Category: Dragnet

Dragnet: The Roseland Roof Murders (EP4322)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero search for a trigger happy gang of hold-up men.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 29, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Dragnet: .22 Rifle for Christmas (EP4316)

Todays Mystery: A boy disappears before Christmas with his present – a .22 rifle.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 22, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Peggy Webber; William Johnstone

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Dragnet: The Garbage Chute Murder (EP4310)

Today’s Mystery:

An organist is found murdered in her apartment, and the police can figure out the killer got in.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 15, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Dragnet: The Jade Thumb Rings (EP4304)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and his partner Romero race against the clock to recover $8,000 worth of stolen Chinese jade. The only lead? A vicious criminal and a six-year-old witness with a wild imagination.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 8, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Dragnet: The Spring Street Gang (EP4298)

Todays Mystery:

Friday and Smith search for a juvenile gang that’s been committing burglaries, robberies, and rapes.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 1, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Dragnet: The Mother-in-Law Murder (EP4292)

Todays Mystery:

An elderly woman with an acrimonious relationship with her daughter-in-law is found murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 24, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Raymond Burr as Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives; Herb Butterfield as Lt. Lee Jones

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Dragnet: The Big Bar (TV Soundtrack) (EP4286)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Smith look for a man who has committed a series of bar robberies and killed several of the victims.

Original Television Broadcast Date: October 8, 1954 based on a Radio Play from November 10, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Ben Alexander as Frank Smith; Walter Sande; Harry Bartel; Dee Thompson; Eugene Iglesias; Dennis Weaver; Natalie Masters

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Dragnet: The Big Lamp (TV Soundtrack) (EP4280)

Todays Mystery:

A criminal is acquitted, leaves LA, and returns. Friday and Ed Jacobs think he’s up to his old tricks.

Original Television Broadcast: June 19, 1952 (radio script originally aired October 20, 1949)

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Barney Phillips as Sergeant Ed Jacobs; Herb Butterfield as Lieutenant Lee Jones; Tol Avery; Eddie Firestone, Jr.; Ralph Moody; Parley Baer; Peggy Webber

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Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus (Video Theater 262)

Friday and Smith try to recover a stolen statue of the child Jesus for a church before the Christmas Mass.

Original Air Date: December 24, 1953

Season 3, Episode 17

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Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus (EP4268)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Smith search for a statue of the child Jesus stolen from a church on Christmas Eve.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 22, 1953

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith; Herb Vigran; Ralph Moody

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Dragnet: The Truck Hijackers (EP4262)

Todays Mystery: Friday and Romero suspect an inside job in a series of truck hijackings.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 1, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starred: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Raymond Burr as Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives; William Herb Butterfield

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Dragnet: The Brick Bat Slayer (EP4256)

Todays Mystery:

Friday and Romero search for a serial killer who breaks into the homes of women and murders them with a red brick.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 24, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Raymond Burr as Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives; Herb Butterfield as Lee Jones

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Discussion: Talking about how the podcast has changed, since I started.

Volume One Podcast Feed

Season 1 Commentary

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Dragnet: James Vickers (EP4250)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero have to find out why a man shot down a traffic cop.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 17, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Raymond Burr as Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives; Harry Morgan; Herb Vigrand

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Dragnet: The Sullivan Kidnapping (EP4244)

Todays Mystery:

The daughter of the vice-president of a bank is kidnapped.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 10, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Raymond Burr as Ed Backstrand, Chief of Detectives; Herb Butterfield; Herb Vigran

Post-episode Question: Should AI be used to reconstruct lost episodes of old time radio from existing scripts?

Gotham Radio Players Recreation of The Big Cop (Recreation begins at 35:43)

Hot Copy Radio Theater

American Radio Theater

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Dragnet: Eric Kelby (EP4238)

Todays Mystery:

A man reports his wife missing, but investigators suspect murder.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 3, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Harry Morgan as Captain Kearney; Herb Butterfield

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