Wow, I never noticed the one without the "POLICE" lettering, either. It reminded me of something I noticed lately in a BB2000 screen grab -- a Crown Victoria with "POLICE CHICAGO" lettering:
Of course, with BB2000, any shot showing any of the actors wasn't really filmed in Chicago (Chicago was second unit only), and this is obviously not a real CPD car. Sorry to go a little off-topic here, but I thought it was interesting.
"Sir, how much would something like that full-size Ford police package in the middle there run me?"
It reminded me of something I noticed lately in a BB2000 screen grab -- a Crown Victoria with "POLICE CHICAGO" lettering:
That is interesting, Dan-O. I'd never seen anything like that ... until tonight! I was flipping the channels and caught the very end of "Code of Silence" with Chuck Norris. Just as the end credits start there's a CPD car, driver side, the back door was open so I couldn't see what was on it but the front door for sure had POLICE on it.
It could be because of The Blues Brothers and how the Chicago police did not like the way they were portrayed, so for a while CPD cars on film did not have the same lettering we see in the BB. Same with Hill Street Blues, they were lettered METRO POLICE and had red lights on the Mars bars.
And here's a pic from Code of Silence that also shows a blank door, back door this time ...
I can't find any better cop car pics from Code of Silence at the moment.
and I asked for a source for this info and Jenny wrote back: > My source for the info about the CPD cars being actual Chicago squads > is the Chicago Police Dept and CPD sergeant Greg Reynolds! I asked the > Chicago Pd if actual squad cars were used the making of the movie. I > was told that the movie company inquired the city about purchasing > some of the units that were up for retirement. I heard they paid > $500-$700 a car and according to Greg "The film company bought 100 > real CPD cars that had just been taken out of service that would > normally have been sold to wholesalers" Read more: bluesmobiles.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=owners&action=display&thread=882#ixzz25zpgclW1
I've found that a lot of people make strong claims about the movie and the cars, but people's memory fades over time, and some people heard something from somebody, etc. Greg's story is a piece of evidence, but I wouldn't take it as a guarantee. It would seem odd to me that they bought exactly 100 cars.
> I knew prior to asking that they were real deal because they are way > way to accurate to be movie cars!
And I've been told by folks that "this must be an original X, because it looks exactly like what looked like", and then I point out a difference, and they say they never noticed that. Similarly, the CPD cars don't look particularly accurate to me.
We have some with stripes down the whole body, and some with stripes on the door and quarter, but not on the fender. And some on the fender, but not on the quarter. And some with Royal Monaco emblems, and some without.
And if they had 100 ex-police cars, why wouldn't they actually use them for the blumo with the closeup interior shots instead of taking pics of civilian door panels. It just seems unlikely, to me. I'm not writing this to beat anyone up, I'm just trying to collect what we know, as all the pieces of evidence help us get to the truth. Maybe someone has a bill of sale from the CPD to the movie company.
your friend in armchair CPD originating discussing, arthur
Post by gfinterceptor on Jul 15, 2017 14:06:21 GMT -5
I'll just throw this out there as secondary confirmation of the CPD cars. We have a family friend who worked on the film crew [grips]. He told me the movie company made a deal with the city for all the cars and they bought them cheap. Again, this comes from a film crew source......take it for what it's worth.