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INFAMOUS CRIMSON CRUSADER EPISODE FROM 'DRAGNET 1969'

Tittle: GOLIATH AWAITS 1981 Emma Samms, Mark Harmon, Robert Forster Rating: ***1/2

Here's proof that young people worshiping comic book movies is nothing new: from one of the silliest yet entertaining episodes of the 1950's-born DRAGNET rebooted into the late-1960's... titled DRAGNET 1968: BULGLARY: DR-31 where Jack Webb's Joe Friday and Harry Morgan as partner Bill Gannon traipse from one movie theater to another, investigating stolen/looted movie posters and lobby cards advertising a brand new comic book adaptation...

Turns out being the most bizarre and surreal of the show's villains in a pudgy, mustached, monotone twenty-something donning a cape and costume, deeming himself The Crimson Crusader played by a frumpy, drowsy, future EMERGENCY actor Tim Donnelly who, in one soft-interrogation sequence, provides a dirge-like, melancholy monologue about being fat and bullied in school, and how this drove him headlong into a fantastical world to find a safe place within it... thus making this eclectic fan-favorite episode practically all his own.

Tim Donnelly as Stanley Stover on DRAGNET 1969
Tim Donnelly as Stanley Stover on DRAGNET 1969
Tim Donnelly as Stanley Stover on DRAGNET 1969
Regular cast member Don Ross on DRAGNET 1969
Tim Donnelly as Stanley Stover on DRAGNET 1969
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Tim Donnelly as Stanley Stover on DRAGNET 1969
Harry Morgan on DRAGNET 1969
Jack Webb on DRAGNET 1969
Jack Webb and Harry Morgan on DRAGNET 1969

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