"Ladies and gentlemen…the story you're about to hear is true…"
Dragnet, a term which actually refers to the systematic and coordinated way searching for a wanted person, was also used to pertain to a police drama series that aired from September 1949 to February 1957 in NBC Radio. For 30 minutes per episode, the show featured real police stories in a simple, investigatory style.
The show was said to be inspired by a film called "He Walked by Night," which was released in 1948. In that film, Jack Webb, who portrayed Dragnet's main character Sergeant Joe Friday, was given a small role. Through the help of the Los Angeles Police Department, Webb was able to present true cases, which became the trademark of Dragnet. It narrates every facet of police work—from paperworks and patrols, to crime scene investigations, laboratory works, and interrogation of suspects and witnesses.
As the most popular and influential police series in the history of American media, Dragnet was able to provide its audience the impression of what a real police life could be like. It was well-liked by most radio listeners, as well as police officers. Due to its success, the series also had its television adaptation.
"From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Dragnet is the story of your police force in action."
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 332 old time radio episodes:
|02.05.1957||the big tv||
+ , AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big TV". Harriet Shipley has disappeared with her baby, after threats ha...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Bid". A clothing store has been burglarized the ex-convict assistan...
|06.26.1956||the big revolt||
+ "The Big Revolt". Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. Henry Borg has disappeared and for an unusu...
|06.19.1956||the big lilly||
+ "The Big Lilly". Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. Mrs. Rockman has been beaten to death...no, ...
|06.12.1956||the big will||
+ "The Big Will". Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. Charles Stall has been shot. Tire tracks lead...
|06.05.1956||big gun part 2||
+ "The Big Gun" Part 2. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. The conclusion of a car theft story. On...
|05.29.1956||big gun part 1||
+ "The Big Gun" Part 1. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. Sergeant Friday is on the trail of stol...
|02.28.1956||the big want||
+ Detective Sergeant Joe Friday has been assigned to Bunco Fugitive Detail. He gets a call from anot...
+ "The Big Smoke". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. Old Mr. Stone, who kept his life savings in his matt...
|02.14.1956||the big tooth||
+ "The Big Tooth". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. Nasty old Mr. Schroeder is suspected of committing f...
|02.07.1956||the big press||
+ "The Big Press". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A pair of check forgers are at work in Los Angeles. ...
|01.31.1956||the big strip||
+ "The Big Strip". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A gang of car strippers is running rampant. A sixtee...
|01.24.1956||the big lay out||
+ "The Big Layout". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. Gary Field, a model student who is the son of a cop...
|01.17.1956||the big string||
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big String". Mrs. Wagner, the wife of a college professor, has been kid...
|01.10.1956||the big small||
+ "The Big Small". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A little old lady check forger is plaguing the city,...
|01.03.1956||big mask part 2 of 2||
+ "The Big Mask" Part 2. Sponsored by: Chesterfield. The "Black Masked Bandit" eludes efforts of th...
|12.27.1955||big mask part 1 of 2||
+ "The Big Mask" Part 1. Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A robber wearing a black mask has hit a string...
|12.20.1955||rifle for christmas||
+ ".22 Rifle For Christmas". The fourth broadcast of this Christmas story about a nine-year-old bo...
|12.13.1955||the big mole||
+ "The Big Mole". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A burglary in a dry goods store is the latest in a ser...
|09.20.1955||the big close||
+Program #318. , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Closing". A corpse in a motel room leads to a "ladies ...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Daughter". Porter Denson and his family are all busted on narco rap...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Ruling". Sam Arthur Freed, a dope pusher specializing in hooking ki...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Fellow". The Merton Brothers, dope fiends, robbers, and generally n...
|08.23.1955||the big blonde||
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Blonde". A blonde and two "cow-men" have swindled a man out of $40,...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Beer". A night watchmen in a store discovers a dead body. Fourteen ...