Have Cheetah,Will View #468 – “The Blue Knight” (1973)

It’s 10:45 am

In order to try to reach a bigger audience,the cheetah and I have been posting on InstaGram and started a YouTube channel. We’re learning by doing and we decided to try and post a few reviews on those platforms.
But I also know we need a intro and a outro as well to frame our video reviews,fill in the holes so to speak.

We did our first video when we reviewed “Teen Titans: The Series” a few weeks ago and for our second we chose “The Blue Knight” which our good friend “MP”sent us from the Warner Brothers Archives.
While our review is on our YouTube channel,I like share a few more thoughts on our take of the show.


In looking at police shows from yesterday and comparing them to today’s shows,the evolution of the genre is something to take a close look at. Where as cops were suddenly turned into supercops in the 80s,90s and beyond,in the late 60s and the 1970s,Hollywood portrayed them as human and with plenty of flaws.
It’s no accident that cop shows like “Adam-12″,”The Rookies”,”Dragnet” remain timeless classics while most cop shows in the 20 years only remain revelant because of constant viewing and not because of their storytelling.

Joseph Wambaugh,who wrote “The Blue Knight” was a police officer in Los Angeles for 14 years. His books,both non-fiction and fiction were huge bestsellers and were made into films and he created one of the best cops in TV history in “Police Story” which premiered the same year as “The Blue Knight” in 1973.
Where the film was shown on CBS,the “The Blue Knight” TV series as well as “Police Story” were on NBC.

    The “Blue Knight” earned 5 Emmy nominations with William Holden winning for Best Actor as well as two other awards. Holden,who had also won an Oscar in 1953 for “Stalag 17”,was a supremely gifted actor,in fact he is truly one of the all-time greats. But rough living and the bottle ate into his gifts and he died in 1981 after falling through a glass bedroom table while he was drunk.  He was only 63 when he died but his body of work is among the best in Hollywood’s history.

“The Blue Knight” has a run time of 3 hours and 8 minutes and has no special features. The transfer to BluRay is one of the best I have seen from Warner Brothers Archive,this 47 year old movie looks fantastic.
You can order a copy of “The Blue Knight” by going the website of Warner Brothers Archives.

The cheetah and I gave “The Blue Knight” two thumbs straight up.

What is your all-time favorite William Holden movie? Or if you don’t know his work,what is your favorite TV cop show? Leave a comment below!!

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6 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #468 – “The Blue Knight” (1973)

  1. Great post 🙂 Three of my many favorites include George Cukor’s Born Yesterday, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch and Wilder’s Fedora 🙂 I have many more though 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    P.S. I am praying that everything will go swell for you concerning yesterday’s post.

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    1. I’m sorry I missed this comment,John. I had forgotten Holden had done this TV movie until I ordered it. He really was a remarkable actor and its a shame he went out like he did. I can always tell how faded these old stars are when I type in tags for my entries and they are barely remembered. But there are a lot of us who enjoy their work very much.

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  2. You know, Michael, I had forgotten about this, but you’ve reminded me and, yes, The Blue Knight was very good. I want to hunt it down and see it again, because I was very young when I saw it and I remember virtually nothing about it. William Holden was a remarkable actor. There were so many great performances in Network, Bride over River Kwai, Sabrina, The Wild Bunch. If I had to pick a favorite it would be Sunset Boulevard…So, have you heard anything else from the doctor?…

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    1. I’m still waiting til my blood work comes back…..since I haven’t heard anything,I know I’m okay. Another lesson learned from Lori’s illness. If you’re not sick,you’ll have a little wait.

      As far as William Holden goes,he was a remarkable actor,he body of work can be matched against just about anyone’s else. I remember one critical scene in this film and it was just as powerful today as it was then. I am curious to see how different the TV series is from the film. The ending of “The Blue Knight” is pretty bleak…..

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