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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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May 22, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
Dinner At Eight (Aired February 18, 1940)
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: February 18, 1940. CBS network. "Dinner At Eight". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. A radio version of the bittersweet play about society, money and fame. Benny Rubin, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Charles Trowbridge, Clara Blandick, Edgar Barrier, Edna Ferber (author), Ernest Chappell (announcer), George S. Kaufman (co-author), Hedda Hopper, Lucille Ball, Marjorie Rambeau, Mary Taylor, Orson Welles (host). 59:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Johnson Payroll Matter (Aired September 21, 1958)
For over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar". Terry Salomonson in his authoritative "A Radio Broadcast Log of the Drama Program Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar", notes that the original working title was "Yours Truly, Lloyd London". Salomonson writes "Lloyd London was scratched out of the body of (the Dick Powell) audition script and Johnny Dollar was written in. Thus the show was re-titled on this script and the main character was renamed. Why this was done was unclear – possibly to prevent a legal run-in with Lloyd’s of London Insurance Company." Although based in Hartford, Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, freelancer Johnny Dollar managed to get around quite a bit – his adventures taking him all over the world. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1958. CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Johnson Payroll Matter". Johnny's asked to take a relaxing trip to Southern California and pickup $100,000...and bring it back. Part of the system cue has been deleted. Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Forrest Lewis, Shepard Menken, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Jack Johnstone (producer, director), Robert Stanley (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
Hawaiian Vacation (Aired December 28, 1951)
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." Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen, when a film based on the show was made in 1945 or when a bid to bring the show to television was tried in 1954). But Archie always was — bantering with Duffy's man-crazy daughter, Miss Duffy (played by several actresses, beginning with Gardner's real-life first wife, Shirley Booth); with Eddie, the waiter/janitor (Eddie Green); and, especially, with Clifton Finnegan (Charlie Cantor), a likeable soul with several screws loose and a knack for falling for every other salesman's scam. THIS EPISODE: December 28, 1951. "Hawaiian Vacation" - NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin. Archie has entered a slogan contest and he's sure that he's won a trip to Hawaii. "Fats" plays a hot, "Sweet Leilani" on the piano. After he wins the contest, Archie discovers that it was for entries by children under 13-years-old only. The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner (performer, producer as "Edward F. Gardner"), Ed Pinchon, Charlie Cantor, Larry Rhine (writer), Hazel Shermet. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
An Author's Ending (Aired September 13, 1972)
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr (1956-85), "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 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's 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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May 21, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
The Tick Tock Murder Case (Aired August 2, 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. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1949. Program #56. ZIV Syndication. "The Tick-Tock Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A burglar alarm at the Wellington Loan Company has gone off. "Tick-Tock" Maxwell has been murdered. "Sometimes dead men can be more interesting than live ones." A crook willingly admits to robbing the safe, it's his alibi for the murder! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
Engaged In Murder (Aired February 18, 1952
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. THIS EPISODE: February 18, 1952. Program #48. ZIV Syndication. "Engaged In Murder ". Commercials added locally. Matt Jeffrey dies while fishing on the "Bold Venture." Slade and Sailor are accused of the crime. The story is also known as, "The One That Got Away." Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Nestor Paiva. 26:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
Double Murder (Aired October 12, 1948)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. 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. THIS EPISODE: October 12, 1948. NBC network. "Double Murder". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. Dora Mills has been murdered and her body dumped into the Big Town harbor. Her twin sister asks Steve Wilson to help find out what happened to her. The story of a murderous coverup that failed. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 30:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
The King Was In His Counting House (Aired May 20, 1975)
The show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the south coast of England, making the Home Guard the front line of defence against an invasion by the enemy forces across the English Channel, which formed a backdrop to the series. The first episode, The Man and the Hour, began with a scene set in the "present day" of 1968, in which Mainwaring addressed his old platoon as part of the contemporary "I'm Backing Britain" campaign. It was a flash-back to the founding of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon by Mainwaring after he had heard Anthony Eden's 1940 radio broadcast. The final episode, Never Too Old, focused on the wedding of Corporal Jones and Mrs. Fox, which was interrupted as the platoon were put on full invasion alert. The first two series were in black and white. There are three lost episodes from series two. Only film copies made of the episodes from these series survive; copies of series one were made for overseas sales, but there was little interest, so none were made of any series two episodes. The three episodes that exist do so because two were film recorded to show Columbia Pictures executives and another needed to be edited post-production.

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May 21, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Of Mice And Men (Aired May 8, 1953)
The Golden Age of Radio (sometimes referred to as old–time radio) refers to a period of radio programming in the United States lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s until television's replacement of radio as the primary home entertainment medium in the 1950s. During this period, when radio was dominant and filled with a variety of formats and genres, people regularly tuned into their favorite radio programs. In fact, according to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. Going on-air from 1952 to 1953, the Best Plays was a NBC Radio program that featured some of the most excellent theatric plays ever created. Some of the best ones featured were dramatic or comedic plays. John Chapman, New York Daily News' drama critic, served as the program's host. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1953. NBC network. "Of Mice and Men". Sustaining. Burgess Meredith, Anthony Quinn, Fred Collins (announcer), John Chapman (host), Robert Tallman (adaptor), Luis Van Rooten, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Frank Maxwell, Joan Lorring, Karl Weber, Ralph Bell, Cameron Prud'Homme, Frank Wilson, John Steinbeck (author). 55:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 20, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Smash Lecture Circuit Spy Ring (Aired May 10, 1950)
This thirty-minute international spy adventure featured Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy), and investigator of crimes in exotic locations. 60 episodes. Herb Butterfield played the Commissioner and Betty Moran was the Commissioner's secretary. Other cast members were GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy. The director was Bill Cairn and the writer for the series was Robert Ryf. The opening was the same every week “Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can’t even pronounce. They all spell the same thing though, trouble.” He would be summoned to his boss’s office where he would be given his assignment; he would then fly halfway across the globe to save the day! The worldwide locations are dealt up with a feeling of local, and the characters that inhabit these far-away places with strange sounding names are solid and capably acted by veterans. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 10, 1950. NBC network. "Smash Lecture Circuit Spy Ring" - Sponsored by: Wheaties, Crust-Quick. One of the six professors with International Lecture Tours is a spy. Steve travels to Oslo to reveal the traitor...and returns with a small boy. Brian Donlevy, Robert Ryf (writer), Bill Cairn (producer, director), Basil Adlam (music). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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