Classic Television: Dragnet

Got a kick out of the photo of Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) in this photo looking like he was sound asleep standing up.

Nostalgia and Now

Dragnet was my favorite detective show from the 1950’s as I will never forget the dum da dum dum…dum da dum dum…dum that opened each show. It was also part of  a famous knock knock joke:

Knock knock…who’s there?

Dum

Dum who

Dum da dum da dum dum…dum

Jack Webb had first done the show on radio and about 360 or so of those shows still exist. One radio show about a boy killing his friend accidentally was one of the saddest old time radio shows ever heard.

The best version of  Dragnet to me was the Webb and Ben Alexander combo doing the show in the 50’s. This show was perfect for black and white televison.

The announcer would start the program with this statement: “Ladies and gentlemen the story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

I never could…

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