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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...


by Bob Camardella
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March 30, 2015 04:11 PM PDT
The Case Of The Midway Murders (Aired August 1, 1948)
Nick Carter is the name of a popular fictional detective who first appeared in in a dime novel entitled "The Old Detective's Pupil" on September 18, 1886. In 1915, Nick Carter Weekly became Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. Novels featuring Carter continued to appear through the 1950s, by which time there was also a popular radio show, Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then 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). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 1, 1948. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Midway Murders". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. An escaped convict, a roller coaster corpse, and an enraged ape (Gorilla My Dreams?). Lon Clark. 25:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
March 30, 2015 11:19 AM PDT
Swindle To Honolulu (Aired June 5, 1947)
The Man Called X was a old-time radio espionage drama series that aired on and off from 1944 through 1951 and sponsored by Frigidaire and later General Motors. Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, a globe hopping government agent. The show opens with the familiar line "Wherever there is mystery, intrigue, romance, in all the strange and dangerous places of the world, there you will find The Man Called X". Thurston works diligently every week to make the world a safer place by thwarting Cold War enemies and cooling off hotspots of unrest wherever they may be. He is aided/thwarted by his everpresent chiseling "sidekick" Pegon Zeldschmidt, played by Leon Belasco. Marshall, British by birth, starred in films with many of the greatest, especially Detreich in Blonde Venus, Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen, Vincent Price in The Fly, and a great cast in The Razor's Edge, where he portrayed W. Somerset Maugham.The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the exotic background music. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1947. "Swindle To Honolulu" - CBS network. Commercials deleted. A land company in Hawaii has been swindling veterans by selling land they don't own. They also frame Ken Thurston for murder! Herbert Marshall, Wendell Niles (nnouncer), Leon Belasco, Jack Johnstone (director), Johnny Green (music), Les Crutchfield (writer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 30, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Vera Ellen (Aired June 23, 1953)
On July 25, 1946, Jerry began a show business partnership with Dean Martin, an association that would soon skyrocket both to fame. It started when Jerry was performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City and one of the other entertainers quit suddenly. Lewis, who had worked with Martin at the Glass Hat in New York City, suggested Dean as a replacement. At first they worked separately, but then ad-libbed together, improvising insults and jokes, squirting seltzer water, hurling bunches of celery and exuding general zaniness. In less than eighteen weeks their salaries soared from $250.00 a week to $5,000.00. For ten years Martin and Lewis sandwiched sixteen money making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings. Their last film together was "Hollywood or Bust" (1956). On July 25th of that year the two made their last nightclub appearance together at the Copacabana, exactly ten years to the day since they became a team. THIS EPISODE: June 23, 1953. "Special Guest Is Vera Ellen" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. The first tune is, "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World." Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, George Fenneman (announcer), Dick Mack (producer, director), Arthur Phillips (writer), Austin Kalish (writer), Vera-Ellen (guest). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 30, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Lady Kane The Silver Queen (Aired May 17, 1959)
The radio series debuted November 23, 1958. Have Gun — Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the TV series (several were written by Gene Roddenberry), of which 101 were directed by Andrew McLaglen and 19 were directed by the series star Richard Boone. The title was a catch phrase used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready-for-anything. It was used in this way from the early 1900s. THIS EPISODE: May 17, 1959. CBS network. "The Silver Queen". Sponsored by: Longines Watches, Mutual Of Omaha, Pepsi-Cola, Look Magazine. Mme. Annette Vargas has inherited half of Leady Kane's mine, but needs Paladin to establish her claim. This is a quality upgrade, network, sponsored version. The script was used on the "Have Gun, Will Travel" television show on May 31, 1958. Albert Aley (writer), Ben Wright, Frank Knight (announcer: Longines Watches), Harry Bartell, Hugh Douglas (announcer), James Nusser, John Dawson (writer), John Dehner, Joseph Kearns, Lynn Allen, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Virginia Gregg, Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator), Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects). 24:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Murder In The Bag (Aired October 2, 1969)
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.

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March 29, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Survival Test (Aired March 26, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: March 26, 1977. Program #15. CBS network. "Survival Test". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on September 25, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Victoria Dann (writer), Jack Grimes, Russell Horton, Himan Brown (producer, director), Evie Juster, Robert Dryden. 38:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 03:59 PM PDT
The Smoke Ring (Aired October 20, 1954)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. Airing on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: October 20, 1954. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Smoke Ring". A racket in cigars with no tax stamps, and a reluctant son. Frederick L. Collins (creator). 23:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 11:11 AM PDT
Find A Hired Assassin (Aired May 27, 1953)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 27, 1953. " Find A Hired Assassin" - NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell travels to Havana to capture a hired assassin who uses poisons. A southern gal and a game of hide and seek helps Steve to catch the killer. Adrian Gendot (writer), Betty Lou Gerson, Bill Cairn (director), Brian Donlevy, Herb Butterfield, Herb Ellis, John Storm (announcer), Julie Bennett, Paul Dubov, Robert Ryf (writer), Tony Barrett. 24:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 29, 2015 07:00 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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March 29, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Trail To Sunset (Aired January 31, 1954)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. More importantly, the timing was perfect to cast Stewart in a psychological western thriller for Radio. Stewart's extraordinary performance in Anthony Mann's twisty Winchester '73 (1950) was the most popular break-out rendition of the adult western genre in Film for its time. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1954. "Trail To Sunset" - NBC network. Sustaining. Britt shoots Ace Tressler when Ace tries to steal Britt's horse. Britt promises him that he'll get medical treatment for Ace and not let him get lynched. Jimmy Stewart, Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Howard McNear, Robert Griffin, Forrest Lewis, John Wald (announcer), Harry Bartell, Lamont Johnson. 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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