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February 25, 2007

The Hardboiled Poetry of the Very, Very Square

I've started watching Dragnet 1967 on DVD -- a show my wife dislikes on the grounds that it is terribly dated, which is, of course, exactly why I love it. Jack Webb was so square that he comes out the other side as the coolest hipster ever to appear on network TV.

A case in point is his monologue from the fourth episode. When a young rookie says that his fiance has dumped him because she doesn't want to be married to a cop, Webb cuts loose with the following:

This is all the more awesome after time spent reading my friend Rick Perlstein's book Nixonland. Coming to a bookstore near you sometime in Spring '08.

Posted by smclemee at February 25, 2007 3:07 PM


Damn, that's good. I watched Boys' Night Out (from 1962) with James Garner the other night, and it too was good. Every time one of "the boys" started to brag about a sexual feat, some kind of sound effect would drown out the conversation. Usually it was a train whistle during their morning or evening commute. Genius!

Posted by: rachel at February 26, 2007 2:26 PM

short and sweet. keep it up. by the way, I am reading an exciting book: Chna and the new world order, by the Chinese reporter george zhibin gu, which offers shocking findings and ideas about China and global affairs. great for blogging too.

Posted by: Wendy at February 26, 2007 10:32 PM