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Discussion in 'Police, Taxis, Ambulances, etc' started by Fast Eddie, Aug 19, 2017.
The Michigan State Police had a big display at the today's air show. Neat looking Ford police car.
1957 Ford. Probably a 312 or 292 cu in engine. Did Brodwick Crawford ever drive it? Or Robert Michum? Only geezers will understand this foolish question.
This brought a smile to my face. The reference to Broderick Crawford and police cars goes back to the early days of television; 1955 - 1959. There was a tv show named Highway Patrol which weekly had a half hour story about experiences based on the California Highway Patrol. You can still view these episodes on YouTube.
I watched the series in the 1950s era and have revisited the episodes on YouTube. I remember 1955 Buick, 1955 Ford, 1956 - 58 Mercury, 1958 Buicks and 1959 Dodge as black and white patrol units used in the series. Here is a link to some still photographs from the series. I do not see a 1957 Ford used as a highway patrol car.
IMCDb.org: "Highway Patrol, 1955-1959": cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles (at http://www.imcdb.org/movie_47739-Highway-Patrol.html )
1957 Ford speedo had digits up to 130 MPH.
Watched Thunder Road a few nights ago!!
Aaah, 'Thunder Road' ------ A great movie! I was a young-un when I first saw it. Was bummed out for week afterwards. Too believable for some. Saw it again a few years ago. And realized what a great voice his girlfriend in the movie had. Real talent.
Highway Patrol is shown late at night on some of the antenna side channels. As I remember it, Broderick Crawford usually drove a Buick. In one of the shows he was a passenger in a 'glass bubble' helicopter and was chasing down some bad guys while the regular cops were driving on a curvy road also chasing them. He landed and chased the bad guys in the woods. They 'got their men'. Of course.... The helicopter had taken off so he needed a ride. In his usual 'kind and gentle' voice he commanded a deputy to drive him back to his car. It was a black 57 Ford.
Kind of reminds me of Jack Webb and Dragnet. " Just the facts mam "