Steve McQueen in "Bullitt"
Steve McQueen in "Bullitt"

Carquake! rumbles its way to Trailers from Hell this week, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Bullitt," Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster starring Steve McQueen.

The film was a transitional one for Hollywood, introducing the concept of kinetic action into the gumshoe mix and making a superstar out of former TV actor McQueen. It was his favorite role. Ironically Robert L Pike’s source novel “Mute Witness” had been first purchased as a vehicle for Spencer Tracy as an aging New York cop. It was retrofitted for McQueen and relocated to San Francisco, where its groundbreaking car chase scenes were shot with new lightweight Arriflex cameras.