From 1949 to 1957, Dragnet pioneered new levels of realism on radio. Every crime investigated by Sergeant Joe Friday was taken from the actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department, with only "the names changed to protect the innocent". This collection features five episodes of the classic series:Big Girl (2/9/1950)
Big Kill (3/2/1950)
Big Thank You (3/9/1950)
Big Boys (3/16/1950)
Big Watch (4/3/1950)
These broadcasts feature multi-layered sound effects; the actors used accurate police lingo, abbreviations, and penal codes; and the show didn't shy away from stories about heinous crimes or that had unhappy endings. Created and produced by Jack Webb, Dragnet was much more than "just the facts".
"By far the most popular police/crime program of all time. It enjoyed enormous success on radio." (Jon David Swartz and Robert C. Reinehr, Handbook of Old-Time Radio)
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A collection of radio episodes
Jack Webb has a very recognizable voice, he is the voice of Dragnet. I listened to rebroadcasts of these episodes with my Grandma on late night radio. The tales are true stories with names changed to protect the innocent.
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Dragnet is amazing because the crimes aren't different than they are today, just new technology to help both criminal and officer. No cell phones in Dragnet, dimes are used to pay for phone calls - even on private phones. Each episode is about 30 minutes, quick listens and great for short commutes or waiting lines.
- Tina "I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel."