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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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March 18, 2018 03:00 PM PDT
The Kracken (Aired July 8, 1944)
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: July 8, 1944. NBC network. "The Kracken". Sustaining. A science fiction tale about a British submarine captured by a huge sea monster. Frederick Englehart (author). 29:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 18, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
The Laughing Killer (Aired May 8, 1947)
Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask, under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, Flashgun Casey was the originally fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of hooch and a .38 in his desk drawer, and boasted of being able to put a "slug where he aimed" and having "two big fists he knew how to use". He appeared in several short stories in the pulps and several novels. Casey, whose first name was never revealed, was the major crime photographer at the fictional Morning Express newspaper. With the help of reporter Ann Williams, he tracked down criminals and solved numerous crimes on this popular mystery-adventure series. Often a picture snapped at a crime scene led Casey to play detective. Jackson Beck and Bernard Lenrow were heard as Captian Logan and John Gibson played Ethelbert. Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1947. CBS network. "The Laughing Killer". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A strange caliber gun is used to frame a man just out of prison. Tony Marvin (announcer), Lawson Zerbe, Staats Cotsworth, Jan Miner, Herman Chittison (pianist), John Gibson, Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), John Dietz (director), Archie Bleyer (composer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 18, 2018 05:00 AM PDT
Mateo Falcone (Aired November 14, 1943)
"The Weird Circle" was produced in New York City by the National Broadcasting Company, under the auspices of its Radio-Recording Division. Though best known for live programs over its Red and Blue Networks, NBC produced and recorded a great many shows for syndication to local stations, including such diverse dramatic programs as "Playhouse of Favorites", "Five Minute Mysteries", "Destiny Trails", and "Betty and Bob" (a five-a-week daily "soap opera" featuring Arlene Francis), as well as quarter-hour musical programs starring performers ranging from Carson Robison and his Buckaroos to Ferde Grofe and his Orchestra. The quality of these syndicated shows was, for the most part, consistent with NBC's regular prime-time fare and, a result, were often aired by local stations as either special features or programmed between other shows on the network at the time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1943. Program #12. NBC syndication. "Mateo Falcone". Commercials added locally. An accused murderer runs from the law and into Corsican justice. The date is approximate. Prosper de Merimee (author). 24:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
It Happened Tomorrow (Aired October 9, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1946. CBS network. "It Happened Tomorrow". Sponsored by: Squibb. The delightful story about the newspaper reporter who had access to the next day's newspaper! Eddie Bracken, Ann Blyth, Hugh Brundage (announcer), Frank Wilson (adaptor), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Dee Englebach (producer, director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2018 06:00 PM PDT
The Cliff (Aired April 29, 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."

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March 17, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
The Fortune Teller (Aired December 28, 1950)
Maisie, the first in 1939, was from the book "Dark Dame" by the writer Wilson Collison,who did decades of scripting for the silver screen along with Broadway plays and magazine fiction. From the first, MGM wanted Ann Sothern to play Maisie. She began in Hollywood as an extra in 1927. "Maisie and I were just together - I just understood her," Sothern, born Harriette Arlene Lake, said after several of the films made her a star. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. MGM Studios had created the series of ten motion pictures based on a brash blonde with a heart "of spun gold." Sothern, due in great part to the Maisie films type-casting, would ultimately admit she was "a Hollywood princess, not a Hollywood queen." But in its time, the Maisie series in film and on radio made her known and loved the world over. 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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March 17, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
Archie Fights A Cold (Aired June 12, 1948)
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. THIS EPISODE: June 12, 1948. "Archie Fights A Cold" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Swift's Premium Meats. Archie isn't feeling too well, and before you know it, the house is filled with doctors and well wishers. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Ian Martin, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Charles Mullen. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 17, 2018 02:00 AM PDT
The Man In The Moon (06-17-51)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1951. NBC network. "The Man In The Moon". Sponsored by: Wheaties. A colony on the far side of the moon is planning an invasion of the Earth. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on May 29, 1955 and on "Future tense" during July, 1976. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during April, 1974. Luis Van Rooten, Santos Ortega, George Lefferts (writer), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Raymond Edward Johnson, Joe DeSantis, Larry Haines, Arthur Gary (announcer), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
A Matter Of Identity (Aired March 5, 1980)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Actors were paid union scale at around $73.92 per show. Writers earned a flat rate of $350.00 per show. The production took place with assembly-line precision. Brown would meet with actors at 9:00 AM for the first reading of the script. He would then assign roles and recording would begin. By noon the recording of the actors was complete and Brown handed everyone their checks.

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March 16, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
The Farmer's Daughter Caper (Aired September 3, 1950)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was first heard on ABC July 12, 1946, as a Friday-night summer series. The show clicked at once, and went into a regular fall lineup on CBS September 29, 1946. From then until 1949, Sam Spade was a Sunday-night thriller for Wildroot Cream Oil, starring Howard Duff in the title role. With Duff's departure, NBC took the series, leaving it on Sunday for Wildroot and starring Stephen Dunne as Spade. This version lasted until 1951, the last year running as a Friday sustainer. Spade's appearance on the air marked an almost literal transition from Dashiell Hammett's 1930 crime classic, The Maltese Falcon, where he first appeared. Spade was a San Francisco detective, one of the most distinctive of the hardboiled school. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1950. NBC network. "The Farmer's Daughter Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil, Wildroot Liquid Cream Shampoo. Sam needs a room for the night and finds a strange tourist court, a man buried alive, shots in the night and of course a beautiful woman in his bedroom! Dashiell Hammett (creator), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Howard Duff, Dick Joy (announcer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Lurene Tuttle, Pierre Garriguenc (composer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), William Spier (producer, director, editor), John Michael Hayes (writer). 26:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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