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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...


by Bob Camardella
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July 25, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Six Gun Lawyer (Aired April 17, 1953)
Frontier Town will forever reside in that twilight of the Western genre of Golden Age Radio--between the highly self-conscious adult Westerns of the mid- to late-1950s and the rock'em, sock'em, shoot-em-up juvenile adventure Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. It's obvious from this series that Radio westerns were beginning to lean in an adult direction--but not without some kicking and screaming in the process. Radio's Gunsmoke was already in development and Television was making impressive inroads into Radio's commercial audience. With hundreds of Hopalong Cassidy and other western hero film reruns airing night and day over Television, the race was on to find a more rivetting format for the great American western. Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals.

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July 24, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Tonight At 8:30 (Aired August 30, 1953)
Best Plays presents theatrical paramounts of excellence. It's hosted by the drama critic of New York’s Daily News, John Chapman. Dramatic and comedic performances outshine other theater radio shows, greatly performed by such greats as Boris Karloff and Alfred Drake. THIS EPISODE: August 30, 1953. NBC network. "Tonight At 8:30". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Noel Coward (author), Madeleine Carroll, Jerome Cowan, Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Tony Randall, Irene Hubbard, Helen Ray, Horace Braham, Cathleen Cordell, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2014 07:11 PM PDT
Sheila Randolph Is Sane (1957) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Danger With Granger arrived too late in the Golden Age of Radio to have any real impact on the listening public. Mutual aired this show, starting in 1956, on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. It was a half hour show that featured a private eye in New York City, STEVE GRANGER. His two primary companions were Cal Hendrix, a reporter who served as an all-purpose source of criminal info, and Jake Rankin, a police detective with whom he had a grudging rivalry. The writing on the show seemed to incorporate most of the standard cliche's of the P.I. world. Granger, who was both the star and the first-person narrator of the show (not an uncommon practice with radio gumshoes), never saw a woman, instead "he gave the doll the once-over." He didn't kick with his foot, he "lifted a size 10." Instead of paying cash, he "forked over numbered lettuce." In his investigations Steve Granger cooperates with the police and the FBI and other authorities.

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July 24, 2014 02:51 PM PDT
Death Worshipper (Aired November 30, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. The writing staff was also top-notch, with names such as Max Erlich, Joe Ruscoll and Robert Newman, among others. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1946. Program #26. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "Death's Worshipper". Commercials added locally. A series of brutal murders is connected to a mad devil worshiper. Raymond Morgan (host), Jay Williams (writer), Anton M. Leader (director), Fess Johnson, Carl Emory, Charles Paul (organist), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Million Dollar Murder Case (Aired March 15, 1949)
S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance remains arguably the most aristocratic of the popular Gentleman Detectives of the modern era of Detective Fiction. He clearly possessed every bit of the arrogance of Sherlock Holmes, Gregory Hood, and even Ellery Queen. But one counter that, as an aristocrat with no lack of self-confidence, at the very least he wasn't hobbled by either cocaine addiction or an overbearing father. Indeed he's arguably most like Gregory Hood in many aspects of his basic personality. His other possible rival, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, clearly possessed every bit of the requisite arrogance. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 15, 1949. Program #36. ZIV Syndication. "The Million Dollar Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Mr. Simmons is a wealthy old man. He's built a high wall around his property. An "electric eye" and a gun adds to his sense of security. Of course, he is soon found murdered. A deaf butler and a dissatisfied secretary indicate a possible "inside job." The cops catch the killer, but Vance disagrees with the identity of the culprit. He explains the case implausibly, with a rented helicopter! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Saving Marjorie From Her Lover (Aired March 5, 1950)
As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Show, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band--so he wasn't connected to Remly any more. THIS EPISODE: March 5, 1950. "Saving Marjorie From Her Lover" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Alice sings, "Put Another Nickel In." Phil breaks up the romance between Marjorie Scott and a fortune hunter, by getting her interested in Julius Abruzzio! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Elliott Lewis, Gale Gordon, Jeanine Roos, Phil Harris, Ray Singer (writer), Robert North, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 24, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Peace Officer (Aired September 4, 1960)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day. THIS EPISODE: September 4, 1960. Program #237. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Peace Officer". Dillon ousts Clegg Rawlings, the dishonest sheriff of Tascosa, who swears to kill him. Surprise ending. This is an AFRTS rebroadcast. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on October 15, 1960. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Norman Macdonnell (writer), George Walsh (announcer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Notes (Kilroy Was Here) 1952 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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. Following the opening, Mr. Welles would introduce the museum's item of evidence that was central to the case, leading into the dramatization. He also provided narration during the show and ended each show with his characteristic closing from the days of his Mercury Theater on the Air, 'remaining obediently yours'. THIS EPISODE: 1952. Program #16. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Notes" AKA-"Kilroy Was Here". Sustaining. The famous slogan is found on two notes and a butcher block near murder victims. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: January 1, 1975. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Death Robbery Starring Boris Karloff (Aired July 16, 1947)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. THIS EPISODE: July 16, 1947. ABC network. "Death Robbery". Sponsored by: Schick Razors, Schick Pens. The opening words of the program ("Lights Out") are off-mike. A scientist brings his wife back from the dead...with pretty gruesome results. Lurene Tuttle romps through her part, leaving Boris in the dust. Boris Karloff, Lurene Tuttle, Paul Pierce (writer), Wyllis Cooper (writer), Bill Lawrence (producer, director), Leith Stevens (music), Ken Niles (announcer). 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Helen Carrol Murder Case (Aired October 13, 1950)
Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1950. "The Helen Carrol Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Linda Arnold is wandering in a daze, not remembering her name, and with a blood covered letter opener in her purse. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, Lou Krugman, David Ellis, Jack Kruschen, Dan Cubberly (announcer). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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