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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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June 24, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
Jack Prepares For A Trip (Aired June 25, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1947. "Jack Prepares For A Trip" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. The last show of the series. Jack and Tugwell are planning to return east on the Superchief. Unbilled guest Bob Crosby pays a visit. His program replaces Jack's show (for Campbell's) next week, to be heard five days be per as, "Club Fifteen." This time slot will be filled by, "The American Melody Hour." Del, Bob and Jack sing a "duet" Campbell's soup commercial to the tune of, "Ta-Ra-Ta-Boom-Dee-Ay." Jack ends the show sing, "Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Irene Ryan, Frank Sinatra, Gene Conklin (whistling "Hora Staccato"). 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 24, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Buffalo Skinner (Aired October 20, 1953)
Broadcast constantly sometimes once a week sometimes 3 times a week By Mutual, between 1942 and 1956. Western Drama mainly for the young ones or maybe just the young at heart. I say the young at heart, because The Cisco Kid and his likeable but simple partner Pancho were a couple of lovable rogues and because there was usually a lovely senorita around in every episode who fell madly in love with Sisco, there may well have been an element of lady listeners included in the audience rating figures. Here they were, these two Mexican bandits, travelling from sunset to sunset (because that's where they always road off to at the end of each episode) robbing the rich, but I wouldn't say giving it to the poor. At least they did it in a kind and humorous way. It was more a question of the victim being relieved of the heavy burden of his or her riches, rather than having some of their prized possessions taken away from them. Half the fun in the series was listening to Pancho try to explain in his simple Mexican way that the sheriff's posse was hard on their heels and to quote him, "Ceesco, eef they catch up with us, perhaps they weel keel us." At the beginning The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson Beck then later Jack Mather took over the role.

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June 24, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
Swimsuit Sweetheart (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Carter Brown Mystery serials were the Old Time Radio Detective equivalent of the Spaghetti Westerns. The two serials I listened to were set in the United States, featuring Australian actors playing Americans. Overall, in the two serials I've listened to so far the actors and writers were quite proficient giving few clues that this wasn't really released from a big American city. The main thing that stood out was when one of actors referred to getting "Petro," a term an American wouldn't use. However, that's somewhat nitpicky. I could imagine what an Englishman would say about some of our efforts to recreate Great Britain. The theme music to the show is incredibly catchy with a great celtic beat. The dialogue is crisp and up to date. I had to do a couple searches to make sure this wasn't one of those mis-labeled "old time radio shows" that was really performed in the 1980s. But it was written in the '50s, which made it quite impressive. Show Notes From The Great Detectives.net

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June 23, 2017 07:33 PM PDT
Poison Is Quicker (Aired December 3, 1945)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. THIS EPISODE: December 3, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Poison Is Quicker". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A cockney murders his wife, using her murder-mystery book shopping list as a suicide note! George W. Allen (producer), Lesley Edgely (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Car Tire (Aired September 25, 1952)
Opening in 1875, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world purely for recording crime. The name Black Museum was coined in 1877 by a reporter from The Observer, a London newspaper, although the museum is still referred to as the Crime Museum. The idea of a crime museum was conceived by Inspector Neame who had already collected together a number of items, with the intention of giving police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. It is this museum that inspired the Black Musuem radio series. The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. A number of famous people have visited the musuem including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Orsen Welles hosted and narrated the shows. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1952. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Car Tire". Sponsored by: Hemlock Farms. A policeman is murdered when he stops a stolen car. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: September 25, 1974. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 24:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes From (1947) "The Coin Collector Mystery" and "Bullets Make Holes"
Glen Langan stars as Barton Drake who presents each episode in the first person and to a live audience. It ran from 1945 through 1948. Suspense, mystery and drama seem to be an every day part of his life. Stolen treasure maps, murder at every turn and all entangled with the sounds of a loud organ meant to keep the listener on the edge of their chair. Fred Howard (writer), Dave Titus (director), Ray Wilson (writer), Len Salvo (composer, conductor), Ken Christy, John McIntire, Betty Lou Gerson, Bruce Buell (anouncer), Junius Matthews. Drake was writer who loves to solve crimes and mysteries, together with his sidekick Noah Danton, a police officer. Before each episode ended, Drake would cite his line "mystery is my hobby," hence the title of the show. TODAY'S SHOW: 1947. Program #48. Mutual net origination, Lawrence syndication. "The Coin Collector Mystery". Commercials added locally. Coin collector Grant Parker has a Maria Theresa Thaler. One of his weekend guests is planning to steal the coin. Barton Drake is attacked by a boomarang! The program concludes with the phrase, "Murder Is My Hobby," indicating a rebroadcast of the earlier, network series. The date is approximate. Glenn Langan, Norman Field. 25:22.
1947. Mutual net origination, Lawrence syndication. "Bullets Make Holes". Commercials added locally. Case History #114. "Ronald The Razor" has escaped from prison and is heading towards a rural lodge. Seven shots are heard from Cabin #6, which is immediately deduced as pistol shots (a .45 automatic). The date is approximate. Max Warner has been shot through the jugular vein. His friend Steve Morgan has admitted to the shooting. Max's wife says, "I'm glad he's dead, the louse!" The date is approximate. Glenn Langan, Norman Field. 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Waters Of Death (Aired March 19, 1970)
The Epic Casebook (1957–1985) - "... in which Inspector Carr investigates ..." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1964 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980s with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned. The series is currently being rebroadcast on the Internet Radio Service of Springbok Radio & can be heard on Thursdays.

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June 22, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
Vanessa (Aired December 10, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1939. CBS network. "Vanessa". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Victoria melodrama of lost love and insanity. Alfred Shirley, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Eustace Wyatt, Helen Hayes (narrator), Hugh Walpole (author), John Hoysrot, Kingsley Colton, Orson Welles (host). 45:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2017 04:58 PM PDT
The Blue Penny Murder Case (Aired August 23, 1949)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. 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. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1949. Program #59. ZIV Syndication. "The Blue Penny Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Edith Allen has been murdered; no motive has been discovered. The clues lie in the sheet music business, and who printed the song, "The Blue Penny." Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 30:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Dixon Murder Matter (Aired June 16, 1957
On October 3, 1955, after a hiatus of over a year, the show came back with a vengeance. A new production team, including director/writer Jack Johnstone, a new star, Bob Bailey, from the radio series Let George Do It, and a new format would set the series apart from its competitors. Johnny's cases were now a continuing serial, five days a week, for fifteen minutes each evening. With 75 minutes of airtime, minus commercials and openings and closings, there was sufficient time to develop good storylines and interesting characters. 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Dixon Murder Matter". The name of the boat is the clue to the killer. See if you can guess whodunit! Bob Bailey, Frank Nelson, Russell Thorson, Sam Edwards. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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