Saturday, August 10, 2013

"The Trial Board" or "Bully Boy"

This episode wins a commendation for having the weirdest prop that made it on to Dragnet - a taxidermy bull's ear. That is a far-out detail, I have to say.

This episode also gives us another peek into the closet of bad guys with cool ties.

It's also another story of someone "making book". I still have no idea what bookmaking is.


"This is the city-- Los Angeles, California. For the taxes they pay, Angelenos demand certain services.
They want their streets kept clean, they want a fire department that's ready for any emergency, and they want to know that their security is being guarded by a police department that dedicated to their protection. In any good-sized group of men, you're liable to find a bad one once in a while.
But when that one happens to be a policeman, it reflects on every man in the department-- including me. I carry a badge."


Never-before-seen footage of a garbage truck rolling by:


New footage of a big red fire engine rolling through Los Angeles:



This is footage used again and again shot on part of Universal's back lot:





Hanging out in our very spare PAB sound stage with Art Gilmore:


Clark Howat shows up:



I AM SITTING ON YOUR DESK

Sequence of Bill and Joe's car rolling through L.A.:





As usual, all roads lead to a soundstage:







Hey hey - right of frame - there's the apartment house with orange squares that we've seen before:






Here is another new-to-the-series establishing shot, snazzy:


He's a bullfighting enthusiast. Let's check out his set:





He talks to it the way the log lady talks to her log.


Only kidding.



OK. Playtime is over. 
Time for the bad guys to wear cool ties and the good guys to wear conservative ties:




I'M HERE TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE CONSERVATIVE NECKTIE CLUB MEETING


We've got trios of stripes at today's meeting.


Art Balinger has a very conservative wide stripe to go with his glasses.


Steve Carlson is also showing some thin stripes.


As per usual, Joe brings sobriety to the tie styles of the day.


GENTLEMEN, YOUR CHOICE OF NECKWEAR DEFINES YOU AS A MAN.



Alfred Shelly holds it down with an exceptionally skinny style.






The judges debate the winner of Coolest Necktie '67.
No pressure.


The winner of the coolest tie goes to Peter Duryea.
Obviously.

Now for the time in Dragnet history in which Gannon points at things on a chalkboard:






I JUST DON'T GET IT



Officer Philip Waverly

Suspended from duty.



Ted Clover

Now serving his sentence in the California institution for men, Chino, California.

S2e14

Aired 14 December 1967

Starred
Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon
Steve Carlson as Officer Phil Waverly
Peter Duryea as Ted Clover
Clark Howat as Lt. Roger Mairs
Art Balinger as Dep. Chief Simon
Art Gilmore as Capt. Merton Howe
Alfred Shelly as Sergeant Hugh Binyon
______ as Stenography Lady

Art Direction - Russell Kimball
Set Decor - John McCarthy & John Sturtevant
Costumes - Vincent Dee

Written by Sidney Morse

Next week's episode is a special Christmas Dragnet.

1 comment:

  1. 1.) That trash truck is driving by a *brown* ROLLS ROYCE.
    2.) Peter Duryea also wins in the "best swept hair" honors category.
    3.) How could you not comment about the picture in the "OK. Playtime is over." screen grab? What IS that? Some sort of predatory flying thing terrorizing pedestrians below (or, alternatively, the opening scenes from West Side Story), rendered in orange? It looks like a depiction of one of the Rings of Hell in Dante's Inferno!

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