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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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January 18, 2017 05:00 PM PST
The Big Jump (Aired January 11, 1951)
The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. The shows cultural impact is demonstrated by the fact that even after five decades, elements of Dragnet are known to those who have never heard nor seen the program. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1951. Program #83. NBC network. "The Big Jump". Sponsored by: Fatima. Walter Harrison is on a thirteenth floor ledge, threatening to jump. Good show! Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 33:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 18, 2017 12:00 PM PST
The Paul Brewer Story (Aired December 24, 1951)
One can only imagine the number of Ad agencies, networks, sponsors, and syndicators that lined up month after month to pitch a Radio project to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. That's undoubtedly a story in itself. What the Bogarts finally settled on has become something of a cult favorite in the world of Golden Age Radio. And they settled on a gem--for both its day and for generations of Golden Age Radio fans to come. The concept of Bold Venture had to have piqued the Bogarts' interest from the first pitch. Having already bought their beloved Santana schooner from Dick Powell and June Allyson, they'd become one of America's leading seafaring families within just a couple of years. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1951. Program #40. ZIV Syndication. "The Paul Brewer Story". Commercials added locally. Shannon is asked to help return Paul Brewer, an escaped murderer, to jail. The story is also known as, "Escape From Guantanamo." David Rose (composer, conductor), Humphrey Bogart, Jester Hairston, Lauren Bacall, Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Nestor Paiva. 27:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 18, 2017 07:00 AM PST
Guests Jimmy Durante & Ann Sothern (Aired March 30, 1949)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. 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). THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1949. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. "Guests Jimmy Durante and Ann Sothern" star in Archie's play, "The Mystery Of The Laughing Piano," or "Who Tickled The Ivories?" Ed Gardner does not appear on the program! Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, Ann Sothern, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra. 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 18, 2017 02:00 AM PST
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (Aired February 11, 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 11, 1940. CBS network. "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Comedy-Romance based on the Frank Capra movie. A small town eccentric inherits $20 million and sets New York City on its ear! Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Edgar Barrier, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Frank Readick, Gertrude Lawrence, Howard Teichmann (editor), Jane Huston, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles (host), Paul Stewart, Richard Wilson. 58:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 17, 2017 08:00 PM PST

The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. THIS EPISODE: November 13, 1946. CBS network. "Night Train". Sponsored by: Squibb. An exciting spy story about a British agent who recaptures a kidnapped scientist from the Gestapo, just before WWII. Rex Harrison. 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 17, 2017 02:00 PM PST
Four Time Loser (1957) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
ABC Mystery Time was hosted by Don Dowd and starred Sir Laurence Olivier. Great special effects will grab your attention, accented by creepy organ rips. Stories are offered such as death gathered round a card table at a local chapter of The Suicide Club, or a man who desperately tries to hire a 24 hour bodyguard all the while trying to make himself the victim of a murder, and other baffling peculiar tales of yore. Also known as Mystery Time and Mystery Time Classics, this one is sure to excite and mystify. THIS EPISODE: 1957. ABC network. "Four-Time Loser". The program is also known as, "Mystery Time," "Mystery Time Classics" and "Masters Of Mystery." "A man with a guilty secret sometimes pays a heavy price to keep his past from being exposed." The date is approximate. Sidney Slon (writer), Don Dowd (host). 22:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 17, 2017 09:00 AM PST
The Peeping Tom Murder Case (Aired November 5, 1946)
Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: November 5, 1946. Mutual network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Peeping Tom Murder Case". A peeping Tom turned murderer plagues a college campus. Who is it that kills with lacing from a football? Wally Maher, Cathy Lewis, Howard McNear, Leonard St. Clair (writer), Michael Raffetto (director), Brett Halliday (creator), Len Salvo (composer, conductor), Charles Arlington (announcer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 17, 2017 04:00 AM PST
Watching The Dog (Aired September 11, 1952)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

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January 16, 2017 11:00 PM PST
The Old Old Men (1944) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. THIS EPISODE: 1944. Program #7. NBC syndication. "The Old, Old Men". Commercials added locally. A wealthy, old and eccentric sailor is living in a seedy waterfront hotel. Is he waiting for death? Edwin Wolfe (director). 25:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2017 05:00 PM PST
Penny Serenade (Aired July 23, 1953)
The first two seasons of General Electric Theater established the half-hour anthology format of adaptations of popular plays, short stories, novels, magazine fiction and motion pictures. "The Eye of the Beholder," for example, a Hitchcock-like telefilm thriller starring Richard Conte and Martha Vickers, dramatized an artist's relationship with his model from differing, sometimes disturbing psychological perspectives. The addition of Ronald Reagan as program host commencing the third season 26 September 1954 reflected GE's decision to pursue a campaign of continuous, consistent company voice advertising. The Reagan role of program host and occasional guest star brought needed continuity to disparate anthology offerings. THIS EPISODE: July 23, 1953. CBS network. "Penny Serenade". Sponsored by: General Electric. Irene Dunne, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Martha Cheavens (author), William Johnstone, Herb Butterfield, Jack Moyles, Virginia Gregg, Bill James, Walter Brown Neuman (adaptor), Hett Manheim (editorial supervisor), Jaime del Valle (transcriber). 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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