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Highway Patrol or Dragnet ? (Vanity)
3/6/2013

Posted on 03/06/2013 1:43:10 PM PST by llevrok

Mid week nonsense time-

what was a better TV cop show in the 50's and early 60's - Highway Patrol (1955) or Dragnet (1951)?

Pls keep your comments to those two shows


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When Lt Dan Mathews says 2150-by, I darn near lose it every time. And those Buick radio cars with three on a tree!!!
1 posted on 03/06/2013 1:43:14 PM PST by llevrok
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To: llevrok

No contest!

Jack Webb, who also made a more realistic D.I. than the “pseudo gunny” of later years!

Semper Watching!
*****


2 posted on 03/06/2013 1:48:13 PM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: llevrok

I’m a Dragnet fan!


3 posted on 03/06/2013 1:49:56 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: llevrok

I’m a Dragnet fan!


4 posted on 03/06/2013 1:50:20 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: llevrok

They were both pretty good but I liked Dragnet a little bit better.


5 posted on 03/06/2013 1:50:56 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: llevrok

They were both pretty good but I liked Dragnet a little bit better.


6 posted on 03/06/2013 1:51:26 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: llevrok

Dragnet! No contest..I can’t stand Broderick Crawford..


7 posted on 03/06/2013 1:52:40 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: llevrok

What ... no ‘Car 54, where are you?’?!?! Heh.

Dragnet.

SnakeDoc


8 posted on 03/06/2013 1:53:09 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: llevrok

Yeah, I’m with you. I like Dragnet lots, but Highway Patrol really evokes the era like nothing else can.


9 posted on 03/06/2013 1:53:40 PM PST by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: llevrok
Highway Patrol: never watched it, never even heard of it 'till I was an adult.

Dragnet: pretty much watched it every day after school.

"How 'bout some Vanilla Gold? Heh heh."

10 posted on 03/06/2013 1:53:42 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: llevrok

HP had better theme music, but Dragnet/Badge 714 had Colonel Potter/Harry Morgan.


11 posted on 03/06/2013 1:55:31 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: llevrok

Hard to forget Brodrick Crawford in his Mercruiser.


12 posted on 03/06/2013 1:55:52 PM PST by umgud
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To: llevrok

Dragnet for me!

(Adam-12 a close second though)


13 posted on 03/06/2013 1:55:51 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: llevrok
I watched them both bot don’t remember the episodes. You can catch Dragnet on reruns though so I think overall it was more popular.
14 posted on 03/06/2013 1:56:05 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: llevrok

HP


15 posted on 03/06/2013 1:58:23 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: rochester_veteran

Yep, gotta say Dragnet. Jack Webb was a bigtime anti-Communist. Surely would have been a FReeper were he alive today.


16 posted on 03/06/2013 2:00:03 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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17 posted on 03/06/2013 2:00:16 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: llevrok

One thing I never could figure about “Highway Patrol” was, at the end of each episode, Broderick Crawford would give a little speech about safe driving on the set and in the character of Dan Mathews, even shuffling papers or hanging up the phone, but would end the spiel with “this is Broderick Crawford saying, see you next week”. It was like “I’m Broderick Crawford, actor, but I also do real police work.


18 posted on 03/06/2013 2:02:24 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: llevrok

Highway Patrol.

Recently, it was shown 5X a week at 5 AM on the THIS channel, and I got to revisit the series.

The theme music...the old cars...Broderick Crawford keeping his unnamed state protected from crime...

I liked Dragnet, but no fleets of old cars and California open spaces before things went bad. I also appreciate that Highway Patrol’s preaching was more subtle.


19 posted on 03/06/2013 2:04:13 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: umgud

Uh, a Mercruiser is an Outboard boat engine, not a car.


20 posted on 03/06/2013 2:04:13 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: 1raider1

‘Sea Hunt’, with Lloyd Bridges, would have the same sort of thing at the end of their shows.


21 posted on 03/06/2013 2:06:43 PM PST by tje
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To: 1raider1

Broderick Crawford lost his drivers license and had to film his driving in the studio’s back lot.


22 posted on 03/06/2013 2:07:42 PM PST by AU72
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To: llevrok

Love them both. But I choose “Highway Patrol.” Like most Ziv shows, it was filmed out and about in real locations (not Hollywood studio bound), and serves as a marvelously visual cultural document of the mid-to-late-1950s. Season One is out on dvd, and next month, seasons 2,3 and 4 are coming out (and at a very reasonable price, too).

I love the unpretentious, no-nonsense attitude and approach to storytelling of “Highway Patrol.” It’s almost the polar opposite of everything we see in modern culture nowadays. Take HP’s fellow Ziv hit, “Sea Hunt” as well. Those are unapologetically ‘guy’ shows. No bravado, no whining, just steel-nerved competence. That whole era was brimming with such fare.


23 posted on 03/06/2013 2:16:43 PM PST by greene66
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To: llevrok

I think if I were locked in a room for 24 hours and had to choose which one to watch, it would be HP, but I never missed Dragnet in its 1950s iteration. The later series (in color) shows were not as good.


24 posted on 03/06/2013 2:19:06 PM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: clintonh8r

Dragnet.

Jack Webb, with his staccato line of questioning and his stiff mannerisms was the classic L.A. Cop, 1950s style.


25 posted on 03/06/2013 2:36:38 PM PST by Signalman
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To: 1raider1

Meant Merc Cruiser. Don’t be so picky.


26 posted on 03/06/2013 2:40:49 PM PST by umgud
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To: Signalman

Jack Webb could lecture people about as well as it is possible. When I was watching the series in the original airings, I loved it.

Now it seems just a little bit silly.


27 posted on 03/06/2013 2:45:33 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: gunnyg

Agreed...... Webb and Dragnet, on radio, TV in 1951 or 1967 was/is simply the best cop drama.


28 posted on 03/06/2013 2:49:21 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: llevrok
Watch B&W Dragnet right now at tubtub.com
29 posted on 03/06/2013 3:02:26 PM PST by virgil283 ( ... pride is a hindrance to truth,.... Roosh)
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To: llevrok

I was like 5 or 6 when both of these shows were on so I don’t remember much about them but Highway Patrol showed a little eastern seaboard kid what California (and the western U.S.) was like. Couldn’t wait to see it for myself.


30 posted on 03/06/2013 3:05:09 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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31 posted on 03/06/2013 3:12:01 PM PST by South40
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No contest..I can’t stand Broderick Crawford..

I heard he was a great guy when he was sober... and that was April 4th, 1956 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM approximately.

32 posted on 03/06/2013 3:14:17 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: llevrok

“Just the facts, maam.”

“TEN-FOUR!”


33 posted on 03/06/2013 3:14:56 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
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To: Ouderkirk

Dragnet’s acting was a little stiff. HP had more action.


34 posted on 03/06/2013 3:19:48 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: llevrok

I liked M SQUAD with Lee Marvin.

And I liked a British detective show DETECTIVE’S DIARY in which a detective had one arm.


35 posted on 03/06/2013 3:20:08 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: Nepeta

Highway Patrol . Somebody has uploaded a bunch of full episodes to Youtube .


36 posted on 03/06/2013 3:29:49 PM PST by sushiman
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To: South40

‘54 Buick Special.
My first car was a hand-me-down ‘53 Buick Special. Straight 8, dynaflow tranny. Zero to 60 in....100mm cigarette.
Great on a date though. heh,heh


37 posted on 03/06/2013 3:36:58 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: llevrok

I can remember the theme song from Highway Patrol so clearly. My Dad never missed an episode. Brings back memories of my childhood. Can’t really say which was better. I loved them both.


38 posted on 03/06/2013 3:42:55 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Harry Morgan was preceded by Ben Alexander as Sgt. Friday’s partner.


39 posted on 03/06/2013 3:45:06 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: llevrok

That’s easy. Dragnet. No contest.


40 posted on 03/06/2013 3:46:43 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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Hmmmmm
1956 Buick special.
In a 2 door sedan??

I learned to drive in my folks 1955 Buick Century. 4 door sedan, dynaflow transmission, Same heavy body as the
Roadmaster, less the bells and whistles. ie: No Power steering, No power brakes. Plain jane AM Radio. Forget the engine, but that shiftless bastard would run like stink. And the 1950s Dragnet w/Ben Alexander beat Highway Patrol like Rocky Marciano would a club fighter.

41 posted on 03/06/2013 3:47:40 PM PST by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: yarddog

I remember one particular episode from the late 1960s where he was having a back and forth with a hippie, and the hippie said, “One day we will be the ones in charge.” He was right and the country has never been the same since.


42 posted on 03/06/2013 3:47:48 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: AppyPappy
"Dragnet’s acting was a little stiff.

You think that was stiff? That's only because you never heard Jack Webb pitching woo...

Jack Webb - Try a Little Tenderness

43 posted on 03/06/2013 3:50:42 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: llevrok

Notice in HP they never mention the brand of cars? Broderick always describes “ a tan sedan” or some other kind of model. And although it’s a huge state, Dan Matthews is never more than about five minutes away from a baddie by car or chopper once he says 10-4. Love to watch old reruns of HP anyway. Plus you can see a lot of up and comers makings their debuts as heavies.


44 posted on 03/06/2013 3:53:50 PM PST by driftless2
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To: 1raider1

Broderick always wore a suit and tie. Everybody else dressed like a patrolman in a uniform. If Broderick hadn’t made it in acting, he could have been a world champion speed talker.


45 posted on 03/06/2013 3:58:28 PM PST by driftless2
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Yep 56 Buick

It would hide the numbers on the speedometer any time.

Brakes sucked big time though.

Many thought it was a bit heavy, but in a drag race with a 56 Chevy power pac, it would leave the Chevy in the dust, and on the run the Chevy didn’t have a chance.


46 posted on 03/06/2013 4:08:10 PM PST by Venturer
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To: llevrok

In the 50’s and early 60’s I was watching Captain Kangaroo and Colonel Bleep.

Real heroes, in my book.


47 posted on 03/06/2013 4:12:21 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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My Brother had a 55 Buick. The starter was in the accelerator pedal. When you turned the car on and pressed down on it, the starter would engage.

Also those old Buick V-8s had the valve covers sort of pointing up instead of in line with the piston travel. Back then each GM division actually had their own engines. I particularly liked the Olds Rocket V-8


48 posted on 03/06/2013 4:15:57 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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My Brother had a 55 Buick. The starter was in the accelerator pedal. When you turned the car on and pressed down on it, the starter would engage.

Also those old Buick V-8s had the valve covers sort of pointing up instead of in line with the piston travel. Back then each GM division actually had their own engines. I particularly liked the Olds Rocket V-8


49 posted on 03/06/2013 4:16:20 PM PST by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: sushiman

I’ve been watching them on Netflix. The spousal unit always knows when as she hears me gufaw outloud.


50 posted on 03/06/2013 4:20:46 PM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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