Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 113 – 21st Precinct

Harold StonePart two of a look at the police procedurals of radio drama. While Dragnet was the “daddy” of procedurals, 21st Precinct was probably an example of almost pure procedure. Dragnet had characters listeners could care about. 21st Precinct was much dryer in tone even forsaking opening and closing music and musical bridges to maintain a sense of a documentary style approach. The opening voice was always the desk sergeant mostly portrayed by veteran radio and television actor, Harold Stone (right).

3 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 113 – 21st Precinct

  1. Robert Zwissig says:

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  2. chris robinson says:

    thoroughly enjoying these podcasts.
    Thanks so much for doing them.

  3. Have been enjoying the podcast for the last few months. Great stuff. Thanks for doing these.

    Had never heard 21st Precinct before and was startled by the ending. I suppose I’d forgotten we were listening to a “slice of life”-type program that didn’t necessarily follow the typical narrative trajectory for a drama (w/a climax & resolution). An interesting show.

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