Sgt. Joe Friday is called back from vacation to work with his partner, Off. Bill Gannon, on a missing persons case. Two amateur female models and a young war widow have vanished, having been last seen with one J. Johnson. In the course of tracking down Johnson and the young ladies, the detectives wind up with two different descriptions of the suspect, one of which closely resembles a dead body found in a vacant lot. But the dead man, later identified as Charles LeBorg of France, proves not to be J. Johnson, when a third young model disappears.
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Near the film's end, Officer Bill Gannon is forced to retire from the LAPD for health reasons; according to the book "Crime Television" by Douglas Snauffer, the film originally would have ended with Sgt. Joe Friday interviewing a new partner immediately after Gannon takes his leave. But to reflect the fact that Friday and Gannon ended up being partnered in the series that resulted from this movie pilot, Jack Webb (i) revised the ending so that Gannon, his health improved after eight months in retirement, ends up returning to the force. See more
Early in the film Friday attends a security briefing for a visit by a Soviet dignitary and notes that the meeting included several Russian "NKVD" agents. The NKVD was actually abolished in 1946 and its foreign security duties were eventually reorganized into the KGB in 1954, over a decade before the film is set. See more
Sgt. Joe Friday
[busts the kitchen door with the suspect hiding behind it knocks him down crook goes for his gun Friday has his pointed at his nose
Go ahead pick it up.
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