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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 31, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Carved Ham (Aired April 8, 1951)
Like Boston Blackie, a long, lucrative and convuluted career in film, radio and television soon followed, as The Falcon's occupation and even his name were changed from medium to medium. Regardless of the date of his first literary appearance, The Falcon was first brought to the screen in a 1941 RKO film, as a replacement for its popular series of B's featuring Leslie Charteris' The Saint. Except for the name change, at first at least it was pretty hard to tell the difference. The Falcon was also a good-looking suave, sophisticated type, a sort of freelance gentleman adventurer. The first film, 1941's The Gay Falcon, proved successful enough to warrant a long string of sequels, three with George Sanders (who had previously played The Saint) in the lead, although he was now called Gay Lawrence (as far as I know, none of the films or television or radio episodes ever explains why he's known as The Falcon). THIS EPISODE: April 8, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Carved Hand". Sponsored by: Kraft Velveeta, Kraft Caramels. The Falcon suspects that Joe Santos is behind the killing of Brian King and the mutilation of Stuart Van Dyke. Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Jackson Beck, Mason Adams, Eugene Wang (writer), Ken Lynch, Glenda Isby (Vassar dramatic student), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Drexel Drake (creator), Arlo (music), Richard Lewis (director). 24:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Looking For Trouble (Aired January 29, 1946)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O'Connor. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire, Chapter 81: "Looking For Trouble." "The Man Who Stole My Gal," with Deadeye. Chapter 82: "I've Been Insulted," with Clem Kadiddlehopper. Chapter 83: "Time To Go To Bed, Kiddies," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton, Wonderful Smith. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 31, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Gunsmoke Rides The Stagecoach Trail (Aired April 4, 1949)
The enormous success of the television series made Boyd a star. The Mutual Broadcasting System began broadcasting a radio version of Hopalong Cassidy, with Andy Clyde (later George McMichael on Walter Brennan's ABC sitcom The Real McCoys) as the sidekick, in January 1950; at the end of September, the show moved to CBS Radio, where it ran into 1952. Hopalong Cassidy also appeared on the cover of national magazines, such as Look, Life, and Time. Boyd earned millions as Hopalong ($800,000 in 1950 alone), mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunch box to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 units to 600,000 units in just one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children's dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives. THIS EPISODE: April 4, 1949. Program #40. Commodore syndication. "Gunsmoke Rides The Stagecoach Trail". Commercials added locally. Red Pritchard, the nester, is accused of robbing the stage of the mine payroll. Howard Swart (writer), Joseph Du Val, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), William Boyd (host). 31:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
An Eye For An Eye (Aired April 27, 1974)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. The BBC's proscription against commercial broadcast of its productions left only national or public broadcasting networks and stations capable of airing the compelling program. Show Notes From The Digital Deli

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July 30, 2015 07:06 PM PDT
Dead Man Control (Aired March 20, 1947)
30-minute murder mystery stories adapted for radio by Stedman Coles or Wyllis Cooper from based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books. Crime Club was broadcast by Mutual and produced and directed by Roger Bower. The post war stories were by various different authors and adapted for radio by among others Stedman Coles and Wyllis Cooper (writer of Lights Out and Quiet Please). The narrator played by Barry Thomson is the supposed curator of the Crime Club library. He speaks to the listener as if they have just arrived or phoned and requested one of the Club's books. The story would end with the Librarian informing you that there was a new Crime Club book available this week and every week in bookstores everywhere. THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1947. Mutual network. "Dead Men Control". Sustaining. A millionaire is killed while opening his wall safe. A large diamond is found missing, but is found again too soon. Helen Riley (writer), Ted Osborne, Alice Frost, Elspeth Eric. 28:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 03:02 PM PDT
The Bloodstained Coin (Aired October 26, 1937)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from Nov. 29, 1933-Sept. 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance" in their own cars. As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1937. Program #205. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Bloodstained Coin". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. The murder of Theodore Wallman has taken place in Leona Canyon. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), A. C. Dowall (host, from the Sheriff's office of Los Angles county), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 11:01 AM PDT
Murder On The Aisle (Aired November 24, 1953)
In the days prior to From Here To Eternity, Frank Sinatra's popularity was waning and this private eye show was an attempt to remedy that. In it, Frank played Rocky Fortune, a "footloose and fancy-free young man," frequently unemployed, who took numerous, adventurous odd jobs. It was a relatively undistinguished series; definitely a "B grade" radio series, saved by Sinatra's charm and a tongue-in-cheek approach. Rocky Fortune appeared on NBC for only a short run of 25 or 26 shows. The lead character, who goes by the name of Rocky Fortune but whose real name is Rocko Fortunato, was played by Frank Sinatra. Rocky, always ready with a wise remark, seems to be a magnet for trouble, most often with the variety of odd jobs he takes. There is frequently a beautiful woman involved, some good girls, some bad. Rocky's a tough guy who stays just inside of the law but we get an occasional glimpse of a soft heart beneath the hard exterior. It's a character that Mr. Sinatra plays nicely. Employed or not, Rocky possesed a variety of skills. THIS EPISODE: November 24, 1953. NBC network. "Murder On The Aisle". Sustaining. Rocky is hired to guard the life of a drunken, hated drama critic. He fails. This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Arnold Moss, Elaine Rost, Ernest Kinoy (writer), Roger De Koven, Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Staats Cotsworth, Elaine Rost, James Monks, William Zuckert. 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
A New Dress For The Dance (Aired May 18, 1946)
A Date with Judy was an American radio program during the 1940s. It was a teenage comedy that began as a summer replacement for Bob Hope's show, sponsored by Pepsodent and airing on NBC from June 24 to September 16, 1941, with 14-year-old Ann Gillis in the title role. Dellie Ellis portrayed Judy when the series returned the next summer (June 23-September 15, 1942). Louise Erickson took over the role the following summer (June 30 - September 22, 1943) when the series, sponsored by Bristol Myers, replaced The Eddie Cantor Show. Louise Erickson continued as Judy for the next seven years, as the series, sponsored by Tums, aired from January 18, 1944 to January 4, 1949. As the popularity of the radio series peaked, Jane Powell starred as Judy in the MGM movie, A Date with Judy (1948). Co-starring with Powell were Elizabeth Taylor, Wallace Beery, Robert Stack, and Carmen Miranda. Ford Motors and Revere Cameras were the sponsors for the final season of the radio series on ABC from October 13, 1949 to May 25, 1950.

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July 30, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Old Enemy (Aired July 15, 1956)
Fort Laramie had one of the strongest supporting casts in radio history: John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Larry Dobkin, Ben Wright, Jeanette Nolan, and Harry Bartell. Most of them were also working regularly on Gunsmoke. And while Bill Conrad ("Matt Dillon") and Georgia Ellis ("Miss Kitty") never got to Fort Laramie, Parley Baer ("Chester") and Howard McNear ("Doc Adams") did. They both had major roles in the 7-29-56 production entitled "Nature Boy" and McNear had a reoccurring role as "Pliny" the sutler. Later, to create a foursome of major cast members, Macdonnell introduced "Lt. Seiberts" in episode #7, which aired 3-4-56 and he gave the role to Harry Bartell. THIS EPISODE: July 15, 1956. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Old Enemy". A trooper from out of Captain Quince's past named Patchen, joins the troop and creates problems. The program was recorded June 21, 1956. The script is reported to have been written by Les Crutchfield. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Paul Dubov, James Nusser, Joe Cranston, Herb Vigran. 31:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Witch Of The Willows (Aired January 29, 1964)
The Black Mass was a horror-fantasy radio drama produced by Erik Bauersfeld, a leading West Coast radio dramatist. The series aired on KPFA (Berkeley) and KPFK (Los Angeles) from 1960 to 1965 on an irregular schedule. Bauersfeld was the Director of Drama and Literature at KPFA from 1962 to 1991. After John Whiting began at KPFA in 1960, he subsequently became the listener-supported station's production director, presenting dozens of programs about the arts and current affairs over a 14-year span. Whiting was the sound designer on The Black Mass, and his collaborations with Bauersfeld were later credited as "keeping radio drama alive in America in the 1960s. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1964. KPFA/KPFK, Los Angeles/Berkeley. "The Witch Of The Willows". Sustaining. The program was repeated October 17, 1964. Lord Dunsany (author), Erik Bauersfeld (adaptor, producer, performer), Pat Franklyn, Peter Winkler (music), John Whiting (technical production), Jack Nessel (creator), Bernard Mayes. 20:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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