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(Wikipedia)   Dragnet (1987) turns 35 today. Think PAGAN is still recruiting today?   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2022-06-26 7:46:11 AM  
There's a 1954 Dragnet movie with Jack Webb. There's several things from that film used by Dan Akroyd in the 1987 release.
 
2022-06-26 8:37:18 AM  
Is that the movie with Connie Swale?
 
2022-06-26 8:39:45 AM  
This must mean someone big is about to get popped, I'm thinking by Friday.
 
2022-06-26 8:45:27 AM  

rjakobi: Is that the movie with Connie Swale?


Don't you mean the virgin Connie Swale?
 
2022-06-26 8:48:20 AM  
Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.
 
2022-06-26 8:49:03 AM  
Don't forget your goat leggings
 
2022-06-26 8:50:37 AM  

venton: rjakobi: Is that the movie with Connie Swale?

Don't you mean the virgin Connie Swale?


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2022-06-26 8:52:03 AM  
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2022-06-26 8:58:29 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.


Hey, they can't all be quality Aykroyd films like Doctor Detroit.
 
2022-06-26 9:02:04 AM  
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2022-06-26 9:07:44 AM  

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Wow. The OC really changed from the '80s to the '00s.
 
2022-06-26 9:16:12 AM  
I don't know why, but modern "wacky" movies just don't land the same way with me as the run of ridiculous 80s comedies.  I think the modern ones just tend to be too rapid-fire and "loud" with their humor.
 
2022-06-26 9:18:33 AM  
"You got a lot of repressed feelings don't you Friday❔Must be what keeps your hair up."

The Art of Noise - Dragnet (Official Video)
Youtube 7y5U2N891E0
 
2022-06-26 9:22:00 AM  
I kinda want fuzzy goat leg pants.....for Halloween, maybe.
 
2022-06-26 9:23:57 AM  
So what if we like to dance in our goatskin pants?
 
2022-06-26 9:26:57 AM  

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THIS is the correct answer.   *goat dances*
 
2022-06-26 9:36:25 AM  

Metastatic Capricorn: "You got a lot of repressed feelings don't you Friday❔Must be what keeps your hair up."

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Is that the same little girl from their Close to the Edit video?   Wonder what happened to her
 
2022-06-26 10:12:35 AM  
Dragnet Music Video City of Crime
Youtube pT_QRKfv8H4

Aykroyd & Hanks the secret rap duo
 
2022-06-26 10:14:33 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.


All THIS.

\Dragnet 87 has not aged well at all.
 
2022-06-26 10:19:47 AM  

dennysgod: venton: rjakobi: Is that the movie with Connie Swale?

Don't you mean the virgin Connie Swale?

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Oh, good. I was wondering if that short moment had been captured. Need to yoink this one because I'm sure it can be a good reaction gif elsewhere.
 
2022-06-26 10:51:17 AM  

NeoCortex42: I don't know why, but modern "wacky" movies just don't land the same way with me as the run of ridiculous 80s comedies.  I think the modern ones just tend to be too rapid-fire and "loud" with their humor.


They often are a little too eager to show how "smart" and "hip" they are. Like they are too cool for the material.
 
2022-06-26 10:53:02 AM  

Metastatic Capricorn: "You got a lot of repressed feelings don't you Friday❔Must be what keeps your hair up."

[YouTube video: The Art of Noise - Dragnet (Official Video)]


If you didn't know this is their wheel house, you would swear it was a parody.

But it's amazing. I had never heard or seen this.
 
2022-06-26 10:54:43 AM  

luddite v2.0: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/pT_QRKfv8H4]
Aykroyd & Hanks the secret rap duo


I really miss comedic Tom Hanks.  He still shows up from time to time, but not often enough.
 
2022-06-26 10:56:38 AM  
The other week we were in Sanusky, OH during - as it turned out -biker week. We saw one in Pagan colors, so I guess.
 
2022-06-26 11:07:58 AM  

luddite v2.0: [YouTube video: Dragnet Music Video City of Crime]
Aykroyd & Hanks the secret rap duo


One of the greatest rap songs ever made!
 
2022-06-26 11:08:00 AM  

Night Train to Wakanda: Metastatic Capricorn: "You got a lot of repressed feelings don't you Friday❔Must be what keeps your hair up."

[YouTube video: The Art of Noise - Dragnet (Official Video)]

If you didn't know this is their wheel house, you would swear it was a parody.

But it's amazing. I had never heard or seen this.


The Dragnet '88 (Art Of Noise 12'' Mix) is a better version.

Art Of Noise - Dragnet '88 (Art Of Noise 12'' Mix)
Youtube wrtok9bzscI
 
2022-06-26 11:21:10 AM  
I was watching the documentary about Nightmare on Elm St the other day and in it they show the scene from Dragnet where Tom Hanks sees the creepy house saying it's Freddy Kruger's house. While it's obviously not Freddy's it was once a horror related house. It's 1313 Mockingbird Ln, home of the Munsters!

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2022-06-26 11:38:06 AM  
Why couldn't you have posted this before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my thread?
 
2022-06-26 11:49:19 AM  

ImpendingCynic: Why couldn't you have posted this before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my thread?


I was about to start looking for a clip of that scene, you miserable little bag of puke.
 
2022-06-26 11:51:12 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: I was watching the documentary about Nightmare on Elm St the other day and in it they show the scene from Dragnet where Tom Hanks sees the creepy house saying it's Freddy Kruger's house. While it's obviously not Freddy's it was once a horror related house. It's 1313 Mockingbird Ln, home of the Munsters!

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It was also the Applewhite house* on Desperate Housewives.

* after major mods
 
2022-06-26 11:55:06 AM  

dionysusaur: The other week we were in Sanusky, OH


How was Tommy Boy doing?
 
2022-06-26 12:04:08 PM  

optikeye: I kinda want fuzzy goat leg pants.....for Halloween, maybe.


Torgo approves:
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And the best scene in the movie:

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2022-06-26 12:15:38 PM  

NeoCortex42: I don't know why, but modern "wacky" movies just don't land the same way with me as the run of ridiculous 80s comedies.  I think the modern ones just tend to be too rapid-fire and "loud" with their humor.


Well, you probably stopped smoking pot.
 
2022-06-26 12:23:17 PM  

browneye: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

All THIS.

\Dragnet 87 has not aged well at all.


I dunno. The Villain in the movie sure seems like the villains of today.
 
2022-06-26 12:28:32 PM  

Unobtanium: There's a 1954 Dragnet movie with Jack Webb. There's several things from that film used by Dan Akroyd in the 1987 release.


Don't forget its origins as a radio show in 1949.  Or the 1951 TV series.

And if you want some fun (and are a fan of Jazz), check out the movie 'Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)', starring Jack Webb as Depression-era combo leader Pete Kelly, of 'Pete Kelly and his Big Seven'.  Webb himself was a huge fan of jazz, and the film has a good, unvarnished look at small, struggling bands in the late 20's, and some first-rate music, with Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee in the film, and other artists contributing to the soundtrack.
 
2022-06-26 12:32:57 PM  
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2022-06-26 1:02:00 PM  

NeoCortex42: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

Hey, they can't all be quality Aykroyd films like Doctor Detroit.


Devo - Dr Detroit
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2022-06-26 1:07:44 PM  

Rob3Fan: browneye: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

All THIS.

\Dragnet 87 has not aged well at all.

I dunno. The Villain in the movie sure seems like the villains of today.


Well, the '80s are making a comeback in more ways than one.
 
2022-06-26 1:09:49 PM  

bostonguy: Rob3Fan: browneye: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

All THIS.

\Dragnet 87 has not aged well at all.

I dunno. The Villain in the movie sure seems like the villains of today.

Well, the '80s are making a comeback in more ways than one.


Yeah, the 1480s or there abouts.
 
2022-06-26 1:43:48 PM  

yellowjester: NeoCortex42: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

Hey, they can't all be quality Aykroyd films like Doctor Detroit.

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Trivia - 'Mom' was the waitress on the Breakfast In America album.

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2022-06-26 1:58:34 PM  
The Pagans are alive and well still, unfortunately.
 
2022-06-26 2:15:11 PM  

ImpendingCynic: Why couldn't you have posted this before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my thread?


How did she describe Muzz?
Big, bad, stupid looking.

/getting his pores sucked at 3
//Is impressive
///bordering on spectacular
 
2022-06-26 2:17:12 PM  

HempHead: yellowjester: NeoCortex42: NewportBarGuy: Terrible, terrible movie but I remember it fondly. Good 80's fun.

Hey, they can't all be quality Aykroyd films like Doctor Detroit.

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also exploded head in 'Total Recall'
 
2022-06-26 2:31:22 PM  

ImpendingCynic: Why couldn't you have posted this before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my thread?


Duck_of_Doom: ImpendingCynic: Why couldn't you have posted this before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my thread?

I was about to start looking for a clip of that scene, you miserable little bag of puke.


Get a room
 
2022-06-26 3:03:18 PM  
Your attention, please. The story you are about to see is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. For example: George Baker is now called "Sylvia Wiss. "
 
2022-06-26 3:21:38 PM  
College days I was with a group in Nevada and while going from casino to casino, we took a break and went to a strip club in the AM hours.

Being a possible designated driver for the bunch, I decided to see if Tom Hanks' bit in Dragnet where he claims strip clubs serve great coffee is true.

I believe it is accurate. Not the greatest cup I've had, but pretty damn good.
 
2022-06-26 3:48:23 PM  
So I'm rewatching the movie after 30+ years, and this quote obviously gave me a chuckle.

Joe Friday:
Ah, sure, but just like every other foaming, rabid psycho in this city with a foolproof plan, you've forgotten you're facing the single finest fighting force ever assembled.

Reverend Jonathan Whirley:
The Israelis?
 
2022-06-26 4:00:01 PM  
The Dragnet TV show had a specific look to it created by the editing style and pace. So much so, that in school, we'd call it "Dragnet editing"; the cutting waits for each person in a dialogue to finish speaking before the cut happens for the reaction, leaving a pregnant pause between each statement made. Very stilted and unnatural, whether scripted or live.

When I came to my career job in TV and started directing our shows, the previous guys, the guys I shared the job with, all did "Dragnet" style cutting, and it was boring and stilted.  We didn't usually have the luxury of a technical director to press the buttons; each director punched his own three-camera shows, the rest of us rotating to other jobs like operating the cameras, floor directing, running graphics and prompters, or audio.  What I started doing differently, right away, was watching the preview monitor of the upcoming camera, instead of gluing my attention to the program monitor of the current shot, watching the face of the other person not speaking, and cutting to them just before they were about to speak, anticipating their responses, so that by leading the cut in real time, you could see the other person's face reacting to what was being said, then responding, and then after a beat or two, I'd cut-away to the other person nodding in reacting for a beat and come back to the speaker. I soon got good enough at doing it that I could do it without hearing the audio, just by reading the body language. In editing these are called "L-cuts" or "J-cuts", where the video changes before the audio is done, or the audio changes before the video does. Very common in movies. Typical in contemporary TV everywhere.

My live studio multi-camera shots had an energy and interest and rhythm to them because of these leading cuts and cut-aways and focal length choices designed to punctuate the words visually. We speak in paragraphs, kinda, and I was visually mapping shots that matched the format of the parts of a paragraph.

I also drove the camera operators crazy when I arrived, by introducing them to the concepts of "look space" ( where there is more space ahead of where the person is facing or looking, than there is "behind" them)  and asking them to frame tighter close-ups that didn't always show the tops of people's heads. The camera operators were engineers and their idea of a well-framed shot was to put the crosshair reticule of the camera monitor right between the eyes of a face and then leave a lot of dead space above the head and equally to either side, like when you frame up a driver's license photo...  I had to coach them on moving the center off to one side or the other, and that a closeup can be tighter and crop details, as long as the eyes and mouth are still there. It was like pulling teeth to get them to zoom in closer, until I told them to watch any episode of "60 minutes" and see that pros can do it that way and look good. It took a couple of weeks before they begrudgingly admitted the new college kid was onto something.

Now, none of this was new when I started doing it three decades ago; talk shows and soaps were doing it all the time.  But it was revolutionary in the tiny studio environment where I'd come to work. The other director-editors were always too unsure of themselves, too nervous of getting something wrong with important people in the studio present, and still did "Dragnet" cutting when working the video switcher, even years later. Person one starts speaking, you switch to a shot of that and sit on it until they stop. The other person starts talking, you cut to a wide shot for about a minute, then maybe a single... rinse and repeat... That was their "style"; completely reactive.  Invariably, their reaction time was too slow to cut that way, and so an audience watching would feel like the show was slow and unfocused, too. Their stuff always looked like Public Access crap by comparison, and mine... didn't.

I became the client's favorite director for a lot of reasons, but this was among the most important; applying stuff I'd learned in school and from watching movies critically, and concentrating on anticipation rather than reaction... I made two or three cameras act like five, I wasn't afraid to move them around and put a visual grammar to the things we were shooting.  The client's couldn't articulate why I was "better" at my job, they just knew when I was directing, things looked good.

At the very end, the last year or so of my job, my horrible boss started keeping me out of the director's chair as a punishment and inducement to quit, and the quality of our shows lost a lot of that character I'd given them. Nervous, unsure Dragnet cutting by the replacement directors was back with a vengeance.  Clients started drifting away to do their stuff elsewhere; my absence in the director chair wasn't the only reason, but it played a part.
 
2022-06-26 4:00:56 PM  

Unobtanium: There's a 1954 Dragnet movie with Jack Webb. There's several things from that film used by Dan Akroyd in the 1987 release.


They also had Harry Morgan playing the same character he did in the Dragnet TV show.
 
2022-06-26 4:37:05 PM  
I think we should celebrate the anniversary of every dumb movie ever released. That should keep all you farkers busy...forever.
 
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