This sketch was created after another incidence that occurred while working on the set of Dragnet. Jack Webb, the producer/director/actor, was filming as usual when a slow entering Japanese dignitary came slowly into the sound stage while we were filming. I was routinely sitting on a box sketching away. The visitors came forward from the back of the stage for a closer look at the action. One of the them accidentally stepped on a cable attached to a large rolling lamp. It started to teeter toward him. I jumped up assertively and deflected it away from him. It fell over and made a tremendous crashing noise, but It might have saved his life. The slightest sound during filming had always been critical. Jack turned around saw what happened then continued to re-shoot the scene as we all went about our business. I fetched my check later that week and discovered that Jack had silently included a $500.00 reward to my paycheck. He considered the incident an act of heroism on my behalf. In those days that was quite a bundle of cash. Jack was the greatest!

A sketch while working on Dragnet with Jack Webb
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