December 19, 2012
Dragnet's Twenty-Two Rifle for Christmas
On this week before Christmas, I am going to try to showcase some of the Christmas and Holiday themed shows that are available via old time radio. If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available this week. You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!
I have listened to a large number of Christmas radio shows with very happy and cherry endings. It is the holidays afterall. But this story does not have a happy ending. Maybe that is one of the reasons why Dragnet was one of the most popular series on both radio and television. From its start in the summer of 1949, it was the brainchild of its star Jack Webb (who played in a large number of radio programs including Pat Novack for Hire and Jeff Regan among others). Dragnet was known for its realism and attention to detail. In the show they broadcast for their first Christmas, Twenty-Two Rifle for Christmas, they tell the story of a child who could not wait until the 25th for his present, and the horrible consequences of that action. In the light of the horrible events at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday December 14, 2012, it is clear that guns are not a new problem. This episode is one of the most chilling that I can recall, where a child not only was the victim, but also the perpetrator.
Here is a link right to Twenty-Two Rifle for Christmas:
Dragnet's Twenty-Two Rifle for Christmas (December 22, 1949)
Here are some links to programs relating to Dragnet:
- Dragnet Radio program episodes via the Internet Archive
- Old Time Dragnet Show with Adam Graham (fan blog with links to radio and television episodes)
- Dragnet scripts from the Generic Radio Workshop
- Badge 714 - the Dragnet Webb site
- See also 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
Posted by cseeman at December 19, 2012 12:55 PM