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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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 21, 2017 11:02 AM PDT
The Mystery Of Mary K (Aired July 9, 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." THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1951. Program #16. ZIV Syndication. "Mystery Of The Mary K". Commercials added locally. Slate Shannon and Sailor find four men in a drifting boat...machine gunned to death. They are in a lifeboat from the "Mary Kay," a ship missing for a year! This program may be Ziv #57. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Tony Barrett. 25:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Fall Semester (Aired May 30, 1953)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: May 30, 1953. CBS network. "Fall Semester". Sustaining. Lee Dargan is being cheated by his foreman Jim Slater. His cattle are being stolen, but he doesn't know how! William Conrad, Parley Baer, Roy Rowan (announcer), Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, Norman Macdonnell (director), John McIntire, Harry Bartell, John Dehner, John Meston (writer), Rex Koury (composer, conductor). 30:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 21, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
To Have & To Hold (Aired August 12, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." THIS EPISODE: August 12, 1945. Program #22. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "To Have and To Hold". Commercials added locally. A young girl visits an old aunt who hasn't been seen by anyone for the last forty years! This program has also been dated October 14, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Phillip Clarke (host), Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Shadow - The Murder Underground (Aired March 9, 1941)
The Shadow featured radio's foremost crimefighter and was the highest-rated daytime series for many years. A man of mystery who was "never seen, only heard," The Shadow was also the first multimedia sensation and helped propel the young Orson Welles into the national spotlight. The famous character was also portrayed on radio by James LaCurto, Frank Readick, Carl Kroenke, Bill Johnstone, John Archer, Steve Courtleigh and Bret Morrison. The readers of Walter Gibson's pulp novels knew The Shadow as a master investigator who operated under the cover of darkness as he commanded a small army of agents in his war against the underworld and white-collar criminals. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1941. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "The Murder Underground". William Johnstone, Marjorie Anderson, Ken Roberts (announcer), Jerry Devine (writer). 25:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Misfortune's Isle (Aired March 21, 1948)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1948. CBS network. "Misfortune's Isle". Sustaining. East coast broadcast. A swashbuckling tale of adventure, treasure, Dayak headhunters, and a beautiful senorita. The program opening is very slightly upcut. William N. Robson (producer, director), Paul Frees, Virginia Gregg, William Conrad, Richard Matthews Hallet (author), Les Crutchfield (adaptor), Berry Kroeger, Tony Barrett. 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
The Greek Connection (Aired February 20, 1950)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1950. "The Greek Connection" - NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell is sent to Athens to try to recover stolen radar plans. The program may be dated February 2, 1950. Brian Donlevy, Robert Ryf (writer), Bill Cairn (director), Bruce Ashley (music). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is John Garfield (Aired November 19, 1939)
The Chase and Sanborn Hour was the umbrella title for a series of US comedy and variety shows, sponsored by Chase and Sanborn Coffee, usually airing Sundays on NBC from 8pm to 9pm during the years 1929 to 1948. The series began in 1929 as The Chase and Sanborn Choral Orchestra, a half-hour musical variety show heard Sundays at 8:30pm on NBC. When Maurice Chevalier became the show's star, he received a record-breaking salary of $5000 a week. Violinist David Rubinoff (September 13, 1897 to October 06, 1986), became a regular in January 1931, introduced as "Rubinoff and His Violin."With Chevalier returning to Paris, Eddie Cantor was chosen as his replacement and the new 60-minute program, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, was launched September 13, 1931, teaming Cantor with Rubinoff and announcer Jimmy Wallington. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1939. "Special Guest Is John Garfield" - Red network. Sponsored by: Chase and Sanborn Coffee. The first tune is, "Oh! Johnny." Donald Dickson meets Mortimer Snerd. John Garfield, Lurene Tuttle and Wally Maher appear in, "Courage a la Carte," by Agnes Ridgeway. Guest Alan Mowbray is going into the communications business: carrier pigeons. Charlie's new play is, "Who's Who in The Hoosegow." Rudy Vallee (host), Edgar Bergen, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra, Donald Dickson, John Garfield, Lurene Tuttle, Wally Maher, Alan Mowbray, Agnes Ridgeway (writer), Wendell Niles (announcer, possibly Ken Niles). 59:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
The Hamilton Mystery 03-21-38 (2 Parts Complete)
Blair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this. Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon. The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. Jack Abbot played the Constable. Jack French, one of OTR’s best researchers says this about the series: “Blair is not restricted to Canada, as other Mounties, as we find him, in a few cases, in Great Britain, solving cases. Overall the series is amateurishly written, with the actor playing Blair coming accros as a bit stuffy.” THIS EPISODE: "The Hamilton Mystery" (Parts 1 and 2 (COMPLETE) 03-21-38 and 03-28-38 March 21, 1938. Program #8. Walter Biddick syndication. "The Hamilton Mystery" Part one. While on leave in England, Blair gets involved in the Hamilton murder, an open and shut case against Mrs. Hamilton. . 12 1/2 minutes.

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September 19, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
Official Killer (Aired January 17, 1972)
Wyllis Cooper, who created, wrote, and produced it, was then a 36-year-old staffer in Chicago's NBC Studios. Cooper created his horror "by raiding the larder." For the purposed of Lights Out sound effects, people were what they ate. The sound of a butcher knife rending a piece of uncooked pork was, when accompanied by shrieks and screams, the essence of murder to a listener alone at midnight. Real bones were broken - spareribs snapped with a pipe wrench. Bacon in a frypan gave a vivid impression of a body just electrocuted. And the cannibalism effect was actually a zealous actor. Cooper left the show in 1936 and Oboler was given the job. Oboler lost no time establishing himself as the new master of the macabre. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1972. CBS network. "Official Killer". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe White. The hangman hangs the wrong man. The story is also known as, "State Executioner ." The script was used on Lights Out, August 17, 1943. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Murdered Detective (Aired April 6, 1950)
If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons enjoyed a healthy eighteen-year stint over radio, ending its run not—as previously reported on this blog—on April 19, 1955 but on September 26 of that same year. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1950. CBS network. "The Case Of The Murdered Detective". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A private eye is knifed in a phone booth and the trail leads to stolen charity funds. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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