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  • L.A. Confidential - always worth another watch for the '50s cars

    We discussed this back when, but watched it again on cable last evening. They did a good job of recreating '50s Los Angeles.

    Studebaker related, the character, Detective Jack Vincennes, played by Kevin Spacey, is a stylish dresser, so naturally drives an early tri-star, dark green over light green 1953 C-body Commander. Of course, we wanted to see more of it, but it's mostly in night scenes.

    Jack Vincennes, being a sharp dresser and having an eye for style, also has great taste in stylish automobiles. He drives a 1953 Studebaker Commander. Whereas other cars of the day were bulky and carried forward the look of ten years earlier, the Commander was low, sleek, curvy and a perfect example of the futuristic space-agey mid-century modern style.
    There's also a 1950 Land Cruiser in the background of another street scene.

    jack vines
    Last edited by PackardV8; 12-08-2021, 12:30 PM.
    PackardV8

  • #2
    Are you on Turner Classic Movies Channel, Netflix OR?
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      One of my favorite movies. So much so, that I bought the DVD years ago.
      RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

      17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
      10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
      10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
      4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
      5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
      56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
      60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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      • #4
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        Are you on Turner Classic Movies Channel, Netflix OR?
        Rich, I saw it on Showtime, one of the premium cable channels on Xfinity.



        jack vines

        PackardV8

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        • #5
          You might also try "on demand" with your cable provider, it's currently offered here on Spectrum for free, if you don't have Showtime.

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          • #6
            I'm new so plz bear with me. LA Confidential, was the third movie tha spotlighted crooked LA cops, though different years. The Changling, Chinatown and LAC. Land of milk and honey my foot!!!! Cars were great.

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            • #7
              BTW, just bought GT HAWK. 62 with 64K miles. Is there a group for GT owners?

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              • #8
                Agreed! Another one is "Vertigo" where Scotty drives a nice DeSoto Hardtop and there are cars everywhere. Also, it's a great travelogue for San Francisco.
                peter lee

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                • #9
                  Jack - The tri-star does not mean that it is an early car, IF it was assembled in Vernon (LA) [likely].
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    LA Confidential really has great period sets, including cars, houses, costumes etc., one of my favorites!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pahoo View Post
                      I'm new so plz bear with me. LA Confidential, was the third movie tha spotlighted crooked LA cops, though different years. The Changling, Chinatown and LAC. Land of milk and honey my foot!!!! Cars were great.
                      What year was "The Changling" made? Netflix has two or three different ones.
                      RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                      17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                      10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                      10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                      4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                      5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                      56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                      60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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