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Dragnet: "Production 2 aka Homicide aka The Nickel Plated Gun"

Created by kevharb

Premiere Episode: 1949-06-03
Final Episode: 1956-06-26

Number of Episodes: 382

Genre(s):
Police

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Broadcast History:

Dates: 6/3/1949 - 6/24/1949
Network: NBC
Days: Friday
Sponsor: Fatima
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 7/7/1949 - 9/1/1949
Network: NBC
Days: Thursday
Sponsor: Fatima
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/3/1949 - 10/1/1949
Network: NBC
Days: Saturday
Sponsor: Fatima
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 10/6/1949 - 9/11/1952
Network: NBC
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 10:30PM
Sponsor: Fatima
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/14/1952 - 6/28/1953
Network: NBC
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Chesterfield
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/1/1953 - 9/20/1955
Network: NBC
Days: Tuesday
Starting time: 9:00PM
Sponsor: Chesterfield
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/27/1955 - 6/26/1956
Network: NBC
Days: Tuesday
Starting time: 8:30PM
Sponsor: Repeats - Multiple sponsors
Length of show: 30 minutes

Primary Details:
Air date:June 10, 1949
Episode #:2
Plot:First Line Narrative and Plot: “It was Tuesday, March 25th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the night watch out of Homicide. Detectives in Los Angeles work in pairs. My partner’s Ben Romero, he’s a sergeant, so am I. My name’s Friday.”

Plot Extension: A nickel plated .44 caliber Smith and Wesson is used to shoot two cops and a lot more people. The point was made that no civilian bystanders would help the wounded policemen. The police make extensive use of “IBM machines” and a tape recorder to solve the case.
Network:NBC


People:
Actor(s):Frank Lovejoy
Charles McGraw
Jack Webb (Joe Friday)
Barton Yarborough (Ben Romero)
Announcer(s):Frank Barton (Opening announcement)
Musician(s):William Lava (Composer)


Further Info:
Websites:OTRR WIKI
Notes:1. Sound Effects (FX): Sound of an IBM card sorter run is emphasized.
2. Sound Effects (FX): Bandits punched “No Sale” and you could hear the opening and closing of the cash register drawer.
3. This episode is typical of the music and dramatic format for the show opening of the first two episodes.

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2009-07-28: Larry Husch [Read the printed source: OTRR Wiki]