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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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November 17, 2017 06:00 AM PST
Someone Falls For Blondie (Aired January 6, 1950)
Blondie was a radio situation comedy adapted from the long-run Blondie comic strip by Chic Young. The radio program had a long run on several networks from 1939 to 1950. After Penny Singleton was cast in the title role of the feature film Blondie (1938), co-starring with Arthur Lake as Dagwood, she and Lake repeated their roles December 20, 1938, on The Bob Hope Show. The appearance with Hope led to their own show, beginning July 3, 1939, on CBS as a summer replacement for The Eddie Cantor Show. However, Cantor did not return in the fall, so the sponsor, Camel Cigarettes chose to keep Blondie on the air Mondays at 7:30pm. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1950. "Someone Falls For Blondie" - A Middle Eastern man falls in love with Blondie.Penny Singleton, Anne Rutherford, Alice White, Patricia Van Cleve,Arthur Lake, Leone Ledoux, Tommy Cook, Larry Sims, Bobby Ellis, Jeffrey Silver, Leone Ledoux, Marlene Aames, Norma Jean Nilsson, Joan Rae. Announcers: Harlow Wilcox. 24:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 17, 2017 12:00 AM PST
The Parallax Deception (1979) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Alien Worlds was a syndicated radio show created by radio personality Lee Hansen. It aired 26 half-hour episodes between 1978 and 1980, becoming well known for its realistic sound effects, high production values and documentary style of dialog. The science fiction show was first syndicated by Watermark Inc. after Lee Hansen was hired as their creative director. After advancing the concept of an action-adventure dramatic radio series, Lee began developing the concept in the fall of 1978. Watermark premiered the first episode, "The Sun Stealers", on January 7, 1979. The series gained popularity thanks to its relatable characters, full symphonic soundtrack, realistic sound effects, high production values and documentary style format. Eventually over 500 US FM radio stations, along with stations in New Zealand and Australia aired the series. THIS EPISODE: 1979. "The Parallax Deception". - Another nod to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes universe. Professor Madeline Stoner arrives on Starlab looking 20 years younger than she should... a result of her recent experiments with a secret age-reversal serum she has developed. By morning, she is a withered shell of her former self, aged beyond belief and barely alive. Foul play is suspected and England's most famous consulting detective, Sonar T. Foome, is called in to investigate. 24:38. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Plotspot.

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November 16, 2017 06:58 PM PST
Rope (Aired November 30, 1952)
Best Plays presents theatrical paramounts of excellence. It's hosted by the drama critic of New York’s Daily News, John Chapman. Dramatic and comedic performances outshine other theater radio shows, greatly performed by such greats as Boris Karloff and Alfred Drake. In This Episode, On Borrowed Time a 1939 film about the role death plays in life, and how we cannot live without it. It is adapted from Paul Osborn's 1938 Broadway play, which was a smash hit. The play, based on a novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin, has been revived twice on Broadway since its original run. Set in a more innocent time in small-town America, the film stars Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and Cedric Hardwicke. Lionel Barrymore plays Julian Northrup, a wheelchair-bound man (Barrymore had broken his hip twice previously and was now using a wheelchair, though he continued to act), who with his wife Nellie, played by Beulah Bondi, are raising their orphaned grandson, Pud. Another central character is Gramps's beloved old apple tree - by making a wish, Gramps has made the tree able to hold anyone who climbs. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1952. NBC network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Rope". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Entre Cafeterias (local). A murder at Oxford University. The program has also been dated November 28, 1952. Victor Jory, John Chapman (host), Hurd Hatfield, Patrick Hamilton (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Lloyd Bockner, William Podmore, Ivor Francis, Dierdre Owens, Guy Spaull, William Welch (supervisor), Fred Weihe (director), Robert Denton (announcer). 57:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2017 01:55 PM PST
Sabotage (Aired July 08, 1951)
A Force Called X07 (Aired May 20, 1951) Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: July 08, 1951. NBC network. "Sabotage". Sustaining. A story of danger, as Mr. Moto searches for a saboteur. James Monks, Fred Collins (announcer), John P. Marquand (creator), Harry W. Junkin (writer, director), Carol Irwin (producer), Hedley Rennie, Ross Martin, Rita Lynn, Bernard Grant, Lyle Sudrow. 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2017 09:00 AM PST
The Dick Foley Caper (Aired September 26, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: September 26, 1948. CBS network. "The Dick Foley Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. A fellow detective asks Spade to find Claude Spicer, who shortly thereafter is found dead. Sam finds himself floating in San Francisco Bay! The date is subject to correction. Dashiell Hammett (creator), Dick Joy (announcer), Frank Lovejoy, Gil Doud (writer), Howard Duff, Lud Gluskin, Lurene Tuttle, Rene Garriguenc (composer), Robert Tallman (adaptor), William Spier (producer, director, editor). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 16, 2017 04:00 AM PST
The Truck Driver (Aired December 8, 1949)
From the first, MGM wanted Ann Sothern to play Maisie. She began in Hollywood as an extra in 1927. "Maisie and I were just together - I just understood her," Sothern, born Harriette Arlene Lake, said after several of the films made her a star. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. THIS EPISODE: December 8, 1949. Program #3. "The Truck Driver" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie takes a job driving a truck. Don't miss William Conrad with a Brooklyn accent. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Some of the programs in this series have been described with story titles. There is no evidence that the scripts were ever titled. Alternate program numbers are listed as many syndicated series were numbered more than once over the years. Ann Sothern, William Conrad, Arthur Phillips (writer), Jack McCoy (announcer), Howard McNear, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Sidney Miller, Mary Jane Croft, Harry Bartell, Herb Vigran, Edwin Max. 28:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 15, 2017 10:00 PM PST
The Valley Of Dread (Aired September 5, 1953)
The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: September 5, 1953. ABC network. "The Valley Of Dread". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Test Pilot endorsement). Prince Bacaratti attacks Commander Corry's battle tank on Planet X, leaving him and Cadet Happy at the mercy of the creatures in, The Valley Of Dread. This is a network, sponsored version. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Devry (executive producer), Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 30:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 15, 2017 05:00 PM PST
The Angel Of The Street (Aired October 19, 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. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1948. NBC network. "The Angel Of The Street". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso (Mercury-A-Day contest). "Violet, a lady of the streets, asks Steve Wilson to help Johnny Nolan. "Chick" Larson is luring him into a life of crime. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 30:41.

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November 15, 2017 12:27 PM PST
Gildy Meets Marie (Aired March 17, 1954)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957 - Gildy Meets Marie (03-17-54) The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family. HIS EPISODE: March 17, 1954. "Gildy Meets Marie" NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Gildersleeve gets a date with Marie, a new girl in town, to get revenge on his rival, Dr. Olsen. Andy White (writer), Bud Hiestand (announcer), George Neise, Gladys Holland, John Elliotte (writer), Lillian Randolph, Mary Shipp, Richard LeGrand, Walter Tetley, Willard Waterman. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 15, 2017 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Screen Director's Playhouse" - Fort Apache (Starring John Wayne) Aired August 5, 1949
The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. The television version was broadcast for one season of 35 half hour episodes on NBC, airing from October 5, 1955 to September 12, 1956. THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1949. NBC network. "Fort Apache". Sponsored by: Pabst Beer. A classic western about Cochise battling the cavalry, with a group of travelers caught in the middle. This is a network, sponsored version. John Wayne, Ward Bond, Paul McVey, Lou Merrill, Tony Barrett, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), John Ford (guest screen director). 30:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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