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Dragnet: All Episodes

From June 3, 1949 through February 26, 1957:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."
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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:
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  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.
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  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.
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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.
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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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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:
  1. Sponsored by Fatima
  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
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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.
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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."
  2. Sponsored by Fatima

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)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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)
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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).
Notes: Sponsored by Fatima

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."

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.

Shows after the September 20, 1955 broadcast are re-runs of previous broadcasts. Although the series would continue on the air until February 26, 1957, the remaining broadcasts would be all re-runs.

Schedule changes from 9:00pm Tuesday to 8:30pm Tuesday.

Date Aired: 55/09/27
Episode Number: 319
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shot
Notes: Rebroadcast from September 21, 1952 Episode 170

Date Aired: 55/10/04
Episode Number: 320
Available: YES
Title: The Big Brain
Notes: Rebroadcast from September 28, 1952 Episode 171

Date Aired: 55/10/11
Episode Number: 321
Available: YES
Title: The Big Jolt
Notes: Rebroadcast from October 5, 1952 Episode 172

Date Aired: 55/10/18
Episode Number: 322
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lie
Notes: Rebroadcast from October 12, 1952 Episode 173

Date Aired: 55/10/25
Episode Number: 323
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pill
Notes: Rebroadcast from October 19, 1952 Episode 174

Date Aired: 55/11/01
Episode Number: 324
Available: YES
Title: The Big Number
Notes: Rebroadcast from October 26, 1952 Episode 175

Date Aired: 55/11/08
Episode Number: 325
Available: YES
Title: The Big Light
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 2, 1952 Episode 176

Date Aired: 55/11/15
Episode Number: 326
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dive
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 9, 1952 Episode 177

Date Aired: 55/11/22
Episode Number: 327
Available: YES
Title: The Big Walk
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 16, 1952 Episode 178

Date Aired: 55/11/29
Episode Number: 328
Available: YES
Title: The Big Guilt
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 23, 1952 Episode 179

Date Aired: 55/12/06
Episode Number: 329
Available: YES
Title: The Big Shirt
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 30, 1952 Episode 180

Date Aired: 55/12/13
Episode Number: 330
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mole
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 7, 1952 Episode 181

Date Aired: 55/12/20
Episode Number: 331
Available: YES
Title: 22 Rifle for Christmas
Notes: 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.

Date Aired: 55/12/27
Episode Number: 332
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mask - Part 1
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 28, 1952 Episode 184

Date Aired: 56/01/03
Episode Number: 333
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mask - Part 2
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 4, 1953 Episode 185

Date Aired: 56/01/10
Episode Number: 334
Available: YES
Title: The Big Small
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 11, 1953 Episode 186

Date Aired: 56/01/17
Episode Number: 335
Available: YES
Title: The Big String
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 18, 1953 Episode 187

Date Aired: 56/01/24
Episode Number: 336
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lay-Out
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 25, 1953 Episode 188

Date Aired: 56/01/31
Episode Number: 337
Available: YES
Title: The Big Strip
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 1, 1953 Episode 189

Date Aired: 56/02/07
Episode Number: 338
Available: YES
Title: The Big Press
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 8, 1953 Episode 190

Date Aired: 56/02/14
Episode Number: 339
Available: YES
Title: The Big Tooth
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 15, 1953 Episode 191

Date Aired: 56/02/21
Episode Number: 340
Available: YES
Title: The Big Smoke
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 22, 1953 Episode 192

Date Aired: 56/02/28
Episode Number: 341
Available: YES
Title: The Big Want
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 1, 1953 Episode 193

Date Aired: 56/03/06
Episode Number: 342
Available: YES
Title: The Big Laugh
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 8, 1953 Episode 194

Date Aired: 56/03/13
Episode Number: 343
Available: YES
Title: The Big Impossible
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 15, 1953 Episode 195

Date Aired: 56/03/20
Episode Number: 344
Available: YES
Title: 22 Rifle for Christmas
Notes: 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.

Date Aired: 56/03/27
Episode Number: 345
Available: YES
Title: The Big Informant
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 22, 1953 Episode 196

Schedule changes from 8:30pm Tuesday to 8:00pm Tuesday

Date Aired: 56/04/03
Episode Number: 346
Available: YES
Title: The Big Dream
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 29, 1953 Episode 197

Date Aired: 56/04/10
Episode Number: 347
Available: YES
Title: The Big Chet
Notes: Rebroadcast from April 5, 1953 Episode 198

Date Aired: 56/04/17
Episode Number: 348
Available: YES
Title: The Big Compulsion
Notes: Rebroadcast from April 12, 1953 Episode 199

Date Aired: 56/04/24
Episode Number: 349
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rip
Notes: Rebroadcast from April 19, 1953 Episode 200

Date Aired: 56/05/01
Episode Number: 350
Available: YES
Title: The Big Scrapbook
Notes: Rebroadcast from April 26, 1953 Episode 201

Date Aired: 56/05/08
Episode Number: 351
Available: YES
Title: The Big Carney
Notes: Rebroadcast from May 3, 1953 Episode 202

Date Aired: 56/05/15
Episode Number: 352
Available: YES
Title: The Big Joke
Notes: Rebroadcast from May 10, 1953 Episode 203

Date Aired: 56/05/22
Episode Number: 353
Available: YES
Title: The Big False Make
Notes: Rebroadcast from May 17, 1953 Episode 204

Date Aired: 56/05/29
Episode Number: 354
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gun - Part 1
Notes: Rebroadcast from May 24, 1953 Episode 205

Date Aired: 56/06/05
Episode Number: 355
Available: YES
Title: The Big Gun - Part 2
Notes: Rebroadcast from May 31, 1953 Episode 206

Date Aired: 56/06/12
Episode Number: 356
Available: YES
Title: The Big Will
Notes: Rebroadcast from June 7, 1953 Episode 207

Date Aired: 56/06/19
Episode Number: 357
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lilly
Notes: Rebroadcast from June 14, 1953 Episode 208

Date Aired: 56/06/26
Episode Number: 358
Available: YES
Title: The Big Revolt
Notes: Rebroadcast from June 21, 1953 Episode 209

Off for the Summer

Date Aired: 56/09/18
Episode Number: 359
Available: YES
Title: The Big Ham
Notes: Rebroadcast from June 28, 1953 Episode 210

Date Aired: 56/09/25
Episode Number: 360
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bop
First Line Narrative and Plot: Rebroadcast from September 1, 1953 Episode 211

Date Aired: 56/10/02
Episode Number: 361
Available: YES
Title: The Big Lift
Notes: Rebroadcast from September 8, 1953 Episode 212

Date Aired: 56/10/09
Episode Number: 362
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cab
Notes: Rebroadcast from September 15, 1953 Episode 213

Date Aired: 56/10/16
Episode Number: 363
Available: YES
Title: The Big Slip
Notes: Rebroadcast from September 22, 1953 Episode 214

Date Aired: 56/10/23
Episode Number: 364
Available: YES
Title: The Big Flight
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 17, 1953 Episode 222

Date Aired: 56/10/30
Episode Number: 365
Available: YES
Title: The Big Present
Notes: Rebroadcast from November 24, 1953 Episode 223

Date Aired: 56/11/06
Episode Number: 366
Available: YES
Title: The Big Odd
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 1, 1953 Episode 224

Date Aired: 56/11/13
Episode Number: 367
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pick
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 8, 1953 Episode 225

Date Aired: 56/11/20
Episode Number: 368
Available: YES
Title: The Big Brink
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 15, 1953 Episode 226

Date Aired: 56/11/27
Episode Number: 369
Available: YES
Title: The Big Steal
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 29, 1953 Episode 228

Date Aired: 56/12/04
Episode Number: 370
Available: YES
Title: The Big Listen
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 5, 1954 Episode 229

Date Aired: 56/12/11
Episode Number: 371
Available: YES
Title: The Big Switch
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 12, 1954 Episode 230

Date Aired: 56/12/18
Episode Number: 372
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bill
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 19, 1954 Episode 231

Date Aired: 56/12/25
Episode Number: 373
Available: YES
Title: The Big Little Jesus
Notes: Rebroadcast from December 22, 1953 Episode 227

Schedule changes from 8:00pm Tuesday to 8:05pm Tuesday

Date Aired: 57/01/01
Episode Number: 374
Available: YES
Title: The Big Bid
Notes: Rebroadcast from January 26, 1954 Episode 232

Date Aired: 57/01/08
Episode Number: 375
Available: YES
Title: The Big Filth
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 2, 1954 Episode 233

Date Aired: 57/01/15
Episode Number: 376
Available: YES
Title: The Big Broad
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 9, 1954 Episode 234

Date Aired: 57/01/22
Episode Number: 377
Available: YES
Title: The Big Sucker
Notes: Rebroadcast from February 16, 1954 Episode 235

Date Aired: 57/01/29
Episode Number: 378
Available: YES
Title: The Big Pipe
First Line Narrative and Plot: Rebroadcast from February 23, 1954 Episode 236

Date Aired: 57/02/05
Episode Number: 379
Available: YES
Title: The Big TV
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 2, 1954 Episode 237

Date Aired: 57/02/12
Episode Number: 380
Available: YES
Title: The Big Cup
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 9, 1954 Episode 238

Date Aired: 57/02/19
Episode Number: 381
Available: YES
Title: The Big Rod
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 16, 1954 Episode 239

Date Aired: 57/02/26
Episode Number: 382
Available: YES
Title: The Big Mustache
Notes: Rebroadcast from March 23, 1954 Episode 240

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