‘Dragnet’: Harry Morgan Said Star Jack Webb Was ‘All Business’

Jack Webb as Joe Friday in 'Dragnet'
Jack Webb as Joe Friday in ‘Dragnet’ | Silver Screen / Getty Images Collection

Jack Webb’s picture of Sergeant Joe on Friday on the classic TV show Dragnet it was stocky and cool, not too far from Webb himself, according to the famous actor Harry Morgan.

Morgan, who died in 2011, played Officer Bill Gannon on the series. He described his old friend Webb as “all business” when it came to a show of law and order that preceded the next show of law and order.

‘Dragnet’ began as a successful radio series

Jack Webb on the 'Dragnet' radio show
Jack Webb on the ‘Dragnet’ radio show

Named after “systematic investigation for criminals or criminal activity,” the Dragnet radio show broadcast from 1949 to 1957, lasting until a few years after the advent of television. The Dragnet A TV show ran from 1952 to 1959.

Webb was killed by the radio show and carefully structured, who died in 1982. Webb could be counted every time saying, “My name is Friday. ”Moreover, each program opened with,“ Gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. The names were changed to protect the innocent. ”Sound experienced?

Webb’s in-depth research and commitment to detail was evident. The actor was known to even ride with police officers to get a complete picture of their work. His vision still influences cop-and-court demonstrations even today.

Structure was the name of Webb’s radio and TV game

View from Dragnet
View from ‘Dragnet’ | Post photo / images Getty

Just before the start of the audio drama, a solemn speaker would always announce: “Dragnet, the recorded drama of a real crime. For the next 30 minutes, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the law to a real case transcribed from official police files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Dragnet this is the story of your police force in action. ”

It was about following that reliable structure on every presentation for Webb. This work ethic was followed into the Dragnet TV show, like Morgan’s M * A * S * H. explained co-star Alan Alda.

Morgan says he couldn’t joke around Webb on the ‘Dragnet’ TV show

Harry Morgan as Bill Gannon's Officer on the Dragnet TV show
Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon on the TV show ‘Dragnet’ |
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LOVE: Alan Alda still makes a ton of money from M * A * S * H.

In an interview in 2000 with the American Television Archive Alan Alda, who worked with Morgan on military comedy M * A * S * H., tells a funny story about his co – stars about Webb ‘s workplace crisis.

“Harry, who just loves to be pregnant, would keep it down because Jack Webb was a businessman,” Alda recalled. “[Webb] he would get a show scene in half a day or something. He fired at them very quickly.

“So Harry joked at 9 o’clock one morning, he said, and then around 5 o’clock the same day he had another joke,” Alda said, laughing, remembering Morgan saying . “And Jack Webb said, ‘Well, if you’re going to keep going around like this! ‘When you show those shows really fast, you’re all business, you know?

“Harry, I don’t know how he survived in that situation, because it just explodes to be funny,” Alda concluded.

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