My Favorite 1960s Dragnet #4: The Pyramid Swindle
This is a great episode where Friday and Gannon go undercover to bust up a pyramid scheme operating in the guise of a business opportunity. Virginia Gregg delivers her best Dragnet performance as confidence woman Bonne Bates. It’s fascinating to see her working her marks into a quasi-religious fervor. Webb hit the bulls eye in his portrayal of the clever business opportunity con.
The episode has a definite element of humor to it. Gregg’s fantastic portrayal ensures that. At the same time, it also serves as a memorable proverb against get-rich quick schemes. Education, entertainment, and humor. It doesn’t get much better than that.