The Law Won*

Not all fictional coppers play ‘starring roles’ in their series. But they can still add character depth, a police perspective and sometimes tension to a plot Here’s a salute to them, with some help from Sonny Curtis’ I Fought the Law, from whence the title of this post.  Enjoy!


Filed under Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Ellery Queen, Erle Stanley Gardner, Jonathan Kellerman, Kerry Greenwood, Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Sara Paretsky, Stuart Palmer, Tess Gerritsen

26 responses to “The Law Won*

  1. tracybham

    That was fun, Margot. A lot of the actors / characters I had not seen on the screen, but a favorite was Bill Smitrovich in the Nero Wolfe series.

  2. frantastic

    I’m a Lt. Japp fan myself. I love the episodes that show his little home with the cramped sitting room and tiny utilitarian kitchen/dining room. And his unswerving dedication to Hercules Poirot, of course. Thanks for brightening the afternoon with this compilation of favorites!

    • I think Japp’s a great character too, Fran. And Philip Jackson did such a terrific job of portraying him, didn’t he? You’re right about the Japp home setting, too; it worked very well in the series.

  3. Margot: Thanks. Lots of memories with those images but good thing it was not a quiz on which actor with which series.

  4. Katy McCoy

    I never saw When the Bough Breaks – I’m going to look for it just for the young Ted Danson!

    • Danson’s done some good acting work, Katy. He’s more than just Sam ‘Mayday’ Malone… I hope that if you get the chance to see the TV film, you’ll like it.

  5. Col

    I don’t think I have seen any of these TBH. And I call myself a crime fiction fan!

  6. I don’t know if you follow Lee Lofland’s blog (link is on my site), but he had Mort Mezger on as a guest not too long ago. He’s a really nice man.

  7. Great fun! Some fabulous actors in there, and a reminder of lots of series I’ve enjoyed over the years. Good ol’ Mort – must see if there’s a Murder She Wrote re-run on some channel…

    • Every once in a while, a dose of Murder She Wrote is not a bad thing, FictionFan. Very glad you enjoyed the video, and you’re right: the Mort Metzger character’s great.

  8. Lovely reminders of some favourites there, Margot, thanks!

  9. The music reminded me of Heartbeat, the UK series (1992-2010) set in Yorkshire in the 1960s and based on the Constable novels by Chris Rhea (pen-name of Peter Walker). At the start, apart from the central character, Nick Rowan, there were several other great police officer characters, including Blaketon (Derek Fowlds), Ventress (William Simons), and Bellamy (Mark Jordon). The former two were in throughout, and Bellamy was in for 17 series. The series changed markedly through its long life, moving away from the original novels and becoming an ensemble drama with a large regular cast.

    • I’m glad you mentioned that series, Caron. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve always heard good things about it. And definitely a good example of police officer characters. I must try to hunt that down.

  10. Ah I love these. Lestrade, Japp etc. Wonderful!

  11. This was really neat! Thanks for the entertainment! 🙂

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