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Man Out of Time
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/22/2012 5:09:31 AM

Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.” Dragnet, as the just-the-facts catchphrase it inspired indicates, depicted police work without the frills. Whereas other detective stories attracted listeners through the promise of a weekly shootout, Dragnet snagged them by keeping the weapons holstered. The iconic music, gimmicky teasers promising to reveal case results, and insistence that the show dramatized real-life events


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/22/2012 5:31:07 AM     (No. 9078917)

"My partner and I witnessed that little torchlight picnic you threw last night, we´re gonna put you where your kind always ends up - in a seven by seven foot grey-green metal cage in the fifteenth floor of some hundred-year-old penitentiary, with damp, stinking walls and a wooden plank for a bed. Sure, this city isn´t perfect, we need a smut-free life for all of our citizens; cleaner streets, better schools, and good hockey team. But the big difference between you and me, mister, is you made the promise, and I´m going to keep it."

"Listen, hotshot. I´m gonna tell you something right now. I don´t care for you or for the putrid sludge you´re troweling out. But until they change the laws and put you sleaze kings out of business, my job is to help you get back your stench ridden boxes of smut. And since I´ll be doing it holding my nose, I´ll be doing it with one hand."

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 12/22/2012 6:42:23 AM     (No. 9078947)

I liked the Dragnet TV series, but the characters were entirely one dimensional and impossible to believe. Joe Friday had almost no real life. It was all cop all the time. No fun, no humor, nothing but cop. An occasional date that led nowhere.
I liked some of the later series better. Adam-12 was significantly more realistic but still oversimplified. Baretta and Starsky & Hutch were more interesting, if darker.
I do hope they retired his badge number (714) as a tribute though.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: franq, 12/22/2012 6:48:52 AM     (No. 9078953)

This is the city. Love that show. Have a DVD set of the old episodes. "It was Friday, March 15th. We were working the day watch out of bunko division...."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muguy, 12/22/2012 8:43:33 AM     (No. 9079103)

They things are going these days, Jack Webb would be ruined in the media as some sort of judgemental wacko.

The wackos and spineless jellyfish are now the caretakers of the world since the media has now picked the last two presidential winners, and anyone who takes a stand for the traditional tried and true way is laughed and ridiculed at by those conducting what Rush calls the "media anal exam".

Its a pitiful shame that we have sold our birthright for a heaping helping of fake Obama pottage as media pop culture has replaced truth, honesty and character.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 12/22/2012 9:20:00 AM     (No. 9079176)

Joe Friday, Andy Sipowicz and the like have helped make America a much safer place. Maxwell Smart, not so much.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: beveyscool1, 12/22/2012 10:51:19 AM     (No. 9079343)

Dragnet was a comedy. In our college frat house we turned it on the laughs never stopped.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: semperparatus, 12/22/2012 11:53:41 AM     (No. 9079471)

Excellent series. Always enjoyed his ability to destroy hippies and other malcontents and their "drugged out, pie in the sky" dreams with a simple return to facts.

Unfortunately, look who won in the long run.

He was certainly representative of our veterans returning from WWII and Korea. No mood for childish or ridiculously looking and sounding college juveniles.
We miss you, Jack Webb.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Semper Paratus

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Reply 8 - Posted by: horacer, 12/22/2012 12:29:37 PM     (No. 9079515)

Cleaning woman Clara Clifford discovered your clean copper clappers kept in a closet were copped by Claude Cooper a kleptomaniac from Cleveland. Now is that about it?"

I loved that show growing up.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: DocH, 12/22/2012 12:42:55 PM     (No. 9079531)

After being chewed out by a hippie chick in one episode of the ´79 version, Webb says, ´´You´ve made one thing clear, lady.´´

´´What´s that?´´

´´Your mother had a loud bark.´´

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Reply 10 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/22/2012 1:14:26 PM     (No. 9079575)

Loved the no nonsense approach and the music. No funky organs. Would like to get it as a ringtone for my cell phone.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Penney, 12/22/2012 3:15:58 PM     (No. 9079705)

We watched this show every week! Dragnet remains one of the best & most popular TV series of all time. Everyone still recognizes the theme music. and who can forget Joe Friday saying, ´´Just the facts, maam?´´

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