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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
Category: Kids & Family
Location: Philadelphia, PA.
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Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006...


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February 18, 2018 08:00 AM PST
Driving Lessons (Aired February 27, 1947)
Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1947. " Driving Lessons" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Lou wants to be a badman in a western movie. He tells the story of Annie Oakley. Bud and Lou do the "U-Drive" routine. Costello tries to buy a new car. Before giving Marilyn Maxwell a driving lesson, Costello needs a car...and a driver's license. Marilyn Maxwell, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, John Brown, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nat Wolff (producer, director), Bert Cordon (sound effects), John Pawlick (engineer), Herb Vigran (commercial spokesman), Michael Roy (announcer), Elvia Allman. 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 18, 2018 03:00 AM PST
Rope Of Sand (Starring Burt Lancaster) Aired April 28, 1950
Screen Director's Playhouse is NBC's answer to Lux Theater and Screen Guild Players, both prosperous ventures on CBS. The rehash of old movies doesn't necessarily make the most vivid of radio plays but there seems to be no doubt that it attracts listeners by the hundredweight. And association with America's citadel of glamor lures the unsuspecting by the sheer weight of publicity. In this case, the association with Hollywood is even more tenuous than usual. The screen director, who figures so prominently in the title, has very little to do with the program beyond appearing briefly at the beginning to explain why he thought, say, "Jezebel" was a marvelous picture--a rather difficult thing to explain--and later he bobs up again at the end to exchange banter with the star, an exchange that generally takes the form of a barrage of mutual compliments. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1950. NBC network. "Rope Of Sand". Sponsored by: RCA. A story of diamond hunting in the "forbidden area" of South Africa, complicated by love and revenge. Bill Cairn (director), Burt Lancaster, Corinne Calvet, Donald Morrison, Frank Barton (announcer), Howard Wiley (producer), Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Milton Geiger (adaptor), Norman Field, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Stan Waxman, William Dieterle, William Johnstone. 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2018 09:00 PM PST
The Heavenly Body (Aired March 4, 1952)
Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner. The Owen Davis play became a 1942 MGM movie starring Gracie Allen and William Post, Jr. with Millard Mitchell repeating his role of Detective Mullins from the Broadway production. Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954. THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1952. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Heavenly Body". Newspaper columnist Sam Zackery knows who killed Jack Rawlings two years ago. Beautiful Nan Cole is being blackmailed by Zackery; Nan is in love with Al, the bartender. Sam Zackery is not impressed. Alice Frost, Joseph Curtin, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 25:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2018 04:00 PM PST
A Force Called X07 (Aired May 20, 1951)
Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1951. NBC network. "A Force Called X07". Sustaining. Mr. Moto foils a communist plot to destroy part of New York with a portable atomic weapon. The music bridges have been deleted. The program may be dated March 26, 1951. James Monks, Peter Capell, John P. Marquand (creator), Harry W. Junkin (writer, director), John Larkin, Gavin Gordon, Scott Tennyson, Fred Collins (announcer). 26:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2018 11:00 AM PST
Photo Of The Dead (Aired July 24, 1947)
The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1947. CBS network. "Photo Of The Dead". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A phoney swami, guarded by a Senegalese boxer, claims to be able to contact the dead. He supplies the photos that prove it! Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Arnold Moss, Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2018 06:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Shooting Of Wyatt King (Aired May 20, 1954)
The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). These were typical examples of the earliest popular appearances of the genre. The first manifestations of the genre in Radio came near the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, some feel that the genre may have helped extend the Golden Age of Radio to the early 1960s. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1954. "The Shooting Of Wyatt King" -NBC network. Sustaining. Who shot the bank robber named Wyatt King? He was also known as, "The Wyoming Kid." Was it the Six-Shooter? Of course!. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), William Johnstone, Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips, Junius Matthews, Frank Burt (creator, writer), Joel Cranston, John Wald (announcer). 30:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2018 12:00 AM PST
High Air (Aired February 19, 1945)
Author’s Playhouse - Famous stories by celebrated authors: among them, Elementals (Stephen Vincent Benet), The Piano (William Saroyan), and The Snow Goose (Paul Gallico).March 5, 1941 till June 4, 1945, NBC; Blue Network until mid-October 1941, then the Red Network. Many briefly held 30m timeslots, including Sundays at 11:30, 1941-42; Wednesdays at 11:30, 1942-44; Mondays at 11:30, 1944-45. Sponsor was Philip Morris, 1942-43. Cast: John Hodiak, Fern Persons, Arthur Kohl, Laurette Fillbrandt, Kathryn Card, Bob Jellison, Nelson Olmsted, Marvin Miller, Olan Soule, Les Tremayne, Clarence Hartzell, Curley Bradley, etc. Orchestra: Rex Maupin, Roy Shield, J6seph Gallicchio. Creator: Wynn Wright. Directors: Norman Felton, Fred Weihe, Homer Heck. THIS EPISODE: February 19, 1945. NBC network, Chicago origination. "High Air". Sustaining. A sandhog finds his son working on the same tunnel with him. Bordon Chase (author), Ed Prentiss, Elwyn Owen (organist), Fern Persons, Gilbert Ferguson, Harry Bubeck (director), Jim Pease (adaptor), Leo Curley, Michael Romano, Sidney Ellstrom, Stanley Garden. 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2018 07:00 PM PST
Baby (Aired May 13, 1939)
Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years. The timing may have been a contributing factor, according to radio historian Gerald S. Nachman in Raised on Radio: "The sketch resulted in letters from outraged listeners and decency groups... What upset churchgoing listeners wasn't the Biblical parody so much as the fact that it had the bad luck to air on a Sunday show." THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1939. Mutual network. "Baby". Sustaining. An excellent drama about a woman who is expecting a baby but feels her husband will be angry. Frank Martin, Lurene Tuttle, Mary Lansing, Olive Deering, Arch Oboler (writer), Henry Standish. 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2018 02:00 PM PST
Tex's Oil Stock (Aired December 13, 1951)
Throughout the 1940s, the Maisie pictures continued to be released every couple of years. "Your pictures pay for our mistakes," Arthur B. Mayer told her. "And you'll just keep making Maisies as long as you do that." In July, 1945, Ann took Maisie to radio in a half-hour weekly radio for CBS. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis co-starred as boyfriend Bill, with other parts going to such seasoned radio players as John Brown and Lurene Tuttle. The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. And for many of us, Ann Sothern was a beautiful and intelligent actress whose warmth and charm were singularly beguiling. She continued to do TV (Private Secretary, The Ann Sothern Show) and movie work (A Letter to Three Wives, '49), and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for The Whales of August.She died March 15, 2001.

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February 16, 2018 09:00 AM PST
Riverdale High Football Tickets (Aired November 18, 1949)
Archibald "Archie" Andrews debuted in Pep Comics 22 (December, 1941), where he was nicknamed Chick; Reggie often describes Archie as carrot-head. Decades later, Archie is still a redheaded 17-year-old. He lives in Riverdale, attends Riverdale High and is the only son of Mary Andrews and mid-level business executive Fred Andrews. His earlier life is revealed in the "Little Archie" stories when he had a dog named Spotty. Archie is a typical small-town teenager. Generous, well-mannered, but clumsy, he is genuinely liked by many of his friends. Archie goes crazy when he sees an attractive girl, but mainly dates Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper. He has taken various employment, but despite the best intentions, often clumsily breaks things, coming in conflict with Veronica's father Hiram Lodge and Riverdale High's principal, Waldo Weatherbee. As the lead singer of The Archies, Archie performs with Betty, Veronica, Reggie, and Jughead. The Andrews family originated in Scotland, with great-grandfather "Andy Andrews" immigrating to the United States and befriending Moose Mason's Russian ancestor, who was emigrating at the same time. Archie has been depicted wearing the traditional kilt of his ancestors and playing bagpipes (but not very well).

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