The Big Little Jesus (S3:E17)
It’s Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue’s worth is only a few dollars, but it is of great sentimental value for the parish. Friday and Smith promise to try to get it back before mass on Christmas Day, but this means that they have less than 24 hours to catch the thief.This episode underwent an almost word-for-word remake in the 1967 Dragnet series as The Christmas Story. Directed by: Jack Webb. Written by: Richard L. Breen. Original air date: December 25, 1953.