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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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May 03, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Hot Car Killer (Aired September 15, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Hot Car Killer". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A master criminal brain moves human beings in stolen automobiles like pawns in a chess game of life and death. The system cue has been deleted. Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Jesse Crawford (organ). 32:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Fred Astaire (Aired February 17, 1948)
Special Guest Is Fred Astaire (Aired February 17, 1948) After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. He changed his name from "Leslie" to "Bob", reportedly because people in the US were calling him "Hopelessly", although in the 1920s he sometimes used the name "Lester Hope". THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1948. "Special Guest Is Fred Astaire" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Pepsodent. The program originates from Canoga Park High School, Woodland Hills, California. Fred and Bob do a skit about their start in show business. Barbara Jo Allen, the real mayor of Woodland Hills, makes a fund appeal for the United Nations Crusade For Children. Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Jerry Colonna, Barbara Jo Allen, Trudy Erwin, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Dorothy Lovett, Wendell Niles (announcer), Jack Kirkwood, Norman Sullivan (writer), Fred Williams (writer), Larry Kline (writer), Paul Laven (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Fred Fox (writer), Roger Price (writer), Chet Castellaw (writer), Glenn Wheaton (writer), Harold Goodman (writer), Hendrix Voellaris, Al Capstaff (producer), Bob Stephenson (director). 27:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Trouble Rides The Rails (Aired May 8, 1953)
Chandler's characterization of Chad Remington is forceful, dynamic and melodramatic and runs for the first twenty-three episodes. Veteran Film, Television and Radio actor Reed Hadley then assumes the role of Chad Remington for the remaining 24 installments. The contrast between the two characterizations is quite evident, but doesn't interfere with either the continuity of the main character or the flow of the episodes. Both principal actors acquit themselves well in the role. Wade Crosby in the role of Cherokee O'Bannon plays it well over the top, but that's what sidekicks do, after all. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1953. Program #31. Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates syndication. "Trouble Rides The Rails". Music fill for local commercial insert. The date is approximate. Reed Hadley, Howard McNear, Wade Crosby, Ivan Ditmars (composer, conductor), Bill Forman (announcer), Bruce Eells (producer), Paul Franklin (writer, director). 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
George Washington Jenks (Aired February 21, 1945)
Dr. Christian is a long-running radio series with Jean Hersholt in the title role. It aired on CBS Radio from November 7, 1937, to January 6, 1954.[1] In 1956, the series was adapted for television where it aired in syndication until 1957. After Hersholt portrayed the character Dr. John Luke, based on Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the obstetrician who delivered and cared for the Dionne Quintuplets, in the 20th Century Fox movie The Country Doctor (1936) and its two sequels. He wanted to do the same role on radio but could not get the rights. He decided to create his own doctor character for radio, and since he was a Hans Christian Andersen enthusiast, he borrowed that name for his character of philosophical Dr. Paul Christian. THIS EPISODE: February 21, 1945. CBS network. "George Washington Jenks". Sponsored by: Vaseline. Jean Hersholt, Rosemary De Camp, Bob Anderson (announcer). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2016 06:17 PM PDT
The Chase (Starring Robert Cummings & Peter Peter Lorre) 1946
The Chase is an archetypically noir film in both story and style. The dreamlike atmosphere, expressionistic tone, and fatalistic outlook all make for a very fine noir screening. The Chase's noir credentials are impeccable: The score is provided by Russian-born composer Michel Michelet, who also scored Joseph Losey's M, Impact and Lured. The shadowy camerawork is thanks to Franz Planer, an old-school German cinematographer. The screenplay, by Philip Yordan, is based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear,one of the films in the "black novel" series, which include The Bride Wore Black (1940), The Black Curtain, Black Alibi, Phantom Lady, and The Black Angel, all from Woolrich's most prolific period as a pulp novelist. Director Arthur Ripley is a bit of an oddity within noir. His legacy is more for his early work in the twenties with Frank Capra and Mack Sennett writing comedy; later in life, he was a driving force at the UCLA Film Center. Besides The Chase, his forties' output included Voice in the Wind, and in 1958, Robert Mitchum got him to helm Thunder Road (perhaps in exchange for a jug of moonshine?) THIS EPISODE: "The Chase" stands out memorably because of its mid-film dream sequence, which offers much more in the end than simply disorientation for the viewer. Through this story device, disillusioned vet Chuck has already seen the worst and thus, once he recovers his memory, he is free to pursue Lorna all the more, and control his destiny, something rival Roman wants so badly but which ultimately costs him his life. 1:24:35.

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May 02, 2016 01:01 PM PDT
Barry Craig - A Ghost Of A Chance (Aired December 19, 1951)
William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1951. NBC network. "A Ghost Of A Chance". Sustaining. "A man comes back from the dead to haunt a wife whose been dead amost as long as he has; in an insurance scheme that almost, but not quite cancels out (Barrie Craig)." Don Pardo (announcer), John Roeburt (writer), William Gargan, Fran Carlon, Himan Brown (director). 28:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Court Summons (Aired January 9, 1942)
Barrel of Fun was a comedy musical that ran from 1941 to 1942 and stars Charlie Ruggles who is a comedian and quick wit who loves to make endless quips. Ruggles was so versatile, he could play infants to old men and he also had one of theose famous rubbery faces. Charlie Ruggles was a comic American actor. In a career spanning six decades, Ruggles appeared in close to 100 feature films. He was also the brother of director, producer, and silent actor Wesley Ruggles (1889–1972). From 1929, Ruggles appeared in talking pictures. Ruggles is best remembered today as the big-game hunter in Bringing Up Baby. In other films he often played the "comic relief" character in otherwise straight films. In all, he appeared in about 100 movies. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. THIS EPISODE: January 9, 1942. Program #23. "Court Summons" - Mutual network origination, syndicated. Music fill for local commercial insert. The first tune is, "The Sky Without The Stars." Charlie has gotten a speeding ticket and faces the justice of Squirtville. The program has has also been dated January 19, 1942. Charles Ruggles, Benny Rubin, Verna Felton, Sara Berner, Jerry Hausner, Linda Ware, The Sportsmen, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore (announcer). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Contract Maker (Aired November 17, 1964)
The production values, polish, direction, sound engineering, and acting were all top notch. Indeed many of the finest voice talents from The Golden Age of Radio are present throughout its run. The variety of dramatic genre represented with its 260 production broadcasts also run the gamut of the rich variety of drama presented during the height of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed very little is missing from this remarkable production run. The variety of dramatic presentations was one of Theater Five's most compelling features. With a broad mix of genres and some of Radio, Stage, Television and Film's finest guest stars, ABC's humble 21-minute scripts packed a lot of entertainment into a relatively small format. Timing is everything. ABC Radio missed the sweet spot of Radio Drama History by about 20 years. Nevertheless, this series competes well with the Golden Age Radio revival attempts that post-dated it, and, for a 30-minute drama, it certainly hits its target. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1964. Program #77. ABC network. "The Contract Maker". Commercials deleted. A young hit-man is paid to kill an elderly judge, but the judge has his own ideas about the outcome! Frank Thomas, Fred Foy (announcer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Jack Grimes, June Graham, Martin Ruby (announcer), Martin Wolfson, Ted Bell (producer, director). 20:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 01, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
The Weird Circle - The Ghost's Touch (Aired September 17, 1944)
"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. THIS EPISODE: September 17, 1944. Program #42. NBC syndication. "The Ghost's Touch". Commercials added locally. A mad scientist has invented a process to kill all pain and is determined to try it out. The date is approximate. Wilkie Collins (author). 25:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 01, 2016 05:00 PM PDT
Bubble Gum And Baby (Aired March 10, 1955)
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. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1955. "Bubble Gum And Baby" - CBS network. Sustaining. 8:30 P. M. A man is apprehended taking flash pictures at a bus station. He sounds like a crackpot. An eight month old baby seems to have been assaulted. His seventeen-year old mother has beaten him up. Fascinating listening! Jim Ross (detective), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Donn Reed (police recorder), Ron Perkins (technical advisor). 28:00.

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