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Dragnet: Episodes 106 - 212

From June 21, 1951 through September 1, 1953:

Date Aired: 51/06/21
Episode Number: 106
Available: YES
Title: The Big Run
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Accident Investigation Hit and Run Detail. You receive a call that two elderly women have been struck down in a crosswalk by a hit and run driver. The women lie in Georgia Street hospital. Their condition is critical. Your job... find the driver."
Plot Extension: Two old women are killed at a crosswalk by a young hit and run driver.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/06/28
Episode Number: 107
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cliff
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An elderly man reports the sudden death of his wife. He claims he awoke in the morning to find her dead on the floor of their bedroom. The cause of death is not apparent. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: An old woman named Gertrude Turner, has been found dead. The autopsy reveals "death by suffocation." Sixty seven year old Mr. Turner is the main suspect.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/07/05
Episode Number: 108
Available: YES
Title: The Big Love
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman and her two year old child disappear suddenly. There's no apparent reason for it. Five days pass. No trace of them. Your job... find them."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Gorman has disappeared with her two year old daughter. Mr. Gorman suspects his wife's boyfriend, Ralph Kane who's is involved in a TV repair racket.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. The program begins with an interesting warning: "Ladies and gentlemen, this program is for you, not your children!" The story is a portrait of a most unusual mother.

Date Aired: 51/07/12
Episode Number: 109
Available: YES
Title: The Big Set Up
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A gang of clever thieves are at work in your city. In three months they've looted fashionable homes of $100,000 in furs and jewels. There's no clue to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Three men have robbed 12 homes of $100,000 of furs and jewelry for over 3 months. The cops break up the burglary ring that's being run by a hatcheck girl who's also the spotter.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. This is not the same program as , "The Big Set-Up" show, despite similar titles.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/07/19
Episode Number: 110
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sophomore
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. Dozens of petty theft cases are reported in one of the residential areas in your city. The victims – neighborhood businessmen. The suspects – teenage high school students. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A young boy named Harry Dunbar admits a series of petty thefts, but is reluctant to explains his reasons.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/07/26
Episode Number: 111
Available: YES
Title: The Big Late Script
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A well known businessman in your city disappears suddenly from his home. He's seen driving away from the house in the company of two unidentified men. There's no explanation for it. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A successful businessman named Tony Richmond has been kidnapped and held for a $20,000 ransom.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show: At the end of the episode, there is an appeal for listeners to donate $5 million to the Red Cross for the Flood Relief Appeal. This money was in support of the people of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois affected by the recent floods. (There were disastrous floods on July 13, 1951 in the Midwest especially effecting Fort Riley Barracks, Manhattan, and Topeka Kansas on the Kaw River, and Kansas City and other Missouri towns along the Missouri river.)

Date Aired: 51/08/02
Episode Number: 112
Available: NO
Title: The Big Cop
First Line Narrative and Plot:
Plot Extension:
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/08/09
Episode Number: 113
Available: YES
Title: The Big Screen
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Detail. You begin to receive reports of a vicious new racket growing in your city - the television repair racket. The repairmen lie, overcharge, bill you for work not done, for parts not needed; for parts they don't install. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: With the help of the Los Angeles News, the police tackle a new and growing problem, crooked TV repairmen. The target: "Chaney's Video Repair."
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. Opening Warning: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the documented story you will hear during the next thirty minutes is not a subject commonly discussed. It is a criminal problem that is not yet nation wide. But it's a problem which is growing rapidly. We present it now so that you may recognize it for what it is if and when it invades your city."
  2. End of Show: After the story, Jack Webb and George Fenneman explain some of the police terms used on the program.
  3. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/08/16
Episode Number: 114
Available: YES
Title: The Big Winchester
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An elderly man is found dead in the living room of his home. There's a single bullet hole in his chest. On the surface, it appears the man took his own life, but the evidence points to the opposite. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: An elderly man is found an apparent suicide; however a possibility of murder exists.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/08/23
Episode Number: 115
Available: YES
Title: The Big In-Laws
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A gang of hijackers has set up operations in your city. Truckloads of merchandise worth thousands of dollars vanish completely. The criminals know their business. Their system appears foolproof. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of truck hijackers are at work. First a shipment of liquor, then toothbrushes are taken!
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show: At the end of the episode there was another (follow up from July 26, 1951 plea) short appeal for listeners to contribute to the Red Cross to support the July flood victims in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois.

Date Aired: 51/08/30
Episode Number: 116
Available: YES
Title: The Big Crazy
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A thirty year old woman is missing. Three months pass before her disappearance is reported. There's not a trace of the woman. No lead to her whereabouts. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: Friday meets a man who brags he's murdered his wife. A mental case?
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/09/06
Episode Number: 117
Available: YES
Title: The Big 17
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Bureau. A series of crimes suddenly starts among teenage children in your city. Robberies, burglaries, bodily assault. There doesn't seem to be any reason for it. The crime wave grows. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: A teen-age riot in a movie theatre leads to the discovery of a marijuana and goof-ball ring. The seventeen year old "pusher" is about to start distributing much stronger narcotics.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/09/13
Episode Number: 118
Available: YES
Title: The Big Waiter
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A sixty four year old shopkeeper is found murdered. Beaten to death in the back room of his store. The body bears the marks of a savage attack. There's no trace of the killer. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: An elderly shopkeeper is brutally beaten to death. It seems he had a roving eye for the ladies.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/09/20
Episode Number: 119
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sour
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two armed bandits invade the home of an elderly couple in your city. The aging husband is tortured unmercifully before he reveals the hiding place of his valuables. The two thieves make good their escape. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Seventy one year old Wendell McClung has been beaten and tortured by two jewel thieves.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. End of Show: At the end of the episode, there is an appeal for listeners to donate clothes for Koreans to help them get through the hard winter.

Date Aired: 51/09/27
Episode Number: 120
Available: YES
Title: The Big September Man
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An attractive blonde secretary is found beaten to death in a downtown office building. You've only one lead to start with. A length of steel pipe wrapped in heavy paper. There's no trace of the killer. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A secretary named Adele Pryor has been found beaten to death with a steel pipe. A drunken man is found two blocks away...beating his head against a concrete wall.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/10/04
Episode Number: 121
Available: YES
Title: The Big Want Ad
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. A gang of criminals masquerading as legitimate auto dealers start to work in your city. Innocent people are cheated out of thousands of dollars. The thieves are clever. They work a foolproof formula. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Palmer sold her car to Joseph Newhall of Dan Barton used cars and was not paid and the car lot never heard of Newhall.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/10/11
Episode Number: 122
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shoplift
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A wave of shoplifting breaks out in your city. There's no pattern to the thief's operations. There are no leads. Weeks pass. The number of thefts keep growing. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A series of shopliftings are plaguing a shopping district. The clues point to a kleptomaniac.
Cast: Jack Webb, George Fenneman (announcer), Barton Yarborough.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/10/18
Episode Number: 123
Available: YES
Title: The Big Story Man
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A dozen churches in your city are victimized by a team of experienced safe burglars. You track the suspects for weeks. You finally apprehend three men. Your job... convict them."
Plot Extension: Three men are being held and questioned for breaking into 12 Churches.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/10/25
Episode Number: 124
Available: YES
Title: The Big Market
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A pair of bandits is staging a rapid fire campaign of hold ups in your city. In twenty one days, eleven food markets have been robbed. The hold ups go on. The suspects are still unidentified. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Two men are robbing large supermarkets on main streets using stolen get away cars.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/11/01
Episode Number: 125
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lease
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A wealthy, retired businessman suddenly disappears. You've got two possibilities to work on. Suspicion of suicide. Suspicion of foul play. There's no lead to the man's whereabouts. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Chester Dillon has disappeared; a portrait of foul play gradually becomes evident.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. Special Announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen. Tonight in Miami, Florida, a group of men are gathered together for their annual conference. For their day-in, day-out service to the public, Dragnet honors the 58th annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/11/08
Episode Number: 126
Available: YES
Title: The Big Hit-Run Killer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Traffic Investigation, Hit-Run Felony Detail. An elderly woman and her nine year old grandson are struck down in a pedestrian cross walk by a speeding truck. The woman is killed instantly. Witnesses fail to get the license number. The hit-run driver escapes. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A bakery truck has run down and killed an old woman and her grandson.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/11/15
Episode Number: 127
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bungalow
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. One of your informants contacts you by telephone. He says he wants to see you immediately. He claims knowledge of more than two dozen burglaries committed in your city. He offers the information despite threats against his own life. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A stool pigeon tips Sergeant Friday that Jeff Allen is pulling a series of second story jobs.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
Notes:
  1. End of Show: The final commercial encourages blood donation and makes reference to the Korean War (fewer deaths per hundred soldiers sent to front-line hospitals than in World War II thanks to blood donations).
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/11/22
Episode Number: 128
Available: YES
Title: The Big Hands
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An unidentified woman is found murdered in a hotel room. Cause of death, strangulation. There's no lead to the identity of the killer. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A well dressed woman is found brutally strangled in a cheap hotel room. Sergeant Friday tracks down the killer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/11/29
Episode Number: 129
Available: YES
Title: The Big Affair
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. An unidentified armed bandit starts a campaign of jewelry store holdups in your city. The robberies are carefully planned, carefully executed. The bandit commits brutal attacks on each of the victims. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A French woman is the only witness to a jewelry robbery in which the clerk was badly beaten. A tap dancer is also interviewed.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer), James Moser (writer), Hal Gibney (host), Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann, Vic Perrin.
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  2. Keeping to the theme of highlighting sound effects in the show, this episode contains about a minute of a tap dance routine.

Date Aired: 51/12/06
Episode Number: 130
Available: YES
Title: The Big Canaries
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A forty year old mother is found murdered in the bedroom of her home. The body bears the marks of a savage attack with a knife. The killer showed no mercy. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: The mother of sixteen year old Roberta Dixon has been murdered.
Cast: Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer), George McCluskey, Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 51/12/13
Episode Number: 131
Available: YES
Title: The Big Overtime
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A twenty two year old girl has been abducted. Her family receives and anonymous message. The abductor demands $30,000 for the safe return of the girl. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A banker's twenty two year old daughter, Judith Sullivan, has been kidnapped and held for a $30,000 ransom. The suspect is cornered in a movie theatre. Police are sent into the theatre to line up along either side of the orchestra pit, the movie is stopped, and Friday gets up onto the stage to explain to the audience what is happening. Friday and Romero then have to run backstage in order to chase down the suspect.
Cast: Barton Yarborough, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Vic Perrin, Walter Schumann (music), Whitfield Connor.
Notes:
  1. See broadcast September 10, 1949 Episode 015 for a similar script.
  2. End of Show: An announcement is made that a preview of Dragnet on television is to be seen on Sound Off Time this Sunday evening. and "starting in January, Dragnet will be seen regularly on television".
  3. Sponsored by Fatima

The first TV broadcast is "The Human Bomb", which first aired: 12/16/1951. Plot: A man walks into City hall carrying a live bomb. He threatens to blow up the building if his brother isn't released from jail. Credits: Writer: Jack Webb, James E. Moser; Director: Jack Webb; Guest Stars: Jack Kruschen (Guest Star), Stacy Harris (Guest Star), Sam Edwards (Guest Star), Herbert Butterfield (Guest Star), Raymond Burr (Guest Star).

Date Aired: 51/12/20
Episode Number: 132
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 very touching story about the death of a young boy just before Christmas.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough.
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
  3. Barton Yarborough would die a few days after this Christmas re-run broadcast.

Barney Phillips assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Ed Jacobs.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
08/24/50 12/20/51 NBC Thursday 9:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero
12/27/51 04/10/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs

Date Aired: 51/12/27
Episode Number: 133
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sorrow
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two convicts escaped from a nearby state penitentiary in the early morning. According to reports, they're heading for your city. They're both armed. They're both dangerous. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A dragnet is set up for two escaped convicts, determined not to be taken alive. Plot setting is near Easter, broadcast is just after Christmas. Joe Friday had partnered with Ben Romero for 11 years. Ed Jacobs was assigned as his temporary partner.
Cast: Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Vic Perrin, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. Program Opening, spoken by Jack Webb: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the makers of Fatima Cigarettes and the entire cast and crew and technicians of Dragnet respectfully dedicate tonight's program to the memory of Barton Yarborough who created and portrayed the role of Sergeant Ben Romero." His character, Ben Romero, has been "killed off" from a heart attack.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/01/03
Episode Number: 134
Available: YES
Title: The Big Red Part 1
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. You receive a call from a former suspect you arrested. He wants to meet with you. He claims he has information and contacts with a big narcotics ring. Your job...check it out."
Plot Extension: Friday poses as a narcotics buyer from "up north" to trap "Cadillac Red", a heroin wholesaler. Friday lives with his mother, he gives an informant his home telephone number, Pleasant 49321, saying that if he isn't there then the informant can leave a message with his mother. "Don’t worry about it – it's a silent number. They can’t trace it."
Cast: Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Stacy Harris, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. The script is not the same as November 16, 1952, Episode 178, "The Big Walk", though they appear similar.
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/01/10
Episode Number: 135
Available: YES
Title: The Big Red Part 2
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. You're in the middle of a drive to break up a $100,000 narcotics ring. You apprehend two of the lesser gang members. You still haven't reached the big operation. You still haven't found their store of heroin. Your job... get them."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday goes under cover to try to trap the head of a heroin ring.
Cast: Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Stacy Harris, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/01/17
Episode Number: 136
Available: YES
Title: The Big Juvenile Division
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide, Special Detail. There are rumours of an impending war between juvenile gangs in your city. Reportedly, members of both gangs are well-supplied with homemade weapons. You don't know when the fighting will break out; you don't know where. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: Robert Lawson, a "young Hitler" is promoting gang warfare in town. Sergeant Friday tries to warn the parents involved.
Cast: Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs, Charles Smith, Eddie Firestone, Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
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  2. This episode is the first with a pre-show promo to announce Dragnet on both radio and TV.

Date Aired: 52/01/24
Episode Number: 137
Available: YES
Title: The Big Court
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. An ex-convict is accused of robbery and murder. Four witnesses identify him as the killer. The man's arraigned in municipal court and held to answer. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A bartender was shot and killed during an armed robbery. Four witnesses identify Harold St. Clair as the murderer.
Cast: Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Vic Perrin, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. End of Show: A public service announcement is made about Exchange Clubs sponsoring Crime Prevention Week.
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Date Aired: 52/01/31
Episode Number: 138
Available: YES
Title: The Big Almost No Show
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman reports the disappearance of her thirty year old brother. He's been missing for only two days, but the manner of his disappearance was sudden, out of the ordinary. Your job...i nvestigate."
Plot Extension: A women reports her brother missing. Sergeant Friday uncovers evidence that he was beaten to death by his best friend.
Cast: George Fenneman (announcer), Joyce McCluskey, Virginia Gregg, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs.
Notes:
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  2. Due to network technical problems, the start of the program would be delayed. It was significantly clipped on the front end by the network.

Date Aired: 52/02/07
Episode Number: 139
Available: YES
Title: The Big Honeymoon
First Line Narrative and Plot: "We're on the way out of the office. It was 10:38am when we got to Paris Avenue, #213." [Doorbell] "Yes?" "How do you do Ms. Wagner, police officers, I'm Sergeant Jacobs this is my partner, Sergeant Friday." "Oh, yes, sergeant, I've been expecting you."
Plot Extension: Dorothy Wagner has killed herself after Charles R. Reynolds has disappeared with her $10,000, breaking her heart.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Virginia Gregg, Hal Gibney (host), James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. The program is different from "The Big Laugh", March 8, 1953, Episode 194.
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  3. Due to network technical problems the start of the program would be delayed. It was significantly clipped on the front end by the network.

Date Aired: 52/02/14
Episode Number: 140
Available: YES
Title: The Big Phone Call
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant... You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A jewelry salesman is slugged and robbed of 20-thousand dollars in precious stones. After months of investigation you finally discover the man responsible for the holdup. You've got the evidence to prove him guilty. Your job... brin(g) 'im in."
Plot Extension: The cops know that Ernest W. Garvey held up a jewel salesman named Tom Ashley.
Cast: Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, Eddie Firestone, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. Trial Results: (from script) "Ernest W. Garvey and Kenneth Tyson were tried and convicted of first degree robbery, one count, and received sentences as prescribed by law. Fred Lawrence was tried and convicted of receiving stolen property, one count. First degree robbery is punishable by imprisonment from 5 years to life. Receiving stolen property is punishable by a prison term of not more than 5 years."
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Date Aired: 52/02/21
Episode Number: 141
Available: YES
Title: The Big Producer
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant... You're assigned to Juvenile Division. A steady supply of obscene literature is finding its way into half a dozen high-schools in your city. [Not Spoken: It's the worse kind of printed filth.] You get a lead on one of the sources of supply... a 17-year-old high school senior. Your job... pick him up."
Plot Extension: A trail of pornography leads to a run-down Hollywood studio and a movie has-been.
Cast: Barney Phillips, Ralph Moody, Virginia Gregg, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
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Date Aired: 52/02/28
Episode Number: 142
Available: YES
Title: The Big Plant
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A thirty nine year old housewife disappears suddenly. There's no explanation for it. Five days later, evidence of possible foul play is uncovered. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A woman disappears and her husband, Chester Abbott, becomes suspect. The man's stepson then disappears. F riday brings some raw meet to keep Abbott's dogs quiet. Look in the rose bed.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Herb Ellis, Hal Gibney (host)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/03/06
Episode Number: 143
Available: YES
Title: The Big Evans
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 assault and battery. His shoulder is dislocated, he's been badly beaten. He claims his assailant was a young police officer. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A narcotics dealer named George Evans has been beaten up. He accuses Officer Harry Blanchard of the crime.
Cast: Barney Phillips, Whitfield Connor, Jack Webb, Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann, Hal Gibney (host).
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Date Aired: 52/03/13
Episode Number: 144
Available: YES
Title: The Big Fire
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You receive a complaint about the owner of an apartment building. He signs leases for the apartments then he threatens to kill the tenants if they try to move in. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Edward Daniels signs a lease for his apartment, then threatens a couple with a gun when they try to move in. Then the owner hires Oliver Randall to torch the building.
Cast: Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Webb, Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host).
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Date Aired: 52/03/20
Episode Number: 145
Available: YES
Title: The Big Border
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two convicts escape from the state penitentiary. They're heading for your city. They're armed. They've boasted they won't be taken alive. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Andy Powell and his friend Bertram Selby have broken out of San Quentin. They're armed and begin a crime wave of hold-ups. The trail leads to Mexico via San Diego. They are returned from Mexico as undesirable aliens.
Cast: JaJack Webb, Barney Phillips, Whitfield Connor, Herb Ellis, George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), Script by James Moser. Music by Walter Schumann, Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
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  2. End of Show: A special thanks is announced for the participation and cooperation of the San Diego Police.

Date Aired: 52/03/27
Episode Number: 146
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rose
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A thirty eight year old woman disappears. She leaves her sister and her four children behind. There's evidence of foul play. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: Rose Baker has disappeared, leaving behind her boyfriend and four children. The sister gets tired of caring and paying for Rose's children and kills the mother, claiming self-defense.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/04/03
Episode Number: 147
Available: YES
Title: The Big Street Car
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man is shot down in the street of a residential neighborhood. He's critically wounded. You don't know who the assailant is. You don't know where he is. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Wally Radford has been shot by his wife, who is tracked down with the help of a trolley.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Herb Ellis, Jack Kruschen, Helen Kleeb. Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann, George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
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  2. End of Show: California State Juvenile Officers Association presents award to Jack Webb and Dragnet for outstanding service in the authentic presenting of the police officer in delinquency control.

Date Aired: 52/04/10
Episode Number: 148
Available: YES
Title: The Big Show
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Division. You got a call from one of the bus line terminals in your city. A seven week old baby has been abandoned in the depot waiting room. There's no sign of the mother, no lead to her whereabouts. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: A seven week old baby has been abandoned in the Los Angeles bus station... or has it? The army wife can’t come to grips with having a baby while her husband is serving abroad.
Cast: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Virginia Gregg, Harry Bartell, Helen Kleeb, George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann.
Notes:
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  2. End of Show: Radio-TV Mirror awards Dragnet "Best Program of It's Type" for the second consecutive year and Jack Webb "Best Radio Actor."

Martin Milner assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Bill Lockwood.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
12/27/51 04/10/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs
04/17/52 05/08/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Martin Milner as Bill Lockwood

Date Aired: 52/04/17
Episode Number: 149
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bunco
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Detail. An experienced confidence man has set up operations in your city. From his first two victims he gets more than $8,000. You've got one good lead on the suspect, his method of operation. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday gets a new partner, Bill Lockwood (played by Martin Milner). Friday and Lockwood track down Russell Preston, a con-man who sells businesses he doesn't own. Friday explains that his partner, Ed Jacobs, has been reassigned to the academy for a couple months. And why he picks up a new partner, Ben Romero's nephew.
Cast: Jack Webb, Marion Richman, Martin Milner, Victor Rodman, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/04/24
Episode Number: 150
Available: YES
Title: The Big Elevator
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call from the receiving hospital in your city. A dead body has been left in the hospital elevator. There's no lead to the identity of the corpse. There's no apparent cause of death. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A dead woman is found in a hospital elevator, dropped off by a drunken friend.
Cast: Jack Webb, Martin Milner, Vic Perrin, Gwen Delano, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/05/01
Episode Number: 151
Available: YES
Title: The Big Safe
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. For more than two months a wave of safe burglaries has been sweeping your city. Apparently, it's the work of professionals. The jobs are well planned, well executed. There's no lead to the whereabouts of the suspects. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: After two false leads, Ralph McKinley is suspected of a series of safe burglaries. A drawing left in a fix-it shop provides a clue
Cast: Jack Webb, Martin Milner as Friday's partner, Eddie Firestone, Whitfield Connor, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann.
Notes:
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  2. The Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Allan Poe Award to Dragnet (for the second consecutive year) and to writer Jim Moser. Moser and Webb accept the award on the air.

Date Aired: 52/05/08
Episode Number: 152
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gamble
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Vice Detail. A professional gambling ring has set up operations in you're city. Dozens of citizens are being victimized. The gamblers keep on the move. Changing their locations day-to-day. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Partner is Bill Lockwood. A series of floating gambling games leads to the death of a cop during a raid. The boss of the gambling ring seems to be George Delano.
Cast: Jack Webb, Eddie Firestone, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), James Moser (writer), Martin Milner as Friday's partner, Walter Schumann (music), Whitfield Connor
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Herb Ellis assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Frank Smith.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
04/17/52 05/08/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Martin Milner as Bill Lockwood
05/15/52 06/05/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/05/15
Episode Number: 153
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mail
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A United States Mail truck is held up and robbed. Twenty-two sacks of registered mail are taken. The hold-up men escape. There's no lead to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Partner Frank Smith is back on the job. A mail truck of registered mail has been robbed, twenty two sacks of registered mail has been taken. A $20 bill provides the clue needed to break the case. Registered mail trucks have a crew of 3; a driver, an accountant and a guard. Postal employees were not killed as the result of a flip of a coin.
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis as Friday's partner, Inge Jollos, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann
Notes:
  1. Special Show Opening: "Ladies and gentlemen I'd like to read a telegram we just received. Final ballot tabulation shows Dragnet has won the Michael Award for best radio and also for best television mystery program in 1952. Twenty thousand ninety qualified members participated in nominations and final ballot. Congratulations and best wishes. Ed Bobblie, president, Academy of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences."
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  3. Interesting to note the Los Angeles police working on a mail theft case, which is Federal jurisdiction.

Date Aired: 52/05/22
Episode Number: 154
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shakedown
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Wiltshire Division, Vice Detail. An informant sends you word about an extortion racket going on in your area. The victim, a bookmaker. The suspect, a police officer. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: On the trail of Ray Williams, who impersonates a cop and extorts money from gamblers.
Cast: Herb Ellis as Friday's partner, June Whitley, Victor Rodman, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann.
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Date Aired: 52/05/29
Episode Number: 155
Available: YES
Title: The Big 4th
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. An eight months old baby is stolen from its mother. It's the third case of child stealing reported in less than three weeks. There's no lead on the suspect. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: An eight month old baby has been stolen... it's a continuing problem. A prominent club woman is the suspect. Four babies were stolen before the case was solved.
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis as Friday's partner, Vic Perrin, Virginia Gregg, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Harry Bartell, Script by James Moser, Music by Walter Schumann.
Notes:
  1. Special Show Opening: "Ladies and gentlemen, the entire production staff and technicians on Dragnet wish to thank the American Weekly and the television editors of the various newspapers which distribute the American Weekly, for voting Dragnet the best mystery-drama on television for 1951-1952, our deepest thanks for this fine recognition."
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Date Aired: 52/06/05
Episode Number: 156
Available: YES
Title: The Big Whiff
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman is found dying in a vacant lot, her identity unknown. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: An unidentified woman is found chloroformed to death! Evidence leads to a man named "Leo."
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis as Friday's partner, George Fenneman (announcer), Gil Stratton, Hal Gibney (host), Jack Kruschen, James Moser (writer), Vic Perrin, Walter Schumann (music).
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Vic Perrin assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Frank Smith.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
05/15/52 06/05/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith
06/12/52 08/07/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Vic Perrin as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/06/12
Episode Number: 157
Available: YES
Title: The Big Donation
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Detail. A team of confidence men are taking thousands of dollars from the people of your city. Their method of operation, posing as solicitors for different charitable causes. There's no lead to their whereabouts. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday sets out to break a racket that consists of requests for contributions to phony charities
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), James Moser (writer), Victor Rodman, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music)
Notes:
  1. Special Show Opening: "Ladies and gentlemen, you may now read Dragnet every day on the comic page of your favorite newspaper. Please consult your local daily paper."
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Date Aired: 52/06/19
Episode Number: 158
Available: YES
Title: The Big Jules
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. A steady supply of high-grade narcotics is finding its way into your city. For two months you've been trying to run down the source. The first real break finally comes. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A drug addict named Jennings is being quizzed to name his source pf the drugs.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, Hal Gibney (host), James Moser (writer), Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music)
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The Dragnet comic strip debuted June 23, 1952.

Date Aired: 52/06/26
Episode Number: 159
Available: YES
Title: The Big Roll
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. An unidentified man is abducted from a downtown street. The scene is checked where the man is reported taken. Bloodstains are found on the sidewalk. The abductors escaped in a gray sedan. No one saw the license number. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Ken Gorman has been abducted in front of a downtown bar and taken away in a gray car. The car turns up with bloodstains soon after.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner. Hal Gibney (host), James Moser (writer), Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music)
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Date Aired: 52/07/03
Episode Number: 160
Available: YES
Title: The Big Trio
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're an investigating sergeant. You're assigned to Traffic Division A. I. D. Death and tragedy is forecast for the people of your city. You don't know who the victims will be. You don't know how many there will be. Your job... try and stop it."
Plot Extension: A portrait of the death and destruction on Los Angeles streets on the 4th of July weekend, including "Hit and Run Logan."
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Harry Bartell, James Moser (writer), Stacy Harris, Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/07/10
Episode Number: 161
Available: YES
Title: The Big Hate
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A twenty-five year old man is found hiding in a freight car in a deserted train yard. In his arms he holds the body of a dead woman. The victim's identity is unknown. The suspect refuses to talk. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Elizabeth Hoffman, a fifty-two year old music teacher, is found dead in a boxcar! Gordon Miller is found holding the body.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, Harry Bartell, Herb Ellis, James Moser (writer), Joyce McCluskey, Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer).
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July 17, 1952 -- Pre-empted. The previous week's broadcast of Dragnet closes with a promo for the upcoming Republican National Convention on NBC.

July 24, 1952 -- Pre-empted by the Democratic National Conference.

Date Aired: 52/07/31
Episode Number: 162
Available: YES
Title: The Big Signet
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two armed bandits hold up a restaurant in your city. The owner is slugged, beaten viciously. One of the bandits is shot. The other makes good his escape. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: The restaurant and bar that is run by Mr. and Mrs. Ryner has been robbed. Mr. Ryner's diamond signet ring has been taken too.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Harry Bartell, James Moser (writer), Ralph Moody, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/08/07
Episode Number: 163
Available: YES
Title: Big Impression
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. An elderly man has been beaten and robbed of a fortune in unset diamonds. The thief has made good his escape. Your job...find him."
Plot Extension: Sam Rumin, an elderly diamond salesman, has been robbed of $100,000 maybe more in unset diamonds.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin as Friday's partner, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Harry Bartell, Herb Ellis, John Robinson (writer), Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Ken Patterson assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Frank Smith.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
06/12/52 08/07/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Vic Perrin as Frank Smith
08/14/52 08/14/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Ken Patterson as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/08/14
Episode Number: 164
Available: YES
Title: The Big Drive
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Division. You get a call that the body of a dead man has been found in a vacant lot. The man has been beaten to death. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: John Iverson is found murdered by a piece of concrete.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ken Patterson (as Frank Smith), George Fenneman (announcer), Gwen Delano, Hal Gibney (host), Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Herb Ellis re-assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Frank Smith.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
08/14/52 08/14/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Ken Patterson as Frank Smith
08/21/52 09/11/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/08/21
Episode Number: 165
Available: YES
Title: The Big Paper
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. Several small neighborhood businessmen are being victimized by a check forger. His method of operation is an old one, but the merchants continue to be swindled. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Blank checks have been stolen from "Marty's Mart", and are being passed in supermarkets by Roger Theodore. But Roger Theodore died six months ago!
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis, George Fenneman (announcer), Cliff Arquette, Virginia Gregg, Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/08/28
Episode Number: 166
Available: YES
Title: The Big Test
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young man walks into your office and tells you that his best friend has been killed by unknown assailants. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Bruce Hamilton reports that his friend Kevin has been murdered in Mexico by bandits. He tells a wild story.
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis, Sarah Selby, Hal Gibney (host), George Fenneman (announcer), Edwin Bruce, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/09/04
Episode Number: 167
Available: YES
Title: The Big Ray
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that a man has had a heart attack, fallen and fractured his skull. It looks like an accidental death. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Alfred Prater has died of a heart attack. His mother-in-law says, "good riddance" to a drunken bum. His young son tips the cops to poisoned milk.
Cast: Jack Webb, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Herb Ellis, John Robinson (writer), June Whitley, Sammy Ogg, Virginia Gregg, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

Date Aired: 52/09/11
Episode Number: 168
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tear
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. In a year's time a burglar has taken approximately eighty thousand dollars in money and jewelry. None of his victims can describe him. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A burglar breaks into homes between 3:30 to 6pm, using a credit card to open the lock. Then robs the place and has a glass of milk before he leaves.
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis, June Whitley, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
08/21/52 09/11/52 NBC Thursday 10:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith
09/14/52 09/14/52 NBC Sunday 9:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/09/14
Episode Number: 169
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bull
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You've just rounded up a vicious gang of thieves. The heavy man is still at large. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Leroy Bentley, a gang hit-man, threatens Frank Smith's family if he doesn't "lay off."
Cast: Jack Webb, Herb Ellis, June Whitley, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Opening commercial: "Sound off for Chesterfield. Chesterfield, first cigarette in America to give you premium quality in both regular and king size, brings you Dragnet".
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. This episode probably the first Dragnet sponsored by Chesterfield.
  4. New Show Opening Theme: "Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent."

Ben Alexander assumes the role as Joe Friday's partner, Frank Smith.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
09/14/52 09/14/52 NBC Sunday 9:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Herb Ellis as Frank Smith
09/21/52 06/28/53 NBC Tuesday 9:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Ben Alexander as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 52/09/21
Episode Number: 170
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shot
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A nightclub manager has been robbed and killed. The killers made good their escape. Their identity is unknown. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Mr. Kelby, the manager of the Pink Rat Cafe, has been shot and killed by the Evans brothers during a robbery
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Virginia Gregg, Jack Kruschen, Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on September 27, 1955 Episode 319.
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/09/28
Episode Number: 171
Available: YES
Title: The Big Brain
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A man has been found in the trunk of an automobile. He's been badly beaten and is suffering from shock. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Interview with the car jacking victim in the hospital doesn't provide any clues. Asks the police to notify his wife. He is treated and released. Captain says Chief ("corner pocket") is bringing pressure to get these criminals locked up. Probable suspect is captured in San Francisco when seen by a passer-by committing another car jacking. San Francisco suspect had alibi for crimes committed in Los Angeles. Found the guilty through searching hotel to hotel to hotel.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on October 4, 1955 Episode 320.
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/10/05
Episode Number: 172
Available: YES
Title: The Big Jolt
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Division. You get a call from a high school principal. A young boy has caused a near riot in his classroom. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A drunken teenage boy who started a riot in chemistry class reveals a couple who is selling narcotics and liquor to him and some of his friends. The boy helps Friday and Smith arrest the couple by coordinating a raid on the couple’s home.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast on October 11, 1955 Episode 321.
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/10/12
Episode Number: 173
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lie
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You got a call that a man has been murdered. His killer is unknown. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: Jeff Curtis has been shot and killed. His mother is the closest witness, but neither the neighbors’ accounts nor the physical evidence matches up with her story.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Herb Ellis, Whitfield Connor, Helen Kleeb, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on October 18, 1955 Episode 322.
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/10/19
Episode Number: 174
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pill
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. Naval intelligence tells you that two marines have been picked up with the shore patrol. They're reported sick. One is in critical condition. Foul play is suspected. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Two Marines are poisoned in a cheap hotel by the slightly mad "Stubby."
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Virginia Gregg, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and ebroadcast on October 25, 1955 Episode 323
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/10/26
Episode Number: 175
Available: YES
Title: The Big Number
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a bank has been robbed. From the M.O. you know the job was done by a professional. He's made good his escape. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A bank robber using a sawed-off shotgun is traced through the first three digits of his license plate number.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Whitfield Connor, Jack Kruschen, Walter Schumann (music), John Robinson (writer), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 1, 1955 Episode 324
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/11/02
Episode Number: 176
Available: YES
Title: The Big Light
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You receive a call that a fatal accident has occurred at a Hollywood motion picture studio. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Henry Wilson, a movie director, has been killed at the studio – a 250 lb. lamp had fallen on him. Friday and Smith investigate to determine whether it was an accident or murder.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Whitfield Connor, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 8, 1955 Episode 325
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/11/09
Episode Number: 177
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dive
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You’re a detective sergeant. You’re assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that the body of a dead woman has been found in a closet. There are no leads to her identification. The identity of the killer is unknown. Your job... investigate." "It was Thursday, April 17th. It was warm in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of Homicide Detail. My partner's Frank Smith, the boss Thad Brown, Chief of Detectives, my name's Friday. It was 11:36 am when we got to Greenleaf Apartment Hotel, [knock] Apartment 406." [Knock] "Yes?" "Police officers, ma'am." "Oh yes, come in." "Thank you. This is my partner Frank Smith, my name's Friday."
Plot Extension: A woman is found murdered in a closet. The trail leads to a freighter in San Francisco.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, June Whitley, Peter Leeds, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 15, 1955 Episode 326
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/11/16
Episode Number: 178
Available: YES
Title: The Big Walk
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. You get a report that high-grade heroin is being sold in your city. The key men in the operation are well hidden. You have no leads to their identity. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday poses as a buyer of heroin from San Francisco to break up a narcotics gang..
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Whitfield Connor, Harry Bartell, Lee Marvin, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 22, 1955 Episode 327
  2. A similar script to January 3, 1952 Episode 134, but not the same
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/11/23
Episode Number: 179
Available: YES
Title: The Big Guilt
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that the body of a man has been found in an alley. He's been strangled with his own necktie. The body has been robbed. There's no lead to the killer. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A florist named Arthur McKinley has been found strangled to death in an alley.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Eddie Firestone, Herb Vigran, Carolyn Jones, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast on November 29, 1955 Episode 328
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/11/30
Episode Number: 180
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shirt
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Homicide Detail. The body of a dead man has been found in the rear of his shop. He has been brutally beaten to death. The killer is unknown. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: The co-owner of a pawn shop named Mark Williams has been found murdered in the back room. A laundry mark on a shirt provides a clue.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, John Robinson (writer), Olan Soule, Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on December 6, 1955 Episode 329
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/12/07
Episode Number: 181
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mole
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A string of store burglaries takes place in your city. The thieves work at night. They leave no physical evidence behind. Your job... get 'em"
Plot Extension: A burglary in a dry goods store is the latest in a series of similar crimes. The burglar has a most unusual secret room!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Gwen Delano, Paul Richards, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on December 13, 1955 Episode 330
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/12/14
Episode Number: 182
Available: YES
Title: The Big Eavesdrop
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. You receive information that a big buy of heroin is going to be made in your city. You know the location of the man who's going to sell it. Your job... stop him."
Plot Extension: While waiting to make a narcotics buy, Sergeant Joe Friday and Frank Smith overhear Sam Allison tearfully admit that he had committed murder. Friday and Smith interrogate him and use some creativity to elicit a confession.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/12/21
Episode Number: 183
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: The fourth broadcast of this Christmas story about a nine year old boy and his new gun.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, William Johnstone, Sammy Ogg, James Moser (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
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 Chesterfield

Date Aired: 52/12/28
Episode Number: 184
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mask - Part 1
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A series of holdups take place in your city. The victims are managers of large markets. You've got a description of the suspect. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A robber wearing a black mask has hit a string of supermarkets. After going shopping for groceries, he locks the market employees in the freezer!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Whitfield Connor, Harry Bartell, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on December 27, 1955 Episode 332
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/01/04
Episode Number: 185
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mask - Part 2
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. For the past six months the managers of larger markets in your city have been the victims of a hold up man. You thought you had the suspect in custody. You were wrong. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: "The Black Masked Bandit" eludes efforts of the cops to track him down. It's as if he knows what the law is planning next
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Hal Gibney (announcer), Ralph Moody, Harry Bartell, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 3, 1956 Episode 333
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: "Ladies and gentlemen, the National Safety Council reminds you to make sure your car is really in shape for winter driving. Check headlights, windshield wipers, tires, and brakes. And then, winterize your driving. Get the feel of the road when you start out. Keep well behind the car ahead. Instead of slamming on brakes and starting a skid, pump your brakes to slow down or stop. And always take your time, in wintertime."

Date Aired: 53/01/11
Episode Number: 186
Available: YES
Title: The Big Small
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. A check forger has been hitting the merchants in your city. From the M.O. she uses, you know she's an expert. You've got her description. Your job... get her."
Plot Extension: A little old lady check forger is plaguing the city, but there's more to the old lady than meets the eye.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, June Whitley, Jack Kruschen, Jeanne Tatum, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 10, 1956 Episode 334
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/01/18
Episode Number: 187
Available: YES
Title: The Big String
First Line Narrative and Plot: "It was Tuesday July 7 th. It was hot in Los Angeles. We were working the night watch out of Homicide Detail. My partner's Frank Smith, the boss Thad Brown, Chief of Detectives, my name's Friday. I was on my way to work and it was 4:58pm when I got to Room 42, Homicide."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Wagner, the wife of a college professor, has been kidnapped. The professor isn't sure he should have called the cops.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Virginia Gregg, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on January 17, 1956 Episode 335
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Car safety promotion repeated from earlier show.

Date Aired: 53/01/25
Episode Number: 188
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lay-Out
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. A steady flow of heroin has been making it's way into your city. Most of it has fallen into the hands of teenagers. You don't know the source or the head man in the operation. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: Gary Field, a model student who is the son of a cop, has become a dope addict.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Harry Bartell, Eddie Firestone, Virginia Gregg, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 24, 1956 Episode 336
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Promotions after the show for The Martin and Lewis Show, also sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes on Tuesday night on NBC. Also announce Adventure with Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator tonight.

Date Aired: 53/02/01
Episode Number: 189
Available: YES
Title: The Big Strip
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. A gang of car strippers has been operating in your city. From their M.O., you know they're professionals. They move fast. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of car strippers is running rampant. A sixteen year old boy is killed in a crash while resisting arrest.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Sarah Selby, Art Gilmore, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 31, 1956 Episode 337
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/02/08
Episode Number: 190
Available: YES
Title: The Big Press
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. Two men have been passing bad checks in your city. You have descriptions of both of them. You know the names on the checks. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A pair of check forgers are at work in Los Angeles. Sergeant Friday goes undercover to track them down.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Art Gilmore, Whitfield Connor, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 7, 1956 Episode 338
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Just prior to show credits was a public service advertisement for people interested in joining the Ground Observer Corp (civil defense) to defend against low flying aircraft and atomic bombs.

Date Aired: 53/02/15
Episode Number: 191
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tooth
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young woman tells you that her mother has disappeared. There's no trace of her whereabouts. Foul play is suspected. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Nasty old Mr. Schroeder is suspected of committing foul play.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), June Whitley, Harry Bartell, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 14, 1956 Episode 339
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/02/22
Episode Number: 192
Available: YES
Title: The Big Smoke
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that a 72 year old man has been murdered. His invalid wife has been brutally beaten. There's no lead to the assailants. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Mr. Stone, who kept his life savings in his mattress, has been killed. His invalid wife has been beaten with a club.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 21, 1956 Episode 340
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/03/01
Episode Number: 193
Available: YES
Title: The Big Want
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. You get a call from another city to pick up a burglary suspect. You know the name he's using. You know where he's living. Your job...p ick him up."
Plot Extension: The search for a "George Richmond" leads to a killer of cops who always takes cabs
Cast: Jack Webb, Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Joyce McCluskey, Paul Richards, Ben Alexander, John Robinson (writer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 28, 1956 Episode 341
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/03/08
Episode Number: 194
Available: YES
Title: The Big Laugh
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Detail. For the past year a confidence man has been cheating women in your city. You finally get a lead on 'em. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A thoroughly rotten louse cheats lonely women by promising to marry them.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Peggy Webber, Harry Bartell
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on March 6, 1956 Episode 342
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Jack Webb claims to smoke two packs of Chesterfields himself during show closing advertisement. Final ad was for Savings Bonds.

Date Aired: 53/03/15
Episode Number: 195
Available: YES
Title: The Big Impossible
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A hold up man has been hitting large supermarkets in your city. He's fast and he's experienced. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Bernie Hanson has been identified as the head of a team robbing markets, but Hanson has a good alibi. He is hospitalized and cannot leave his bed!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Herb Ellis, John Robinson (writer), Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on March 13, 1956 Episode 343
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/03/22
Episode Number: 196
Available: YES
Title: The Big Informant
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. For the past two months a gang of safe burglars have been operating in your city. In that time they've hit a dozen places. You've got no lead to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Three safe burglars are in operation, one of them is under observation by the cops. But where's Shorty?
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Vic Perrin, Stacy Harris, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on March 27, 1956 Episode 345
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Announcement for blood donation for gamma-globulin to use to fight against polio.

Date Aired: 53/03/29
Episode Number: 197
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dream
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a large market has been held up. You have a good description of the thief. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: An old man, poorly dressed, robs a liquor store and is very apologetic about it.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Victor Rodman, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Ralph Moody, Walter Schumann (music)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on April 3, 1956 Episode 346
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we wish to thank the editors of Real Magazine for their article "High Tension on TV" in the April issue, now on sale".

Date Aired: 53/04/05
Episode Number: 198
Available: YES
Title: The Big Chet
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A pair of hold up men have been staging a series of robberies in your city. You have their description. You know their method of operation. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A stuttering robber and his partner are tracked down with the help of a stoolie, who is trying to go straight.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Peggy Webber, Peter Leeds.
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on April 10, 1956 Episode 347
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima
  3. End of Show: Public Service announcement requesting blood donations. Last commercial is one of the few commercials to use brand names for both Chesterfield and Fatima with the notice both brands are from the same company.

Date Aired: 53/04/12
Episode Number: 199
Available: YES
Title: The Big Compulsion
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Somewhere in your city a man is endangering the lives of your fellow officers. His weapon... a ten cent piece. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A lunatic has been making false police calls and has caused a serious accident. Plot includes key evidence, a picture taken with a camera that makes the picture right away (i.e. Polaroid).
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Herb Ellis, Ralph Moody, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on April 17, 1956 Episode 348
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/04/19
Episode Number: 200
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rip
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A string of safe burglaries breaks out in your city. In the past 2 months, 35 safes have been broken into. You know there is more than one man in the operation. You've got no lead to the thieves' identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of safe-burglars is trapped by a stool pigeon left with an unpaid for trench-coat.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Sulay, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. End of Show: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we wish to thank the editors of TV Guide for the cover picture and story on Dragnet. You can get TV Guide at your favorite newsstand."
  2. AFRS and rebroadcast on April 24, 1956 Episode 349
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  4. An Alternate recording from broadcast of this episode is interrupted about mid-way to announce the probable release of four wounded American soldiers from North Korea. This announcement was not part of the original transcription.

Date Aired: 53/04/26
Episode Number: 201
Available: YES
Title: The Big Scrapbook
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call from (the) San Diego Police Department that three holdup men are thought to be heading for you city. You know they're armed, you know they're dangerous. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Three robbers pull a jewelry store job in a San Diego hotel and get away with $135,000 worth of hot ice. The San Diego police come to LA to assist in the investigation.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Eddie Firestone, Art Gilmore, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music)
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on May 1, 1956 Episode 350
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima
  3. This show receives an award on the air from the Detroit Police Officers Association.

Date Aired: 53/05/03
Episode Number: 202
Available: YES
Title: The Big Carney
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. A wave of burglaries has broken out in your city. The thieves are fast... and they're clever. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday is after "Red" and his wife who end a series of jewelry store robberies by heisting an $8000 necklace.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Stacy Harris, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on May 8, 1956 Episode 351
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/05/10
Episode Number: 203
Available: YES
Title: The Big Joke
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call from a friend who's been offered $5,000 to kill a man. He can't tell you who made the offer. He does tell you that no matter what happens, the man is going to be killed. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: A bartender is paid $500 to kill a nice old man with no enemies. Who wants him dead?
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on May 15, 1956 Episode 352
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/05/17
Episode Number: 204
Available: YES
Title: The Big False Make
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A suspect has been apprehended. You have a positive identification from the victim. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Thomas Stanford confesses to robbing a store, but Sergeant Friday proves that he was at work at the time of the robbery!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on May 22, 1956 Episode 353
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/05/24
Episode Number: 205
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gun Part 1
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. You get a call from a Truck Rental service. One of their trucks has disappeared. There's no sign of the man who rented it. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday is on the trail of stolen cars and trucks being used by a narcotics ring in Mexico.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Jack Kruschen, Herb Ellis.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on May 29, 1956 Episode 354
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/05/31
Episode Number: 206
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gun Part 2
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. You arrested one member of an organized ring of thieves. You're after the head man of the gang. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: The conclusion of a car theft story. On the trail of the head of the mob who has never been seen by his henchmen.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on June 5, 1956 Episode 355
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/06/07
Episode Number: 207
Available: YES
Title: The Big Will
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man has been shot and critically wounded. There's no trace of the suspect. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Charles Stall has been shot. Tire tracks lead to a motel and to a drunken Texan and his car
Cast: Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Helen Kleeb, Jack Webb, John Robinson (writer), Ralph Moody, Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on June 12, 1956 Episode 356
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/06/14
Episode Number: 208
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lilly
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide detail. You get a call from a man telling you that a woman has been badly beaten. Before you can get the name of the victim or any other information, the caller hangs up. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Rockman has been beaten to death... no, she's been shot... no, she killed herself.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Lillian Buyeff, June Whitley, Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on June 19, 1956 Episode 357
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/06/21
Episode Number: 209
Available: YES
Title: The Big Revolt
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned in Missing Persons Detail. You get a call that a man is missing. He failed to return from his work the day before. There are no leads to his whereabouts. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Henry Borg has disappeared... and for an unusual reason
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Hal Gibney (host), Paul Coates (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Vic Perrin, Irene Tedrow.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on June 26, 1956 Episode 358
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/06/28
Episode Number: 210
Available: YES
Title: The Big Ham
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young girl has been shot with a .22 caliber rifle. It was reported a suicide. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: An unidentified young girl, "Jane Doe #17," has committed suicide with a .22 caliber rifle. Or has she?
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander (performer, writer), George Fenneman (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music).
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Jack Webb announces a summer vacation for the show, explaining George Fenneman announces Dragnet radio will return in September and to watch the newspaper for details. Dragnet TV will remain on through the summer. There is also a promo for the AFRS broadcasts.
  2. AFRS and rebroadcast on September 18, 1956 Episode 359
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time: Starring:
09/21/52 06/28/53 NBC Sunday 9:30 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Ben Alexander as Frank Smith
09/01/53 09/20/55 NBC Tuesday 9:00 p.m. Jack Webb as Joe Friday; Ben Alexander as Frank Smith

Date Aired: 53/09/01
Episode Number: 211
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bop
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. For the past three weeks, a lone thief has been victimizing stores and check-cashing agencies. You've got a description of the man but so far you've failed to identify him. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A robber has held up a check cashing service of $1500. After several more robberies, one of his victims is killed during the crime.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Victor Rodman, John Robinson (writer), Lillian Buyeff, Harry Bartell.
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on September 25, 1956 Episode 360
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/09/08
Episode Number: 212
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lift
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You’re a detective sergeant. You’re assigned to Burglary Detail. In the past five weeks, seventeen homes in your city have been stripped of all valuables. There’s no lead to the thief, no description. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A burglar has struck seventeen times and continues to commit new crimes...totaling $8000! Boyd Hall is finally caught, despite his home address turning out to be a vacant lot.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Peter Leads, Joyce McClousky, Harry Bartell, script by John Robinson, music by Walter Schuman, Hal Gibney announcer.
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on October 2, 1956 Episode 361
  2. Script re-used on Episode 245
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  4. End of Show Commendation: "Dragnet wishes to thank the editors of McCall's Magazine for their interesting personal story about Jack Webb, "Nobody's Man Friday", in the current September issue of McCall's."


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