Dragnet (1956)


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At the height of the popularity of his Dragnet TV series, producer/director/star Jack Webb struck a deal with Warner Bros. to direct several feature films--the first of which, but of course, was 1954's Dragnet. This time around, the "true story" in which "only the names are changed to protect the innocent" involves the murder of former syndicate member Dub Taylor. LAPD sergeants Joe Friday (Webb) and Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) follow the trail of evidence to shifty gangster boss Stacy Harris, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Breen, Richard L. Breen
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On DVD: May 23, 1991
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as Sgt. Joe Friday

as Officer Frank Smith

as Capt. Hamilton

as Grace Downey

as Max Troy

as Ethel Marie Starkie

as Adolph Alexander

as Belle Davitt

as Jesse Quinn

as Roy Cleaver

as Lee Reinhard

as Chester Davitt

as Ray Pinker

as Capt. Lohrman

as Fred Kemp

as Fabian Gerard

as Mr. Archer

as Mrs. Caldwell

as Walker Scott

as Wesley Cannon

as Lt. Stevens

as Booking Sergeant

as Interne

as Charlie Weaver

as Miller/Ex-Convict

as Officer Tilden

as Pat, the secretary

as Intelligence Officer

as Officer Keeler

as Officer Greeley

as Cuban Singer

as Hotel Clerk

as Sergeant McCreadie
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Critic Reviews for Dragnet

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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It beats me why Dragnet was such a popular TV show and it further surprises that this uninspiring dullish movie also did so well.

Full Review… | January 28, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Dragnet

Very similar to the television series, it has the same format. This is a little more bitter though than the series. Good cast, it has the expected corny dialogue and Jack Webb's very dry acting style. A must for fans of the series.

James Higgins

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