Cinema: Summer Murders

Dragnet (Warner) is the second major television show—I Love Lucy led the way with The Long, Long Trailer (TIME, Feb. 22 )—to make the tricky segue from the electronic to the silver screen. The transition is fairly well accomplished in a general way, though sometimes what goes big in the parlor gets lost in the movie house (e.g., the staccato monotone, urgent and effective when the actor is only ten inches high and has to exaggerate plenty to get attention, is just a meaningless affectation when he is 20 feet tall).

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