Category: Dragnet

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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Dragnet: Myra the Redhead (EP4232)

Todays Mystery:

Friday and Romero have caught two teenagers breaking into their car. Can they use them to find the mastermind behind hundreds of car burglaries?

Original Radio Broadcast Date: September 1, 1949

Originated 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

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Dragnet: Police Academy (EP4226)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero hunt for a gang of blitz robbers, while an army buddy of Friday’s enters the police academy.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 25, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

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

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Dragnet: Production 11 (aka: Sixteen Jewel Thefts) (EP4220)

Todays Mystery:

Friday and Romero investigate a series of nightly jewelry thefts.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 18, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

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

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Dragnet: Production 10 (aka: The Maniac Murderer) (EP4214)

Todays Mystery:

Friday and Romero hunt for a murderer who strangles and then disfigures his victims.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 11, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

Starred: 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, Harry Morgan

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Dragnet: Production 9 (aka: Benny Trounsel) (EP4208)

Todays Mystery:

An informant is murdered but leaves behind clues to a narcotics ring operating in the city.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: August 8, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

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

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Dragnet: Production 8 (aka: The Big Missing, Missing Person Juanita Lasky) (EP4202)

Todays Mystery:

A mother in Utah reports her adult daughter missing.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 28, 1949

Originated from Hollywood

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

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Dragnet: Production 7 (aka: City Hall Bomb) (EP4196)

Todays Mystery: Friday and Romero have less than half an hour to stop a man who’s thratening to blow up City Hall unless the police release his brother.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: July 21, 1948

Originated from Hollywood

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

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