TV Movie | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Initially intended as a pilot for the Dragnet 1967 TV series, featuring L.A. police detective Joe Friday and his partners, but not aired until 1969.
Jack Webb (I) and Julie London had been married from 1947-53, when they divorced, but the two remained close friends up to Webb's death in 1982. His friendship with his former wife even extended to her next husband, Bobby Troup, who--in addition to later co-starring with Julie on the Webb-produced series Emergency! (1972)--is cast here as George Freeman, the brother of one of the case's victims. Troup also often appeared in roles on another Webb series, "Dragnet 1967" (1967).
Don Negler, alias J. Johnson:
I'd like to tell you right now why I killed them.
Sergeant Joe Friday: Why?
Don Negler, alias J. Johnson: Because they asked me to. They said they'd rather die than live with me.
Friday and Gannon collect a picture of each of the missing women. At the end when they match the pictures to the photographs that Negler took of his bound victims, each woman is wearing the same outfit as in her portrait.