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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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February 10, 2016 12:45 PM PST
Death Wish (Aired October 1, 1947)
While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play. Kent Taylor starred in the half-hour TV series, The Adventures of Boston Blackie. Syndicated in 1951, it ran for 58 episodes, continuing in repeats over the following decade. THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1947. Program #129. "Death Wish" - Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. Jim Wells seems to have a death wish; he doesn't care about the killers threatening him! Blackie's girlfriend has been kidnapped! Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 10, 2016 06:58 AM PST
Special Guest Is Barry Nelson (Aired September 21, 1950)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's ialTavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1950. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Archie buys an $18 radio transmitter from Slippery McGuire and plans to go on the air with "Special Guest Barry Nelson". Ed Gardner, Ed Pinchon, Charlie Cantor, Barry Nelson. 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 10, 2016 01:00 AM PST
The Dark Corner - Starring Lucille Ball (Aired November 10, 1947)
Lux Radio Theater employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the new permanent host, a post he held from late 1945 through 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early '50s. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1947. CBS network. "The Dark Corner". Sponsored by: Lux, Pepsodent. A former San Francisco private eye, just in back New York after two years in prison (the victim of a frame-up), finds himself a target for another send-up and murder. Lucille Ball, Mark Stevens, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Joseph Kearns, Wally Maher, Dan O'Herlihy, Fay Baker, William Johnstone (doubles), Truda Marson, Janet Scott (doubles), Lois Corbett (doubles), Norma Jean Nilsson, Noreen Gammill, Edward Marr (doubles), Stanley Farrar (doubles), Herb Butterfield (doubles), Cliff Clark (doubles), Howard McNear (doubles), Dorothy Lovett (commercial spokesman: as "Libby"), Jay Dratler (screenwriter), Bernard Schoenfeld (screenwriter), Leo Rosten (author), Betty Ann Lynn (intermission guest), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 59:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 09, 2016 07:00 PM PST
The Count Trefanno Crest (Aired January 15, 1950)
The audition featured Tom Collins as former attorney and O.S.S. officer, Frank Race. Race is aided by his associate, former cab driver, Marcus 'Marc' Donovan portrayed by Tony Barrett. Lurene Tuttle is also featured in the audition. The audition lays out the premise for the contemplated series. Frank Race has returned to civilian life after a wartime stint as an operative for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) the progenitor of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). Somewhat disenchanted with the prospect of returning to practice Law, Race forms his own investigations firm, specializing in industrial, State, and international crimes of fraud and espionage. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1950. Program #38. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Count Treffano Crest". Commercials added locally. A Filipino named Viventi asks Frank Race to help him find his missing boss. Frank finds Jonathan Templeton, dead in his closet. Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Georgia Ellis, Gunnar Peterson, Jack Kruschen, Eve McVey, Parley Baer, Bert Holland. 26:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 09, 2016 01:01 PM PST
The First Aid Course (Aired June 3, 1951)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: June 3, 1951. "The First Aid Course" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Miss Brooks has to take over teaching Madison High's first aid course. But first, a test of her abilities. The system cue has been deleted. Eve Arden, Al Lewis (writer, director), Jane Morgan, Gloria McMillan, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Richard Crenna, Larry Berns (producer), Mary Jane Croft, Wilbur Hatch (music). 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 09, 2016 05:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Loving Cup (Aired June 24, 1956)
By the mid-1950s when Fort Laramie began, most of the actors on the west coast were doing some television and movie work so the program was rehearsed and taped for transcription during the evening. Once a week the cast and crew gathered at CBS Studio One in Hollywood to tape the show. In 1956 this was the last radio production studio in use in California. The series debuted on January 22, 1956 with an episode entitled "Playing Indian." Fort Laramie aired forty one episodes from January 22, 1956 to October 28, 1956. An audition episode was recorded on July 25, 1955. THIS EPISODE: June 24, 1956. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Loving Cup". Captain Quince has an unusual way to give Lieutenant Seiberts the confidence he needs to be a good officer. The program was recorded May 31, 1956. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), Helen Kleeb. 30:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 09, 2016 01:00 AM PST
Five Ounces Of Treason (Aired January 13, 1951)
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. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regulars co-stars throughout that first season. One of Radio's most successful directors, William N. Robson, directed the first season of The Man Called X and though Gordon Jenkins appears to be credited with the music for the first season, Felix Mills is also personally cited by Herbert Marshall with at least one Music Direction credit--the season finale. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1951. "Five Ounces Of Treason" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. Ken Thurston flies to Cuba to track down "a tiny package that threatens the welfare of the world." Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, J. Richard Kennedy (producer), Felix Mills (composer, conductor), Les Crutchfield (writer), Jack Latham (announcer). 28:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 08, 2016 08:00 PM PST
Death In Fancy Dress (Aired December 27, 1948)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "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). THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1948. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Death In Fancy Dress". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A blackmailer is possibly responsible for murder too. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Jay Novello, Gloria Blondell, Ken Christy, Luis Van Rooten, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 08, 2016 02:58 PM PST
Mistaken Countess (Aired February 2, 1944)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. 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 Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis.

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February 08, 2016 10:00 AM PST
The Missing Newshawk Caper (Aired July 18, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: July 18, 1948. CBS network. "The Missing Newshawk Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. Spade is hired to find a reporter named Ray McCully. Spade finds him all right, stabbed to death! Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Dashiell Hammett (creator), William Conrad, Sara Berner, Bea Benaderet (possibly), Alan Reed, Gil Doud (writer, director), Robert Tallman (writer), Lud Gluskin (music), Dick Joy (announcer). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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