Nightwatch - Unknown Trouble (11-25-54)


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Unknown Trouble (Aired November 25, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. One of the stories is about a mother that leaves her two kids in the car on a cold night so she can go in a bar. The police are alerted and check on the kids and question the mother. Another story is about a man stealing bedding from a nearby motel to take back to his trailer.
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