|Jack Webb in Appointment With Danger (1951)|
There are no 'just the facts Ma'am' here as Webb's Joe Regas is as bad as they get. He has no remorse in killing anybody and has a vibe of being gleefully trigger happy. Here's a guy who thinks he has to - no, I believe he WANTS to - kill a Nun who no longer has any way of identifying him for a past crime. He is so obsessed about it that he deviates from a heist in progress to nab her. He even tries to drop a scaffolding on her head at one point. He is NOT a nice guy.
|Webb obsesses about killing a Nun played by Phyllis Calvert|
|Before they protected Los Angeles, they terrorized Gary, Indiana - future 'Dragnet 1967' partners Harry Morgan and Jack Webb|
|Webb committing the murder that sets Postal Inspector Ladd on his trail|
Webb: "You look as though you lost your best friend."
Ladd: "I'm my best friend"
Webb: "That's what I said."
Or how about this line...
Webb: "You're going to take Maxie's word? If somebody gave him a Bible to swear on, he'd steal it."
|No love between Alan Ladd and Jack Webb in this picture|
*for the record, I am not old enough to have watch Dragnet during its original release, but did watch the show regularly on Nick at Night. I was inspired to watch the show thanks to the 1987 Universal comedy-action remake with Dan Aykroyd in the Sgt. Friday role.