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Dragnet, Volume 3

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  • Actors: Jack Webb
  • Directors: Jack Webb
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 28 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002PYSZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,566 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Jack Webb stars as Joe Friday in four (more) episodes of the classic TV cop show.

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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Misleading picture - and only 3 episodes. Dec 13 2007
By Homer123 - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I got what I paid for...

The picture on the cover shows Harry Morgan and Jack Webb, in color, from the later years. This one is with the early Webb (about 50 pounds lighter too), and in b/w. They are cool early episodes... but defiantely much simpler (believe it or not) than the later, color episodes.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2 Early episodes plus 2 Oct. 16 2005
By James Bair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Dragnet, Volume 3 (Classic TV Series). Original air dates of these excellent Dragnet episodes:

Episode One: THE BIG PHONE CALL (5/22/52; The 12th episode)
Episode Two: THE BIG CAST (2/14/52; A rare find- This is the 5th Dragnet TV episode aired)
Episode Three: THE BIG FALSE MAKE (5/27/54)
Episode Four: THE BIG FRANK (5/7/53)

As expected, the transfer can be rough, but still quality television at this excellent price.

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This is the city.... Aug. 27 2005
By Steven Hellerstedt - Published on Amazon.com
These three episodes (The Big Crime, The Big Shoplift, The Big Girl) of Jack Webb's `Dragnet' from 1953 are pretty dated now, although you'd be hard pressed to find any mainstream movie that dealt with the censorious material contained here - child abduction, `kleptomania' (do we still use that word?), and transvestitism. Heck, they were loving Lucy back then, but they put her and Desi in separate beds and didn't let either utter the word `pregnant' when she was, well, you know, `with' little Ricky Jr.

You can find this dvd at a severely discounted price, and anyone who is unfamiliar with Dragnet but has an interest in post-WWII crime dramas that leaned hard on the documentary style should check this one out. Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday doesn't say `Just the facts, ma'am' in any of these three episodes, but the attitude is there. Along with partner Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) Friday always brings in his man, or woman, in time and under budget, even if sometimes it involves `a lot of leg work and no progress.' Dragnet began as a radio program in the late forties and the busy Mr. Webb starred in both the television and radio program throughout most of the fifties. The first run of the television show ended in 1959 and was revived in the late sixties with Harry Morgan as the sidekick.

All were pretty much the same, although I remember Joe Friday in his sixties' incarnation as being a little more acid tongued and scolding. I think Webb wasn't too thrilled with the counter-culture. All of them are filled with words - the scripts must have weighed a ton - and a lot of shots of Friday interviewing strangers in doorways. The acting style is rapid, clipped, and distinctly flat. It's not to everybody's taste, and it exposes itself to parody, but there's a relentless drive to it that can be appreciated. For the price the prints are in very good shape - some audio wobble here and there, a scratched sequence of frames - but mainly much better than I expected. The only complaint I have is the use of what I think was newly recorded music to usher out scenes. You know, the `wah-wah-wah' stuff they use before the boys walk out of the chief's office. It's the same two bars of pensive piano and nervous timpani. There's no extras and little text on the back of the dvd jacket, so it'll have to remain a mystery. My guess is that the usher out music is still under copyright. At worst it's a distraction until you get used to it.
Great July 9 2013
By beejay44 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like the other partner for Sgt Friday better, but Barney Phillips does OK. Barney is only 1 of several partners that Sgt Friday had.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Finigan Begin Again Aug. 4 2007
By Rebecca D. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Unfortunately the episodes on this DVD are part of a larger set - that I already have....