Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homicide - DR-22 or Heroin Junkies With Rope

Dragnet breaks from the chatty pattern of the last few episodes with a genuine whodunit featuring Burt Mustin! Last time, he played an old time cat burglar. This time, he leads Friday and Gannon through solving the crime, but not without some measure of grief!

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:



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

Additional Cast
______ 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,
Suzy Dragnet


  1. Burt Mustin is just the best! And you are so right about his outfit. That plaid coat is to die for. And the felt hat. I would dress like that everyday if I had such cool, classic threads!

    1. Hi Ron! I thought you forgot about me! ;)

      There is a podcast & web series called Put This On with Jesse Thorn that you may enjoy. It's men's fashion tips, but entertaining. Might get you started on the road to Burt Mustin's look.

      Thanks for dropping in,
      Suzy Dragnet

  2. Suzy: You see the little bronze container behind the water glass? We have one just like that. It's Indian and we got it at an army navy store in Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA, on vacation one time. How 'bout them apples? KennyP

    1. How about that! I love to travel.

      Thanks for sticking around,
      Suzy Dragnet

  3. Burt Mustin really lights this one up... a great episode and one of my favorites!

  4. Any chance that Cletus Carl Martin was a 20 year old Tom Berenger?

  5. Great episode. Friday and Gannon being played by a Yoda of detectives who already solved the case within minutes, was embarrassing, but amusing.

  6. For a heroin junkie, she was pretty hot!