Big Parrot
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man and his wife are found dead in a rooming house. A dead parrot lies on the floor beside them. The killer set fire to the room to cover his tracks. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: Arson in a rooming house is set to cover up a double murder.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/11/23
Episode Number: 076
Available: YES
Title: The Big Betty
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned a Bunco Detail. A gang of petty swindlers has set up operations in your city. They're experienced, cunning; they work fast. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: A bunco gang has been working the obituary racket, selling worthless merchandise to the relatives of the deceased.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/11/30
Episode Number: 077
Available: YES
Title: The Big Car
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective Sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. In four months fifteen food markets in your city have been held up and robbed. The bandit is well dressed, well armed. Your job... stop him!"
Plot Extension: A man confesses to robbing fifteen food markets, but he's not the real thief! A bright red Pontiac provides a clue.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough,
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima, Chesterfield
  2. Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial) on this episode.

Date Aired: 50/12/07
Episode Number: 078
Available: YES
Title: The Big Picture
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A pair of fake talent scouts are at work in your city. Their victims; young girls seeking careers in Hollywood. The criminals are (a) vicious, relentless. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday breaks a vicious Los Angeles pornography ring.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/12/14
Episode Number: 079
Available: YES
Title: The Big Break
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. You've been tracking a hold up man for months. You finally get a line on where he's hiding. You know he's dangerous, well armed. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: After a shoot-out, George Hoffman is arrested but escapes at his arraignment by climbing down the side of a building! After joining the army, Hoffman borrows $5 from Friday and Romero.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima, Chesterfield
  2. Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial) on this episode.

Date Aired: 50/12/21
Episode Number: 080
Available: YES
Title: 22 Rifle for Christmas
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A small boy is reported missing from his home: His age, nine years. Foul play is suspected. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: A young boy named Stanley Johnstone is missing, and so is the .22 caliber rifle he was going to get for Christmas.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, William P. Rousseau (director), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, William Johnstone.
Notes:
  1. This script is used as a Christmas program six times over the years: December 22, 1949 Episode 030, December 21, 1950 Episode 080, December 20, 1951 Episode 132, December 21, 1952 Episode 183, plus the rebroadcasts of December 20, 1955 Episode 331, and March 20, 1956 Episode 344.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 50/12/28
Episode Number: 081
Available: YES
Title: The Big Family
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned a Missing Persons Detail. A wealthy businessman in your city drops from sight. There is no trace of him. There's no apparent reason for his disappearance. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: A wealthy family man's car is found on the dock, an apparent suicide scenario but there's no body. Final analysis is a man trying to get away from it all. A lot of missing persons police work, no laws were broken.
Cast: Jack Webb
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima, Chesterfield

Date Aired: 51/01/04
Episode Number: 082
Available: YES
Title: The Big Holdup
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A potential killer is on the loose in your city. He's robbed six people. For no reason at all he beats his victims senseless. He moves fast, he's well armed. Your job... stop him!"
Plot Extension: "The Rattlesnake Bandit" takes great pleasure in beating up his victims, before shooting them.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima, Chestfield

Date Aired: 51/01/11
Episode Number: 083
Available: YES
Title: The Big Jump
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned a Homicide Detail. A man crouches on the window ledge of a downtown building, thirteen stories above the street. He threatens to leap to his death within the hour. Your job... stop him!"
Plot Extension: Walter Harrison is on a thirteenth floor ledge, threatening to jump.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/01/18
Episode Number: 084
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dance
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. For three months you've been tracking a pair of hold-up men. There is no pattern to their operation. They're young; they're brutal. Your job... stop 'em!"
Plot Extension: "The Kid Bandits" are robbing and beating their victims. A pack of matches leads Friday to Fred Guenther.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/01/25
Episode Number: 085
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tomato
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Narcotics Detail. A band of dope peddlers launches a full scale operation in your city. Their merchandise marijuana: Their victims' high school students. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: A high school boy named Kenneth Morrow is killed in an auto accident. He had been using marijuana! Friday and the cops track down "The Big Tomato."
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. The editors of Motion Picture Daily and Fame magazine name Jack Webb, "the most promising star of tomorrow" and Dragnet "the best radio program of its type" for 1950.

Date Aired: 51/02/01
Episode Number: 086
Available: YES
Title: The Big Children
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. You receive a complaint about an eight year old boy and his sister. A neighbor reports they've been going from door to door begging for food. Supposedly the children are from well to do parents. Your job... investigate!"
Plot Extension: Mrs. Kessler is missing. Her children are begging for food. One of them soon dies... aged twenty two months!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes:
  1. This is a different program than February 2, 1954 Episode 233.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima
  3. Winner of the "Motion Picture Herald Fame Award" announcement.

Date Aired: 51/02/08
Episode Number: 087
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cast
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. Twelve men drop completely from sight over a short period of time. There's evidence of foul play. Four months pass; you finally locate the main suspect in the case. Your job... pick him up!"
Plot Extension: Over a dozen men have disappeared without a trace, and one of them is Paul Davis.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. Winner of the "Motion Picture Herald Fame Award" announcement.

Date Aired: 51/02/15
Episode Number: 088
Available: YES
Title: The Big Crime
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A worried mother calls your office and reports that her four year old twin girls are missing. Hours pass; the children fail to turn up. Your job... find 'em!"
Plot Extension: Four-year old twins have disappeared.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer), W. H. Parker (technical advisor, Chief of Police of Los Angeles).
Notes:
  1. Pre-Show Opening: "Ladies and gentlemen this program is for you, not your children."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/02/22
Episode Number: 089
Available: YES
Title: The Big Couple
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Bunco Detail. A husband and wife confidence team has shifted operation to your city. Their criminal record dates back seventeen years. They're masters in the art of swindling. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Herbert are a confidence team specializing in victimizing churches and clergymen.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Pre-Show Opening: Crime prevention week announcement
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/03/01
Episode Number: 090
Available: YES
Title: The Big Partner
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. A lone bandit robs a jewelry store in broad daylight. He takes five thousand dollars in precious stones. He's reckless; he's well armed. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: The robber gets caught after causing a traffic collision during his attempted escape. Then the robber escapes from the lockup and must be captured again.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/03/08
Episode Number: 091
Available: YES
Title: The Big New Years
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. It's New Years Eve in your city and you're on special duty. Thousands of people crowd downtown streets. One of them is a killer. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: A veteran cop is murdered. Friday notifies the wife. A club owner identifies a drug addict as the probable suspect. The killer is convicted of manslaughter and paroled in 6 years.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/03/15
Episode Number: 092
Available: YES
Title: The Big Ben
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. A man is pulled from his car on a deserted street. He's robbed, beaten viciously; his car is stolen. The criminal makes good his escape. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: Harvey Kimbrel is beaten and robbed on his way to work. In the course of the investigation, Sergeant Friday is shot.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/03/22
Episode Number: 093
Available: YES
Title: The Big Trunk
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. An attractive divorcée disappears from her home. There's no lead to her whereabouts; there's evidence of foul play. Your job... find her!"
Plot Extension: Divorcee Josephine Allen was last seen hanging up clothes in her back yard.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Script re-used on Episode 264.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/03/29
Episode Number: 094
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lover
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned the Bunco Detail. For the past year a confidence man has been cheating women in your city. You finally get a lead on him. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: A confidence man named Benton proposes marriage to a Mrs. Harris to fleece her out of $100.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/04/05
Episode Number: 095
Available: YES
Title: The Big Friend
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned the Homicide Detail. A phone call comes into your office from a man who tells you his wife has been murdered. He's not sure who the killer is. Your job... find him!"
Plot Extension: Mr. Gray reports that his wife Hazel has been murdered, but he can't tell the same story about how it happened twice!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. Ad for Red Cross at end centering on support of troops
  3. "Thanks to Quick magazine for this week's salute to Jack Webb."

Date Aired: 51/04/12
Episode Number: 096
Available: YES
Title: The Big Threat
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned a Robbery Detail. A middle aged businessman in your city is robbed and beaten senseless. The hold-up men escape. The victim refuses to report the crime. Your job... investigate!"
Plot Extension: Louis Butler has been beaten and robbed, but doesn't want to tell the police about it, because of threats against his family.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. This show announced an award for "favorite show of its type of 1950" from Radio Television Mirror magazine.

Date Aired: 51/04/19
Episode Number: 097
Available: YES
Title: The Big Speech
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. A doctor is severely beaten, robbed and left in critical condition. Suspicion points to a narcotics addict. Your job... get him!"
Plot Extension: A young kid has pistol-whipped a doctor and stolen a large quantity of narcotics. Sergeant Friday's mother listens to a speech against the teen-age use of narcotics from her son Joseph. Friday lives at 1456 Collis Ave, Los Angeles.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. The current owners of the property at this Collis Avenue address are keenly aware of the history

Date Aired: 51/04/26
Episode Number: 098
Available: YES
Title: The Big Saint
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a Detective Sergeant; you're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. A well organized ring of car thieves begins operations in your city. It's one of the most puzzling cases you've ever encountered. Your job... break it!"
Plot Extension: A ring of car thieves come to town. A 1949 Cadillac implicates Herman Lester's salvage business in a stolen car racket. Herman Lester's salvage business likely to slow due to Korean War.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show: "The Federal Civil Defense Administration will send you an Air Raid Instruction Sheet" for five cents.

Date Aired: 51/05/03
Episode Number: 099
Available: YES
Title: The Big Casing
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned a Homicide Detail. You go to an apartment house in answer to a shooting and dead body call. Her husband, Andrew, tells you it's suicide; the facts show it to be murder. Your job... find out!"
Plot Extension: Marie Robertson has been shot dead with a .45 automatic. Her husband, Andrew, says it was suicide, but it looks like murder.
Cast: Barton Yarborough, Jack Webb, James Moser (writer)
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. James M. Fox, President of the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers Of America, presents Jim Moser, Dragnet's scriptwriter, with the Edgar Allan Poe Radio Award.

Date Aired: 51/05/10
Episode Number: 100
Available: YES
Title: The Big Drills
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Burglary Detail. For the past eighteen weeks a gang of safe men have been breaking in to large grocery stores all over the city. They work fast; you can't localize their operations. Your job... get 'em!"
Plot Extension: A gang of safe crackers has targeted the Wilson Bros Markets and stole over $100,000.
Cast: Barton Yarborough, Jack Webb, James Moser (writer)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. This episode ends with: "We wish to gratefully acknowledge the Michael Award presented by the Academy of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences. The Academy voted Dragnet the finest program of its kind. It is with deep humility that Dragnet accepts this citation, the highest award bestowed by the radio and television industry."

Date Aired: 51/05/17
Episode Number: 101
Available: YES
Title: The Big Blast
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young mother is murdered in bed while her seven year old son sleeps by her side. The killer was vicious and cunning. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Josephine Stevens has been murdered with a shotgun, as her seven year old boy watched!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. The May 17, 1951 program begins "Fatima Cigarettes is proud to present its Academy Award winning radio show"
  3. End of Show: "Dragnet wishes to thank Sheriff Brian Clemens of the parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, for the appointment of Sergeant Joe Friday and Sergeant Ben Romero as honorary deputy sheriffs. Our sincere thanks to Sheriff Clemens."

Date Aired: 51/05/24
Episode Number: 102
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mailman
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. A United States postal inspector comes to your office. You've received the same complaints he has. Somebody is stealing mail in your city. Your job... help get him."
Plot Extension: The search for Harvey Fletcher, a mail thief
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/05/31
Episode Number: 103
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bindle
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. You receive information that one of your city's most fashionable hotels is being used as the clearing house for high grade heroin. Evidence points to a narcotics ring, the center of distribution. Your job... break it."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday pretends that he's from Phoenix. He goes undercover to crack a narcotics ring operating out of one of the nicest hotels in Los Angeles.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/06/07
Episode Number: 104
Available: YES
Title: The Big Impostor
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Missing Persons Detail. A ten year old boy disappears from his home in a remote section of the city. Two nights and two days pass. There's not a trace of the boy. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Jimmy Sherman, a ten year old boy has disappeared for 2 days. The boy's grandfather has collapsed after his blue jeans were found by the reservoir. Later, the boy is found safe near Dayton, Ohio, but is it the same boy?
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/06/14
Episode Number: 105
Available: YES
Title: The Big Building
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A wealthy society woman in your city vanishes. Two months pass before her disappearance is reported to the police. There is suspicion of foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A dentist named Dr. Robert Marston reports that his wife Louise, a wealthy society woman, is missing.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima


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