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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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September 29, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
The Dog Catcher (Aired 7, 1944)
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker."Beginning October 4, 1949, the show was adapted for television for the DuMont Television Network, but Bendix's film contracts prevented him from appearing in the role. Instead, Jackie Gleason starred along with Rosemary DeCamp as wife Peg, Gloria Winters as daughter Barbara (Babs), Lanny Rees as son Chester Jr. (Junior), and Sid Tomack as Gillis, Riley's manipulative best buddy and next-door neighbor. John Brown returned as the morbid counseling undertaker Digby (Digger) O'Dell ("Well, I guess I'll be... shoveling off"; "Business is a little dead tonight").

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September 29, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Criminal Mind (Aired April 27, 1947)
The Clock, is an Australian radio show, a dramatic thirty-minute suspense and mystery series. It was written by Lawrence Klee and narrated by "The Clock." First Broadcast in the United States was in November, 1946. It was syndicated by Grace Gibson syndication. At the time of production, the Australian accent, we now know and love, originating from the Irish and Cockney accents, was rather frowned upon by non other than Australians. The shows tried to sound neutral, then there was hope that the show could be sold to Great Britain and the United States. The show was bought by the ABC network in the States, although the ABC on the CD label (below) stands for the Australian Broadcast Company. The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car. At the end of the fifteen month series run it continued for another 13 weeks but now with an All-American cast with new scripts and the entire crew including the cast, directors, musicians, etc., Americans.

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September 28, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Jean Cooper Murder Case (Aired August 20, 1949)
Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1949. "The Jean Cooper Murder Case" - NBC network. Sustaining. A young girl is run over in Central Park and young Tom Cook is accused of murdering her. A gangland rub-out takes place at the same time! Dick Powell sings, "There's Yes, Yes In Your Eyes." Blake Edwards (writer), David Ellis, Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Edward King (director), Eleanor Audley, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Richard Sanville (director), Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, William Johnstone, Wilms Herbert. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 28, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The Condon Ransom (Aired February 12, 1946)
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: February 12, 1946. Program #44. "The Condon Ransom" - ABC network origination, Ziv syndication. Sponsored by: Champagne Velvet Beer (of Indiana). Blackie solves a kidnapping case with an airplane and a telephone. Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 27:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 28, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Adventure Of The Silent Tongue (Aired December 4, 1949)
The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of 1949. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast 1949-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, Frank Race worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!" Starring "Chandu The Magician" Star Tom Collins. Tom Collins, having recently completed his leading role as Chandu in the 1948 run of Chandu The Magician, returned to One Man's Family after The Adventures of Frank Race and almost got a bid to portray his Nick Lacey character from One Man's Family for the Television version of the series in 1949. THIS EPISODE: December 4, 1949. Program #32. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Silent Tongue". Commercials added locally. A killer en route to the Chair asks Race to take a pair of baby shoes to his wife. A clue to $2 million bucks? Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (orgainist), Art Gilmore (announcer). 28:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 28, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Legal Trouble (Aired March 11, 1943)
The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O,.before moving back to NBC from September 05, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1943. "Legal Trouble" - NBC network. Sponsored by Postum. Why are Henry and Homer late for school each morning? What have they done that's against the law? It appears as if they've stolen two bicycles. Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Clifford Goldsmith (creator, writer). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 28, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Two Of A Kind (Aired July 28, 1944)
Author's Playhouse was an anthology radio drama series, created by Wynn Wright, that aired on the NBC Blue Network from March 5, 1941 until October 1941. It then moved to the NBC Red Network where it was heard until June 4, 1945. Philip Morris was the sponsor in 1942-43. Premiering with "Elementals" by Stephen Vincent Benét, the series featured adaptations of stories by famous authors, such as “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobbies” by Nelson Bond, "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, "The Piano" by William Saroyan and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. Cast members included Curley Bradley, John Hodiak, Marvin Miller, Nelson Olmsted, Fern Persons, Olan Soule and Les Tremayne. Orchestra conductors for the program were Joseph Gallicchio, Rex Maupin and Roy Shield. Directors included Norman Felton, Homer Heck and Fred Weihe. The series was a precursor to several NBC radio programs of the late 1940s and early 1950s. THIS EPISODE: July 28, 1944. NBC network. "Two Of A Kind". Sustaining. Two divers descend beneath the sea to rescue men and papers from a sunken sub. H. Vernon Dickson (writer). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 06:57 PM PDT
Knock On Wood (Aired January 22, 1951)
Bob Bailey played George Valentine as a detective handy man, who got his jobs from responses to a newspaper ad. Part-time detective and writer Dan Holiday in Box 13 also used the premise. It pays to advertise! The shows follow the usual formats of crime caper shows, with toughs, mysterious rendezvous and people who aren't who they say they are. Francis Robinson first played Brooksie, then Virginia Gregg took the role through its best years. Both ladies played Brooksie smart and sassy. Brooksie took every occasion to make it clear to George that the case he was the most off base on was the "Case of the Missing Engagement Ring." THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1951. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Knock On Wood". Sponsored by: Standard Oil. Ken Peters substitutes for Bob Bailey (who was out sick) in the lead. A landlord asks George Valentine for help with a problem tenant. Murder soon takes out a lease. A second murder by electrocution takes place soon after! By the time the third murder takes place, even George is ready to knock on wood! Ken Peters, Virginia Gregg, Ken Christy, Howard McNear, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Joseph Du Val, Fred Howard, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), Don Clark (director), David Victor (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer). 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Sixteen Jewel Thieves (Aired August 18, 1949)
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. A single minute of "A Gun For Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on "Dragnet". While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard, the listener hears a series of overlapping effects: a squeaking gate hinge, footsteps, a technician scraping blood into a paper envelope, the glassy chime of chemical vials, bird calls and a dog barking in the distance. Scripts tackled a number of topics, ranging from the thrilling (murders, missing persons and armed robbery) to the mundane (check fraud and shoplifting). THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1949. Program #11. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Sixteen Jewel Burglaries". There have been sixteen jewel burglaries in the last sixteen days, a very active thief! The trail leads to Walter Tracy. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan. 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Getting A Job For Raymond (11-15-50)
The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative comments as there were just too many similarities between the two series. Also, the series was without a sponsor, although some of the last shows were sponsored by the US Armed Forces. The series lasted only one season. The regular cast consisted of Harold Peary, Gloria Holiday, Peary’s wife, who played Gloria, Joseph Kearns as Old Doc ‘Yak Yak’ Yancy, Mary Jane Croft and Parley Baer. The announcer was Bob Lamond. The series was directed by Norman MacDonnell. Writers for the series were Harold Peary, Bill Danch, Jack Robinson and Gene Stone. Music was by Jack Meakin. The last show aired on June 13, 1951. The director of the show was Norm MacDonnell, who went on to create perhaps the greatest old time radio show - Gunsmoke, and another western, Fort Laramie. THIS EPISODE: November 15, 1950. CBS network. Sustaining. "Getting A Job For Raymond" Harold has a house guest; it's cousin Raymond, who doesn't work. Harold Peary sings, "If You Were The Only Girl In The World." Harold Peary (performer, creator), Jane Morgan, William Tracy, Parley Baer, Olan Soule, Maurey Alden, Gloria Holiday, Joseph Kearns, Bob Lemond (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer). 30:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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