Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday's Favorite OTR

Dragnet: "The Big Cast" 2/8/51

A missing man has likely been murdered. Friday and Romero arrest their prime subject. The bulk of this fascinating and intense episode is the two cops interviewing the suspect and gradually getting a confession out of him.

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About a year later, the same episode was remade for the TV version. By that time, Barton Yarborough (who played Romero) had died, so Friday's partner in this version is Ed Jacobs (played by Barney Phillips).  The script, with very minor differences, is pretty much the same. What makes the already excellent episode stand out is Lee Marvin playing the suspect.

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