This episode also shows the body. In previous episodes, we have usually not seen the murder victim.
This time we find a body on Ralph Harmon's sister's rug. The actress looks nice, not unlike the time that real estate agent went missing.
Let's get to it - the second episode of Dragnet aired in 1969.
"This is the city -- Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge."
Oh, irony! A pan of the backlot facades and Jack's voice telling us that Joe Friday is looking out for the city…
Wait, What? Hold the phone? What is at the bottom of the frame?
Colonial Mansion? Yes! Look - it's another, perhaps the house built for the film Harvey?
Well, blink and you miss it; Joe's monologue is short this week!
Click to enlarge, or by accident. Whatever works. We're off; we've got a James Doherty murder to solve.
Well, a little new footage; a little old. - recycled establishing shot of the trendy, modern apartment house:
And a blink-and-you-miss-it Mustang! Because it's Dragnet!
In all seriousness, that must have been a fun day of shooting.
This time, it's standing in for 12206 Yeoman Avenue in central L.A. -
They have to tell you it's central Los Angeles because it is yet another bunk address.
Gold carpet, gold walls, gold mirror, a sneaky plant, and a reflected Gannon:
Great new corridor set.
Holy crap - Way to get lurid in 1969 - -
See?! It's Ralph's sister's rug!
Wool? Gosh, that's shaggy! Maybe it's not an actual flokati rug. I suppose it's just a regular shag rug.
Still! Now we have that rug problem solved.
Let's get on with the murder.
Hey! You can't be the latent prints guy! You're not Don Ross!
OK - Here is the actress we have to identify:
"Just like downtown."
Two sets of keys for a 1965 GTO.
"Whitsett's a bachelor."
Across the hall at Burt Mustin's place:
Burt Mustin gives printing advice to Len Wayland.
Murder in Malibu Cove!
Another trip down our handsome new corridor, sans plant:
Back to Burt Mustin's apartment so he can mess with Bill and Joe some more!
Great character. Once you know his secret, watching the episode again makes you smile…
"What's this? Martini time already?"
Great shot of Art Balinger.
Vincent Dee gave Burt a really cool outfit for his trip to Parker Center.
Jill Banner is back again - this time she's a heroin addict with a fall:
JILL YOUR FAKE HAIR LOOKS WEIRD
Trial was held on 20 January &c.
The suspect was found guilty of murder in the first degree and was sentenced to death.
Cletus Carl Martin
Now awaiting execution in the State Penitentiary, San Quentin, California.
The suspect was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Beverly Francis Long
Now serving a term of five years to life in the California Institution for Women, Corona, California.
The suspect was found guilty of robbery and assault.
Eve Stewart Wesson
Sentenced to a term of one to five years, is now confined to the California Institution for Women, Corona, California.
I suppose she would have gone through the unique horror of terminating her heroin habit in prison.
Her sentence does seem a bit tough considering that they had virtually no leads earlier in the episode, but I don't know the law; especially in California in the sixties!
Well, I guess if you're out and about, beware of heroin junkies with rope.
Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon
Burt Mustin as Calvin Lampe
Art Balinger as Captain Hugh Brown
Len Wayland as Officer Dave Dorman
Jill Banner as Eve Wesson
Alfred Shelly as Jack Swan
Don Ross as Glen
______ as Dead Lady / Mary Jenkins
Lew Brown (?) as Blue Jumpsuit Man
______ as Don Ross' Helper (Man in suit.)
______ as Beverly Long
______ as Clete Martin
Art Direction - John E. Chilberg, II
Set Decor - John McCarthy & John Sturtevant
Costumes - Vincent Dee
Written by James Doherty
Aired 9 January 1969
I'm a hype and a prostitute, Sergeant, but I want no part of murder,