NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED: SATURDAY NIGHT AT FORT APACHE (TV)

Summary

One in this public affairs series devoted to issues that concern the greater New York area. This program profiles Police Precinct 41 in the South Bronx, nicknamed "Fort Apache" because of the frequency and severity of violent crimes committed in the surrounding area. Narrated by Norman Rose, the program begins with a clip of Sgt. Bill Taylor addressing officers of the precinct's anti-crime unit. Later, accompanied by Rose, Taylor tracks down and arrests a suspected mugger. In interviews with officers stationed at and previously assigned to the precinct, the following topics are discussed: the high risk of incurring severe injury while on duty and the ability to cope with fear; the reluctance among members of the police force to be assigned to the 41st precinct; completing tenure at the precinct as a step toward promotion; the high incidence of illegal weapons possession among area residents; and the factors linking street crime with drugs and poverty. Also included is footage of a typical night at the Lincoln Hospital emergency room, where the number of people suffering from gunshot wounds and stabbings often exceeds the hospital's nightly capacity. Among those interviewed are Deputy Inspector Matthew Neary and Officers James Finn, Bob Gardner, and Tony Imbimbo. Commercials deleted. (This series occasionally runs under the title "New Jersey Illustrated" or "Connecticut Illustrated"; series dates unverified.)

Details

  • NETWORK: WNBC-TV
  • DATE: February 23, 1973 Sunday 10:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:22:23
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T90:0103
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Bronx, NY
  • SERIES RUN: WNBC (New York, NY) - TV series, 1964-1976
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Joseph Michaels … Executive Producer
    • Bill Turque … Producer, Writer
    • Norman Rose … Narrator
    • Bill Taylor
    • Matthew Neary
    • James Finn
    • Bob Gardner
    • Tony Imbimbo