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August 20, 2013

Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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Dragnet portrayed cops differently than any show before it.
Most radio shows had cops as idiots (for the detectives to outshine) thugs and brutes, or super heroes who did no wrong. Dragnet instead showed them as a variety of human beings doing a job. Scenes were underplayed rather than dramatized, to make each seem more real ("as real as a guy pouring a cup of coffee" is how Webb put it). Word Around the Net: OLD TIME RADIO: DRAGNET

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 20, 2013 1:42 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Dragnet was taken from a German crime series called STAHLNETZ (lots of shows on YouTube)...down to the Theme Melody!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya-GrY316cA

Posted by: Kauf Buch at August 20, 2013 9:55 AM

Other way around. Dragnet's radio show started (with the theme) in 1951, Stahlnetz started in 1958. The Dragnet TV show even predated Stahlnetz.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 20, 2013 11:19 AM

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