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Dragnet: Big Whiff

Narrated by: Jack Webb
Length: 29 mins

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This Dragnet episode originally aired on June 5, 1952.

From 1949 to 1957, Dragnet pioneered new levels of realism on radio. Every crime investigated by Sergeant Joe Friday was taken from the actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department, with only "the names changed to protect the innocent". There were multi-layered sound effects; the actors used accurate police lingo, abbreviations, and penal codes; and the show didn't shy away from stories about heinous crimes or stories that had unhappy endings. Created and produced by Jack Webb, Dragnet was much more than "just the facts".

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"By far the most popular police/crime program of all time. It enjoyed enormous success on radio." (Jon David Swartz and Robert C. Reinehr, Handbook of Old-Time Radio)

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Dead woman with no ID

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A woman's body arrives in the hospital and she is pronounced dead. Chloroform is the product she has been inhaling. With no ID and no reports of a missing person it appears to be a suicide.