Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Classic police procedure movies


MyFavoriteFilms
 Share

Recommended Posts

I am posting this here because I don't think it exactly applies to film noir or mystery genres...though there is probably some overlap.

 

I rented HE WALKED BY NIGHT from Netflix. For those who don't know, it's a precursor to the Dragnet series, with Jack Webb (Webb plays a supporting role in the film and was inspired to create the show that would define his career).

 

Anyway, it reminded me a lot of THE NAKED CITY (which also became a hit TV series). I like the atmosphere of these films, and the semidocumentary style the directors use.

 

Another film I like a lot is MGM's MYSTERY STREET, which is less about mystery and more about how forensic science plays a role in nabbing a criminal.

 

Later examples toward the end of the production code include IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (featuring Sidney Poitier as a police detective who clashes with a police chief played by Rod Steiger) which also became a long-running television series; THE BOSTON STRANGLER (with Henry Fonda as the investigating cop); and THE DETECTIVE, starring Frank Sinatra.

 

Post-production code titles: BULLITT; the DIRTY HARRY series; and John Wayne's MCQ.

 

What are some other films like these that I should see...?

 

67a.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

According to wiki:

 

The police procedural is a piece of fiction which attempts to convincingly depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. While traditional detective stories usually concentrate on a single crime, police procedurals frequently depict investigations into several crimes in a single story.

 

Meanwhile, traditional mysteries usually adhere to the convention of having the criminal's identity concealed until the climax (the so-called whodunit), in police procedurals, the perpetrator's identity is often known to the audience from the outset.

 

Police procedurals depict a number of police-related topics such as forensics, autopsies, the gathering of evidence, the use of search warrants and interrogation.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

© 2022 Turner Classic Movies Inc. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...