3 January 2016 | redryan64
Celluloid Carbon Copying
ONCE AGAIN WE must rely on our less than perfect memory to write about this series. We saw it in rerun syndication on WGN TV, Channel 9, right here in Chicago. During this period (late '50's to early '60's) Channel 9's programming consisted largely of syndicated reruns of series from the Webs*. This was added to the local programming, news, kiddie shows and their monopoly on Chicago Baseball, from both Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field.
WELL, WHOEVER CALLED the shots in the scheduling department put the two carbon copy ZIV Television Productios' half hour service academy series on back to back. On whatever weekday evening it was, we could view WEST POINT followed by MEN OF ANNAPOLIS. It was very confusing to a schoolboy; yet at the same time, quite revealing.
IT BECAME VERY evident that the plots and scripts were quite similar even identical.
INASMUCH AS NEITHER series has been available for over 50 years, we can't be sure about this possibility.
HOW ABOUT SOME video releases, huh?
NOTE: * Oh yeah we almost forgot! "Web" is a Show Biz type slang for network. It's used frequently in the page headlines of VARIETY, THE BIBLE OF SHOW BUSINESS Newspaper. interchangeable and, unless they had a story based on some real life happenings, they could be easily swapped.