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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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June 23, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
2 Episodes From (1947) "The Coin Collector Mystery" and "Bullets Make Holes"
Glen Langan stars as Barton Drake who presents each episode in the first person and to a live audience. It ran from 1945 through 1948. Suspense, mystery and drama seem to be an every day part of his life. Stolen treasure maps, murder at every turn and all entangled with the sounds of a loud organ meant to keep the listener on the edge of their chair. Fred Howard (writer), Dave Titus (director), Ray Wilson (writer), Len Salvo (composer, conductor), Ken Christy, John McIntire, Betty Lou Gerson, Bruce Buell (anouncer), Junius Matthews. Drake was writer who loves to solve crimes and mysteries, together with his sidekick Noah Danton, a police officer. Before each episode ended, Drake would cite his line "mystery is my hobby," hence the title of the show. TODAY'S SHOW: 1947. Program #48. Mutual net origination, Lawrence syndication. "The Coin Collector Mystery". Commercials added locally. Coin collector Grant Parker has a Maria Theresa Thaler. One of his weekend guests is planning to steal the coin. Barton Drake is attacked by a boomarang! The program concludes with the phrase, "Murder Is My Hobby," indicating a rebroadcast of the earlier, network series. The date is approximate. Glenn Langan, Norman Field. 25:22.
1947. Mutual net origination, Lawrence syndication. "Bullets Make Holes". Commercials added locally. Case History #114. "Ronald The Razor" has escaped from prison and is heading towards a rural lodge. Seven shots are heard from Cabin #6, which is immediately deduced as pistol shots (a .45 automatic). The date is approximate. Max Warner has been shot through the jugular vein. His friend Steve Morgan has admitted to the shooting. Max's wife says, "I'm glad he's dead, the louse!" The date is approximate. Glenn Langan, Norman Field. 24:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 23, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Waters Of Death (Aired March 19, 1970)
The Epic Casebook (1957–1985) - "... in which Inspector Carr investigates ..." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1964 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980s with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned. The series is currently being rebroadcast on the Internet Radio Service of Springbok Radio & can be heard on Thursdays.

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June 22, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
Vanessa (Aired December 10, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1939. CBS network. "Vanessa". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Victoria melodrama of lost love and insanity. Alfred Shirley, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Eustace Wyatt, Helen Hayes (narrator), Hugh Walpole (author), John Hoysrot, Kingsley Colton, Orson Welles (host). 45:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2017 04:58 PM PDT
The Blue Penny Murder Case (Aired August 23, 1949)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. The radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1949. Program #59. ZIV Syndication. "The Blue Penny Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Edith Allen has been murdered; no motive has been discovered. The clues lie in the sheet music business, and who printed the song, "The Blue Penny." Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 30:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Dixon Murder Matter (Aired June 16, 1957
On October 3, 1955, after a hiatus of over a year, the show came back with a vengeance. A new production team, including director/writer Jack Johnstone, a new star, Bob Bailey, from the radio series Let George Do It, and a new format would set the series apart from its competitors. Johnny's cases were now a continuing serial, five days a week, for fifteen minutes each evening. With 75 minutes of airtime, minus commercials and openings and closings, there was sufficient time to develop good storylines and interesting characters. During this time, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Dixon Murder Matter". The name of the boat is the clue to the killer. See if you can guess whodunit! Bob Bailey, Frank Nelson, Russell Thorson, Sam Edwards. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
Archie Has Three Days To Live (Aired February 9, 1949)
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 Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1949. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. "Archie Has Three Days To Live". Commercials added locally. Archie's doctor has told him that he only has three days to live...or did he? Archie keeps the true diagnosis from the gang down at the tavern. Ed Gardner, Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor, Florence Halop (as "Miss Duffy"), John Morris (producer, director), Matty Malneck and His Orchestra. 29:00.

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June 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
The Meek Die Slowly (Aired April 3, 1945)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open. Every week, Inner Sanctum Mysteries told stories of ghosts, murderers and lunatics. Produced in New York, the cast usually consisted of veteran radio actors, with occasional guest appearances by such Hollywood stars Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains. What made Inner Sanctum Mysteries unique among radio horror shows was its host, a slightly-sinister sounding man originally known as “Raymond.” The host had a droll sense of humor and an appetite for ghoulish puns. THIS EPISODE: April 3, 1945. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Meek Die Slowly". A ghastly story that starts with "Mr. Narco" stabbing Jane Carter to death with a pair of garden shears. Arnold Moss sports a delightful German-Transylvanian accent. The music fill after the system cue has been deleted. The script was used on "Inner Sanctum" on September 7, 1952. Arnold Moss, Paul McGrath (host). 23:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Lost and Found (Aired December 7, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952 leaving only the television version (which began in 1950). (Thanks to Robert G. Corder, author of a new biography of Edward Pawley.) THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1948. NBC network. "The Case Of The Lost and Found". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso. Dick Rutter, the star reporter of a competing paper, disappears. Steve Wilson of the Illustrated Press suspects a connection to the "Lucky Louie" murder. The program has also been dated December 1, 1948. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, producer), Hugh James (announcer). 30:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
The Kuan Yin Statue (Aired April 2, 1951)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. THIS EPISODE: April 2, 1951. Program #2. ZIV Syndication. "The Kuan Yin Statue". Commercials added locally. A beautiful Chinese girl is killed to get an idol she has smuggled into Havana. Transitions and plot summaries are sung by "King Moses (Jester Hairston)," a calypso singer. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Shirley Mitchell, Junius Matthews, Joseph Du Val. 28:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
The Case Of Tommy Holmes (Aired October 7, 1942)
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: October 7, 1942. CBS network. "The Case Of Tommy Holmes". Sponsored by: Vaseline. Jean Hersholt, Lurene Tuttle, Tyler McVey, Frederick Shields, Dix Davis, Griff Barnett, James Eagles. 24:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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