Police Report (TV Series)

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Television broadcast
German title Police report
Original title Dragnet
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1951–1959
length 30 minutes
from 2003 60 minutes
Episodes 276 (1952-1959)
098 (1967-1970)
052 (1989-1991)
022 (2003-2004)
genre Detective film
idea Jack Webb
music Walter Schumann
Contains excerpts from a composition by Miklós Rózsa
First broadcast December 16, 1951 on NBC
first broadcast
September 22, 1991 on RTLplus

Police report is the German title of a US crime series that was first broadcast on radio in 1949. The original title is Dragnet . The 1987 movie of the same name was given the German title Schlappe Bullen Don't Bite .


Jack Webb, known for his perfectionism, developed the series for the radio. While normal radio play series used one or two sound engineers , Dragnet had five. Webb already spoke to police officer Joe Friday in the radio version. The first episode aired on June 3, 1949 on NBC .

From 1951, Webb also produced the series for television . Dragnet has been reissued and parodied in different versions. In 1954 a Dragnet film was produced. Also here with Jack Webb in the lead role. This was also the first time that a television program made it “to the big screen”.

Before each episode, the viewer learns that the case shown is based on a true story, but the names have been changed. In the original, this last part became a catchy phrase (Only) the names have been changed to protect the innocent ... which appears again and again in linguistic usage. This introductory text can also be found in the version known in Germany as Stahlnetz , which was broadcast from 1958 and deals with regional criminal cases. The plot is consistently carried out by a narrator who introduces the actors and gives background information (in the original also Jack Webb).

The well-known theme music of the series was composed by Walter Schumann , it was also used in the German crime series Stahlnetz . The concise “Taa-Ta-Tamm-Tamm” at the beginning, however, comes from the pen of Hollywood composer Miklós Rózsa ( Ben Hur , El Cid and many others) and was originally composed for the film Avengers of the Underworld (1946).

A newer version of the theme music comes from the 1987 version Dragnet'88 of The Art of Noise . It was used as the theme music for the rather parody movie of the same name starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks as Sgt. Joe Friday (the nephew of the original investigator) and partner.

From 2003 to 2004 Dick Wolf , the producer of u. a. Miami Vice and Law & Order produced two new seasons that were broadcast in Germany in 2007 under the name Police Report Los Angeles . The character of Joe Friday was played by actor Ed O'Neill, who became known as Al Bundy .

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