CRIME DRAMA

THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET"

JACK WEBB AND BEN ALEXANDER STAR IN THE 1950s VERSION OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR CRIME SHOWS EVER ON TELEVISION! THESE HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN FOR 30 YEARS!

440 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", I (1953)

1. "THE BIG SHOPLIFT", presented exactly as first broadcast, complete with original Chesterfield cigarette commercials. Friday and Smith investigate the disappearance of merchandise from a department store.
2. "THE BIG BANK ROBBERY". A man successfully holds up a bank, and the inept security guard is blamed.
3. "THE BIG HIT AND RUN". An elderly woman and her grandson are hit by a speeding truck; Friday and Smith try to find out who done it!
4. "THE BIG SECRET". Friday and Smith try to locate the mother of an abandoned baby.
--- 105 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


445 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", II (1953)

1. "THE BIG GIRLS". Friday and Smith try to find the tall, beautiful women who keep beating up innocent men.
2. "BIG BETTY". Swindlers selling fake watches and jewelry are operating in town.
3. "THE BIG TRUNK". Friday and Smith try to find out why a man took his own life.
4. "THE BIG BOYS". Smith receives word from his cousin that 4 dangerous thugs are coming to Los Angeles. Watch for a very young Leonard Nimoy in this one!
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


447 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", III (1953/1955)

1. "THE BIG BAR". Friday and Smith go after a man who murders bartenders.
2. "THE BIG BIRD". A thug only robs pet stores and homes that have birds.
3. "THE BIG BOUNCE". A forger is writing checks from a deceased man's account.
4. "THE BIG ASSAULT". Friday's sure an escaped mental patient is responsible for beating up a woman now facing death in a hospital bed.
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


452 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", IV (1952/54/57)

All of the following episodes contain original commercials, exactly as first broadcast!
1. "THE BIG 17". An early episode of the series, with Herb Ellis playing the part of Frank Smith. Friday and Smith investigate the teenage destruction of a local movie theater it seems all the kids got high on marijuana and went wild. If you thought "Refer Madness" was campy, you ain't seen nothing yet!
2. "THE BIG PRODUCER". Martin Milner appears as a high school student who gets busted by Friday and Smith for selling porno magazines to his friends. Another great episode!
3. "THE BIG HOUSE CALL". Friday and Smith go after a man who summons doctors to a hotel room, robs them, and beats them up. Friday's got a concerned girlfriend in this one.
4. "THE BIG JUVENILE GANG WAR". Friday hunts down an L.A. teenage gang leader suspected of causing violence in a normally quiet neighborhood.
--- 120 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


456 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", V (1955/58)

1. "THE BIG SOUND OFF". A young mother and her infant baby have been missing, so Friday and Smith investigate.
2. "THE BIG ANTE". Friday and Smith try to find the killer of a young woman who was found strangled in a hotel room.
3. "THE BIG TARBABY". Working the Homicide Division, Friday and Smith receive a call from a frantic bar owner who claims his wife disappeared on her way down to the bar.
4. "THE BIG COUNTERFEIT". A man's been impersonating a policeman, going around to local businessmen flashing a badge and asking for donations. This naturally prompts Friday and Smith to investigate.
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


468 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", VI (1953/55/57)

1. "THE BIG CRIME". In an unusual episode for its era, Friday and Smith go after a man who's been molesting little girls in a local neighborhood.
2. "THE BIG THANKSGIVING". Friday and Smith's holiday is put on hold until they can find a man who's been beating up women late at night on city streets.
3. "THE BIG HOUSECLEANING". People are coming home to find that their entire houses have been removed of valuables, clothing, and furniture.
4. "THE BIG OSKAR". A woman is robbed of useless junk; she admits it's junk, nevertheless she wants Friday and Smith to find the guy that stole this useless junk.
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


480 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", VII (1954)

1. "THE BIG FRAUD". A man confesses to the holdup of a grocery store, but Friday is sure the man didn't commit the crime.
2. "THE BIG RUN". A woman is seriously injured in a hit-and-run auto accident, and it's up to Friday and Smith to find the driver of the vehicle.
3. "THE BIG MOTHER". A woman's mother disappears, so Friday and Smith set out to find her.
4. "THE BIG THREAT". Friday and Smith track the whereabouts of a wealthy businessman.
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


531 THE ORIGINAL "DRAGNET", IX (1952/53/56)

1. “THE BIG CAST” (1952). Lee Marvin (in his first TV role) guest stars as a longshoreman suspected of murder. Barney Phillips plays Friday’s partner Ed Jacobs in this fifth episode of the series.
2. “THE BIG PHONE CALL” (1952). Another early episode with Barney Phillips. Friday and Jacobs take a suspected diamond burglar into custody and attempt to sweat out a confession.
3. “THE BIG FRANK” (1953). Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) is critically shot while he and Friday investigate a routine robbery. Friday, incensed, is out for blood in one of the best episodes of the original series.
4. “THE BIG SUICIDE” (1956). Friday and Smith are not sure that a woman lying in a hospital bed recovering from a drug overdose really did try to kill herself. This episode is complete with original commercials.
--- 105 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


534 THE ORIGINAL “DRAGNET”, X (1952/53/56)

1. “THE BIG CASING” (1952). Here’s one of the earliest episodes of the series with Barney Phillips playing Friday’s partner, Ed Jacobs. Harry Bartell is a husband accused of shooting his wife, although he repeatedly (and very calmly) denies it.
2. “THE BIG SEPTEMEBER MAN (1952). A young woman is murdered, and Friday and Jacobs’ trail leads to a religious fanatic.
3. “THE BIG GRANDMA” (1953). A check forger is on the loose! Friday and Smith can’t believe that all suspicions point to a kindly old lady. Mastered from the best possible preprint material available.
4. “THE BIG THUG” (1955). A maniac is breaking into women’s homes and beating them up when they’re all alone. Friday and Smith hit the trail to find the guy.
--- 100 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


537 THE ORIGINAL “DRAGNET”, XI (1952/53/54)

1. “THE BIG LAMP” (1952). A safecracker is acquitted by a jury (and you won’t believe what the judge says to them). Friday is determined to bring the man to justice!
2. “THE BIG HATE” (1953). Friday and Smith arrest a young man they believe murdered his fiancé...but did he really do it?
3. “THE BIG BARRETTE” (1953). A 21-year-old woman is brutally murdered, so Friday and Smith set out to find the killer. One of the best episodes of the series ever filmed!
4. “THE BIG WINCHESTER” (1954). Famed “Davy Crockett” star Fess Parker appears as a policeman in this episode. An apparent suicide may actually be a murder, as Friday and Smith investigate the shooting of man in his own home.
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL ON THE DVD RELEASE ONLY: “THE BIG BONUS FOOTAGE” - See Friday and Smith (Jack Webb and Ben Alexander) out of character hosting a live telethon for Cerebral Palsy on local Los Angeles TV in 1953! We recently uncovered a kinescope of the opening hour of this exciting event, and we’ve put together over 15 minutes of highlights from this rare broadcast. Along with Jack and Ben, you’ll see Bob Hope, Jester Hairston (Amos ‘n’ Andy), and Dragnet composer/arranger Walter Schumann. It’s a must have for any true Dragnet fan!
--- 125 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95


540 THE ORIGINAL “DRAGNET”, XII (1952/53/54)

1. “THE BIG JUMP” (1952). It’s up to Friday to rescue a suicidal man from leaping off the 7th floor of a building.
2. “THE BIG LIGHT” (1953). Friday and Smith investigate the death of a stage hand at a movie studio.
3. “THE BIG BREAK” (1953). In a unique episode that takes place over the course of a year, Friday and Smith battle a hold-up man who keeps getting released from jail on technicalities.
4. “THE BIG PAIR” (1954). An elderly man and his granddaughter return home from a trip to find that all their furniture has been stolen. Beverly Washburn (“Old Yeller”) guest stars in this episode.
--- 105 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95

731 THE ORIGINAL “DRAGNET” HOLIDAY COLLECTION

1. “.22 RIFLE FOR CHRISTMAS” (1952). New to home video, this classic episode features Herb Ellis as Frank Smith. A 10-year-old boy is given a rifle as a Christmas present and he accidentally shoots his best friend. The show is complete with original Chesterfield cigarette commercials.
2. “THE BIG CHRISTMAS” (1953). Originally released on our tape #712. Friday and Smith try to find the thief who stole the Baby Jesus from a Catholic church on Christmas Eve. Ben Alexander co-stars as Frank Smith. (New to DVD)
3. “THE BIG THANKSGIVING” (1955). Putting their holiday on hold, Friday and Smith must find the man responsible for beating up women on city streets. From tape #468. (New to DVD)
4. “THE BIG NEW YEAR’S EVE COP KILLER” (1955). A police officer is gunned down and the detectives must break the news to the cop’s wife during her New Year’s Eve party. Originally released on program #714.
--- 105 MINUTES --- BLACK AND WHITE ---
DVD: $14.95






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