“The story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent…”

When we last left our heroes (who were gussied up to look like a cross between a rooster and a Mexican pimp), they had just interrupted a PAGAN (People Against Goodness and Normalcy) celebration by jumping into a huge vat of Lord-knows-what in order to rescue the virgin Connie Swail, only to be greeted by an enormous boa constrictor.

No, subtlety wasn’t one of Dragnet‘s strong suits, but dammit, it sure was fun.

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks brought the classic police drama to the big screen in 1987… but as a comedy. Indeed, somewhere along the way (probably about the time Aykroyd was named one of the screenwriters), the decision was made to make it a lot closer to the goofiness of Get Smart than the hard-boiled action of the original Dragnet.

Aykroyd plays Friday (nephew of the original Joe Friday), a no-nonsense, by-the-book cop who’s on a one-man mission to clean up the streets of LA. Hanks, meanwhile, is his partner, Pep Streebek… a loosey-goosey, fun-lovin’ cop who enjoys nothing more than rumpling Friday’s calm cool.

When they discover that PAGAN has kidnapped the virgin Connie Swail, they leap into action, infiltrating the outfit to save the day. And, of course, along the way they also raid a milk factory, bring down a big-time televangelist, and crash a party at the mansion of a porn kingpin. All in a day’s work.

A year later Hanks would hit screens as the man-child Josh Baskin in Big, slowly starting his career transformation away from goofy comedies and toward more, well… grown-up roles. But at least we’ll always have him and Aykroyd doing their “City of Crime” rap over the closing credits of one of the best flicks from 1987.

“They got the girl all frightened! Now that’s not nice! I think she is the subject of a sacrifice!”

We ♥ Dragnet.


~ by weheart80s on August 1, 2011.

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