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21st Precinct Old Time Radio Program

hour police detective episodes

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Case of the Ditch
The Bookkeeper

"Twenty-first Precinct. It's just lines on a map of the City of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the Twenty First. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the The Twenty-first. 160 patrolmen, eleven sergeants and four lieutenants of whom I'm the boss. My name is Kennelly. Frank Kennelly. I'm Captain in Command of the 21st."

So began each episode of "21 Precinct." This hour show was a behind the scenes realistic approach to police work. In the wake of the success of Dragnet, the stumbling and bumbling police sergeant was falling out of favor with audiences and a more realistic, hard working, dedicated detective took his place. The show was written by Stanley Niss, a typical story would put the listener into the action immediately, using 2nd person narrative describing an incoming phone call, setting up the episode's premise.

Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "21st Precinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York." The Captain was the primary character and also acted as the narrator. Three actors played the Captain's role: Everett Sloane as Kennelly, James Gregory as Cronin, and Les Damon as Keough. Supporting roles were played by Ken Lynch as Lt. Matt King and Harold Stone as Sgt. Waters, and Santos Ortega was Lt. Patrick "Red" Gorman. One nice touch, when the Captain was replaced with a different actor, the reason given was that the Captain had been promoted above the Precinct level.

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21st Precinct, 49 episodes
21st 00.00.00 A Missing Persons Alarm For An Old Man.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Armed Robbery At Bar And Grill.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Edward Burgess Found Shot To Death.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Explosives Stolen From Construction Site.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Mrs Parazonie In A Money Swindle.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Mrs Weald Shoots Her Husband.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Old Man Wants His Pistol Permit Renewed.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Pigeon Drop Scheme.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Policeman Shoots A Boy Who Is A Thief.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Rich Man Dies In Cheap Rooming House.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Rookie Cop Guards A Prisoner.mp3
21st 00.00.00 Three Men Attempt A Safe Burglary.mp3
21st 53.07.07 - 001 - The Nolen Brothers.mp3
21st 53.07.14 - 002 - Case Of The Young Incorrigi.mp3
21st 53.08.25 - 008 - The Bookkeeper.mp3
21st 53.09.15 - 011 - The Dog Day - [aka Mrs Whit.mp3
21st 53.09.15 - 011 - The Dog Day.mp3
21st 53.10.20 Ep015 Abandoned Baby.mp3
21st 53.10.20 Ep016 Case Of The Foundling.mp3
21st 53.10.27 Ep017 Case Of The Fall.mp3
21st 53.11.03 Ep018 Case Of The Patient.mp3
21st 53.11.24 Ep021 Case Of The Ditch.mp3
21st 53.12.04 Ep022 Case Of The L.d. 80.mp3
21st 53.12.04 Ep022 Old Cop Wants Pistol Permit.mp3
21st 53.12.11 Ep023 The Meal.mp3
21st 53.12.25 Ep025 The Plant.mp3
21st 54.01.01 Ep026 The Stairs - [aka Man Assau.mp3
21st 54.01.13 Ep027 The Platform [aka - Evatarp.mp3
21st 54.01.20 Ep025 The Visitors - [aka Two Men.mp3
21st 54.01.27 Ep029 The Kid.mp3
21st 54.03.03 Ep034 The Door - [aka Cops Try To.mp3
21st 54.04.07 Ep039 The Collar [aka - Familyfighten.mp3
21st 54.04.14 Ep040 The Brother [aka - Policema.mp3
21st 54.05.26 Ep046 The Father.mp3
21st 54.06.09 Ep044 The Book - Aka - Rookie Cop.mp3
21st 54.06.23 Ep050 The Will.mp3
21st 54.06.30 Ep047 The Red Tiger - Aka Boy Die.mp3
21st 54.07.07 Ep048 Lenwig Family Fued.mp3
21st 54.07.07 Ep052 The Mover - Barge Sinking I.mp3
21st 54.07.14 Ep053 The Shotgun.mp3
21st 54.07.28 Ep055 The Doa.mp3
21st 54.09.01 Ep060 The Copperhead [aka - 14yroldbo.mp3
21st 54.10.27 Ep068 The Mark.mp3
21st 54.11.10 Ep066 The Sticks - Aka Explosives.mp3
21st 54.11.10 Ep070 The Sticks.mp3
21st 54.11.24 Ep072 The Beaver.mp3
21st 54.12.22 Ep076 The Giver.mp3
21st 56.06.21 Ep142 The Brother.mp3
21st 56.07.19 Ep146 The Manual.mp3

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