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13. Dragnet: “The Big Gent” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

Listen to These Programs:  Dragnet:  The Big Gent   ~   The Fred Allen Show: George Jessel Guests   ~   Gunsmoke:  Jealousy

Two back-to-back episodes of Dragnet start out our Show #13.  Of course Dragnet set a trend for reality in police programs -- first on radio and later on TV.   

Detective Joe Friday and his partner Ben Romero are assigned to the robbery detail.  A hold-up has been committed in a neighboring city that resulted in a bystander being shot to death with two others wounded. The bandits are ruthless and well armed.  Friday and Romero are assigned with the task to get them.

It's always fun to hear Barton Yarborough, and here he plays a role he originated -- that of Joe Friday's partner.

This episode has also been referred to as "The Gentleman Bandit" since one of the main suspects comes from a wealthy family worth millions.  It's a great Dragnet story. 

Enjoy the outstanding sound quality on of both episodes.

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