Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)
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Public Affairs: DR-07 

A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.


Jack Webb


Burt Prelutsky


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan ... Officer Bill Gannon
Anthony Eisley ... Chuck Bligh
Stacy Harris ... Tom Higgins
Howard Hesseman ... Jesse Chaplin (as Don Sturdy)
Dick Anthony Williams ... Mondo Mabamba (as Dick Williams)
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Sgt. Dan Cooke
Don Ross Don Ross ... Monty Warren
Charles Brewer Charles Brewer ... Charles Varco
Sidney Clute ... Harry Wilson
Lou Wagner ... John Dietz
Penny Gaston Penny Gaston ... Diane Newcombe
Speedy Zapata Speedy Zapata ... Jay Herrera
Chuck Bowman ... Announcer


A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

19 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Friday and Gannon arrive at the TV station and the make up guy looks at Gannon, Gannon reveals that he is 45 years old in this series. See more »


Harry Wilson: Look at it this way. We register all our guns. A foreign enemy invades us. The same thing will happen here, as happens in country after country. The invading army just goes to the files, and then goes around confiscating all the weapons.
[Here SERGEANT JOE FRIDAY and OFFICER BILL GANNON shake their heads, as if to say, "Jee-zum! What a moron!"]
Harry Wilson: We'll be left defenseless! I want to protect my country!
[Applause from the STUDIO AUDIENCE]
Officer Bill Gannon: Do you really believe that might happen?
Harry Wilson: You bet I do. Like I...
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Imagine Joe Friday on the Morton Downey Show...
24 February 2010 | by jbacks3See all my reviews

Dragnet fans tend to avoid 2 types of shows: 1) the ones when Gannon invites Joe home and 2) Joe working daywatch out of Public Affairs. This, the latter, allows Jack Webb to go off on his personal (and now, to be polite, quaint) right wing attack agendas. To his credit he makes no bones about where he stands on drugs, hippies and even here gets a plug in for the Vietnam War, normally a topic he steadfastly avoided. In this episode he conjures up a hippie version of 'Our Gang' that features every caricature of 1960's counter-culture Webb despised: the liberal college professor (in the form of Mark VII regular Stacy Harris--- Webb's best friend in his perosnal life), the black militant, the hippie stoner journalist (hey that's WKRP's Howard Hessman! He must've left Webb unimpressed since he never made any encore appearances). Webb's favorite weirdo teenager Mickey Sholdar is on hand to voice his support for marijuana. This now plays like a bad SNL skit. "It was Wednesday, August 4th... we were working daywatch out of Robbery Division..." except the boys get pulled for public affairs duty in order to appear on a TV show called "Speak Your Mind"... hosted by an emcee who wears judge's robes replete with a peace medallion and love beads (for the uninformed, think Mardi Gras accessories). Gasp in awe over the threads, about the police being continually referred to as "the fuzz" and consider the fact that this show was produced around the same time as the 1968 Democratic Convention riots in Chicago and shortly after both the MLK and RFK assassinations. One interesting vignette: there is a right wing anti-gun registration loudmouth audience member; Webb's retort flies directly in the face of the current NRA platform (to be fair, he could be just as tough on police corruption and police procedural violations as vile unwashed hippie scum). Weird yet dull episode... really only of interest to anyone trying to understand the no-gray area mind of Jack Webb.

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