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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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May 24, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
Murder Seeks A Lost Penny (Aired December 9, 1954)
The main writer for the series was Richard Ellington, but it was also scripted by Robert Sloane, Lawrence Klee and others. The veteran character actor Ed Begley was featured as Sgt. O'Hara. Regulars on the program included Petty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North, and Vicki Vola, also the female lead in "Mr. District Attorney." Amzie Strickland played the ingenue, Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison played Runyon's mother during the early episodes. The cast also included Dan Ocko, Roily Bester (wife of Alfred Pester, the science fiction writer), and Robert Dryden. An eleven-piece orchestra was on hand to provide live music, and was directed by Bernard Green, who also wrote that memorably stirring theme. The sound effects were by Ed Blaney, who actually did drop a coin in a change slot each week for the sound of the drug store scale." THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1954. Program #17. Grace Gibson syndication (Australia). "Murder Seeks A Lost Penny". Commercials added locally. Lloyd Berrill, Grace Gibson (producer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
Knocked Off His Feet (Aired May 11, 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. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1951. "Knocked Off His Feet" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Anacin. Recorded April 25, 1951, with most commercials and the system cue added at the time of broadcast. Ken Thurston finds an elusive countess aboard an ocean liner en route to Hawaii, and a spy named George Korloff, dead for six months but recently seen in a bar in San Francisco! Carleton Young, George Neise, Harry Lang, Herbert Marshall, Jack Latham (announcer), Joan Banks, Leon Belasco, Peter Leeds, Will Wright. 27:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2017 10:09 AM PDT
The Silver Cigarette Case aka: The Murder Of Charles Brooks (Aired January 6, 1952)
This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1952. NBC network. Sustaining. How a "Silver Cigarette Case" led to two murders. A "Chicago" gangster want-a-be and his gun moll start a crime wave. The final public service announcement and the system cue have been deleted. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2017 05:21 AM PDT
Building Materials (Aired November 20, 1946)
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 led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue. THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1946. CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack is planning to raise chickens and farm for eggs, but there's a shortage of "Building Materials" at an affordable price for the coop. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2017 10:35 PM PDT
The Haunted Hangman (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Creaking Door was South African Radio's attempt to create a compelling program of highly suspenseful, dramatic thrillers with a supernatural bent for their sponsor, State Express Cigarettes. Some commentators insist it was conceived as a spin-off of the already successful Inner Sanctum episodes that had been syndicated for broadcast in Australia and South Africa during the 1950s. Given the format, one can see the inference, but in fact The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Carter didn't care for the name, so on the spur of the moment Hi Brown suggested Inner Sanctum as an alternative, and voila, Radio history was made. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 23, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
Highway Of Escape (Aired July 9, 1945)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Highway Of Escape". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A young woman, stuck in the desert with her stepfather, finally kills the old man and drives off with the first motorist passing by. A flight across the desert follows. Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (writer), Eleanor Beeson, Wilbur Hatch (music), Lurene Tuttle. 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
The Absolute Truth (Aired January 28, 1949)
My Favorite Husband is the name of an American radio program and network television series. The original radio show, co-starring Lucille Ball, was the initial basis for what evolved into the groundbreaking TV sitcom I Love Lucy. The series was based on the 1940 novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, written by Isabel Scott Rorick, which had previously been adapted into the 1942 Paramount feature film Are Husbands Necessary?, co-starring Ray Milland and Betty Field. My Favorite Husband began on CBS Radio with Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cugat. After a few early episodes, confusion with bandleader Xavier Cugat prompted a name change to Liz and George Cooper. The cheerful couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the fictitious city of Sheridan Falls and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 23, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
The Khaki Handkerchief (Aired October 14, 1952)
The Black Museum had much to recommend it. First and foremost, Orson Welles' stirring narratives, framing, and exposition were head and shoulders above the competition. Clive Brook for all of the authenticity his natural British voice and accent lent to Secrets of Scotland Yard, nevertheless wasn't given the dramatic latitude that Orson Welles was. But this was very much by design. Clive Brook's expositions on Secrets of Scotland Yard were more of an historical nature, whereas Orson Welles' expositions, due to the more morbid and gruesome cases selected for The Black Museum, clearly had more to work with. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 14, 1952. Towers Of London syndication, MGM Radio Attractions, BBC rebroadcast. "The Khaki Handkerchief". Kate Hart and Doris Lyons are found dead in a wood. The handkerchief leads to a member of the army. The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.M/I>

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May 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
The Lady Was Lethal (4 Episodes COMPLETE) 1950 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Carter Brown Mysteries is an old time radio show using the characters from the prolific mystery writer Carter Brown. This great old time radio mystery series is known for it's quick pace, good screenplay, and acting. These stories were produced in Australia, and they are great. A lot of old time radio fans Carter Brown Mysteries, old time radioshy away from shows produced outside of the US. Usually it's because in some of those old time radio programs, the accents make it a little tougher listen. Not the case here though. All the stories are 4 parters, each about 13-14 miutes long. Of course great writing, but also acting and production values. A very popular and well regarded show. There has been a resurgence in pulp fiction novels, and CarterCarter Brown Mysteries, old time radio Brown Mysteries is one of the series that have become popular again. The artwork used on the cover of the books has become very popular with collectors. Now it's time for the old time radio version to become popular again! Episode Notes From Eddie's Old Time Radio.

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May 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Mystery Is My Hobby - Ticket To Murder (1945) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
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.

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