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21 December: A Christmas tragedy

LAPD Chief William Parker and Jack Webb. (Photo: NBC.)

LAPD Chief William Parker and Jack Webb—Parker’s alarm about children misusing firearms provoked an unusualĀ Dragnet trarjerker. (Photo: NBC.)

Those who remember Dragnet strictly from its late 1960s-early 1970s television revival, when it seems to be little more than a growing anti-hippie/anti-youth exercise in police recalcitrance, albeit far less aggressive as such than similar exercises, may be shocked at times to discover the radio original and the first television version it sired could be called deeper in more than one way.

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