Calling All Cars: I Asked For It / The Unbroken Spirit / The 13th Grave

The radio show Calling All Cars hired LAPD radio dispacher Jesse Rosenquist to be the voice of the dispatcher. Rosenquist was already famous because home radios could tune into early police radio frequencies. As the first police radio dispatcher presented to the public ear, his was the voice that actors went to when called upon for a radio dispatcher role.

The iconic television series Dragnet, with LAPD Detective Joe Friday as the primary character, was the first major media representation of the department. Real LAPD operations inspired Jack Webb to create the series and close cooperation with department officers let him make it as realistic as possible, including authentic police equipment and sound recording on-site at the police station.

Due to Dragnet’s popularity, LAPD Chief Parker “became, after J. Edgar Hoover, the most well known and respected law enforcement official in the nation”. In the 1960s, when the LAPD under Chief Thomas Reddin expanded its community relations division and began efforts to reach out to the African-American community, Dragnet followed suit with more emphasis on internal affairs and community policing than solving crimes, the show’s previous mainstay.

Several prominent representations of the LAPD and its officers in television and film include Adam-12, Blue Streak, Blue Thunder, Boomtown, The Closer, Colors, Crash, Columbo, Dark Blue, Die Hard, End of Watch, Heat, Hollywood Homicide, Hunter, Internal Affairs, Jackie Brown, L.A. Confidential, Lakeview Terrace, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Life, Numb3rs, The Shield, Southland, Speed, Street Kings, SWAT, Training Day and the Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour and Terminator film series. The LAPD is also featured in the video games Midnight Club II, Midnight Club: Los Angeles, L.A. Noire and Call of Juarez: The Cartel.

The LAPD has also been the subject of numerous novels. Elizabeth Linington used the department as her backdrop in three different series written under three different names, perhaps the most popular being those novel featuring Det. Lt. Luis Mendoza, who was introduced in the Edgar-nominated Case Pending. Joseph Wambaugh, the son of a Pittsburgh policeman, spent fourteen years in the department, using his background to write novels with authentic fictional depictions of life in the LAPD. Wambaugh also created the Emmy-winning TV anthology series Police Story. Wambaugh was also a major influence on James Ellroy, who wrote several novels about the Department set during the 1940s and 1950s, the most famous of which are probably The Black Dahlia, fictionalizing the LAPD’s most famous “cold case”, and L.A. Confidential, which was made into a film of the same name. Both the novel and the film chronicled mass-murder and corruption inside and outside the force during the Parker era. Critic Roger Ebert indicates that the film’s characters (from the 1950s) “represent the choices ahead for the LAPD”: assisting Hollywood limelight, aggressive policing with relaxed ethics, and a “straight arrow” approach.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Here's the point. Shawn what is the point of loaning out all that money and getting into them situations. Wtf for just play yourself and worry about yourself and family. Loan out tons of money n never get it back … bet that makes the brain feel good 👌

  2. Man everyone's got to much time on there hands. Polk deeb hashbrown … who the hell cares talk about this time after time move on and less drama for these people who don't act like adults on an aired event like WOW. Hashtag is just a lunatic person , bragging and calling people names when he's the bottom of the gutter.

  3. I agree with most of what Sean says here, but more's the point if the poker media start to 'promote' this kind of behaviour then all unknown players looking for a few minutes of fame are going to latch onto this and it can only get uglier.

  4. Shaun said it better than I can about grimstarr. I like the guy but it is just sad what he has become. He needs to simply quit poker rather than making it miserable for everyone to play with him.

  5. It's funny how such a douche like hashtag shut's Deeb's mouth like in a sec. Look at shauns reaction when polk starts to make fun about the weight joke lol coming from deeb with a BMI of 45… Where was your big mouth there shaun? Frozen like the winter in Finnland… You and hasthtag are on the same retard level thats for sure

  6. He'd rather play poker than see his kid being born. That in itself shows the kind of guy he is.

    I've met junkies who would do everything they can to go to the hospital as soon as they come out of their drug fuelled stupor to visit their newborn. This absolute lowlife waits two weeks to go to see his own baby. He's the worst type of human there is.

  7. Deeb is a known scumbag, he's universally disliked and it sounds like he started the argument. Hashtag is also a scumbag but he doesn't claim to be anything else.

  8. >>>Talking for 30 minutes how everyone should watch their mouth and not cross any lines.
    >>>Calling entire country's population douchebags because 3 guys owe him money.

    So, is he forgetful, or simply stupid? I vote stupid.

  9. Bottom line is bringing in broke poker players like Cantu and depressed sad cases like hashtag was a bad idea ….Hellmuth was right when he said bringing up this shit is bad for poker. Man Cantu and Hashtag make me want to never be around the game.

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