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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Steve McQueen Supercharged Classic ‘Bullitt’

Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Steve McQueen Supercharged Classic 'Bullitt'

Carquake! rumbles its way to Trailers from Hell this week, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing “Bullitt,” Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster starring Steve McQueen.

The film was a
transitional one for Hollywood, introducing the concept of kinetic action into
the gumshoe mix and making a superstar out of former TV actor McQueen. It
was his favorite role. Ironically Robert L Pike’s source novel “Mute Witness”
had been first purchased as a vehicle for Spencer Tracy as an aging New York
cop. It was retrofitted for McQueen and relocated to San Francisco, where its
groundbreaking car chase scenes were shot with new lightweight Arriflex

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That was excellent. Spencer should do more of these. Nice to see the "real" Steve McQueen get some play on this blog, after hearing about that imposter with "12 Years a Slave." (Why doesn't that guy simply call himself Steven McQueen or Steve J. McQueen or whatever his middle initial is?)
I'd never heard the Spencer Tracy connection to this film before. Not too far off when you look at his work in IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD just five years earlier. Although very sick at the time, he undertook quite a strenuous action role that included a high-speed car chase, just like in BULLITT!

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