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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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September 24, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber (08-23-49) (Aired August 23, 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. Both Connecticut residents, House Jameson premiered in the role while Lord was still auditioning talent for the lead. By the third episode, Phillips H. Lord selected Don MacLaughlin for the role. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Bouncing Bankrobber". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A quick-shooting intruder plunges through a plate glass window. A ferryboat whistles a strange message. The system cue has been deleted. The date above conflicts with another program in this series (see cat. #85045). Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Jesse Crawford (organ), Shirley Eggleston. 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Renting Mr. Ingram's House - 2 Episodes COMPLETE (02-12-54) (02-17-54)
Fibber McGee and Molly was a popular radio show during the era of classic, old-time radio. It was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture. James "Jim" Jordan (16 November 1896–1 April 1988) and Marian Driscoll (15 April 1898–7 April 1961), were natives of Peoria, Illinois who met in church and married in 1918. The genesis of Fibber McGee and Molly occurred when the small-time husband-and-wife vaudevillians began their third year as Chicago-area radio performers. TODAY'S SHOW: February 12, 1954. NBC network. Sustaining. Fibber continued to try to rent Mr. Ingram's house for him. A professor is a likely prospect. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Jack Kruschen. 13:54. February 17, 1954. NBC net. Sponsored by: Richard Hudnut. At last, Fibber rents the house for Mr. Ingram. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Phil Leslie (writer), Ralph Goodman (writer), Max Hutto (director), John Wald (announcer), Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan. 14:45.

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September 24, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Nolen Brothers (Aired July 7, 1953)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of Dragnet. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. THIS EPISODE: July 7, 1953. CBS network. "The Nolen Brothers" - Sustaining. The first show of the series. An exciting story about three desperate bank robbers trapped in a Bronx apartment and more than willing to shoot it out. Everett Sloane, Lawson Zerbe, Mandel Kramer, Ken Lynch, Joan Lorring, Barbara Weeks, Art Hannes (announcer), Bill Lipton, Wendell Holmes, Stanley Niss (writer, director), John Ives (director). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 07:14 PM PDT
The Missing Archeologist (Aired February 24, 1950)
During this time, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character – tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. But Bailey's Johnny Dollar was also human. His character would get emotionally involved in a number of his cases. THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1950. "The Missing Archeologist" - CBS network. Sustaining. Bruce Lambert, an archeologist ("Who never should have left his tomb") has disappeared in Egypt. Lambert's sister asks Johnny to dig him up. Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Gregg, Jay Novello, Ed Begley, John Dehner, Pat McGeehan, Paul Dudley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Leith Stevens (music), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Roy Rowan (announcer). 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 11:02 AM PDT
The Chop Suey Murder Case (Aired December 30, 1949)
The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 30, 1949. Program #76. ZIV Syndication. "The Chop Suey Murder Case". Commercials added locally. After a robbery and murder in Chinatown, Vance gets a jive-talking you Chinese assistant (who sounds like Charlie Chan's "Number One" son). The killer asks for an order of Din Yip Har...at $15,000 a dish! Jackson Beck, George Petrie, Joan Alexander. 26:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Mystery Of The Live Ghost (Aired September 11, 1948)
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. Dick has mysterious friends and skills that help him, especially an old Indian friend without whom the stories would not have been quite as interesting. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1948. NBC network. "The Mystery Of The Live Ghost". Sustaining. A one time coach at Yale is plagued by thieves, murderers, arsonists. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Al Hodge, Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Young Man Axelbrod (Aired September 22, 1957)
The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. Creator William Froug launched the series with this powerhouse two-part adaptation of "Brave New World" and booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We’ll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce. THIS EPISODE: September 22, 1957. CBS network. "Young Man Axelbrod". Sustaining. An old Norwegian man decides to go to Yale. The last show of the series. Sinclair Lewis (author), William N. Robson (adaptator, director). 24:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 22, 2016 05:09 PM PDT
The Man From Singapore (Aired April 4, 1950)
Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! Cast members included Jackson Beck, Lon Clark, Roger DeKoven, Elspeth Eric, Wendell Holmes, Bill Johnstone, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Santos Ortega, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Readick, Ann Shepherd, Lawson Zerbe and Bill Zuckert. THIS EPISODE: April 4, 1950. Program #249. Mutual network. "The Man From Singapore". Sustaining. Two schemers kill their ex-partner in Hawaii, planning the perfect crime. Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Grace Gotham, John Gibson, Luis Van Rooten, Al Fanelli (composer, conductor), Bob Emerick (announcer). 29:35.

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September 22, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
Joey (Aired July 17, 1952)
The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. NBC's Television version of The Chase was in production during May 1953. It was to star Doug Fowley as both narrator and performer. Apparently the powers to be eventually decided to abandon the production. It would also appear that the TV production was abandoned at about the same time the Radio version was pulled, to be replaced by NBC's prestigious NBC Summer Symphony series. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1952. NBC network. "Joey". Sustaining. A boxing manager signs a young Mexican who looks like the next champ. After poisoning the fighter to win for a gambler, the manager is haunted by the fighter and his mother. Amzie Strickland, Bryna Raeburn, Daniel Sutter (director, transcriber), Donald Buka, Fred Collins (announcer), Joe DeSantis, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Mandel Kramer. 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 22, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
Photo Of A Bank Robbery (Aired February 7, 1947)
Young was featured in the film Chicken Every Sunday in 1949, and the television version of The Alan Young Show began the following year. After its cancellation, Young appeared in films, including Androcles and the Lion (1952) and The Time Machine (1960). He appeared in the episode "Thin Ice" of the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. He is best known, however, for Mister Ed, a CBS television show which ran from 1961 to 1966. He played the owner of a talking horse that would talk to no one but him. Young's television guest appearances include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Episode: "Sweet Charity", playing Zelda's older love interest), USA High, Hang Time, ER and Maybe It's Me. In 1993, Young recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who played George, THIS EPISODE: February 7, 1947. "Photo Of A Bank Robbery" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Minit-Rub, Vitalis. West Coast broadcast. Alan takes a photo of a trio of bank robbers. Veola Vonn, Jean Vander Pyl, Dick Lane, Jim Backus, Al Schwartz (writer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Hans Conried. 28:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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