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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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August 29, 2015 07:55 PM PDT
The Trouble With Robots (Aired May 28, 1958)
Starting as a replacement show for Gangbusters and Counterspy, the series premiered December 11, 1957 and it ran until June 13, 1958. Quoting from Astounding Magazine, "Exploring Tomorrow is the first science fiction radio show of science-fictioneers, by science- fictioneers, and for science-fictioneers" The shows were narrated by the editor of Astounding Magazine, John W. Campbell, Jr., with scripts written by Gordon Dickson, Robert Silverberg and many other notable science fiction writers. The shows, running approximately 25 minutes each, aired on Wednesdays at 8:05 PM. Twenty eight of the twenty nine shows in the series survived and are available to collectors. THIS EPISODE: May 28, 1958. Program #19. Mutual network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Trouble With Robots". The country of Transylvania is now being run by robots and a mad Baron. The title may be, "New Transylvania" or "Hunting Lodge." Larry Haines, Don Douglas, Bill Mahr (announcer), John Campbell Jr. (host). 19:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 03:13 PM PDT
Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem (Aired April 19, 1950)
Dr. Kildare was produced for syndication in 1949 at WMGM, New York. It was based on the popular Dr. Kildare movies of the late 1930's and early 1940's, and brought to the microphone the stars of that series, Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. Ayres played the young, idealistic Dr. James Kildare; Barrymore, ever in character, was the crusty, loveable diagnostician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. The men worked at Blair General Hospital, "one of the great citadels of American medicine -- a clump of gray-white buildings planted deep in the heart of New York -- where life begins, where life ends, where life goes on." Kildare really believed that oath, and that's what this series was all about. His battle with hospital administration, stupid patients, and stupid parents made this the Marcus Welby of the 1940's. THIS EPISODE: April 19, 1950. Program #12. "Murphy's Hearing Problem" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Drs. Kildare and Gillespie try to help young Terry Murphy who has been caught trying to steal a pistol from a sporting goods store. Terry is then accused of stealing a scalpel! Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Les Crutchfield (writer), Ted Osborne, Norman Field, Virginia Gregg, Jerry Farber, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Peggy Webber, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Careless Client (Aired October 15, 1950)
The success of the Falcon films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called MICHAEL WARING working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy. Barry Kroeger was the first radio voice of the Falcon, followed by James Meighan, Les Tremayne, George Petrie, and Les Damon. Nearly all the shows were broadcast from New York. THIS EPISODE: October 15, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Careless Client". Sponsored by: Kraft. A private eye locates a man for a tough guy with a Greek accent (despite his very Italian name). The tough guy is soon shot in Brooklyn, in a furnished room. "The Falcon" is accused of the murder! The story has a surprise ending (for a change)! Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Drexel Drake (creator), Mandel Kramer, Jackson Beck. 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Registered Letter (Aired July 10, 1949)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: July 10, 1949. "The Registered Letter" - CBS network. Sustaining. Is Luigi's antique store in violation of the fire code? J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Ken Peters, Joe Forte, Lou Derman (writer), Lyn Murray (music director), Jody Gilbert, Paul Masterson (announcer). 27:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 29, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tom Mix" - The Mystery Of Magic Mesa (Aired December 16, 1949)
Mix began his film career as a supporting cast member with the Selig Polyscope Company. His first shoot in 1910 at their studio in the Edendale district of Los Angeles (now known as Echo Park) was Ranch Life in the Great Southwest, in which he showed his skills as a cattle wrangler. The film was a success and Mix became an early motion picture star. Olive gave birth to their daughter Ruth on July 13, 1912. Mix performed in more than 100 films for Selig, many of which were filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico. While with Selig he co-starred in several films with Victoria Forde and they fell in love. He divorced Olive Stokes in 1917. By then Selig Polyscope had encountered severe financial difficulties and Tom Mix and Victoria Forde both subsequently signed with Fox Film Corporation, which had leased the Edendale studio. Mix and Forde married in 1918 and they had a daughter, Thomasina Mix (Tommie), in 1922. THIS EPISODE: December 16, 1949. Mutual network. "The Mystery Of The Magic Mesa". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals. Tom breaks up a gang of smugglers. He then has to fight a giant with his bare hands! Curley Bradley, George Lowther (writer), Leo Curley, Don Gordon (announcer). 24:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Child Support (Aired February 20, 1954)
The listener was never left hanging. Mindful of the fact that Case Dismissed was being heard in many other states besides Illinois, the program regularly reminded its listeners that the problems presented and legal remedies offered were based only on then current Illinois Law. But it's also clear that because they were mindful of a larger audience, the producers and writers very helpfully selected a broad range of legal topics that were general enough in nature to present useful choices and information to residents in virtually any state that might be listening in. All told, a fascinating, useful, and well mounted series of legal dramas. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1954. NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A father plans to skip town to avoid paying his ex-wife's child support. A program about "Child Support" and domestic relations. Harry Elders, Robert Carmen (writer), Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Rosemary Kelly, Muriel Monsell, Jack Lester, Clare Baum, Tom Evans (sound), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Phillip Lord, Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 27:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Silent Witnesses (Aired March 27, 1947)
Crime club was a Mutual Network murder and mystery series, a product of the Doubleday Crime Book Club imprints found weekly in bookstores everywhere. The telephone rings "Hello, I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the reading lamp." The Librarian, played by Raymond E. Johnson, begins reading the tale. Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights Out, Quiet Please) did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1947. Mutual network. "Silent Witnesses". Sustaining. A woman hears two shots while asleep. A corpse is found shortly afterward, with only one hole! Roger Bower (producer), Jock MacGregor (director), Jack McBride, Julie Stevens, Helen Shields, Dan Ocko, Barry Thompson, Joe DeSantis, Robert George Dean (writer), James Earthine (adaptor), Shirling Oliver. 30:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Doctor's Dilemma (Aired March 2, 1954)
As hard as it may be to believe by today's standards, Rocky Fortune was Frank Sinatra's only dramatic Radio program from The Golden Age of Radio as the lead in a recurring role. As a variety guest performer, Sinatra's Radiography goes on and on and on. But this was the program that a great many of the growing number of fans of Sinatra's acting work really wanted to hear. NBC spared no expense to showcase this growing super-star of the 1940s and 1950s, and it shows in both production values and supporting voice talent. Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1954. "The Doctor's Dilemma " - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A doctor's son has stolen $25,000 worth of narcotics from his father's office. Rocky pretends that he's a blackmailer and lays a trap. See cat. #88919 for a network version of this program Frank Sinatra, Raymond Burr, Norm Sickle (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Maurice Hart, Jack Carroll, Georgia Ellis, Barney Phillips. 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Chivalrous Gunman (Aired August 14, 1947)
The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. THIS EPISODE: August 14, 1947. CBS network. "The Chivalrous Gunman". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. The witness to a robbery and murder refuses to identiy the killer. Robbery, double-cross and a double murder, with the bad guy brought to justice with the help of the green-eyed monster. Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), Bernard Lenrow, Byron Winget (sound effects), Jerry McCarty (sound effects), William Pearson (engineer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 32:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 28, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Good Looking Baby Sitter (Aired April 30, 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. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. THIS EPISODE: April 30, 1947. CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. Jack sings, "Would You Believe Me?" Del and Jack imitate the Ink Spots to sing a Campbell's soup commercial to the tune of, "I'll See You In My Dreams." Don't miss this commercial! Jack's date Joyce turns into "The Good Looking Baby Sitter". Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Irene Ryan. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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