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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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October 01, 2014 12:30 PM PDT
Revenge Equals Murder Two Times (Aired January 28, 1952)
With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Beginning March 26, 1951, the Frederic W. Ziv Company syndicated. THIS EPISODE: January 28, 1952. Ziv Program # 45. "Revenge Equals Murder Times Two" - Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall probe a wealthy man's disappearance, uncover a murder— WIBA. Betty Lou Gerson as Velma Bradford and Newspaper Editor Betty Lou Gerson as Velma Bradford and Newspaper Editor Nestor Paiva as Inspector La Salle. Jester Hairston as King Moses, Tony Barrett as Pedro Montez, Gerald Mohr as Señor Pollo. 26:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 01, 2014 08:07 AM PDT
Luigi Leaves For California (Aired January 9, 1953)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: January 9, 1953. " Luigi Leaves For California" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Luigi plans to leave for California after Pasquale evicts him for not paying the rent. The script was previously used on "Life With Luigi" on August 28, 1949 and on September 25, 1951. Alan Reed, Cy Howard (writer, producer, director), Hans Conried, J. Carrol Naish, Joe Forte, Mary Shipp. 24:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 01, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - The Dead Give Away (Aired December 2, 1951)
Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky," as Jayce would sometimes refer to him), to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. THIS EPISODE: December 2, 1951. NBC network. "Dead Giveaway". Sustaining. A boxer named Johnny Buck is poisoned...in the middle of a fight. The date and story title are subject to correction. Joel McCrea, Will Gould (adaptor), Tony Barrett, Herb Ellis, Herb Vigran, Peggy Webber, Nestor Paiva, Parley Baer, Stacy Keach (producer, director), Hal Gibney (announcer). 30:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 10:00 PM PDT
That Old Gordon Place (Aired August 11, 1944)
Author's Playhouse was an anthology radio drama series, created by Wynn Wright, that aired on the NBC Blue Network from March 5, 1941 until October 1941. It then moved to the NBC Red Network where it was heard until June 4, 1945. Philip Morris was the sponsor in 1942-43. Premiering with "Elementals" by Stephen Vincent Benét, the series featured adaptations of stories by famous authors, such as “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobbies” by Nelson Bond, "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, "The Piano" by William Saroyan and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. Cast members included Curley Bradley, John Hodiak, Marvin Miller, Nelson Olmsted, Fern Persons, Olan Soule and Les Tremayne. THIS EPISODE: August 11, 1944. NBC network. "That Old Gordon Place". Sustaining. A tale of Mississippi swamp folk. Granny, who can't read, must interpret J. W.'s planting instructions while he's away in the Army. James Street (author). 28:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 04:29 PM PDT
The Juvenile Passenger (Aired July 3, 1949)
The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of 1949. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast 1949-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, FRANK RACE worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!" Starring "Chandu The Magician" Star Tom Collins. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1949. Program #10. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Juvenile Passenger". Commercials added locally. A fourteen-year-old girl has run away from an orphanage, accused of stealing jewelry. Tom Collins, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Jack Carrington, Michael Ann Barrett, Jack Kruschen, Bert Holland. 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 12:30 PM PDT
The Pit Viper (Aired April 27, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1952. Program #5. ZIV Syndication. "The Pit Viper". Commercials added locally. Cvetic tries to prevent the Party from creating unrest among American miners. Dana Andrews, William Conrad, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:31.

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September 30, 2014 08:12 AM PDT
Careless Employees (Aired February 2, 1947)
Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. THIS EPISODE: February 2, 1947. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Careless Employees". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. Window washers are meeting "accidental" deaths...and Nick finds this a "pane." Lon Clark, Al Hodge. 25:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Silver Buckle (Aired January 17, 1954)
The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures. Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter. Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1954. "The Silver Buckle" - NBC network. Sustaining. A trip through a mountain pass with two strange companions...with a strange purpose. This is a network version of cat. #17450. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), Forrest Lewis, William Conrad, Frank Burt (creator, writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Eleanor Audley, Frank Gerstle, Joel Cranston. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 30, 2014 12:00 AM PDT
People Are No Good (Aired September 8, 1957)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 8, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "People Are No Good". Great radio writing, dedicated to anyone who ever got up on the wrong side of the bed. A man on a desert island...Manhattan! 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 29, 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Breakdown (Aired June 12, 1945)
The program appears to have aired sustained for its first three months, with three to five sponsors beginning to make an appearance with Program #17, "The Mystery of The Seven Keys" of December 28, 1943. There is a circulating program titled "Homicide for Hannah", that should have been the first Molle Mystery Theatre, but there is no provenance anywhere that the initial program ever actually aired. This is the first circulating program in which we hear the program refer to itself as Molle Mystery Theatre. But throughout its NBC run, we hear sponsorship by Ironized Yeast, Energene, Bayer Aspirin, Sterling Drug, and Molle. To its everlasting credit, NBC clearly went to great lengths to promote the script titles, performers and authors of each program to the nation's newpapers. From 1943 through 1948, Mystery Theatre was one of the most well documented and promoted radio programs of its time. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 12, 1945. Program #104. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Breakdown". A confused English drama about a man planning to murder his mistress, or his wife, or both? AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." Martin Gabel, Ian Martin, Roc Rogers, Robert Bloch (author), Howard Duff (AFRS host). 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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