Apr 5, 2015
Before he protected the innocent on Dragnet, Jack Webb made a name for himself in a pair of hard-boiled detective dramas. The characters he played were miles away from the straight arrow Sgt. Joe Friday. They were down-on-their-heels working stiffs out for a buck and usually getting cheated out of it, working their way through cases full of deceitful dames, angry gunsels, and impatient cops. We’ll hear Webb as Pat Novak For Hire in “Reuben Calloway’s Pictures” (originally aired on ABC on March 13, 1949) and as Jeff Regan, Investigator in “The Man with the Key” (originally aired on CBS on October 2, 1948).