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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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 23, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
The Absolute Truth (Aired January 28, 1949)
My Favorite Husband is the name of an American radio program and network television series. The original radio show, co-starring Lucille Ball, was the initial basis for what evolved into the groundbreaking TV sitcom I Love Lucy. The series was based on the 1940 novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, written by Isabel Scott Rorick, which had previously been adapted into the 1942 Paramount feature film Are Husbands Necessary?, co-starring Ray Milland and Betty Field. My Favorite Husband began on CBS Radio with Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cugat. After a few early episodes, confusion with bandleader Xavier Cugat prompted a name change to Liz and George Cooper. The cheerful couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the fictitious city of Sheridan Falls and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 23, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
The Khaki Handkerchief (Aired October 14, 1952)
The Black Museum had much to recommend it. First and foremost, Orson Welles' stirring narratives, framing, and exposition were head and shoulders above the competition. Clive Brook for all of the authenticity his natural British voice and accent lent to Secrets of Scotland Yard, nevertheless wasn't given the dramatic latitude that Orson Welles was. But this was very much by design. Clive Brook's expositions on Secrets of Scotland Yard were more of an historical nature, whereas Orson Welles' expositions, due to the more morbid and gruesome cases selected for The Black Museum, clearly had more to work with. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 14, 1952. Towers Of London syndication, MGM Radio Attractions, BBC rebroadcast. "The Khaki Handkerchief". Kate Hart and Doris Lyons are found dead in a wood. The handkerchief leads to a member of the army. The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.M/I>

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May 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
The Lady Was Lethal (4 Episodes COMPLETE) 1950 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Carter Brown Mysteries is an old time radio show using the characters from the prolific mystery writer Carter Brown. This great old time radio mystery series is known for it's quick pace, good screenplay, and acting. These stories were produced in Australia, and they are great. A lot of old time radio fans Carter Brown Mysteries, old time radioshy away from shows produced outside of the US. Usually it's because in some of those old time radio programs, the accents make it a little tougher listen. Not the case here though. All the stories are 4 parters, each about 13-14 miutes long. Of course great writing, but also acting and production values. A very popular and well regarded show. There has been a resurgence in pulp fiction novels, and CarterCarter Brown Mysteries, old time radio Brown Mysteries is one of the series that have become popular again. The artwork used on the cover of the books has become very popular with collectors. Now it's time for the old time radio version to become popular again! Episode Notes From Eddie's Old Time Radio.

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May 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Mystery Is My Hobby - Ticket To Murder (1945) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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.

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May 22, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
Dinner At Eight (Aired February 18, 1940)
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: February 18, 1940. CBS network. "Dinner At Eight". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. A radio version of the bittersweet play about society, money and fame. Benny Rubin, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Charles Trowbridge, Clara Blandick, Edgar Barrier, Edna Ferber (author), Ernest Chappell (announcer), George S. Kaufman (co-author), Hedda Hopper, Lucille Ball, Marjorie Rambeau, Mary Taylor, Orson Welles (host). 59:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Johnson Payroll Matter (Aired September 21, 1958)
For over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar". Terry Salomonson in his authoritative "A Radio Broadcast Log of the Drama Program Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar", notes that the original working title was "Yours Truly, Lloyd London". Salomonson writes "Lloyd London was scratched out of the body of (the Dick Powell) audition script and Johnny Dollar was written in. Thus the show was re-titled on this script and the main character was renamed. Why this was done was unclear – possibly to prevent a legal run-in with Lloyd’s of London Insurance Company." Although based in Hartford, Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, freelancer Johnny Dollar managed to get around quite a bit – his adventures taking him all over the world. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1958. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Johnson Payroll Matter". Johnny's asked to take a relaxing trip to Southern California and pickup $100,000...and bring it back. Part of the system cue has been deleted. Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Forrest Lewis, Shepard Menken, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Jack Johnstone (producer, director), Robert Stanley (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
Hawaiian Vacation (Aired December 28, 1951)
In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen, when a film based on the show was made in 1945 or when a bid to bring the show to television was tried in 1954). But Archie always was — bantering with Duffy's man-crazy daughter, Miss Duffy (played by several actresses, beginning with Gardner's real-life first wife, Shirley Booth); with Eddie, the waiter/janitor (Eddie Green); and, especially, with Clifton Finnegan (Charlie Cantor), a likeable soul with several screws loose and a knack for falling for every other salesman's scam. THIS EPISODE: December 28, 1951. "Hawaiian Vacation" - NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin. Archie has entered a slogan contest and he's sure that he's won a trip to Hawaii. "Fats" plays a hot, "Sweet Leilani" on the piano. After he wins the contest, Archie discovers that it was for entries by children under 13-years-old only. The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner (performer, producer as "Edward F. Gardner"), Ed Pinchon, Charlie Cantor, Larry Rhine (writer), Hazel Shermet. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
An Author's Ending (Aired September 13, 1972)
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr (1956-85), "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 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's 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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May 21, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
The Tick Tock Murder Case (Aired August 2, 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. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1949. Program #56. ZIV Syndication. "The Tick-Tock Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A burglar alarm at the Wellington Loan Company has gone off. "Tick-Tock" Maxwell has been murdered. "Sometimes dead men can be more interesting than live ones." A crook willingly admits to robbing the safe, it's his alibi for the murder! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
Engaged In Murder (Aired February 18, 1952
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. 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. THIS EPISODE: February 18, 1952. Program #48. ZIV Syndication. "Engaged In Murder ". Commercials added locally. Matt Jeffrey dies while fishing on the "Bold Venture." Slade and Sailor are accused of the crime. The story is also known as, "The One That Got Away." Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Nestor Paiva. 26:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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