Dragnet was radio's most successful police procedural series, and by far its most influential, shaping an entire generation's view of law enforcement, and bringing police work to life in carefully-documented detail. Never sensationalistic, but always a gripping listening experience, Jack Webb's signature creation remains the standard against which crime dramas are judged.
Webb, who produced and directed the series, stars as Sergeant Joe Friday in gritty dramas of unprecedented realism. These ripped-from-official-files stories of every day cops, as originally broadcast in the summer and fall of 1951, co-star Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero.
Includes 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes, and a Program Guide by radio historian Elizabeth McLeod.
EPISODES INCLUDE: The Big Building 06-14-51, The Big Run 06-21-51, The Big Cliff 06-28-51, The Big Love 07-05-51, The Big Set-Up 07-12-51, The Big Sophomore 07-19-51, The Big Late Script 07-26-51, The Big Screen 08-09-51, The Big Winchester 08-16-51, The Big In-Laws 08-23-51, The Big Crazy 08-30-51, The Big 17 09-06-51, The Big Waiter 09-13-51, The Big Sour 09-20-51, The Big September Man 09-27-51, The Big Shoplift 10-11-51, The Big Market 10-25-51, The Big Lease 11-01-51, The Big Hit and Run Killer 11-08-51, The Big Bungalow 11-15-51