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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

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.