The other star of the show?
Who would that be? A real, live 1967 Plymouth Belvedere black & white police car, that's who.
Reed has managed to follow Malloy to the car. Malloy introduces Reed to the car with this speech; delivered in pure, Jack Webb, rapid-fire delivery:
Pete Malloy: You know what this is?
Jim Reed: Yes sir, it's a police car.
Pete Malloy: This black and white patrol car has an overhead valve V8 engine. It develops 325 horsepower at 4800 RPM's. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in seven seconds; it has a top speed of 120 miles an hour. It's equipped with a multi channeled DFE radio and an electronic siren capable of admitting
three variables, wale, yelp, and alert. It also serves as an outside radio speaker and public address system. The automobile has two shotgun racks, one attached to the bottom portion of the front seat, one in the vehicle trunk. Attached to the middle of the dash, illuminated by a single bulb is a hot sheet desk. Fastened to which you will always make sure is the latest one off the teletype before you ever roll.
Jim Reed: Yes sir.
Pete Malloy: It's your life insurance and mine. You take care of it and it'll take care of you.
Jim Reed: Yes sir. You want me to drive?
No, Reed, he does not want you to drive. Ever! After this, Lt. Wangsgard tells Pete that the Captain will be at the station later that evening and he can resign in person then.
|Out of my way, Reed!|
Next, Reed learns that "hats go in the back" because the roof is too low in the car. Then he learns how to use the radio.
|Here, let me do it!|
|A real police radio. They never use this radio again. Notice the silver tape covering "Motorola". Silver tape covering trademarks is a Mark VII trademark.|