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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 16, 2018 04:00 PM PDT
The Farmer's Daughter Caper (Aired September 3, 1950)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was first heard on ABC July 12, 1946, as a Friday-night summer series. The show clicked at once, and went into a regular fall lineup on CBS September 29, 1946. From then until 1949, Sam Spade was a Sunday-night thriller for Wildroot Cream Oil, starring Howard Duff in the title role. With Duff's departure, NBC took the series, leaving it on Sunday for Wildroot and starring Stephen Dunne as Spade. This version lasted until 1951, the last year running as a Friday sustainer. Spade's appearance on the air marked an almost literal transition from Dashiell Hammett's 1930 crime classic, The Maltese Falcon, where he first appeared. Spade was a San Francisco detective, one of the most distinctive of the hardboiled school. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1950. NBC network. "The Farmer's Daughter Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil, Wildroot Liquid Cream Shampoo. Sam needs a room for the night and finds a strange tourist court, a man buried alive, shots in the night and of course a beautiful woman in his bedroom! Dashiell Hammett (creator), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Howard Duff, Dick Joy (announcer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Lurene Tuttle, Pierre Garriguenc (composer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), William Spier (producer, director, editor), John Michael Hayes (writer). 26:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2018 11:00 AM PDT
Eve's Mother Stays On (Aired June 18, 1944)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. THIS EPISODE: June 18, 1944. "Eve's Mother Stays On" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay. Network, sponsored version. Throckmorton is running for Mayor and trying to get rid of his future mother-in-law at the same time. Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, Claude Sweeten (music), Earle Ross, Harold Peary, John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Richard LeGrand, Sam Moore (writer), Shirley Mitchell, Walter Tetley. 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
The Double Miracle (04-22-48)
The Hallmark Radio Reader's Digest is an enjoyable compilation of classics of literature and romance made for radio broadcast in the 1940's. The shows were sponsored by makers of Hallmark Greeting Cards. These were independent short stories made for radio. Many of the stories were international love stories - with characters from other countries who were in love with the vibrancy of America. THIS EPISODE: April 22, 1948. CBS network, KMBC, Kansas City, Missouri aircheck. "The Double Miracle". Sponsored by: Hallmark Cards. 9:00 P.M. A man returns from prison with a terrible desire for revenge...but against what? Ralph Bellamy, Karl Swenson, Jay Jackson (host), Karl Swenson, Muriel Kirkland, Robert Sloane (adaptor), Archibald Rutledge (author), Jack Miller (composer), Marx B. Loeb (director). 30:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
Help Wanted Female (Aired January 8, 1948)
The First Nighter Program was a long-running radio anthology comedy-drama series broadcast from 1930 to 1953. The host was Mr. First Nighter (Charles P. Hughes, Macdonald Carey, Bret Morrison, Marvin Miller, Don Briggs and Rye Billsbury [later known as Michael Rye). The show's opening recreated the aural atmosphere of a Broadway opening. Before each week's drama began, Mr. First Nighter was first heard walking on Broadway, emerging from the noise of people and street traffic into the crowded lobby of "the Little Theater Off Times Square" and then taking his seat in the third row center, where he gave the whispered introduction: The house lights have dimmed, and the curtain is about to go up on tonight's production. Romantic comedies were the specialty of the series, and the principal roles were played by the teams of Don Ameche and June Meredith. THIS EPISODE: July 20, 1952. NBC network. "Speak Ever So Gently". Sponsored by: Miller Beer. A comedy/romance about a movie star and his beautiful agent. She wants him to dedicate a children's home in Beaver, Ohio. The script was ptreviously used on the program on May 28, 1944 (see cat. #30773). Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Peggy Blake (writer), Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Betty Lou Gerson, Mary McGovern, Eddie Firestone, Vincent Pelletier (commercial spokesman), Joseph Ainsley (producer, director). 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2018 07:00 PM PDT
A Case Of Anthrax Infection (Aired February 9, 1951)
The chief problem, both for Kildare and the listener, was that Blair Hospital was peopled by too many eccentrics. Gillespie, played to the limit by Barrymore, was enough for any show. But Dr. Carew, head of hospital administration, was a nut of the first order. Nurse Parker was a totally unbelievable old maid. Ted Osborne did what he could with Carew, and Virginia Gragg's fine talent was hopelessly lost in the chattering role of Parker. In the end, Ayres and Barrymore saved this series, providing some solid stories, especially when they ventured into the real world and got away from the dummies at Blair. Writing and directing were done on a freelance basis; music was by Walter Schumann. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1951. Program #52. "A Case Of Anthrax Infection" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A case of anthrax has been diagnosed. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Joe Bigelow (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Joel Murcott (writer), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Will Wright, Tom Holland, Bob Anderson (announcer), Theodore Von Eltz, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 28:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
Cemetery Bait (Aired September 4, 1949)
He was born Alfred Damon Runyan in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where Runyon Field and Runyon Lake are named after him. He was a third-generation newspaperman, and started in the trade under his father in Pueblo. He worked for various newspapers in the Rocky Mountain area; at one of those, the spelling of his last name was changed from "Runyan" to "Runyon", a change he let stand. After a notable failure in trying to organize a Colorado minor baseball league, Runyon moved to New York City in 1910. For the next ten years he covered the New York Giants and professional boxing for the New York American. In his first New York byline, the American editor dropped the "Alfred", and the name "Damon Runyon" appeared for the first time. Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theatre" dramatized Runyon's short stories for radio. THIS EPISODE: September 4, 1949. Program #36. Mayfair syndication. "Cemetery Bait". Commercials added locally. A twice-told tale from a cell in the death house, and a safecracker who tried to help. Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Frank Gallop (announcer). 28:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
The Big Tomato (Aired January 25, 1951)
Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1951. Program #85. NBC network. "The Big Tomato". Sponsored by: Fatima. A high school boy named Kenneth Morrow is killed in an auto accident. He had been using marijuana! Friday and the cops track down "The Big Tomato." The editors of "Motion Picture Daily" and "Fame" magazine name Jack Webb, "the most promising star of tomorrow" and Dragnet "the best radio program of its type" for 1950. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2018 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Bullets For Boothill (Aired May 29, 1953)
Frontier Town will forever reside in that twilight of the Western genre of Golden Age Radio--between the highly self-conscious adult Westerns of the mid- to late-1950s and the rock'em, sock'em, shoot-em-up juvenile adventure Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. It's obvious from this series that Radio westerns were beginning to lean in an adult direction--but not without some kicking and screaming in the process. Radio's Gunsmoke was already in development and Television was making impressive inroads into Radio's commercial audience. With hundreds of Hopalong Cassidy and other western hero film reruns airing night and day over Television, the race was on to find a more rivetting format for the great American western. Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals. Cherokee O'Bannon is portrayed by Wade Crosby in a somewhat over the top rendition of W.C. Fields. The superb mood music is provided by no less than Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell, of Mitchell Boy Choir fame.

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March 14, 2018 10:00 PM PDT
The Sorrowful Swindler (Aired January 22, 1945)
This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1945. ABC network. "The Sorrowful Swindler". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Frederick Steiner (music director), Dean Carlton (narrator), Jerry Devine (producer), Carl Frank (announcer), Frank Faries (writer). 27:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 14, 2018 05:00 PM PDT
Death Writes A Letter (Aired May 18, 1948)
Mysterious Traveler was the second outing for the prolific writing team of Robert Arthur, Jr. and David P. Kogan, two successful pulp fiction writers and publishers. Their first effort was a 27-program run of Dark Destiny (1942-43). Most of the Dark Destiny scripts are heard again in The Mysterious Traveler (1943), The Sealed Book (1945) and The Teller of Tales (1950). The team of Robert Arthur, Jr., David Kogan, producer/director Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor, and actor Maurice Tarplin was a very successful one for both The Mutual Broadcasting System and Radio station WOR. Between 1944 and 1952, The Mysterious Traveler eventually became one of the sixteen highest rated Radio programs of their era. THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1948. Mutual network. "Death Writes A Letter". Sustaining. A man who believes in the spirit world writes a letter to his brother from beyond the grave and tells him the date of his death! The program may be dated May 8, 1948. Maurice Tarplin, Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Roger De Koven, Eric Dressler, Bryna Raeburn, Paul Taubman (music). 28:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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