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Pendulum, Bullitt, Coogan’s Bluff, Madigan and The Detective

There’s no question that there’s a new crowd-pleasing movie around that has to do with a disenchanted cop, a city in which no corner is untainted, and an artichoke plot. Wrapped around a heart that is just a procedural cop story, police routines in Washington (Pendulum), San Francisco (Bullitt), Phoenix (Coogan’s Bluff), and Manhattan (Madigan and The Detective), is a shrubwork of Daily News stories, the whole newspaper from beginning to end: the sensationalism, sentimentality, human interest, plus some liberal editorials. Each film has its mini-version of the drug scene, investigating committees, philandering wives, some of it as wrong as the psychedelic dance orgy in Coogan’s Bluff, the weirdness there being the thousand equally frenzied participants, or the two senators (Robert Yaughn in Bullitt, Paul McPrissy in Pendulum) who are played odiously and with heavy messages.

Superficially,

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