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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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July 07, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Only Death Is Timeless aka: Mrs. Crocker (Aired May 11, 1947)
The series was written by Lawrence Klee and narrated by "The Clock." First Broadcast in the United States was in November, 1946. It was syndicated by Grace Gibson syndication. At the time of production, the Australian accent, we now know and love, originating from the Irish and Cockney accents, was rather frowned upon by non other than Australians. The shows tried to sound neutral, then there was hope that the show could be sold to Great Britain and the United States. The show was bought by the ABC network in the States, although the ABC on the CD label (below) stands for the Australian Broadcast Company. The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1947. Grace Gibson syndication. "Only Death Is Timeless". Commercials added locally. An Australian production of a script broadcast in America on May 11, 1947. A couple motors through the mountains with the mysterious Mrs. Crocker. Mrs. Crocker is "death." Grace Gibson (producer), John Saul (director), Harp McGuire (as "The Clock"), Lawrence Klee (writer), John Mullion, Joan Lord, Neva Carr Glyn, Gordon Glenwright. 24:44.Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 07, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Gasoline Cocktail (Aired December 12, 1949)
With the possible exception of Ed Begley, Everett Sloane, Lionel Stander and Joan Lorring, none of the other featured actors in the series ever played a major role in Radio. We don't mention this to in any way detract from these fine performers' work in this program. We simply point out the novelty of this program in the annals of Golden Age Radio history. "In the Interest of Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement," MGM presented these seventy-eight programs as syndicated transcriptions. There had been a glut of such civic minded programs between the 1940s and 1950s, so it's difficult to imagine how MGM thought they might milk even more public interest out of yet another such program. But it turned out to be a very successful program for both MGM and WMGM. Crime Does Not Pay was well-received during its run. THIS EPISODE: December 12, 1949. Program #10. MGM syndication. "Gasoline Cocktail". Commercials added locally. A Transylvanian arsonist is extinguished. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of the program on WMGM, New York from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Marx B. Loeb (director), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bela Lugosi, Ira Marion (writer), Bob Williams (announcer). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
July 07, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Room For A Veteran (Aired November 1, 1946)
The Alan Young Show received two Emmy Awards during its run. Young was born Angus Young in North Shields, Northumberland, to John Cathcart Young, a shipyard worker, and Florence Pinckney, whose ancestors included a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. The family moved to Edinburgh when Young was a toddler, and later to West Vancouver, British Columbia, when Young was six years old. He came to love radio when bedridden as a child because of severe asthma. Near the start of his radio career, during World War II, Young attempted to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy, then the Canadian Army, but was rejected due to his ill health. THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1946. "Room For A Veteran" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana Toothpaste, Minit-Rub, Vitalis. Alan volunteers to take in a veteran during the housing shortage, and winds up with five of them! Alan Young, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Jerry Hausner, Charlie Cantor, Jean Gillespie, Jim Backus, Ruth Perrott, Ken Christy, The Smart Set, Al Schwartz (writer), Sherwood Schwartz (writer), George Wyle and His Orchestra. 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 07, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Fool's Gold (Aired August 19, 1950)
The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Dragnet with a Western flavor. The TV show was aimed at kids (and aired on Saturday mornings) and was more of a traditional Western (with chases and shoot-outs). The TV series did both modern cases and cases set in the "Old West." With new cases using a car with horse float to get the rangers to their destinations it always made sure that the use of horses was only a step away. With older themes they would always ride into town on the horses to mete out their justice, they wore differing ranger attire for new and old scenes, also their weaponry was totally different. THIS EPISODE: August 19, 1950. NBC network. "Fool's Gold". Sponsored by: Wheaties. Based on events of September, 1946. Producer/director Stacy Keach appears in one of the Wheaties commercials. A gold tooth is the clue needed to track down a botched bank robbery and a killing. Joel McCrea, Stacy Keach (producer, director, Wheaties commercial), Lillian Buyeff, Hal Gibney (announcer), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Hy Averback, Paul Frees, Tony Barrett, Herb Butterfield, David Ellis. 30:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 06, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Dinner Of Death (Aired April 23, 1945)
The Bulldog Drummond stories followed Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the fictional Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective. Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and a version of the imperial adventurers depicted by the likes of John Buchan. In terms of the detective genre, the first Bulldog Drummond novel was published after the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Nayland Smith/Fu Manchu novels and Richard Hannay's first three adventures including The Thirty-Nine Steps. The character first appeared in the novel Bulldog Drummond (1920), and this was followed by a lengthy series of books and adaptations for films, radio and television. "Drummond... has the appearance of an English gentleman: a man who fights hard, plays hard and lives clean... His best friend would not call him good-looking but he possess that cheerful type of ugliness which inspires immediate confidence ... Only his eyes redeem his face. Deep-set and steady, with eyelashes that many women envy, they show him to be a sportsman and an adventurer.

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July 06, 2015 07:03 PM PDT
Meteor (Aired February 22, 1985)
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began airing a fascinating range of classic, mystery, comedy, documentary, and supernatural drama throughout the 1970s to 1990s to a steadily expanding audience--both in Canada and throughout the northern portions of the U.S. The CBC's extensive Radio offerings were a fairly even mix of organic dramas and comedies showcasing Canada's own great actors, writers and production talent, as well as several popular transcribed, syndicated features from throughout the British Empire and the United States. Indeed many of America's most beloved, popular, versatile and award-winning character actors, musicians, and comedians were Canadian citizens who'd honed their craft in all manner of original Canadian Radio drama. Vanishing Point is the title of a science fiction anthology series that ran on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from 1984 until 1986, although the show would continue under different names and formats. A descriptive intro declared that Vanishing Point. The series was produced by Bill Lane in the CBC's Toronto studios. 1984-1986 There were 69 episodes in the original series.

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July 06, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Donald Simes Cabinet Maker (Aired January 20, 1952)
This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one.

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July 06, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Pelican's Roost (Aired June 28, 1950)
Marlowe was a more complex character than some of his hard boiled brethren. Sure he could handle a gun and take a beating. But, he was more than just a tough guy, he had gone to college, could play chess, and appreciated classical music. He also had his own strong ethical standards and turned down jobs that didn't measure up to those standards. By the late 1940's Marlowe had moved to the big screen, with Marlowe played by Dick Powell, Robert Mitchum, and Humphrey Bogart. One of those movies, Murder My Sweet, was responsible for Marlowe's first appearance on radio when it was presented on Lux Radio Theatre on June 11, 1945 starring Dick Powell and Clair Trevor. In April, 1947 the New York Times announced that the summer replacement for Bob Hope would be a new adventure-mystery series, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. THIS EPISODE June 28, 1950. CBS network. "The Pelican's Roost". Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Lynn Russell hires Marlowe, even though it looks like she's a killer. A corpse with an ice pick through the neck and mascara for a blonde, leads to the solution of the case. Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Lillian Buyeff, John Dehner, Jack Kruschen, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Georgia Ellis, David Ellis, Paul Dubov, Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 06, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Hypnotism (Aired March 31, 1953)
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. THIS EPISODE: March 31, 1953. NBC network. Sponsored by: Reynolds Aluminum. Fibber has gotten a book about "Hypnotism" and plans to try it out. Molly is out sick and does not appear. Arthur Q. Bryan, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, Bob Bruce, Cliff Arquette, Elvia Allman, Harlow Wilcox, Jack Kruschen, Jess Kirkpatrick, Jim Jordan, Keith Fowler (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Max Hutto (director), Phil Leslie (writer), Richard LeGrand, The King's Men, Tyler McVey. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 06, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lightning Jim" - Mad Killer Dirk (1939) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Only about 41 broadcasts have been located. Marshall Lightning Jim Whipple on his horse Thunder and his deputy, Whitey Larson explore the history of the west through adventure. The program originated in 1938 and was called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. At this time it was a West coast program. The program returned to the air in the 1950s and a total of 98 radio programs were produced. J. David Goldin's The Golden Age of Radio published by Radio Yesteryear in 1998 indicates that 41 Lightning Jim broadcasts have been located. The program was originally called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. The program returned to the air in the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: 1939. Program #18. ZIV Syndication. "Mad Killer Dirk". Commercials added locally. This evil character has just escaped from jail and has sworn to get Lightning Jim. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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