Dragnet (1954 film)

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Dragnet is a 1954 American crime film directed by Jack Webb and written by Richard L. Breen. The film stars Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson, Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg and Vic Perrin. The film was adapted from the radio series of the same name, and is part of the wider Dragnet media franchise. The film was released by Warner Bros. on September 4, 1954.[1][2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Webb
Produced byStanley D. Meyer
Screenplay byRichard L. Breen
StarringJack Webb
Ben Alexander
Richard Boone
Ann Robinson
Stacy Harris
Virginia Gregg
Vic Perrin
Music byWalter Schumann
CinematographyEdward Colman
Edited byRobert M. Leeds
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 4, 1954 (1954-09-04)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film uses the inverted detective story format. Los Angeles police detective Sergeant Joe Friday hunts down the killer of a mobster, Miller Starkie, focusing on West Coast mafia second-in-command Max Troy (played by Harris). The vendetta between Friday and Troy becomes increasingly bitter and personal as the film proceeds, leading to a brawl at a private card game between Friday, Frank Smith, and several of Troy's henchmen. A policewoman (Robinson) infiltrates Troy's nightclub and is able to obtain vital information on the Starkie killing; Friday then gets additional evidence when an accomplice of Troy is sent out of state and killed, and the man’s wife breaks down and gives the police what they need to convict Troy. The gangster, though, winds up never being prosecuted.



  1. ^ "Dragnet (1954) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (August 21, 1954). "Dragnet (1954) Article 1 -- No Title; 'Dragnet' Has Debut at Victoria Theatre". Retrieved 2015-04-18.

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