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Dragnet (1956)




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This film, based on the popular Dragnet TV series, involves the murder of former syndicate member Dub Taylor. LAPD sergeants Joe Friday and Frank Smith follow the trail of evidence to shifty gangster boss Stacy Harris, who during most of the film is able to avoid arrest through legal loopholes.

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Jack Webb
as Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander
as Officer Frank Smith
Richard Boone
as Capt. Hamilton
Ann Robinson
as Grace Downey
Stacy Harris
as Max Troy
Virginia Gregg
as Ethel Marie Starkie
Vic Perrin
as Adolph Alexander
Georgia Ellis
as Belle Davitt
James Griffith
as Jesse Quinn
Dick Cathcart
as Roy Cleaver
Malcolm Atterbury
as Lee Reinhard
Willard Sage
as Chester Davitt
Olan Soule
as Ray Pinker
Dennis Weaver
as Capt. Lohrman
James Anderson
as Fred Kemp
Monte Masters
as Fabian Gerard
Herb Vigran
as Mr. Archer
Virginia Christine
as Mrs. Caldwell
Guy Hamilton
as Walker Scott
Ramsey Williams
as Wesley Cannon
Harry Bartell
as Lt. Stevens
Herb Ellis
as Booking Sergeant
Harlan Warde
as Interne
Cliff Arquette
as Charlie Weaver
Dub Taylor
as Miller/Ex-Convict
Fred Dale
as Officer Tilden
Jean Dean
as Pat, the secretary
Ross Elliott
as Intelligence Officer
Gayle Kellogg
as Officer Keeler
Harry Lauter
as Officer Greeley
Meg Myles
as Cuban Singer
Dick Paxton
as Hotel Clerk
Roy Whaley
as Sergeant McCreadie
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Critic Reviews for Dragnet

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

In making the transition from radio-TV to the big screen and color, this is spotty in entertainment results.

June 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The atmosphere is harsh and real. But Mr. Friday is not a nice policeman to anticipate as a regular hero on the screen.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

The storytelling in Dragnet is as straightforward as Joe Friday himself-this leads to that which leads to that other thing which eventually leads to the conclusion you knew was coming all along.

November 17, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Beautifully shot by Edward Colman.

November 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Television's Jack Webb, under his own fast-paced direction, effectively but rather monotonously portrays the bleak and brutal plain-clothes man Joe Friday in this Hollywood whodunit.

December 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Based on actual L.A. police files, the film manages to still deliver plenty of suspense.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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