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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...


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September 25, 2017 07:48 PM PDT
The Flame (Aired March 23, 1943)
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. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1943. CBS network. "The Flame". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe White. A fire worshipper meets "The Flame," the female spirit of fire! A story told by a dead man. Excellent radio writing. This is a network, sponsored version. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 23:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 25, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
The Assassin (Aired May 9, 1979)
The Sears Radio Theater Series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. THIS EPISODE: May 9, 1979. Program #68. CBS network. "The Assassin". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Alan Caillou (wrtier), Vincent Price (host), Ivor Barry, Antoinette Bower, Shepard Menken, Joe Moross, Marvin Miller, Pamela Brook, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 51:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 25, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
Runaway From Murder (Aired October 27, 1953)
The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theater from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954. Guest appearances on this series included Raymond Burr, Hans Conried, Mara Corday, Carolyn Jones, Katy Jurado, Jimmy Lydon, Julia Meade, William Schallert and Gloria Talbott.

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September 25, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
The Missing Electric Heater (Aired February 6, 1949)
CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script---Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal---Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try. Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast---blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright---also received positive reviews. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1949. "Missing Electric Heater" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Palmolive soap, Lustre-Creme shampoo, Palmolive shaving cream. Mr. Conklin is cracking down...at the same time an electric heater disappears from the storeroom. Eve Arden, Bob Lemond (announcer), Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Verne Smith (commercial spokesman), Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan, Larry Berns (producer), Al Lewis (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
Visitor At Midnight (Aired May 12, 1955)
William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barry Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a speciality." Like Sam Spade, Craig narrated his stories, in addition to being the leading character in this 30 minute show. Nearly sixty episodes are in trading circulation today William Gargan as a Detective (and an actor) If William Gargan brought an air of authenticity to his roles as a private detective, there were some good very reasons. His father was a bookmaker, so Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters from across the spectrum of society. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1955. NBC network. "Visitor At Midnight". Sustaining. "It never pays to be friendly with murderers. Give them an inch and they'll take a yard...usually a rope tied around your throat and tied to the nearest rafter." William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Ken Christy, Kay Stewart, Jack Carroll, Byron Kane, Jack Kruschen. 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
A Strong Offense Is The Best Defense (Aired May 25, 1951)
Based on Craig Rice’s (a female crime novelist who rivaled Agatha Christie in book sales) novels of crime drama, Frank Lovejoy (and later Gene Raymond and George Petrie) plays “fiction’s most famous criminal lawyer,” John J. Malone. Mr. Malone is our amazing hero, a Chicago lawyer whose bar is more famous than Cheers. His hobby is collecting clichés, and each weeks show is based off of one: cleanliness is next to Godliness, a strong offense is the best defense, seek and ye shall find, and so on. Stories are gripping, from tales of Chicago’s biggest operator who runs a nightclub and his right hand man, to a man looking for trouble in a hotel and finds it in room 419, to a story of a man who owns the most luscious gambling joint this side of Vegas. So brush up on your one liners, and grab your gun, because you’ll want to tune in for this exciting half hour of mystery! THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1951. NBC network. "A Strong Offense Is The Best Defense". Sustaining. Willard Grant has been shot and killed, shortly after being threatened by Steve Kemper for romancing his daughter. The series is based on a character created by Craig Rice. The adventures of a Chicago detective-lawyer. George Petrie, Craig Rice (creator), Arthur Gary (announcer), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Larry Haines. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Girl Who Couldn't Remember (Aired August 14, 1948)
The Man Called X started over Radio with the 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. But if one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery. The 1944 CBS Summer season finale, Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna, gives some credence to the way CBS promoted this first run. Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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September 24, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
Fourteen Days Left (Aired February 26, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1947. "Fourteen Days Left" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. Jack is still getting messages from, "The Mad One." There's only fourteen days left! Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 24, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
The Deadly Innocent (Aired July 2, 1945)
Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: July 2, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "The Deadly Innocent". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A meek bookkeeper is determined to kill his long-time rival in an elaborate plan to steal his job and his wife. George W. Allen (director), Sally Thorson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 23, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
Cinderella Man (Aired March 14, 1945)
The Brownstone Theater premiered on February 21, 1945 as a nostalgic tribute to the many older Broadway and off-Broadway plays that were often mounted in 'brownstone theatres' much like Mutual's own Longacre Theatre. Mutual's The Brownstone Theater inaugurated its first cycle of sixteen, half-hour productions with an adaptation of Charles Klein's 1905 sensation, The Lion and The Mouse. Following a two-week break, the series returned on Sunday evenings with Edward Rose's 1919 hit Cappy Ricks. Thereafter followed another eleven productions, ending with yet another revival of Richard Sheridan's timeless comedy, The Rivals, on September 23, 1945. Dating from 1778, Sheridan's The Rivals had been revived eight other times between 1778 and 1942--and almost always in brownstone theaters much like Mutual's Longacre. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1945. Mutual network, WOR, New York origination. "The Cinderella Man". Sustaining. A comedy first produced in 1916. A young, undiscovered writer meets a wealthy, lonely young lady. Jackson Beck, Jan Miner, Edward Charles Carpenter (author), Clayton Hamilton (host), Amzie Strickland (adaptor), Sylvan Levin (music director), Jock MacGregor (director). 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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