1934 : Hollywood Begins Filming Car 99, a Police Drama Set in Northern Michigan

December 21, 2018 all-day

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On Dec. 21, 1934, “Car 99,” a police drama about law enforcement in northern Michigan, began filming in Hollywood. Actor Fred MacMurray plays officer Ross Martin of the Michigan State Police in the film. William Frawley also has a role as the training Sargeant. (They would later team up on the television show My Three Sons.

The movie was based on articles written in the Saturday Evening Post by Karl Detzer. And most of the action was set around Traverse City and a fictional village named Pine River. The plot involved a manhunt for a professor-turned-bank robber. After the movie was shot and released, the New York Times published a review, calling it one of the most thrilling films made in Hollywood.

IMDB movie review : A story of the Michigan State Police and the strong sense of loyalty and duty it instills in its men. It follows the career of a newly-inducted rookie, Ross Martin, who has joined the force at the urging of his sweetheart, Mary Adams. Martin soon distinguishes himself by his bravery in the apprehension of criminals. But when the leader of a gang of bank robbers falls into his hands and then escapes, because of carelessness on Martin’s part, he is suspended from the force.

Source: Michigan Every Day

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