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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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April 26, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Killer Come Back To Me (Aired May 17, 1946)
Although Molle Mystery Theatre was initially sponsored by Molle Shaving Cream, other sponsors (such as Bayer Aspirin, Ironized Yeast, Phillips Milk of Magnesia) also sponsored the program. Sometimes, when it was not sponsored by Molle, the program was called "Mystery Theater". The show was first heard on NBC, on 9/7/43. Time slot was originally Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, but was later moved to Tuesday at 9:00 PM, and Friday at 10:00 PM. In 1948, the show moved to CBS (Tues, 8:00 PM), and in 1951, it moved to ABC, where it was called "Mark Sabre", and heard on Wednesdays at either 8:00 PM or 9:30 PM. The shows were tight and tension filled, with a fine orchestra score and solid production values. Classic tales from well-known authors, as well as modern unknowns were presented, and the endings were often twists or shockers. THIS EPISODE: May 17, 1946. Program #202. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Killer Come Back To Me". AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." A gun moll changes a young punk into an experienced bank robber...or at least his double. Ray Bradbury (author), Richard Widmark, Alice Reinheart, Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor), Bernard Lenrow (host, as "Geoffrey Barnes"). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
The Lady In The Dark (Aired November 27, 1949)
The Series was heard over all four networks over the following four years in initial syndication and rebroadcast. Given one's geographical location, a listener might well have been able to hear as many as three or four weekly airings of The Adventures of Frank Race. Seasoned writer Joel Murcott joined Broadcasters Program Syndicate for the express purpose of writing and supervising Bruce Eells' first two dramatic offerings, Frontier Town, starring Jeff Chandler under the tongue in cheek performing name 'Tex Chandler' and The Adventures of Frank Race initially starring durable and versatile character actor Tom Collins. Legendary composer Ivan Ditmars scored both the audition and production series. The audition for the series was recorded during February 1949. The audition featured Tom Collins as former attorney and O.S.S. officer, Frank Race. Race is aided by his associate, former cab driver, Marcus 'Marc' Donovan portrayed by Tony Barrett. Lurene Tuttle is also featured in the audition. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 27, 1949. Program #31. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Lady In The Dark". Commercials added locally. A doctor running a free clinic in Paris is the target of a killer's bullets. Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer). 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
Late Special (Aired August 8, 1980)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1980. Program #6. CBC, Toronto origination, NPR network, WPBH-FM, Middlefield, CT. aircheck. "Late Special". Sustaining. An excellent horror story about a man and a woman in a car wreck during a snow storm who are badly injured. "Tom," the conductor of a strange train offers to help, for a price. The WPBH-FM rebroadcast date is March 28, 1982. Henry Ramer (host), Clint Bomphray (writer, performer), Terry Tweed, Chris Wiggins, David Hughes, Trisha Allen, Judy Sinclair, Richard Donat, Frank Perry, John Jessop (recording engineer), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Nina Callaghan (production assistant), John Douglas (story editor), Bill Howell (producer, director). 26:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2017 01:08 PM PDT
Pint Sized Payroll Bandit (Aired October 27, 1953)
As hard is it may be to believe by today's standards, Rocky Fortune was Frank Sinatra's only dramatic Radio program from The Golden Age of Radio as the lead in a recurring role. As a variety guest performer, Sinatra's Radiography goes on and on and on. But this was the program that a great many of the growing number of fans of Sinatra's acting work really wanted to hear. NBC spared no expense to showcase this growing super-star of the 1940s and 1950s, and it shows in both production values and supporting voice talent. Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1953. "Pint Sized Payroll Bandit" - NBC network. Sustaining. Rocky's job as a night-man in a hamburger joint leads to a nine-year-old runaway with $50,000 in cash! This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Barney Phillips, George Lefferts (writer), Vivi Janis, Dick Beals, Eddie Fields, Frank Richards, Andrew C. Love (director), Edward King (announcer), Robert Cenedella (author). 24:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
The Ballot Box Mystery (Aired May 15, 1948)
Frank Merriwell is a fictional character appearing in a series of novels and short stories by Gilbert Patten, who wrote under the pseudonym Burt L. Standish. The character also appears in numerous radio serials and comic books based on the stories. The model for all later American juvenile sports fiction, Merriwell excelled at football, baseball, basketball, crew and track at Yale while solving mysteries and righting wrongs. He played with great strength and received traumatic blows without injury. A biographical entry on Patten noted dryly that Frank Merriwell "had little in common with his creator or his readers." Patten offered some background on his character: "The name was symbolic of the chief characteristics I desired my hero to have. Frank for frankness, merry for a happy disposition, well for health and abounding vitality." Merriwell's classmates observed, "He never drinks. That's how he keeps himself in such fine condition all the time. He will not smoke, either, and he takes his exercise regularly. THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1948. NBC network. "The Ballot Box Mystery". Sustaining. An election of the Yale Drama Society is the setting for fraud. Two aspiring "Juliets" and a ham actor are involved. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Final Page (Aired March 23, 1951)
Nero Wolfe (Wolf) is a fictional detective created by American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of novels and novellas.In the stories, Wolfe is one of the most famous private detectives in the United States. He weighs about 285 pounds and is 5'11" tall. He raises orchids in a rooftop greenhouse in his New York City brownstone on West 35th Street, helped by his live-in gardener Theodore Horstmann. Wolfe drinks beer throughout the day and is a glutton. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. Instead, his leg work is done by another live-in employee, Archie Goodwin. While both Wolfe and Goodwin are licensed detectives, Goodwin is more of the classic fictional gumshoe, tough, wise-cracking, and skirt-chasing. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Final Page". Sustaining. Nero Wolfe and Archie attend a dinner at the home of Arthur Merle, only to find him knifed in the back. Sydney Greenstreet, Don Arthur (writer), Rex Stout (creator), William Johnstone, Don Stanley (announcer), Edwin Fadiman (producer), J. Donald Wilson (director), Harry Bartell, Evelyn Eaton, Lucille Alex, Peter Leeds, Monica Nealy, Herb Butterfield. 30:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
The Deadest Man In The World (Aired July 19, 1945)
There have been a number of radio adaptations of the Poirot stories, most recently on BBC Radio 4 (and regularly repeated on BBC 7), starring John Moffatt (Maurice Denham and Peter Sallis have also played Poirot on BBC Radio 4, Mr. Denham in The Mystery of the Blue Train and Mr. Sallis in Hercule Poirot's Christmas). In 1939, "the Mercury Players dramatized The Murder of Roger Ackroyd on CBS's Campbell Playhouse". A 1945 radio series of at least 11 original half-hour episodes (none of which apparently adapt any Christie stories) transferred Poirot from London to New York and starred character actor Harold Huber, perhaps better known for his appearances as a police officer in various Charlie Chan films. On February 22, 1945, "speaking from London, Agatha Christie introduced the initial broadcast of the Poirot series via shortwave." THIS EPISODE: July 19, 1945. Mutual network, WCPO, Cincinnati aircheck. "The Deadest Man In The World". Sustaining. A set-up for murder severely underestimates the abilities of Mr. Poirot! Richard Widmark is possibly in the cast. Harold Huber, Jackson Beck, Richard Widmark. 28:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
The Ononoko River Basin (Aired February 26, 1952)
Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regulars co-stars throughout that first season. One of Radio's most successful directors, William N. Robson, directed the first season of The Man Called X and though Gordon Jenkins appears to be credited with the music for the first season, Felix Mills is also personally cited by Herbert Marshall with at least one Music Direction credit--the season finale. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1952. "The Ononoko River Basin" - NBC network. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, J. Richard Kennedy (producer), Jack Johnstone (director), Milton Charles (organist), Hal Gibney (announcer). 28:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
Putting The Touch On Miss Brooks (Aired October 24, 1948)
According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast---blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright---also received positive reviews. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-1949, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this (award) two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended.

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April 24, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Goodbye Willa (Aired August 19, 1956)
The original Fort Laramie, located on the eastern Wyoming prairie (about 100 miles from where the city of Laramie is now located) was an important fur trading post from 1834 to 1849. For the next forty years, it was a U.S. Army post. Located near the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers, this military post was in the heart of the homeland of the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. From 1841 to 1849 the fur trade in that area continued to decline, but the fort was a major stop-over for wagon trains of settlers heading west, enroute to Oregon. The U.S. government bought the site of Fort Laramie in 1849 to house a military force which would protect this part of the Oregon Trail from hostile Indians. The fort also served as a station for the Overland Stage, the short-lived Pony Express, and a supply depot for the lengthy military campaigns against the Sioux and the Cheyenne under Sitting Bull in the 1870s. The earliest paintings of the fort, dating back to 1837, show it to be a log stockade with high walls and raised blockhouses. THIS EPISODE: August 19, 1956. CBS network. "Goodbye Willa". Sustaining. Captain Quince finally takes the plunge...and proposes to Miss Willa. Network version of cat. #17438. The program was recorded July 21, 1956. The writer of the script is reported to have been Les Crutchfield. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer, John Dehner. 30:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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