A very serious intro to this week’s oldie.
Dragnet was a radio and TV series in the 1950’s about two Los Angeles police detectives. It also was a TV series in the late 1960’s. Actor Jack Webb created both the radio and TV versions.
TV Guide wrote that the “voice-over narration became the stuff of parody.” That’s where this week’s oldie comes in, the parody.
I used to hear this oldie on the radio, though very infrequently, decades ago. Hosts that had certain programming freedom to incorporate this longer, non-conventional recording would pop it on the air as something special and out of the ordinary. It’s not the typical TOP 40 single, hymn or a carol.
The comic genius of Stan Freberg is highlighted in this 1953 recording, a spoof of the “Dragnet” radio/TV series. Freberg plays the character of Joe Wednesday, which is a take-off on the name of Jack Webb’s Joe Friday character from “Dragnet’. The name of the Frank Jones character is a take-off on Frank Smith, who was Joe Friday’s partner for most of the original “Dragnet” series.
- Stan Freberg (voice of Joe Wednesday)
- Daws Butler (voices of Frank Jones, Grudge, & the brownie)
- Nathan Scott (orchestra conductor)
- Stan Freberg & Daws Butler (script)
- Walter Schumann (music)
You can find “Christmas Dragnet” on this CD: