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Dragnet: Episodes 213 - 318

From September 15, 1953 through September 20, 1955:

Date Aired: 53/09/15
Episode Number: 213
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cab
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A hold-up man has robbed the owner of a neighborhood grocery store. The victim has been beaten unmercifully with a sawed-off shotgun. The assailant has escaped into the city without a trace. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Raymond Bailey has been beaten by a man with a shotgun, while his grocery store was being robbed. A man who must have taken a taxi to the scene of the crime.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Lillian Buyeff, Ralph Moody, Jack Kruschen, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. End of Show Commendation: "Dragnet sends best wishes to 60th Annual Conference of International Association of Chiefs of Police in Detroit. May it be the best one they've ever had."
  2. AFRS and rebroadcast on October 9, 1956 Episode 362
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/09/22
Episode Number: 214
Available: YES
Title: The Big Slip
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. You get a call from the owner of a used-car lot. He tells you he thinks he bought a stolen car. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Jesse McGowan, a used car dealer, bought a new Mercury from Lewis Carter. The car turns out to have been stolen, and so was the "pink slip".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Herb Vigran, Jack Kruschen, Herb Ellis, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on October 16, 1956 Episode 363
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/09/29
Episode Number: 215
Available: YES
Title: The Big Try
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that a man has barricaded himself in his apartment. The report says he's going to kill himself. Your job... stop him."
Plot Extension: Jan Patachek, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is threatening to kill himself, rather than go to jail for forgery.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Whitfield Connor, Jack Kruschen, Vic Perrin, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima
  2. This is an episode title anomaly, two different episodes with the same script title. The episodes with the same titles, "The Big Try", are Episode 215 from September 29, 1953. This first "The Big Try" is about a threatened suicide; and Episode 266 from September 21, 1954. The second "The Big Try" is about a hit and run accident.

Date Aired: 53/10/06
Episode Number: 216
Available: YES
Title: The Big Little Mother
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. For the past six years, a forger has been working in your city. The victims describe the suspect as a woman. Her M.O. is simple but it continues to work. Your job... stop her."
Plot Extension: The "Little Mother" has been forging charge slips in department stores for the last six years.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Joyce McCluskey, Victor Rodman, Walter Schumann (music), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), William H. Parker (police consultant), Jack Donohoe (technical advisor), Marty Wynn (technical advisor), Van Spracer (technical advisor), Harry Bartell.
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/10/13
Episode Number: 217
Available: YES
Title: The Big Plea
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two hold-up men have been operating in your city. You've got descriptions of the men and of the car they're driving. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: James Bolan is wanted for parole violation and is suspected of several robberies. An ex-friend blows the whistle.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), Herb Vigran, Vic Perrin (doubles), Sam Edwards, Michael Ann Barrett, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), William H. Parker (consultant), Jack Donohoe (technical advisor), Marty Wynn (technical advisor), Van Spracer (technical advisor)
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/10/20
Episode Number: 218
Available: YES
Title: The Big Paint
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Detail. An organized gang of thieves has been stripping cars in your city. None of the stolen merchandise has turned up. There's no lead to the identity of the members of the gang. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: An ex-con tips the cops to Manny Phillips, wanted in connection with a gang of car-strippers. A can of ultra-violet fluorescent paint helps.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), William H. Parker (constant), Jack Donohoe (technical advisor), Marty Wynn (technical consultant), Van Spracer (technical consultant).
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/10/27
Episode Number: 219
Available: YES
Title: The Big Fraud
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. An extortion ring is operating in your city. The victims are wealthy businessmen. The thieves claim they're policemen. Your job... check 'em out."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday goes undercover to trap a gang posing as narcotic cops to con out-of-towners.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Ben Hogan (Chesterfield testimonial), Vic Perrin, Paul Richards, Herb Ellis.
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/11/03
Episode Number: 220
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rain
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call that a woman has been badly beaten. The circumstances indicate foul play. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Mentally disturbed Cecil Johnson is suspected of beating Grace Dillon; however, Grace's husband had been heard threatening her life. No crime had been committed.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell, Vivi Janis, Jack Kruschen, Ben Hogan as himself (Chesterfield testimonial), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music)
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield, Fatima

Date Aired: 53/11/10
Episode Number: 221
Available: YES
Title: The Big Kid
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. For the past two weeks, there have been rumors of a teen-age gang war taking place in your city. You don't know when it's going to start, you don't know where. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: A teen-age gang war is about to erupt: "The Orchids" vs. "The Pink Rats."
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Bert Holland, June Whitley, Gil Stratton, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/11/17
Episode Number: 222
Available: YES
Title: The Big Flight
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Three hold-up men have robbed and beaten two supermarket operators in your city. You've got a good description of the thieves. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A new gang has started a wave of supermarket robberies, but the prime suspect has an airtight alibi in Phoenix.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on October 23, 1956 Episode 364
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/11/24
Episode Number: 223
Available: YES
Title: The Big Present
First Line Narrative and Plot: (from script) "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. In the past two months, a thief has broken into 18 markets, There's no lead to his whereabouts. No clue to his identity. You're job.... get him."
Plot Extension: The "Milk-Bottle Bandit" has pulled nineteen consecutive jobs. Is it a kid? 4 foot 7 inches, 97 pounds
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Jack Kruschen, Olan Soule, Sammy Ogg. Technical, advisors: Captain Jack Donohoe, Sergeant Marty Wynn. Sergeant Vance Brasher. Script by John Robinson (spelled Robonson on script). Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on October 30, 1956 Episode 365
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/12/01
Episode Number: 224
Available: YES
Title: The Big Odd
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A gang of truck hijackers has been working in your city. They've stolen 14 loaded trucks. They've kidnapped and beaten one of the drivers. There's no clue to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A furniture truck has been hijacked and the driver, a student of phrenology (bumps on the head), was kidnapped with the load then beaten before released. The driver had been tied and blindfolded in the back, yet was able to retrace the route of the truck for the police, including description of hitting a car and scraping a house. Damaged car was a 1953 Hudson Jet. Owner of the damaged Hudson has a 12" TV and talks about color TV being available now.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Vic Perrin, Virginia Greg, Jim Griffith. Script by John Robinson. Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 6, 1956 Episode 366
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/12/08
Episode Number: 225
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pick
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. An organized gang of pick pockets is working in your city. None of the victims can give a description of the suspect. There's no lead to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Louis Bonning is robbed of his life savings, $5,200 cash, by a pickpocket in a market. Friday's phone number is Michigan 5211.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. Rebroadcast on November 13, 1956 Episode 367
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/12/15
Episode Number: 226
Available: YES
Title: The Big Brink
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A gang has hijacked and robbed a bank truck. They've stolen over $100,000. There's no lead to their identity. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of heavily armed robbers of an armored truck are tracked down and captured.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 20, 1956 Episode 368
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/12/22
Episode Number: 227
Available: YES
Title: The Big Little Jesus
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Division. You get a call that an important piece of religious art has been stolen from the oldest church in Los Angeles. There's no lead to its whereabouts. Your job... find it."
Plot Extension: A Christmas story. A Los Angeles Mission reports the statue of Jesus has been stolen the day before Christmas.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. Script reused on AFRS and rebroadcast on December 25, 1956 Episode 373
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 53/12/29
Episode Number: 228
Available: YES
Title: The Big Steal
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. An organized gang of thieves is working in your city. Their method of operation is clever and fast. There's no lead to their identity. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A wave of burglaries have taken place against women...all with brand new fur coats.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on November 27, 1956 Episode 369
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/01/05
Episode Number: 229
Available: YES
Title: The Big Listen
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call from an informant telling you that three known gangsters have moved into your city. You don't know who they are or why they're in Los Angeles. Your job... check 'em out."
Plot Extension: A drunk in a Turkish bath supplies the clue needed to round up a gang of counterfeiters. FCC approval was required to install a "bug" in the suspect's hotel room.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Clarence Caselle, Jack Kruschen, Harry Bartell, Technical, advisors: Captain Jack Donohoe, Sergeant Marty Wynn. Sergeant Vance Brasher. Script by John Robinson. Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on December 4, 1956 Episode 370
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/01/12
Episode Number: 230
Available: YES
Title: The Big Switch
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A young girl has been found in a cheap hotel room, apparently an attempted suicide. There's reason to suspect foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Mona Fenton is found near death in a hotel room with the gas on. An attempted suicide? Who was the man who registered for the room with her? Hotel manager was complaining about the torn sheets. Another example of life in the world of drugs.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Vic Rodman, Virginia Gregg, Gene Tatum. Technical, advisors: Captain Jack Donohoe, Sergeant Marty Wynn. Sergeant Vance Brasher. Script by John Robinson. Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. Title is reused on Episode 275, but is a completely different script
  2. AFRS and rebroadcast on December 11, 1956 Episode 371
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/01/19
Episode Number: 231
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bill
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail, An elderly woman in your city has disappeared. There's no leads to where she's gone or why she left. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: A little old lady named Bertha Gillespie (a tea room operator and Scrabble champ) has mysteriously disappeared. A small child comes forward and identifies the murderer.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on December 18, 1956 Episode 372
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/01/26
Episode Number: 232
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bid
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. You get a call that a clothing store in Hollywood is suffering losses. The value of the stolen property is over $12,000. There's no lead to the identity of the thief, no pattern to his M.O. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: A clothing store has been burglarized... the ex-convict assistant manager is suspected, but past due bills are a clue.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, June Whitley, Sammy Ogg, Virginia Gregg, Technical, advisors: Captain Jack Donohoe, Sergeant Marty Wynn. Sergeant Vance Brasher. Script by John Robinson. Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 1, 1957 Episode 374
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/02/02
Episode Number: 233
Available: YES
Title: The Big Filth
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. Four children in your city have apparently been abandoned by their mother There's no trace of the woman's whereabouts. There's a possibility of foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Four children are found alone in a filthy house... their alcoholic mother is nowhere to be found.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 8, 1957 Episode 375
  2. A different story from February 1, 1951 Episode 086 despite the similar plots.
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/02/09
Episode Number: 234
Available: YES
Title: The Big Broad
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned Robbery Detail. A pair of thieves has been terrorizing the merchants in your city. They're described as a man and a woman. From their actions you know they're capable of murder. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Sergeant Friday is working with Sergeant Slats Henry from Robbery on the trail of two dangerous liquor store robbers, one of whom is a beautiful redhead. Frank Smith is on an extradition assignment in St. Louis.
Cast: Jack Webb, Vic Perrin, Herb Ellis, Vic Rodman, Script by John Robinson, Music by Walter Schuman, Announcer Hal Gibney.
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 15, 1957 Episode 376
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/02/16
Episode Number: 235
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sucker
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. A confidence man has set up operations in your city. The product he's selling has a ready market. Perfect cut, blue white diamonds. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A con-man uses real diamonds to cheat unsuspecting victims, selling them cut glass after they've taken the bait. The first victim is Harold Filson. A new twist on bait and switch.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Terry Bartell, Virginia Gregg, George Fenneman (announcer). Technical, advisors: Captain Jack Donohoe, Sergeant Marty Wynn. Sergeant Vance Brasher. Script by John Robinson. Music by Walter Schumann. Hal Gibney (host)
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 22, 1957 Episode 377
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/02/23
Episode Number: 236
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pipe
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. The body of an attractive woman has been found in a downtown office building, beaten to death with a piece of lead pipe. The killer has escaped into the city. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Ada Fitzgerald has been found murdered. She was bludgeoned to death with a lead pipe!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on January 29, 1957 Episode 378
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/03/02
Episode Number: 237
Available: YES
Title: The Big TV
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Missing Persons Detail. You get a call that a young mother and her nine month old baby have disappeared. Routine investigation turns up the possibility of foul play. Your job... find them."
Plot Extension: Harriet Shipley has disappeared with her baby, after threats had been made against her life.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 5, 1957 Episode 379
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/03/09
Episode Number: 238
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cup
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A howling dog causes a man to check his neighbor's house. He finds the brutally beaten body of an elderly woman. She's been killed by person or persons unknown. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Ethel Lawrence has been viciously beaten to death in her house. The evidence points overwhelmingly towards her husband.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 12, 1957 Episode 380
  2. End of Show: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we'd like to thank the editors of Time Magazine for their cover story of Jack Webb and Dragnet. That's Time Magazine, on your newsstand next Thursday." Actual newsstand date, March 11, 1954.
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/03/16
Episode Number: 239
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rod
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Hit and Run Felony Detail. A young woman has been run down and seriously injured. The driver of the car has fled the scene. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A hot-rodder has run down a pregnant woman while she was crossing the street...without ever slowing down.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 19, 1957 Episode 381
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/03/23
Episode Number: 240
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mustache
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A supermarket in your city has been robbed. The thief wore a disguise. You don't know who he is or what he looks like. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A man with a false moustache is suspected of robbing a supermarket.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on February 26, 1957 Episode 382
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M

Date Aired: 54/03/30
Episode Number: 241
Available: YES
Title: The Big Confession
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 he has a problem. From the way he talks you know it's serious. Your job... listen."
Plot Extension: Paul Marcus confesses to Sergeant Friday that he's murdered Lorraine Farrell... and that his problem is "something personal".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Herb Ellis, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/04/06
Episode Number: 242
Available: YES
Title: The Big Saw
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two masked gunman have held up a bank in your city. The victims can't give you a lead to their identity. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A pair of bank robbers are identified by one of the customers in the bank. The trail leads to a car rental agency.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/04/13
Episode Number: 243
Available: YES
Title: The Big Note
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. You get report of drug addiction within a group of teen-agers. You don’t know if the information is true. Your job... check it out." "It was Wednesday, February 10th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of Juvenile Detail. My partner's Frank Smith, the boss is Captain Pollard, my name is Friday. I was on my way into the office. It was 8:01am when I got to Georgia Street Juvenile, squad room."
Plot Extension: A young woman reports that her friend Katherine Pilgrim, is addicted to heroin. Frank and Faye had setup Friday with a blind date for dinner. Friday said he would call Ruth sometime later.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/04/20
Episode Number: 244
Available: YES
Title: The Big Net
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Fourteen women in your city have been robbed and beaten. You've got a half dozen descriptions of their attacker. None of them match, the man's still free. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Fourteen women have been robbed and beaten, but each gives a different description of the purse snatcher.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/04/27
Episode Number: 245
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lift
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Division Shoplifting Detail. An organized gang of thieves have started operating in your city. In spite of the precautions taken, the thieves are still working. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A gang of shoplifters, led by the mysterious "Arthur," is specializing in suits of clothing, preying on Los Angeles department stores
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS and rebroadcast on September 8, 1953 Episode 212
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/05/04
Episode Number: 246
Available: YES
Title: The Big Stop
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A killer's loose in your city. You don't know who he is or where to find him. You don't know who his victim will be. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: A traffic cop has been shot in cold blood at an intersection...for no apparent reason.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/05/11
Episode Number: 247
Available: YES
Title: The Big Look
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a woman has been badly beaten. She can't describe her assailant, he's still at large. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: Mrs. Kieran has been found badly beaten. The evidence points to Mr. Kieran, but then a second woman is found beaten up.
Cast: Jack Webb (producer, performer), Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), John Robinson (writer), Herb Ellis (director, performer), Jack Donohoe (technical advisor), Marty Wynn (technical advisor), Vance Brasher (technical advisor), Bud Tollefson (sound effects), Wayne Kenworthy (sound effects), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Virginia Gregg, Helen Kleeb, Herb Vigran.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/05/18
Episode Number: 248
Available: YES
Title: The Big Help
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Forgery Detail. A group of check passers is working in your city. They've hit over fifty places of business. You have no lead to their true identity, they're still working. Your job... stop 'em."
Plot Extension: Stolen payroll checks are being passed all over town: the clues leading to "Cecil" come from Beatrice Dowling, an ex-check forger herself.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/05/25
Episode Number: 249
Available: YES
Title: The Big Watch
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You've been looking for a suspect in a market robbery for three weeks. Finally and informant calls you with information. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A market has been robbed of $7,000 by Herbert Langley, the clue to the bandit: a cheap broken watch.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Title, but not the script, re-used on Episode 044
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/06/01
Episode Number: 250
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cowboy
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call to investigate unknown trouble. The caller gives no indication of what's wrong. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Dudley Gray is holed up with a lot of guns and refuses to come out. He thinks he's a cowboy defending a fort from the Indians! His wife and child are prisoners in the apartment.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/06/08
Episode Number: 251
Available: YES
Title: The Big Student
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A holdup man has been hitting the banks in your city. After two months of following down leads, you get a possible identification. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Louis Rote is captured after a string of bank robberies, but breaks out of jail after just a few months.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/06/15
Episode Number: 252
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cat
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. You receive a report that a circus truck has be broken into. Several of the animals are missing, some of them dangerous. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A man reports a deadly black panther has been stolen from his carnival and is loose somewhere in the city.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/06/22
Episode Number: 253
Available: YES
Title: The Big Customer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A special officer has been shot during a routine patrol. His assailants have escaped into the city. There's no lead to their whereabouts. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A special officer has been shot and the owner of a liquor store knifed to death during a robbery. One of the robbers has long filthy finger nails!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/06/29
Episode Number: 254
Available: YES
Title: The Big Chick
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Narcotics Detail. The body of a man has been found in a public park lake. Physical evidence indicates he was killed by narcotics. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: The body of Walter Gilmer is found floating in the lake in MacArthur Park. Friday goes undercover to find the gang selling the heroin that killed him.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/07/06
Episode Number: 255
Available: YES
Title: The Big Search
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. A thirteen year old girl has disappeared from her home. There's reason to suspect foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Bunny Moran, a thirteen year old girl has disappeared; her cocker spaniel has been beaten to death.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/07/13
Episode Number: 256
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rescue
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. Two men are terrorizing your city. They're both armed and considered dangerous. Your job... get 'em."
Plot Extension: Two robbers hold up the "814 Club" and lots of other places. One of them has a .45, but the other carries a machine gun! After they're captured, they're sprung from jail by another gunman with a machine gun.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/07/20
Episode Number: 257
Available: YES
Title: The Big Heel
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. A series of house break-ins has taken place in your city. The articles taken and the method of operation indicate a juvenile thief. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: A pair of unique tennis shoes is the evidence that a string of house burglaries was committed by a wealthy young boy.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. Mentions New Canvas shoes in episode, only available through mail order to the East.

Date Aired: 54/07/27
Episode Number: 258
Available: YES
Title: The Big Match
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a hold up man has hit one of the larger auction houses in your city. You have a good description of him. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: Charles Cain, the owner of an auction house has been robbed and assaulted. A partially burned book of matches provides the needed clue.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/08/03
Episode Number: 259
Available: YES
Title: The Big Stand
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man has been shot down on a street corner of your city. There's no apparent motive, no lead to the assailant. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: Matthew Denton has been shot on the street, right in front of a newsstand. The suspects are tall, lean, alcoholic radio thieves.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/08/10
Episode Number: 260
Available: YES
Title: The Big Wish
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Juvenile Detail. A narcotic ring has been supplying drugs to the teenagers in your city. There's no lead to the identity of the key people in the operation. Your job... find 'em."
Plot Extension: John Colter, a teenager hooked on heroin, walks into the police station and asks for help.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/08/17
Episode Number: 261
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cad
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. A wholesale drug company's been held up. $4,000 in narcotics has been taken. Your job... find it."
Plot Extension: A large quantity of morphine has been stolen. A pusher out for revenge and a stake-out at a bar help solve the chase
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. Mentions 3D picture viewer with pictures of Yosemite.

Date Aired: 54/08/24
Episode Number: 262
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shock
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. For the past several weeks, a gang has been breaking into neighborhood stores. Routine investigation fails to turn up any kind of a lead. Your job... find one."
Plot Extension: A "tunnel burglar" is digging through a sewer line and into a bank vault.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/08/31
Episode Number: 263
Available: YES
Title: The Big Office
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to the Business Office. Past records show that you can expect 170 crimes to occur in the city in the next 24 hours. You don't know where, you don't know when. Your job... handle 'em."
Plot Extension: Friday and Smith spend the night working in the police business office.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. The reported stolen car was identified by brand, Chevrolet, 1954 BelAire, with the windows that fold down by themselves.

Date Aired: 54/09/07
Episode Number: 264
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: A divorcee named Josephine Allen has been murdered, and her body stuffed into a trunk.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Leonard Nimoy, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast.
  2. Script re-used on March 22, 1951 Episode 093
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/09/14
Episode Number: 265
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cut
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Burglary Detail. A jewelry store has been robbed. Merchandise amounting to $5,000 has been stolen. The thief made good his escape. Your job... find em."
Plot Extension: A jewelry store has been robbed of $5000 worth of watches. The burglar was apparently barefoot, and cut himself!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/09/21
Episode Number: 266
Available: YES
Title: The Big Try
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Homicide Detail. A young man walks into your office and tells you he wants to give himself up. You don't know if you can believe his story. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Young Emil Salter comes into headquarters to confess that he had stolen a truck and killed a man along the highway.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. This is an episode title anomaly, two different episodes with the same script title. The episodes with the same titles, "The Big Try", are Episode 215 from September 29, 1953. This first "The Big Try" is about a threatened suicide; and Episode 266 from September 21, 1954. The second "The Big Try" is about a hit and run accident.

Date Aired: 54/09/28
Episode Number: 267
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bible
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Homicide Detail. On the way back to the office you receive a call. It's about an attempted suicide. You're in the immediate vicinity. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Carl Hamlin has committed suicide... or has he? There's something fishy about the gun found in his dead hand.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. End of Show: Special thanks and mention of 61st Annual Conference for the International Association of the Chief of Police meeting in New Orleans.

Date Aired: 54/10/05
Episode Number: 268
Available: YES
Title: The Big Handsome Bandit
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Robbery Detail. For a week you've been on rolling stakeout looking for a gang of thieves. There's no sign of them. On the way back to the office you get a 211 call. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A tavern has been robbed and a couple shot. One of the crooks has been shot and rats on the other two
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/10/12
Episode Number: 269
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tarbaby
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Homicide Detail. You get a call from a man who tells you his wife has failed to keep an appointment. There's no trace of her. There's evidence of foul play. Your job... find her."
Plot Extension: Ethel Cabot has been kidnapped, and her bartender-husband has a few ideas about who did it.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/10/19
Episode Number: 270
Available: YES
Title: The Big Manikin
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Missing Persons Detail. You get a call that a man has failed to return to his home. There's reason to suspect foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Jason Helmer is reported missing by his wife. His drinking companion, Fredrick Madison knows... but isn't talking.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/10/26
Episode Number: 271
Available: YES
Title: The Big Key
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. In the past five weeks an unidentified holdup man has robbed twelve drugstores. He's taken money and narcotics. There's no lead to who he is or where he is. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A robber is specializing in drugstores... taking money and narcotics from thirteen of them!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Title is repeated on Episode 050, but it is not the same script
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/11/02
Episode Number: 272
Available: YES
Title: The Big Locker
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Burglary Detail. A man walks into a pawn shop and wants to sell a ring. Indications are that the ring is stolen. Your job... find out."
Plot Extension: James Feder tries to pawn an expensive emerald ring and is later tied to a jewelry robbery when the gems are found in a locker in a bus station.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Herb Ellis, Georgia Ellis, Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host), Harry Bartell, John Robinson (writer), Earl Schlay (writer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/11/09
Episode Number: 273
Available: YES
Title: The Big Coin
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Burglary Detail. You get a call to meet a fire inspector at a burned out home. There is reason to believe the fire was started by a burglar. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A burglar sets the houses he robs on fire after taking the valuables. The cops have no clues at all... until some old coins are taken during one of the burglaries.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Jack Kruschen, Virginia Gregg, Hal Gibney (host), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Walter Sande, Earl Schlay (writer).
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/11/16
Episode Number: 274
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dog
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned the Homicide Detail. An elderly man is threatening an entire neighborhood with a shotgun. He says he is going to use it to kill a man. Your job... take it way from him."
Plot Extension: An old man is threatening to kill the man who poisoned his dog... and anyone else who tries to stop him.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. This episode contains a beautiful and moving speech in praise of "man's best friend". Great radio, a must for anyone who has ever been kind to an animal.

Date Aired: 54/11/23
Episode Number: 275
Available: YES
Title: The Big Switch
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A call comes into the office, a woman says her husband is dead she thinks he's been murdered. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: George Pilsen has been found beaten to death in bed. A mystery until a talkative neighbor spills some beans. Suspicion falls on a man who sharpens lawn mowers.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Title is repeated on Episode 230, but is a completely different script
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/11/30
Episode Number: 276
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gone
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a flower shop has been held up, two men have been shot, one of the killed. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A flower shop is robbed and the hold-up men shot and killed...but the bodies disappear! Somewhere in Los Angeles is a guy with four bullet holes in his chest.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/12/07
Episode Number: 277
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dig.
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A woman reports her sister is missing, the story she gives you indicates foul play. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A woman reports that her sister named Margaret Shayne has disappeared, and that her brother-in-law killed her. Bloodstains in the garage look suspicious.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/12/14
Episode Number: 278
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lens
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call from the Georgia Street hospital, a woman has been brought in to receive emergency treatment, she say's she was kidnapped and robbed. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: Two men force their way into Mrs. Alston's car, kidnap, rob her and beat her up, leaving contact lenses behind as a clue.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/12/21
Episode Number: 279
Available: YES
Title: The Big Little Jesus
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Burglary Division. You get a call that an important piece of religious art has been stolen from the oldest church in Los Angeles, there is no lead to its whereabouts. Your job... find it."
Plot Extension: A Christmas story. A Los Angeles Mission reports the statue of Jesus has been stolen the day before Christmas.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Script re-used on episode Episode 227
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 54/12/28
Episode Number: 280
Available: YES
Title: The Big Underground
First Line Narrative and Plot: [Walking] "It was Monday, July 6th, sunny in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of Burglary Detail. My partner's Frank Smith, the boss, Captain Bernard. My name's Friday. We're on our way out of the office, it was 8:23am when we got to the corner of Walton Avenue and Adams Boulevard, a used car lot office."
Plot Extension: Paul Dereaux is the prime suspect in a series of burglaries and car thefts.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/01/04
Episode Number: 281
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mug
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. For the past three weeks a strong arm hold up man has been terrorizing the downtown area, you got a description of thief and a method of operation for him. Your job... find em."
Plot Extension: A "strong arm" bandit continues his operation, by breaking a woman's arm!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  2. Sergeant Friday uses a new gadget called the "Speakerphone".

Date Aired: 55/01/11
Episode Number: 282
Available: YES
Title: The Big Complex
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Juvenile Detail. In the past six weeks a junior high school has been broken into three times, and extensive damage has been done by vandals. Your job... investigate."
Plot Extension: A Junior High School has been vandalized three times... and each time the cafeteria has been particularly hard hit.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/01/18
Episode Number: 283
Available: YES
Title: The Big Token
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. For the past ten days a gunman has been terrorizing the downtown area of your city, you know he's armed and dangerous. Your job... stop em."
Plot Extension: A man has robbed a liquor store and killed a man by shooting him in the head. One of the witnesses is a woman who sings on television!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/01/25
Episode Number: 284
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bounce
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Forgery Detail. For the past several months a man posing as an actor has been passing worthless checks in your city, you've got a description of the suspect, but no lead to his whereabouts. Your job... get em."
Plot Extension: A check forger who looks like a movie actor takes advantage of an old lady running a rooming house.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/02/01
Episode Number: 285
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bird
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Burglary Detail. During the last two weeks there have been a series of burglaries in the valley division, you haven't got a lead. Your job... find one."
Plot Extension: A series of burglaries is taking place at new housing developments. The burglar kills pet birds whenever he can.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/02/08
Episode Number: 286
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gap
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. A pawn broker tells you he expects a swindle, he isn't sure. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Garfield Hunt has been swindled out of $1500 by a phony emerald ring.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/02/15
Episode Number: 287
Available: YES
Title: The Big Hat
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a well dressed man has held up a diamond merchant, he's escaped into the crowded streets of your city. Your job... get em."
Plot Extension: A robber has calmly stolen $80,000 in uncut diamonds. Meanwhile a woman is murdered by her jealous husband.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/02/22
Episode Number: 288
Available: YES
Title: The Big Slug
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. You just completed an investigation on an East Los Angeles murder case; you get a hot shot call, a shooting in a liquor store on Pico Blvd. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A man in a plaid sports coat is shot while robbing a liquor store and killing the owner.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/03/01
Episode Number: 289
Available: YES
Title: The Big Set-Up
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned a Narcotics Detail. A steady flow of drugs is coming in to your city. The prime buyers are juveniles. Weeks of effort fail to turn up any lead to the source. Your job... find it."
Plot Extension: Friday and Smith get a tip about three kilos of heroin about to arrive in Los Angeles. Friday goes undercover to make a "buy".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. This is not the same show as Episode 109, "The Big Set Up", despite similar titles
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/03/08
Episode Number: 290
Available: YES
Title: The Big Father
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant., you're assigned to Burglary Detail. For the past month a hot prowl artist has been working the Silver Lake District in your city. Your job... stop em."
Plot Extension: A daylight burglar posing as being from the electric company slugs an old woman.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast:
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/03/15
Episode Number: 291
Available: YES
Title: The Big Set
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant., you're assigned to Robbery Detail. A pair of hold up men have been operating in your city, you know their method of operation, you know what they look like. Your job... get em."
Plot Extension: A watch salesman named Russell Liggens reports his sample case has been stolen
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/03/22
Episode Number: 292
Available: YES
Title: The Big Talk
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Robbery Detail. A watch salesman tells you his sample case has been stolen, he say's he knows the men who did it. Your job... find em."
Plot Extension: A drunken woman provides the clue to a series of robberies, beatings and a murder that took place outside of different bars. The main suspect has a good alibi... Sergeant Friday!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/03/29
Episode Number: 293
Available: YES
Title: The Big Death
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Homicide Detail. A man has been shot in a cheap hotel in the downtown area, there is no apparent motive for the attack, no lead to the identity of the assailant. Your job... find em."
Plot Extension: Arthur McNeil has been shot six times in the head and killed in his flophouse room. His lawyer reveals that he's been working on a new explosive.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Title only re-used on Episode 068
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/04/05
Episode Number: 294
Available: YES
Title: The Big No Tooth
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a Detective Sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call that a downtown hotel has been held up by a bandit who carries a sawed-off shotgun. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A robber with a sawed off shotgun holds up a hotel, then more hotels and a diner.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander. Written by Jack Webb and Dragnet Staff Writers
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/04/12
Episode Number: 295
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tie
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Burglary Detail. You get a call that some one has broken in to a necktie manufacturer, a large supply of hand painted ties have been stolen. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A tie factory has been robbed; the owner says he knows who did it. Several other tie burglaries follow.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/04/19
Episode Number: 296
Available: YES
Title: The Big Deal
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Auto Theft Detail. The recovery rate of stolen automobiles in your city has dropped far below normal, evidence points to an organized gang of car thieves. Your job... break it up."
Plot Extension: A pair of car thieves has a clever method of reselling their loot.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/04/26
Episode Number: 297
Available: YES
Title: The Big Child
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Juvenile Detail. You get a call from Georgia Street receiving hospital, a two year child has been brought in, her condition is critical, there is evidence of foul play. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A two year old baby has been poisoned, her mother nowhere to be found. When she does appear... she's drunk.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/05/03
Episode Number: 298
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mama
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. A secretary tells you her employer has suddenly left town, she say's he's taken all the company records with him. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: The owner of Multiple Uranium Investments has left town with the entire company.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/05/10
Episode Number: 299
Available: YES
Title: The Big Revision
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant; you're assigned to Burglary Detail. After weeks of investigation a suspect in a burglary is picked up, you've got the evidence for a conviction but over two hundred thousand dollars in loot is still missing. Your job... find it."
Plot Extension: A burglar has been caught, but not the $200,000 in stolen furs and loot. The trail leads to a Palm Springs bar in search of Jarvis Dean.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/05/17
Episode Number: 300
Available: YES
Title: The Big Squealer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Juvenile Detail. You get a report that a teenage boy has been found in a downtown alley. He's in critical condition. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A high school boy is found knifed in an alley...and very reluctant to say who did it.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/05/24
Episode Number: 301
Available: YES
Title: The Big Siege
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Robbery Detail. A gunman has robbed a bank in your city. From his method of operation you know he is dangerous. Your job... get him."
Plot Extension: A bank robber is trapped in a house. A good story about the efforts to get him out.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/05/31
Episode Number: 302
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sisters
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Burglary Detail. An elderly woman reports that a man has stolen $300 from her apartment. She says she saw him. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: An old lady named Miss Dunbetter has been robbed... or has she?
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/06/07
Episode Number: 303
Available: YES
Title: The Big Limp
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You're assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a call from an officer in another division. He's come across some information about a robbery. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: The Timely Loan Company has been burglarized. Timothy Rankin and Shelly Mitchell are confirmed suspects. The clue: one man has a wooden leg.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/06/14
Episode Number: 304
Available: YES
Title: The Big Fall Guy
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Robbery Detail. The owner of a small delicatessen reports that he has been robbed. He says the thief casually walked out of his store and disappeared. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: The thief gave a note to the store owner, it wasn't a grocery list. An indigent boxer gives himself up to the police after the robberies. Claims he was working for a "collector", Stoney.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Virginia Gregg.
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/06/21
Episode Number: 305
Available: YES
Title: The Big Grab
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Homicide Detail. A six year old girl has been taken from the streets of your city. There's no lead to her whereabouts or to the identity of the kidnapper. Your job... find them."
Plot Extension: Grace Marchand, a six year old girl has been kidnapped off the street. A demand for $50,000 ransom is soon received.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Similar script, same title, re-used on Episode 055
  3. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/06/28
Episode Number: 306
Available: YES
Title: The Big Convertible
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Forgery Detail. For the past six weeks a man has been passing phony payroll checks in your city. You've got a description but no positive identification. The check forgeries continue. Your job... stop them."
Plot Extension: A man cashing bad payroll checks all over town has been using a rented car.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/07/05
Episode Number: 307
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rush
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Robbery Detail. Two men have been terrorizing the tavern keepers in your city. In spite of your efforts they continue to run free. Your job... stop them."
Plot Extension: A series of tavern robberies by "The Whale" and his partner leads to the shooting of a cop.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/07/12
Episode Number: 308
Available: YES
Title: The Big Genius
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Juvenile Detail. A woman reports that a teenage boy has been stealing food from her home. She said she's seen him several times. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A young boy has been living in a cave and stealing food to eat.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/07/19
Episode Number: 309
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bobo
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Internal Affairs Division. A man who claims he is a policeman has been accepting bribes in your city. Evidence points to the fact that he is an officer. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A police sergeant is accused of taking $3500 from a woman to get her husband out of jail.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Helen Kleb, Sam Wyan, Herb Ellis, Jack Crushen, Script by John Robinson, Music by Walter Schuman, Announcer Hal Gibney.
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/07/26
Episode Number: 310
Available: YES
Title: The Big Housemaid
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Burglary Detail. A woman posing as a housemaid has been stealing cash and other valuables from homes in your city. Your job... stop her."
Plot Extension: A burglar posing as a housemaid has been stealing from the houses she cleans and then giving the loot away!
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/08/02
Episode Number: 311
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sheet
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Burglary Detail. You get a call from a citizen that a burglary is in progress. You know the exact location. Your job... stop it."
Plot Extension: Leroy Finch is captured after robbing a drugstore, but he escapes and shoots an old couple while doing it.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/08/09
Episode Number: 312
Available: YES
Title: The Big Missus
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a telephone call from a woman who wants to see you. She says it's about her husband. She's afraid he's going to pull a hold-up. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A woman tells the cops that her ex-convict husband is planning a robbery.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes: Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/08/16
Episode Number: 313
Available: YES
Title: The Big Beer
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Homicide Detail. A night watchman has been stabbed to death in a downtown appliance store. There's no apparent motive for the killing; no lead for a suspect. Your job... find him."
Plot Extension: A night watchmen in a store discovers a dead body. Fourteen beer bottles and some bright red hairs provide the only clues.
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/08/23
Episode Number: 314
Available: YES
Title: The Big Blonde
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. A man tells you he's been taken for a large sum of money. He thinks it was a swindle. Your job... run it down."
Plot Extension: A blonde and two "cow-men" have swindled a man out of $40,000. Friday goes undercover and poses as a "mark".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/08/30
Episode Number: 315
Available: YES
Title: The Big Fellow
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Robbery Detail. You get a teletype warning you that two holdup men are heading to your city. You know they're armed and dangerous. Your job... be ready for them."
Plot Extension: The Merton Brothers, dope fiends, robbers, and generally nasty people have arrived in town looking for action.
Cast: Jack Webb, Virginia Gregg, Ben Alexander, Herb Ellis, Victor Rodman, Bert Holland, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Hal Gibney (host).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/09/06
Episode Number: 316
Available: YES
Title: The Big Ruling
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Narcotics Detail. You get a report that a supply of heroin has reached your city. You don't know who has got it or where it is. Your job... find out."
Plot Extension: Sam Arthur Freed, a dope pusher specializing in hooking kids, is caught with narcotics on him, but he has been "searched illegally".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander.
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/09/13
Episode Number: 317
Available: YES
Title: The Big Daughter
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Narcotics Detail. You get a tip that a man is peddling heroin at his place of residence. He's a known user. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: Porter Denson and his family are all busted on narco raps after heroin is found under their young daughter's pillow.
Cast: Hal Gibney (host), Virginia Gregg, Jack Kruschen, Joyce McCluskey, Herb Ellis, Walter Schumann (music), Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Frank Burton (writer).
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield

Date Aired: 55/09/20
Episode Number: 318
Available: YES
Title: The Big Close
First Line Narrative and Plot: "You're a detective sergeant. You are assigned to Homicide Detail. You get a call telling you that the body of a man has been found in a motel room. There is no lead to his true identity. Your job... check it out."
Plot Extension: A corpse in a motel room leads to a "ladies man" in town on "business".
Cast: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Vic Perrin, Helen Kleeb, Hal Gibney (host), Walter Schumann (composer), Lillian Buyeff, Stacy Harris, John Robinson (writer)
Notes:
  1. AFRS rebroadcast
  2. Sponsored by Chesterfield
  3. The last original script used on this episode and the ending of Chesterfield's sponsorship.


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Dragnet: Episodes 001 - 105 (June 3, 1949 - June 14, 1951)
Dragnet: Episodes 106 - 212 (June 21, 1951 - September 1, 1953)
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