Madigan inspired me to become a detective in NYC Police
the film was great and very real as I have found out in my career in
work. Ive watched it several times and the actors all played realistic
parts, and yes I did become a detective and a very succesfull one. I
believe Richard Widmark is still alive and living in connecticut My one
is to meet him..
Police officer needs help--forth with.
Richard Widmark is mad--again. On edge. Angry, too. The reason for his
discomfort: a skell by the name of Barney Benish has lifted his service
weapon and escaped. Rocky, Madigan's partner, has lost "two weeks pay"
for the same reason. Henry Fonda, the no-nonsense "P.C.",has given them
72 hours to find Benish, retrieve their weapons and place him under
arrest. Gone in the wind, the desperate bad guy has nothing to lose.
Where is he? Perhaps "shacked up in some pad, tee-veeing it with some
broads to take his mind off the commercials." Madigan does have a flair
with the words--and the women. Never underestimate the tough, clever
Madigan. He knows the streets well and is not afraid to bend a few
rules. The Police Commissioner is another story: he plays everything
close to the vest and by the book. Off the job, however, his emotional
lapses center around a love affair with a married Susan Clark. Not
smart. In contrast, Madigan visits an ex-girl friend in order to catch
some sleep. "I love Julia" (his wife), he moans softly before dozing
off to dreamland. The movie is sharply paced: even when it goes off the
rails a bit when it touches on the day-to-day business of a working
urban precinct. The beautiful, ornate, and domed "old" police
headquarters (its now pricey co-ops) is featured in one early shot. I
believe the movie inspired the gritty cop dramas of the following
decade (think Kojak, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch, and even 'Vegas).
Madigan's wife is played by the tragic Inger Stevens. Sad. Way-out fun:
when Madigan needs some hot information from the "Midget", he heads for
Coney Island. Coincidentaly, Warren Stevens--no relation--shows up
briefly at a Policeman's Ball (no kidding). He is employed as an
emergency escort of sorts for a very tipsy Miss Stevens. She wants to
dance up a storm. Madigan doesn't mind. He has other business to attend
to. The movie does have a sadistic bent to it. Could there be more to
this flirtation? Just a thought..