Dragnet

Dragnet

A FILM BY: Jack Webb
WRITTEN BY: Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
STARRING: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone

This feature adaptation of the hit television series eschews the established policier boilerplate in favor of Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb) and partner Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) pursuing a fact-based murder case of an organized crime bookie. Webb gives no quarter during a relentless investigation backstopped by Captain James Hamilton (Richard Boone) and undercover policewoman Officer Grace Downey (Ann Robinson). Presented in a no-holds barred style that drew howls from civil libertarians, this film is a favorite of legendary noir fiction writer James Ellroy who will introduce the screening. A rarely seen, cinematic melding of mid 20th century history and popular culture!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1954
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 mins
Format: 35mm