147Log Documentation & 21st Precinct
- Jan 31, 2004LOG DOCUMENTATION
I agree that good documentation is important for an accurate series
Sources of information are extremely important. Good documentation
can reduce the amount of revision effort spent on a log. Users would
know what sources were used. This information should somehow be
A CASE IN POINT: "21st Precinct"
My broadcast log for the series "21st Precinct" is posted to the Old-
Time Radio Program Logs page at Lou Genco's web site. The address
for the Log page is:
During my research I found a great deal of new information on the
Most OTR sources call the series "Twenty First Precinct"
or "Twenty-First Precinct." The actual title is "21st Precinct."
The sources of the this information are the actual series scripts and
CBS promotional packet.
The series ran for 12 weeks longer, until November 1, 1956, than
is noted in any Old-Time Radio reference book. There for a total of
159 episodes broadcast, not 117 or 125 episodes.
The lead character, the precinct Captain was played by three
different actors. Most OTR sources list the Cpt. Kennelly as being
the lead character throughout the run of the series. This is in
error. Each time the lead actor changed, the name Captain changed.
Everett Sloane as Frank Kennelly,
James Gregory as Vincent Cronin, and
Les Damon as Thomas Keough.
Summaries of the cast and crew information for the series are given
in the log.
LOG INFORMATION SOURCES:
"21st Precinct" scripts from the Stanley Niss Collection (Stanley
Niss wrote and directed the series)
CBS "21st Precinct" Promotional Packet June, 1953
Various newspaper sources including the New York Times 1953-56 Radio
listings. (The New York Times Radio listings were used to verify
broadcast dates and times.)
SCRIPT TITLES VERSUS COLLECTOR TITLES
The episode titles for "21st Precinct" were not announced during its
Collectors have assigned their own episode names. Over
time, a single episode may have many different episode
names. Here is an example:
54/10/27 THE MARK (Title from the Script)
Collector Episode Titles
50. 21P Mrs. Parazonie in a Found Money Swindle.mp3
53. 21P Pigeon Drop.mp3
72. Twenty First Precinct Tailor Shop Con.mp3
78. twenty first precinct xxxxxx mrs. parazonie in a found m~50E.mp3
Mrs Parazonie In A Found Mone.
Mrs Parazonie In A Found Money Swindle.
Mrs Parazonie In A Money Swindle.
Pigeon Drop Scheme
00-00-00 Mrs Parazonie In A Money Swindle
Tailor Shop Con.mp3
WIDE DISTRIBUTION VERSUS AVAILABLE
There is a major problem with the amount of inaccurate title and
episode availability information for this series. Only about 22 of
78 episodes are in wide distribution. The remaining so
called "available" episodes are not in wide distribution.
RE-USE OF PREVIOUSLY AIRED SCRIPTS:
Later in the series, 38 scripts were re-used for new productions.
All but five of the new productions of previously-aired scripts
occurred during the Gregory/Damon portion of the run. In some cases,
existing scripts were substantially revised and given new titles.
All new productions had at least one new cast member; most had
multiple differences in the casts.
An important aid in determining if a particular episode was the
initial airing or new production of a previously-aired script is
recognizing who played the Captain. Kennelly was played by Everett
Sloane through episode 109 and in episode 135, James Gregory played
Cronin in episodes 109 - 144, and Les Damon played Keough in episodes
I am in the process of getting access to as many episodes of "21st
Precinct" as possible so I can assign proper titles and broadcast
dates to them. I will also assign dates to as many of the Collector
episode name as possible.
I plan to compile a text file log as per the document
Creating Text Log file.txt
in Files directory.
I will assign a D in column 1 to
all of the Collector assigned titles.
Signing off for now,
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