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21st Precinct - Single Episodes

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21st PRECINCT

Broadcast from July 7th 1953 through November 1st 1956 on the CBS network. 21st Precinct was a very dramatic police drama. CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for this series and to focus on the happenings in an actual police precinct. The premise was to put the listener into the drama from the opening phone call until the final report was written. The 21st was described as
"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 21st."
The detail was made up of 160 patrolmen, eleven sergeants, and four lieutenants, under the command of one captain - Frank Kennelly. It was mentioned in each episode's closing 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 for the first 109 episodes and returned briefly in episode 135; James Gregory as Vincent Cronin for episode 109-144; and Les Damon as Thomas Keough starting in episode 145 through the remainder of the series. In supporting roles were Ken Lynch as Lt. Matt King and Harold Stone as Sgt. Waters. Santos Ortega appeared frequently as Lt. Patrick "Red" Gorman. Ninety-two episodes are in circulation for this series. It is generally believed that they were all recorded off the air by one collector as they were broadcast; however, many episodes appear to have been circulating independently of one another in the early 1970s. Several dealer catalogs from that period list them for sale, stating 'dubbed from the original transcription disks'. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

The Nolen Brothers

27:59

Case of the Young Incorrigible

25:35

The Bartender

28:39

The Twins

28:09

21st_Precinct_53-08-04_ep005_Case_of_the_Sailor's_Family

27:27

Post Number Seven

27:47

The Mainliner

27:28

The Bookkeeper

27:37

The Friend

27:11

The Certified 600

26:53

The Dog Day

28:12

The Homecoming

25:49

The Shooting Gallery

25:58

The Bird

27:25

Case of the Picture

26:18

Case of the Foundling

26:40

Case of the Fall

27:00

Case of the Patient

27:13

Case of the Basket

26:17

Case of the Ditch

26:37

Case of the L.D. 80

28:34

The Plant

31:39

Case of the Stairs

29:12

The Platform

30:18

The Visitors

28:21

The Kid

26:56

The Baker

27:47

Case of the Drive

27:16

The Cure

26:22

The Door

26:44

The Package

27:49

The Collar

26:59

The Brother

30:00

The Story

26:10

The Cabinet

26:52

The Dollar

27:16

The Day

25:40

The Father

29:12

The Needle

27:41

The Book

28:15

The Sprinter

28:42

The Will

30:55

The Red Tiger

27:46

The Mover

30:10

The Shotgun

28:59

The Ledge

26:14

The DOA

28:58

The Job

27:57

The Iron

28:15

The Wreck

30:07

The Copperhead

29:13

The Trip

30:27

The Suit

28:03

The Walker

28:26

The Jet

28:23

The Number

30:12

The Virtuoso

30:10

The Mark

29:23

The Glass

30:13

The Sticks

29:45

The Bottle

30:13

The Beaver

28:45

The Purse

30:16

The Jump

30:15

The Loser

27:38

The Giver

27:55

The Wife

27:06

The Trade

26:32

The Notes

26:49

The Fire Escape

27:23

The Daughter

27:25

The Surety

27:09

The Lender

27:21

The Museum

26:26

The Dowager

26:25

The Declaration

26:39

The Communication

29:12

The Doctor

28:25

The Artery

26:32

The Pair

27:34

The Summons

27:55

The Tree

28:21

The Special Orders

28:43

The Friend

27:45

The Son

26:18

The Heirs

27:39

The Beard

26:54

The Slugger

27:24

The Homecoming

26:25

The Six Hundred

26:30

The Shopping Bag

27:08

The Poodle

26:10

The Gorilla

26:17

The Basket

25:45

The Partners

26:42

The Paperhanger

26:45

The Neighbor

26:37

The Books

25:45

The Brother

26:48

The Fall

27:10

Bewertungen

21st Precinct

(5 Sterne)

I thought I be the first to write review on what I consider to be a very underated show surely it has been overshadowed by it's rival Dragnet. If you have seen Hill Street Blues surely you will understand where the writers took the idea, From this show!!! Having listen'd to many classic radio shows now this is up there with the best crime dramas, scripts and emotional dilogue do not date this show Everret Sloane is most convincing as Captain Frank Kennelly.I strongly ask those OTR buffs to check this out! Thankyou to all those working on Internet Archive for a great site!!

Great Police Procedural

(5 Sterne)

This police procedural is very authentic in its treatments of day to day police work. Everett Sloan is completely convincing as Captain Kennelly. All the players are well scripted and well performed. THANK YOU to the archivists who have put the work in to give us once again the pleasure of these Old Time Radio shows.

Great, Great series

(5 Sterne)

Being a current police officer myself in a suburb of nyc, this is a very authentic and realistic show. I am a fan of old time radio and this is my favorite show of all of them. I also like "squad cars" and "nightwatch."

Everett Sloan

(4 Sterne)

Many of these radio shows here are in good shape. The earlier ones have very muddy sound. The later the shows though, the better the audio quality.

nypd

(5 Sterne)

great stories. can't believe there aren't more episodes

buggy

(3 Sterne)

All always crashes while listening

Enjoyed this set of shows

(5 Sterne)

I gerally listen in my car as I drive to places I work. Download to computer then put on regular CD, don't have mp3 in the car. Long one, two, or three days trips. This is a good companion. I also listen at home in my office as I do things that don't need concentration. Just the right mix of real sounds and story telling.