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A Dragnet Christmas -- boy gets .22 rifle

December 20, 2008 |  8:09 am


Here's Jack Webb's downbeat Christmas present to "Dragnet" viewers, and the original radio version of ".22 Rifle for Christmas." This is a wonderful example of how the writers in the early days of television treated TV like radio with pictures. Take one of "The Lone Ranger" episodes and just listen to the audio. It's really a radio show.