Re: RARA-AVIS: Police procedurals

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 01 Jan 2003

Richard wrote:

"One addition to your list that I believe is widely overlooked but was very influencial. That is Mark Hellinger's final movie "The Naked City" in 1948. It followed the police point of view, featured NYC location filming (rare in those days), and had to have been a big influence on Jack Webb. It was in this movie that the "Dum-De-Dum-Dum music theme had its birth."

Also in 1948 was the police procedural movie He Walked By Night, which followes the step-by-step investigation of a cop killer. It featured Jack Webb as a forensics scientist.


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