Dragnet 510503 e099 Big Casing
Dragnet 510426 e098 Big Saint

Dragnet 510419 e097 Big Speech

Dragnet 510412 e096 Big Threat

Dragnet 510405 e095 Big Friend

Dragnet 510329 e094 Big Lover

Dragnet 510322 e093 Big Trunk

Dragnet 510315 e092 Big Ben

Dragnet 510308 e091 Big New Years

Dragnet 510301 e090 Big Partner
Dragnet 510222 e089 Big Couple
Dragnet 510215 e088 Big Crime
Dragnet 510208 e087 Big Cast
Dragnet 510201 e086 Big Children

Dragnet 510125 e085 Big Tomato

Dragnet 510118 e084 Big Dance

Dragnet 510111 e083 Big Jump

Dragnet 510104 e082 Big Holdup

Dragnet 501228 e081 Big Family

Dragnet 501221 e080 .22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 501214 e079 Big Break

Dragnet 501207 e078 Big Picture

Dragnet 501130 e077 Big Car

Dragnet 501123 e076 Big Betty

Dragnet 501116 e075 Big Parrot
Dragnet 501109 e074 Big Mother
Dragnet 501102 e073 Big Church

Dragnet 501026 e072 Big Meet
Dragnet 501019 e071 Big Grandma
Dragnet 501012 e070 Big Quack

Dragnet 501005 e069 Big 38

Dragnet 500928 e068 Big Death

Dragnet 500921 e067 Big Pair

Dragnet 500914 e066 Big Make

Dragnet 500907 e065 Big Poison

Dragnet 500831 e064 Big Check
Dragnet 500824 e063 Big Chance
Dragnet 500817 e062 Big Youngster
Dragnet 500810 e061 Big Actor

Dragnet 500803 e060 Big Dare
Dragnet 500727 e059 Big Gent Part 2
Dragnet 500720 e058 Big Gent Part 1

Dragnet 500713 e057 Big Bomb

Dragnet 500706 e056 Big Frame
Dragnet 500629 e055 Big Grab
Dragnet 500622 e054 Big Mink
Dragnet 500615 e053 Big Press

Dragnet 500608 e052 Big Smart Guy
Dragnet 500601 e051 Big Fake
Dragnet 500525 e050 Big Key
Dragnet 500518 e049 Big Pug

Dragnet 500511 e048 Big Knife
Dragnet 500504 e047 Big Badge
Dragnet 500427 e046 Big Job
Dragnet 500420 e045 Big Trial
Dragnet 500413 e044 Big Watch
Dragnet 500406 e043 Big Book
Dragnet 500330 e042 Big Gangster Part 2
Dragnet 500323 e041 Big Gangster Part 1

Dragnet 500316 e040 Big Boys

Dragnet 500309 e039 Big Thank You

Dragnet 500302 e038 Big Kill

Dragnet 500223 e037 Big Grifter

Dragnet 500209 e036 Big Girl

Dragnet 500202 e035 Child Killer

Dragnet 500119 e034 Big Man Part 2

Dragnet 500112 e033 Big Man Part 1

Dragnet 500105 e032 Big Escape

Dragnet 491229 e031 Roseland Murder

Dragnet 491222 e030 .22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 491215 e029 Garbage Chute

Dragnet 491208 e028 Jade Thumb Rings

Dragnet 491201 e027 Spring Street Gang

Dragnet 491124 e026 Mother-In-Law Murder

Dragnet 491006 e019 Second Hand Killer

Dragnet 491001 e018 Tom Laval
Dragnet
490924 e017 Brick-Bat Slayer
Dragnet
490917 e016 James Vickers
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490910 e015 Sullivan Kidnapping - The Wolf

Dragnet 490903 e014 Eric Kelby

Dragnet 490901 e013 Myra, the Redhead

Dragnet 490825 e012 Police Academy

Dragnet 490818 e011 Sixteen Jewel Thieves

Dragnet 490811 e010 Maniac Murderer

Dragnet 490804 e009 Benny Trounsel

Dragnet 490728 e008 Big Missing

Dragnet 490721 e007 City Hall Bombing

Dragnet 490714 e006 Red Light Bandit

Dragnet 490707 e005 Helen Corday

Dragnet 490624 e004 Quick Trigger Gun Men

Dragnet 490617 e003 The Werewolf

Dragnet 490610 e002 The Nickel Plated Gun

Dragnet 510510 e100 Big Drills
Dragnet 510517 e101 Big Blast

Dragnet 510524 e102 Big Mailman

Dragnet 510531 e103 Big Bindle

Dragnet 510607 e104 Big Imposter

Dragnet 510614 e105 Big Building

Dragnet 510621 e106 Big Run

Dragnet 510628 e107 Big Cliff

Dragnet 510705 e108 Big Love
Dragnet 510712 e109 Big Set-Up
Dragnet 510719 e110 Big Sophomore

Dragnet 510726 e111 Big Late Script

Dragnet 510802 e112 Big Cop

Dragnet 510809 e113 Big Screen
Dragnet 510816 e114 Big Winchester
Dragnet 510823 e115 Big In-Laws

Dragnet 510830 e116 Big Crazy

Dragnet 510906 e117 Big Seventeen
Dragnet 510913 e118 Big Waiter
Dragnet 510920 e119 Big Sour

Dragnet 510927 e120 Big September Man
Dragnet 511004 e121 Big Want Ad
Dragnet 511011 e122 Big Shoplift
Dragnet 511018 e123 Big Story Man

Dragnet 511025 e124 Big Market

Dragnet 511101 e125 Big Lease

Dragnet 511108 e126 Big Hit and Run Killer

Dragnet 511115 e127 Big Bungalow

Dragnet 511122 e128 Big Hands

Dragnet 511129 e129 Big Affair

Dragnet 511206 e130 Big Canaries

Dragnet 511213 e131 Big Overtime

Dragnet 511220 e132 .22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 511227 e133 Big Sorrow

Dragnet 520103 e134 Big Red Part 1

Dragnet 520110 e135 Big Red Part 2

Dragnet 520117 e136 Big Juvenile Division
Dragnet 520124 e137 Big Court
Dragnet 520131 e138 Big Almost No-Show
Dragnet 520207 e139 Big Honeymoon

Dragnet 520214 e140 Big Phone Call

Dragnet 520221 e141 Big Producer

Dragnet 520228 e142 Big Plant

Dragnet 520306 e143 Big Evans

Dragnet 520313 e144 Big Fire

Dragnet 520320 e145 Big Border
Dragnet 520327 e146 Big Rose
Dragnet 520403 e147 Big Streetcar
Dragnet 520410 e148 Big Show
Dragnet 520417 e149 Big Bunco
Dragnet 520424 e150 Big Elevator
Dragnet 520501 e151 Big Safe

Dragnet 520508 e152 Big Gamble

Dragnet 520515 e153 Big Mail

Dragnet 520522 e154 Big Shakedown

Dragnet 520529 e155 Big Fourth

Dragnet 520605 e156 Big Whiff

Dragnet 520612 e157 Big Donation
Dragnet 520619 e158 Big Jules
Dragnet 520626 e159 Big Roll
Dragnet 520703 e160 Big Trio
Dragnet 520710 e161 Big Hate
Dragnet 520731 e162 Big Signet
Dragnet 520807 e163 Big Impression
Dragnet 520814 e164 Big Drive
Dragnet 520821 e165 Big Paper

Dragnet 520828 e166 Big Test

Dragnet 520904 e167 Big Ray

Dragnet 520911 e168 Big Tear

Dragnet 520914 e169 Big Bull

Dragnet 520921 e170 Big Shot

Dragnet 520928 e171 Big Brain

Dragnet 521005 e172 Big Jolt

Dragnet 521012 e173 Big Lie

Dragnet 521019 e174 Big Pill

Dragnet 521026 e175 Big Number

Dragnet 521102 e176 Big Light

Dragnet 521109 e177 Big Dive

Dragnet 521116 e178 Big Walk

Dragnet 521123 e179 Big Guilt

Dragnet 521130 e180 Big Shirt

Dragnet 521207 e181 Big Mole

Dragnet 521214 e182 Big Eavesdrop

Dragnet 521221 e183 .22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 521228 e184 Big Mask Part 1

Dragnet 530104 e185 Big Mask Part 2

Dragnet 530111 e186 Big Small

Dragnet 530118 e187 Big String

Dragnet 530125 e188 Big Lay-Out

Dragnet 530201 e189 Big Strip

Dragnet 530208 e190 Big Press

Dragnet 530215 e191 Big Tooth

Dragnet 530222 e192 Big Smoke

Dragnet 530301 e193 Big Want

Dragnet 530308 e194 Big Laugh

Dragnet 530315 e195 Big Impossible

Dragnet 530322 e196 Big Informant

Dragnet 530329 e197 Big Dream

Dragnet 530405 e198 Big Chet

Dragnet 530412 e199 Big Compulsion

 

 

 

 

Dragnet 530419 e200 Big Rip
Dragnet 530426 e201 Big Scrapbook
Dragnet 530503 e202 Big Carney
Dragnet 530510 e203 Big Joke

Dragnet 530517 e204 Big False Move

Dragnet 530524 e205 Big Gun Part 1

Dragnet 530531 e206 Big Gun Part 2

Dragnet 530607 e207 Big Will

Dragnet 530614 e208 Big Lilly

Dragnet 530621 e209 Big Revolt

Dragnet 530628 e210 Big Ham

Dragnet 530901 e211 Big Bop

Dragnet 530908 e212 Big Lift

Dragnet 530915 e213 Big Cab

Dragnet 530922 e214 Big Slip

Dragnet 530929 e215 Big Try

Dragnet 531006 e216 Big Little Mother

Dragnet 531013 e217 Big Plea

Dragnet 531020 e218 Big Paint

Dragnet 531027 e219 Big Fraud

Dragnet 531103 e220 Big Rain

Dragnet 531110 e221 Big Kid

Dragnet 531117 e222 Big Flight

Dragnet 531124 e223 Big Present
Dragnet 531201 e224 Big Odd
Dragnet 531208 e225 Big Pick

Dragnet 531215 e226 Big Brink

Dragnet 531222 e227 Big Little Jesus
Dragnet 531229 e228 Big Steal
Dragnet 540105 e229 Big Listen

Dragnet 540112 e230 Big Switch

Dragnet 540119 e231 Big Bill

Dragnet 540126 e232 Big Bid

Dragnet 540202 e233 Big Filth

Dragnet 540209 e234 Big Broad

Dragnet 540216 e235 Big Sucker

Dragnet 540223 e236 Big Pipe

Dragnet 540302 e237 Big TV
Dragnet 540309 e238 Big Cup
Dragnet 540316 e239 Big Rod

Dragnet 540323 e240 Big Mustache
Dragnet 540330 e241 Big Confession
Dragnet 540406 e242 Big Saw
Dragnet 540413 e243 Big Note
Dragnet 540420 e244 Big Net

Dragnet 540427 e245 Big Lift

Dragnet 540504 e246 Big Stop

Dragnet 540511 e247 Big Look

Dragnet 540518 e248 Big Help
Dragnet 540525 e249 Big Watch
Dragnet 540601 e250 Big Cowboy
Dragnet 540608 e251 Big Student
Dragnet 540615 e252 Big Cat

Dragnet 540622 e253 Big Customer

Dragnet 540629 e254 Big Chick

Dragnet 540706 e255 Big Search

Dragnet 540713 e256 Big Rescue

Dragnet 540720 e257 Big Heel

Dragnet 540727 e258 Big Match

Dragnet 540803 e259 Big Stand

Dragnet 540810 e260 Big Wish

Dragnet 540817 e261 Big Cad

Dragnet 540824 e262 Big Shock

Dragnet 540831 e263 Big Office

Dragnet 540907 e264 Big Trunk

Dragnet 540914 e265 Big Cut

Dragnet 540921 e266 Big Try

Dragnet 540928 e267 Big Bible

Dragnet 541005 e268 Big Handsome Bandit

Dragnet 541012 e269 Big Tar Baby
Dragnet 541019 e270 Big Manikin
Dragnet 541026 e271 Big Key

Dragnet 541102 e272 Big Locker

Dragnet 541109 e273 Big Coins

Dragnet 541116 e274 Big Dog

Dragnet 541123 e275 Big Switch
Dragnet 541130 e276 Big Gone
Dragnet 541207 e277 Big Dig

Dragnet 541214 e278 Big Lens

Dragnet 541221 e279 Big Little Jesus

Dragnet 541228 e280 Big Underground

Dragnet 550104 e281 Big Mug

Dragnet 550111 e282 Big Complex

Dragnet 550118 e283 Big Token

Dragnet 550125 e284 Big Bounce

Dragnet 550201 e285 Big Bird

Dragnet 550208 e286 Big Gap

Dragnet 550215 e287 Big Hat
Dragnet 550222 e288 Big Slug
Dragnet 550301 e289 Big Set-Up

Dragnet 550308 e290 Big Father

Dragnet 550315 e291 Big Set

Dragnet 550322 e292 Big Talk

Dragnet 550329 e293 Big Death
Dragnet 550405 e294 Big No Tooth
Dragnet 550412 e295 Big Tie

Dragnet 550419 e296 Big Deal

Dragnet 550426 e297 Big Child

Dragnet 550503 e298 Big Momma

Dragnet 550510 e299 Big Revision
Dragnet 570226 e382 Big Mustache
Dragnet 570219 e381 Big Rod

Dragnet 570212 e380 Big Cup

Dragnet 570205 e379 Big TV
Dragnet 570129 e378 Big Pipe
Dragnet 570122 e377 Big Sucker
Dragnet 570115 e376 Big Broad
Dragnet 570108 e375 Big Filth
Dragnet 570101 e374 Big Bid
Dragnet 561225 e373 Big Little Jesus

Dragnet 561218 e372 Big Bill

Dragnet 561211 e371 Big Switch

Dragnet 561204 e370 Big Listen

Dragnet 561127 e369 Big Steal

Dragnet 561120 e368 Big Brink
Dragnet 561113 e367 Big Pick
Dragnet 561106 e366 Big Odd

Dragnet 561030 e365 Big Present

Dragnet 561023 e364 Big Flight

Dragnet 561016 e363 Big Slip

Dragnet 561009 e362 Big Cab

Dragnet 561002 e361 Big Lift

Dragnet 560925 e360 Big Bop

Dragnet 560918 e359 Big Ham

Dragnet 560626 e358 Big Revolt

Dragnet 560619 e357 Big Lilly

Dragnet 560612 e356 Big Will

Dragnet 560605 e355 Big Gun Part 2

Dragnet 560529 e354 Big Gun Part 1

Dragnet 560522 e353 Big False Move

Dragnet 560515 e352 Big Joke

Dragnet 560508 e351 Big Carney

Dragnet 560501 e350 Big Scrapbook
Dragnet 560424 e349 Big Rip
Dragnet 560417 e348 Big Compulsion
Dragnet 560410 e347 Big Chet

Dragnet 560403 e346 Big Dream

Dragnet 560327 e345 Big Informant

Dragnet 560320 e344.22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 560313 e343 Big Impossible

Dragnet 560306 e342 Big Laugh

Dragnet 560228 e341 Big Want

Dragnet 560221 e340 Big Smoke

Dragnet 560214 e339 Big Tooth

Dragnet 560207 e338 Big Press

Dragnet 560131 e337 Big Strip

Dragnet 560124 e336 Big Lay-Out

Dragnet 560117 e335 Big String

Dragnet 560110 e334 Big Small

Dragnet 560103 e333 Big Mask Part 2

Dragnet 551227 e332 Big Mask Part 1

Dragnet 551220 e331 .22 Rifle for Christmas

Dragnet 551213 e330 Big Mole

Dragnet 551206 e329 Big Shirt

Dragnet 551129 e328 Big Guilt

Dragnet 551122 e327 Big Walk

Dragnet 551115 e326 Big Dive

Dragnet 551108 e325 Big Light

Dragnet 551101 e324 Big Number

Dragnet 551025 e323 Big Pill

Dragnet 551018 e322 Big Lie
Dragnet 551011 e321 Big Jolt
Dragnet 551004 e320 Big Brain

Dragnet 550927 e319 Big Shot

Dragnet 550920 e318 Big Close

Dragnet 550913 e317 Big Daughter

Dragnet 550906 e316 Big Ruling

Dragnet 550830 e315 Big Fellow

Dragnet 550823 e314 Big Blonde

Dragnet 550816 e313 Big Beer

Dragnet 550809 e312 Big Missus

Dragnet 550802 e311 Big Sheet

Dragnet 550726 e310 Big Housemaid
Dragnet 550719 e309 Big Bobo
Dragnet 550712 e308 Big Genius

Dragnet 550705 e307 Big Rush

Dragnet 550628 e306 Big Convertible

Dragnet 550621 e305 Big Grab

Dragnet 550614 e304 Big Fall Guy

Dragnet 550607 e303 Big Limp

Dragnet 550531 e302 Big Sisters

Dragnet 550524 e301 Big Siege

Dragnet 550517 e300 Big Squealer

From September 1949 through February 1957, Dragnet's 30 minute shows, broadcast on NBC, brought to radio true police stories in a low-key, documentary style.

And here are all 475 episodes -- over 237 hours -- free for you to enjoy.

Dragnet became one of radio's top rated shows. Jack Webb, producer and holder of the main role, Sergeant Joe Friday, insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. The dialogue was clipped, understated, and sparse -- influenced by the hard-boiled school of crime fiction. Scripts were fast moving, but didn't seem rushed. Every aspect of police work was chronicled, step-by-step. From patrols and paperwork, to crime scene investigation, lab work and questioning witnesses or suspects. Webb was a stickler for accurate details, and Dragnet used many authentic touches, such as LAPD's actual radio call sign, KMA-367, and the names of many real department officials, such as Ray Pinker and Lee Jones of the Crime Lab, or Chief of Detectives, Thad Brown.

Friday's first partner was Sergeant Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. After Yarborough's death in 1951 (and therefore Romero's, who died of a heart attack, on the December 27, 1951 episode "The Big Sorrow"), Friday was partnered with Sergeant Ed Jacobs (December 27, 1951 - April 10, 1952, subsequently transferred to the Police Academy as an instructor), played by Barney Phillips; Officer Bill Lockwood (Ben Romero's nephew, April 17, 1952 - May 8, 1952), played by Martin Milner (with Ken Peters taking the role for the June 12, 1952 episode "The Big Donation"); and finally Frank Smith (introduced in "The Big Safe", May 1, 1952), played originally by Herb Ellis (1952), then Ben Alexander (September 21, 1952 – 1959). Raymond Burr was on board to play the Chief of Detectives.

Scripts tackled a number of topics, ranging from the thrilling (murders, missing persons, and armed robbery) to the mundane (check fraud and shoplifting) -- yet, Dragnet made them all interesting due to the fast moving plots and behind the scenes realism. In "The Garbage Chute", from December 15th, 1949, they even had a locked-room mystery. Though rather tame by modern standards, Dragnet, especially on the radio, handled controversial subjects, such as sex crimes and drug addiction, with unprecedented and even startling realism. The tone was usually serious, but there were moments of comic relief. Romero was something of a hypochondriac, and often seemed hen-pecked. Though Friday dated women, he usually dodged those who tried to set him up with marriage-minded dates.

While most radio shows used one or two sound-effect experts, Dragnet used five: a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were mimicked, and when a telephone rang at Friday's desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. A single minute of ".22 Rifle for Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on Dragnet. While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard, the listener hears a series of overlapping effects: a squeaking gate hinge, footsteps, a technician scraping blood into a paper envelope, the glassy chime of chemical vials, bird calls, and a dog barking in the distance.

The famous instrumental theme was composed by Walter Schumann for the radio show, and was also used on the subsequent television series and later syndication of the TV series under the name "Badge 714". The theme is in two parts: an opening signature "Main Title" (the ominous "Dum - - - de - DUM - DUM") and the "Dragnet March" used over the end credits.

The publishers of the score for the 1946 film version of The Killers composed by Miklós Rózsa challenged the authorship of the copyright of the Dragnet "Main Title". They contended that Walter Schumann had visited the sound stage in 1946 when Miklós Rózsa was recording "The Killers", and so had picked up (perhaps subconsciously) the melody of a cue for that film known as "Danger Ahead". A settlement between publishers resolved the case by allowing both composers and publishers to share the royalties for the short opening signature "Main Title", which became known as "Danger Ahead" after that. The "Dragnet March" remained the exclusive composition of Schumann.

 

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