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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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March 24, 2017 08:00 PM PDT
Carbon Fourteen (Aired January 25, 1948)
The seat of the crimes inevitably is a remote, glamorous area--Shanghai, Rangoon, Singapore, places like that--where the white man's burden is greatly complicated by espionage and skullduggery of one sort or another. One of the more attractive features of this show is its villains, who under no circumstances would commit the gaucherie of snarling: "I wanna see ya bleed to death--slow--". Mr. X's opponents are as suave and well-dressed as he is, know how to order the proper wines, and are, in short, as couth a collection of bad men as ever throttled a millionaire. In fact, the courtesy of Mr. X and his villains--even more when they're threatening to blow one another's brains out--could be held up as an example of matchless propriety to the very young. Besides Mr. X there are a couple of semi-permanent characters--one named Saigon or Paigon or Fagan or something, a minor league crook who usually helps X solve these things, and a girl who holds Mr. X's hand to help him think. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1948. "Carbon Fourteen" - CBS network. Commercials deleted. Bill Wilson, a physics teacher in Los Angeles, has been shot just after telling Ken Thurston about some missing carbon 14. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, Cathy Lewis, Jack Johnstone (director), Sidney Marshall (writer), Wendell Niles (announcer), Johnny Green (composer, conductor). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 24, 2017 03:00 PM PDT
Dinner Of Death (Aired April 23, 1945)
The Bulldog Drummond stories followed Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the fictional Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective. Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and a version of the imperial adventurers depicted by the likes of John Buchan. In terms of the detective genre, the first Bulldog Drummond novel was published after the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Nayland Smith/Fu Manchu novels and Richard Hannay's first three adventures including The Thirty-Nine Steps. The character first appeared in the novel Bulldog Drummond (1920), and this was followed by a lengthy series of books and adaptations for films, radio and television. "Drummond... has the appearance of an English gentleman: a man who fights hard, plays hard and lives clean... His best friend would not call him good-looking but he possess that cheerful type of ugliness which inspires immediate confidence ... Only his eyes redeem his face. Deep-set and steady, with eyelashes that many women envy, they show him to be a sportsman and an adventurer.

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March 24, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
Friday The 13th (Aired May 15, 1949)
Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast---blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright---also received positive reviews. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-1949, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this (award) two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1949. CBS network. Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Lustre Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Shave Cream. It's "Friday The 13th", and Miss Brooks seems destined to cause Mr. Conklin grief. A photo of Miss Brooks in a bathing suit doesn't help! Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Bob Lemond (announcer), Verne Smith (announcer), Gloria McMillan, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Leonard Smith, Larry Berns (producer), Al Lewis (writer, director). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 24, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
Death In The Clouds Pt. 2 of 2 (Aired January 12, 1992)
Poirot's first appearance was in The Mysterious Affair at Styles (published 1920) and his last in Curtain (published 1975, the year before Christie died). On publication of the latter, Poirot was the only fictional character to be given an obituary in the New York Times; 6 August 1975 "Hercule Poirot is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective". By 1930, Agatha Christie found Poirot "insufferable", and by 1960 she felt that he was a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". Yet the public loved him, and Christie refused to kill him off, claiming that it was her duty to produce what the public liked, and what the public liked was Poirot. Here is how Captain Arthur Hastings first describes Poirot: "He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. Even if everything on his face was covered, the tips of moustache and the pink-tipped nose would be visible. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police."

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March 24, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Death In The Clouds Pt. 1 of 2 (Aired January 12, 1992)
Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, is the prominent character among Christie's works. He's known for his famous moustaches and his brain's "little grey cells." Poirot , in his novels and short stories, has proved that anyone can solve a crime just by simply thinking about it. Hercule Poirot is a fictional detective created by Agatha Christie. Along with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters: he appeared in 39 novels and 50 short stories. Poirot has been portrayed on screen, for films and TV, by various actors including Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina and, most recently, and famously, David Suchet. THIS EPISODE: January 12, 1992. "Death In The Clouds". A work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company on March 10 1935 under the title of Death in the Air. After spending a bit of a holiday in Paris, Poirot finds himself on a flight to London with an odd assortment of people, some of whom he had met during his stay. When one of the passengers, Madame Gisele, is murdered during the flight by a poisoned dart. David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Sarah Woodward, Jane Grey. Agatha Christie (Author). Stephen Whittaker (Director). 44:51.

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March 23, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
The Nemesis (Aired January 10, 1943)
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. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1943. CBS network. "The Nemesis". Sustaining. A magician/hypnotist finds out the hard way about a prediction about "the end of a great career." J. Donald Wilson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Late Mrs. Harvey (Aired February 17, 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. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1952. "The Case Of The Late Mrs. Harvey" - NBC network. Sustaining. A blood stained pajama top and a suit of men's clothing in the Black Museum are the artifacts remaining from the 1910 murder of Dr. Harvey's wife. Part of the final public service announcement and the system cue have been deleted. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 23, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
Jack Writes His Will (Aired March 12, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. 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.

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March 23, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Capture Of Stacy Gault (Aired November 1, 1953)
The theme of The Six Shooter wasn't the only aspect of the production that created a buzz throughout during the Fall and Winter of 1953-54. The term 'adult western,' when it was first coined in the late 1940s, referred to the overlaying of contemporary psychological themes onto the western genre of literature, Radio and Film. Just as in noir crime fiction in print, film noir and radio noir had ushered in a new perspective on traditional fiction; the overlaying of contemporary values, psychological themes and sophisticated social interactions between characters of a story. The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1953. "The Capture Of Stacy Gault" - NBC network. Sustaining. Britt forces the sheriff to go after a robber, even though the wounded crook may be the sheriff's son. This is a network, sponsored version. James McCallion is given air credit on this broadcast instead of Bert Holland. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), Parley Baer, Herb Vigran, William Conrad, Frank Burt (writer, creator), Hal Gibney (announcer), James McCallion. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 22, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
Criminal Liability (Aired January 30, 1954)
The Host, John Fitzgerald, would dissect the legal issues involved in the script, point listeners to the right source of legal information--for the State of Illinois, in any case--and suggest alternate scenarios, as time permitted, to further illustrate the larger issues behind that week's topic. As a local presentation, WMAQ's production of Case Dismissed acquitted itself very well indeed. With few exceptions, the enacted legal issues were realistically depicted, thoroughly explored, and informatively resolved. The exposition for and resolution of these programs was never preachy, overly complicated, nor left unresolved. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1954. "Criminal Liability" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A man listens to bad advice and ignores a summons, which winds up costing him $25,000! The moral: see a lawyer. A program about criminal liability. Fern Persons, Patricia Crain, Jack Lester, John Galvaro, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Latow (director), Phillip Lord, Tom Evans (sound), Harry Elders. 27:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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