Feb 1, 2011
Jack Webb was a radio comedian, if you can imagine that, working
as a disc jockey in San Francisco in 1945.
In 1946 he created and starred in a radio series called Pat Novak for Hire, then he did Johnny Modero: Pier 23.
And in 1949, Dragnet. Webb wanted it to be as true-to-life as possible, so he rode with police detectives and took classes at the police academy. He knew more about being a policeman than many of the actual cops.
When Jack Webb died in late 1982, the Los Angeles Police Department honored him by flying its flag at half-mast.
Here's Jack Webb and Dragnet, and The Big Grab, which was aired on June 29th, 1950.