BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
Pure hardboiled dynamite!Bill Khemski
My favorite Novakism: "She was as slick as a pound of liver in a bucket of warm glycerin."Art Scott
At times, even Chandler couldn't write better. Here's one I remember:"She stood leaning there for a minute, sort of a girl who moves when she stands still. She had blonde hair. She was kind of pretty, except you could see somebody had used her badly, like a dictionary in a stupid family." Bill Khemski
Did Jack Webb ever do anything that wasn't terrific? Novak is a good show, for sure, but his other effort, "Pete Kelly's Blues" is probably my favorite next to Dragnet. As Pete Kelly, Webb played a speakeasy musician in prohibition days who always wound up in situations requiring two-fisted hard-boiled solutions.
Brian--I'm sorry to say, DRAGNET 1969 and to a large extent ADAM-12. The radio DRAGNET is rather good, and PETE KELLY'S BLUES the radio show and film are certainly less risible unintentionally than the DRAGNET revival.
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