Friday, November 11, 2011
Although I grew up with the color Dragnet the original B&W series is really where it's at. Warner thru its MOD DVDr program on Amazon has released the original 1954 movie in all it's Warnercolor glory. A fascinating pre- Miranda rights procedural police movie, with Jack Webb's entire "stock company" from the TV series (many of whom would also appear later in the color Dragnet) including Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris and Vic Perrin. Also on board are Richard Boone, Ann Robinson and Dub Taylor (who gets blown away with a shotgun in opening scene). Based upon the actual L.A. Police Intelligence Bureau who during the 1950's were responsible for fighting the war on organized crime in Los Angeles.
The original B&W TV series still seems to be ignored by Universal - there are bunches of public domain DVD's out there with the same handful of shows. I've bought a bunch of them and this one seems to be the best, with the most episodes and decent quality.
"Shotgun, extreme close range, double-O. Starkey was hit four times, first two cut him in half. "
"The second two turned him into a crowd."