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Dragnet Hammering Hand - At the close of each episode of the police drama DRAGNET/NBC/1952-59/NBC/1967-70, a burly pair of hands holding a hammer and a metal stamping device would clang together to form the production trademark "Mark VII" on a small rectangular sheet of steel. The "hands that hammered" closing was dreamed up by the series creator Jack Webb during a coffee break. He was attempting to recreate the "hammer and gong" signature trademark used at the beginning J. Arthur Rank British film productions. The DRAGNET hammer struck twice at the end of each show. The hands used for the program's closing were those attached to James Drake, one of the construction crew members.


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