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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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May 26, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
Blood On The Sand (Aired December 13, 1945)
Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. This was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1945. Mutual network. "Blood On The Sand". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Richard Rogue is at the L7 Dude Ranch, trying to take a vacation, but finding himself in the middle of a murder case. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 10:40 AM PDT
Dead Man's Cavern (Aired April 13, 1944)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. Tuska cited Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) and Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as the best of the Bellamy-Lindsay pairings. "The influence of The Thin Man series was apparent in reverse", Tuska noted about Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery. "Ellery and Nikki are unmarried but obviously in love with each other. Probably the biggest mystery... is how Ellery ever gets a book written. THIS EPISODE: April 13, 1944. Program #1. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Adventure Of Dead Man's Cavern". A corpse is found in a cave with only one set of footprints going into the cave. AFRS program Name: "Mystery Playhouse." The script was used previously on October 22, 1939 (as "The Haunted Cave"). This is the west coast broadcast, the east coast broadcast took place on April 15, 1944. The AFRS transcription has April 14, 1944 etched on the disc matrix. Sydney Smith, Marian Shockley, Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia, Frederic Dannay (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Bob Steel (producer, director), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Charles Paul (organist), Marjorie Lawrence ("Guest Armchair Detective," soprano), Beverley Kelley ("Guest Armchair Detective," Publicity Director of The Ringling Brothers Circus). 27:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Dog License (Aired March 19, 1940)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. THIS EPISODE: March 19, 1940. NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber gets a notice that he must buy a "Dog License", but he has no dog! Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Isabel Randolph, Gale Gordon, Bill Thompson, Harold Peary, Don Quinn (writer). 30:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Work Of A Lifetime (Aired March 18, 1947)
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today. Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” THIS EPISODE March 18, 1947. Mutual network. "Work Of A Lifetime". Sustaining. A prison chaplain moves away, but his "associates" follow him to his new parish. Edward G. Robinson (host), Pat O'Brien, Bill Williams, Matt Taylor (writer), True Boardman (adaptor), Bob Longnecker (producer). 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
The Temple Of Huizilipochle (Aired June 29, 1953)
There were four series under the Hall Of Fantasy banner, all produced by Richard Thorne. The first Hall Of Fantasy originated from radio station KALL in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers for the station and produced the rather barebones shows, possibly late in 1946 and into 1947. The series consisted of 26 shows. Broadcast dates for the shows are not known. The shows were written or adapted by Robert Olson and directed by Mr. Thorne. Most were classic murder mysteries with traditional endings; the evil-doer got his just rewards. The series was sponsored by the Granite Furniture Company, although existing shows are missing the commercials, apparently because they were inserted live. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination (possibly syndicated). "The Temple Of Huitzilipochle". Commercials added locally. Two explorers face a tribe of savages in the Brazilian jungle. Richard Thorne (writer). 25:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The American Kremlin (Aired November 6, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1952. Program #8. ZIV Syndication. "The American Kremlin". Commercials added locally. After seeing a dead body at party headquarters, Cvetic is sent to New York to subvert a labor union. Cvetic is accused of being an FBI spy by a clever fat man. The date is subject to correction. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer). 26:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Big Mustache (Aired March 23, 1954)
The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1954. Program #240. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big Mustache". A man with a false moustache is suspected of robbing a supermarket. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer). 30:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Mailing Income Tax (Aired March 10, 1951)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1951. "Mailing Income Tax" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie mails the family's income tax return. Now, how to get that letter back and save $50. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Carl Jampel (writer), Nat Polen, Donald Bayh, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Wendell Holmes, Dick Dudley (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Contract On The Saint (Aired July 9, 1950)
The signature theme of The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1950. NBC network. "Contract On The Saint" aka: "The Problem Of The Peculiar Payoff". Sustaining. The program is preceded by a Korean War news bulletin. Who wants "The Saint" killed, and was he given $15,000? Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), Jerome Epstein (writer), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Theodore Von Eltz, Don Stanley (announcer), Frances Robinson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Donald Woods. 27:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
The Shop Around The Corner (Starring James Stewart) Aired September 29, 1940
The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1940. The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on a 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie, written by Miklós László. This film was ranked #28 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions. In 1999, The Shop Around the Corner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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