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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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November 27, 2014 10:12 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Turkey Shoot (Aired September 7, 1958)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as THE true adult western and one of the finest old time radio shows. THIS EPISODE: September 7, 1958. "Turkey Shoot" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Tried It, Didn't Like It". Hank Jurgens complains that twelve year old Eddie Cates has been shooting his turkeys. When Eddie tells his father Grover that Hank has been visiting his step-mother Alma while Grover is away, his father swears revenge. The public service announcements have been deleted. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Les Crutchfield (writer), Vic Perrin, Jeanne Bates, Dick Beals, George Walsh (announcer). 22:12.

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November 27, 2014 07:24 AM PST
Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 27, 1946)
Carson's success on radio led to the start of a lucrative film career. An early stand-out role for Carson was as an undercover G-Man feigning drunkenness opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled, Enemy Agent. Carson shortly thereafter achieved contract-player status with Warner Brothers. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with the popular Crosby and Hope road pictures. However, despite this auspicious beginning, most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedies with Morgan and later with Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945) where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. THIS EPISODE: November 27, 1946. "Thanksgiving Dinner" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack's going to have to work on his current film on Thanksgiving Day. The solution is to have Thanksgiving dinner one day early. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 11:00 PM PST
The Garrulous Bartender (Aired July 24, 1949)
The Series was heard over all four networks over the following four years in initial syndication and rebroadcast. Given one's geographical location, a listener might well have been able to hear as many as three or four weekly airings of The Adventures of Frank Race. Seasoned writer Joel Murcott joined Broadcasters Program Syndicate for the express purpose of writing and supervising Bruce Eells' first two dramatic offerings, Frontier Town, starring Jeff Chandler under the tongue in cheek performing name 'Tex Chandler' and The Adventures of Frank Race initially starring durable and versatile character actor Tom Collins. Legendary composer Ivan Ditmars scored both the audition and production series. The audition for the series was recorded during February 1949. The audition featured Tom Collins as former attorney and O.S.S. officer, Frank Race. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1949. Program #13. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Garrulous Bartender". Commercials added locally. From $100,000 embezzlement, the trail leads to Juarez, Mexico, and murder. Tom Collins, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer). 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 07:05 PM PST
Death By Scripture (Aired October 9, 1945)
The stories took all sorts of twists and turns, and the body count often exceeded the number of commercials. As Brown himself described it, "We've killed our characters every way. We've knifed them, garroted them, burned them, poisoned them, bashed their heads, given them rare and fantastic diseases, pushed them out of windows and over cliffs." (Grams, 2002, 7) The mood was straight faced and serious, except that Raymond would return during the breaks and loosen up the crowd with his morbid sense of humor. His laugh was particularly sinister, and the organ player (Lew White) knew just how to play off of it. Inner Sanctum featured classic actors, including Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Mercedes McCambridge, Richard Widmark, Santos Ortega, Simone Simon, Raymond Massy, Mason Adams, Agnus Moorehead and countless others. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1945. CBS network. "Death By Scripture". Sponsored by: Lipton Tea and Soups. A chilling story of a refugee camp in China and the Black Dragon Society's desire for revenge against its enemies. Stefan Schnabel, Paul McGrath (host), Mary Bennett (commercial spokeswoman), Joan Banks, Luis Van Rooten, Jackson Beck, Robert Newman (writer). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 04:09 PM PST
Prelude To Thanksgiving (Aired November 22, 1939)
Dr. Christian is a long-running radio series with Jean Hersholt in the title role. It aired on CBS Radio from November 7, 1937, to January 6, 1954.[1] In 1956, the series was adapted for television where it aired in syndication until 1957. After Hersholt portrayed the character Dr. John Luke, based on Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the obstetrician who delivered and cared for the Dionne Quintuplets, in the 20th Century Fox movie The Country Doctor (1936) and its two sequels. He wanted to do the same role on radio but could not get the rights. He decided to create his own doctor character for radio, and since he was a Hans Christian Andersen enthusiast, he borrowed that name for his character of philosophical Dr. Paul Christian. THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1939. CBS network. "Prelude To Thanksgiving". Sponsored by: Vaseline. Jean Hersholt, Art Gilmore (announcer), Rosemary De Camp. 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 11:32 AM PST
Cause For Thanksgiving (Aired November 20, 1950)
The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1950. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Cause For Thanksgiving". Sponsored by: Standard Oil. A Thanksgiving story about a tough ten-year-old boy who refuses to talk. Is it psychic shock? Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Jackson Gillis (writer), David Victor (writer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, presenter), Don Clark (director), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Wally Maher, Carl Watson (commercial spokesman), Bob Burchill (commercial spokesman), Alan Reed, Dick Ryan, Tony Barrett, Jeffrey Silver, Steven Chase. 28:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 08:20 AM PST
Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 22, 1942)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. THIS EPISIODE: November 22, 1942. "Thanksgiving Dinner" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Dinner. "Thanksgiving" program. Gildersleeve tries to get a "B" ration book. Billy Mills (composer, conductor), Earle Ross, Harold Peary, John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell, Verna Felton, Walter Tetley. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 26, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" Powder River Kid (Aired April 6, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1958. CBS network. "The Powder River Kid". Sustaining. The Powder River Kid has been shot, gangrene has set in and he doesn't have long to live. What about the reward? John Dehner, Joseph Kearns, Paula Winslowe, Lawrence Dobkin, Barney Phillips, Antony Ellis (creator, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), John Wald (announcer), Jerry Goldsmith (theme composer). 24:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 25, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Marooned With Death (2-Episodes - COMPLETE) Aired May 13, 1952
Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkroom, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars. The Tom Corbett universe partook of pseudo-science, not equal to the standards of accuracy set by John W. Campbell in the pages of Astounding. And yet, by the standards of the day, it was much more accurate than most media science fiction. TODAY'S SHOW: May 13, 1952. "Marooned With Death" - ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. The cadets start on a rescue mission to the planet Del Porte and are nearly drowned by a tidal wave. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 47:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 25, 2014 07:48 PM PST
The Doris Kane Case (Aired July 5, 1953)
NBC 30 minutes Sunday at 9:30PM.Cast Paul Frees, James Edwards, Jester Hairston, Jay Loughlin, Jonathan Hole, Mady Norman, Don Brinkley (writer), Michael Samoge (? music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). Had a texture and sound not unlike Dragnet, indeed the influence was realized throughout the show. These were true stories of Crime and Punishment, the obvious difference that Dragnet began with the crime while Confession unfolded in reverse order, from the end. Confession was less noisy, it's theme was played on a single piano, but there was still the deadpan dialogue, the thief or killer giving his confession with an air of resignation and defeat. The criminal thus became a stream-of-consciousness narrator, with the action frequently cutting away into drama. "Names were changed to protect the legal rights of the subject" THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1953. NBC network. "The Case Of Doris Kane". Sustaining. Not auditioned. I don't care what she confesses to, just shut up that damn beeper! The system cue has been deleted. Joyce McCluskey, Paul Frees, Virginia Gregg, Sam Edwards, Stacy Harris, Marvin Miller, Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Michael Samoge (music), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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