MPI Media Group has set a July 20 DVD release of “Code 3: L.A. Sheriff’s Case Files,” a vintage 1957 TV show that, like “Dragnet,” was based on actual police case files.
The collection will contain all 39 episodes from the police procedural series, from Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox.
Starring Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department, the series also featured Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis.
“Code 3″ featured true crime cases from the files of the search and rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department – always “changing the names to protect the innocent,” again, much like “Dragnet.”
At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure.
Supporting actors in the series, which ran in syndication, include Christopher Dark, Robert Armstrong (King Kong), James Anderson, Harlan Warde, Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert, Ray Montgomery, Peter Leeds, Stacy Keach Sr. (“Get Smart”), Richard Sargent (“Bewitched”), Russell Johnson (“Gilligan’s Island”), John Archer, DeForest Kelley (“Star Trek”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”), Claude Akins, Guy Williams (“Zorro”), Harry Bartell (“Dragnet”), Mae Clarke and James Best (“The Dukes of Hazard”).