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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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August 19, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Soft Spot (Aired September 1, 1950)
This revival of Philip Marlowe was more favorably received, probably because of a combination of writing and acting. No one could duplicate the writing of Raymond Chandler, but this group of writers was very good. While Chandler's distinctive similes were largely lacking, the strong dry, sarcastic narration was there, and the way Gerald Mohr delivered the lines had a way of making you forget that they weren't written by Chandler. Mr. Mohr seemed born for the part of the cynical detective. His voice and timing were perfect for the character. In a letter to Gene Levitt, one of the show's writers, Raymond Chandler commented that a voice like Gerald Mohr's at least packed personality; a decided an improvement over his opinion of the original show. By 1949 the show had the largest audience in radio. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 1, 1950. "The Soft Spot" - CBS network. Sustaining. An old man dead in a flop house, a sot who carves wood, a fallen lady with an eye for gold lockets, and a snake with big ears all lead Marlowe to a soft spot in a killer's hard heart! Bill Bouchey, Edgar Barrier, Gene Levitt (writer), Gerald Mohr, Nestor Paiva, Paul Dubov, Peter Leeds, Raymond Chandler (creator), Richard Aurandt (music), Richard Sanville (director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Verna Felton, Vivi Janis. 28:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2014 11:36 AM PDT
The Sad Night (Aired December 19, 1948)
Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. What seems to get in the way for many reviewers of this program is its somewhat implausible premise. Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1948. Program #18. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "The Sad Night". Commercials added locally. A child's copybook is the key to a fortune hidden for centuries, and of a story of death and destruction. The date is approximate. Alan Ladd, Edmond MacDonald, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is "Tree" (Aired November 1, 1950)
The play of the game, however, was secondary to the interplay between Groucho, the contestants, and occasionally Fenneman. The program was rerun into the 1970s, and later in syndication as The Best of Groucho. As such, it was the first game show to have its reruns syndicated. The mid-1940s was a depressing lull in Groucho's career. His radio show Blue Ribbon Town, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, which ran from March 1943 to August 1944, had failed to catch on and Groucho left the program in June 1944. After a radio appearance with Bob Hope, in which Marx ad-libbed most of his performance after being forced to stand by in a waiting room for 40 minutes before going on the air, John Guedel, the program's producer, formed an idea for a quiz show and approached Marx about the subject. After initial reluctance by Marx, Guedel was able to convince him to host the program after Marx realized the quiz would be only a backdrop for his contestant interviews, and the storm of ad-libbing that they would elicit.

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August 19, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Monsterous Toothache (Aired April 9, 1952)
Wild Bill started on the radio in 1951 as a kids western show. It emphasized the tracking down the bad guys and fighting for the law rather than the shootin, poker playin, rough and tumble Civil War vet, who lies about his life to get good publicity aspects of Wild Bill’s life. The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip. THIS EPISODE: April 9, 1952. Program #68. Mutual network. "The Monstrous Toothache". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops. Jingles gets a toothache, and that leads to a murderer with a drill! The system cue is added live. Paul Pierce (director), David Hire (producer), Richard Aurandt (music), Charles Lyon (announcer), Larry Hayes (writer), Virginia Gregg, Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Ken Christy, Jess Kirkpatrick, Jeffrey Silver, Jack Moyles. 25:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Thing Happens (George Bernard Shaw) Aired July 9, 1963
Beyond Tomorrow and one audition were transcribed to disk, but it's not certain if they were actually broadcast, despite announcements in newspapers. In the audition, the series title was Beyond This World and the audition show was "The Outer Limit". The first show under the series name Beyond Tomorrow was "Requiem", a story by Robert Heinlein, which was later be done in Dimension X. Everett Sloane, Bret Morrison, Frank Lovejoy joined the cast for a few episodes. On TV, Beyond Tomorrow aired in the US on The Science Channel and on Discovery Channel Canada; The series has been criticized by some fans of the earlier "Beyond 2000" for featuring 'futuristic' technologies that are obsolete or have been in common use for several years.

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August 18, 2014 07:11 PM PDT
The Truth (Aired June 28, 1945)
Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years. THIS EPISODE: June 28, 1945. Program #12. Mutual network. "The Truth". Sustaining. A thoughtful story about a scientist who puzzles after the ultimate source of cosmic rays and eventually discovers, "The Truth." The 12th of a series of 26 broadcasts. Edmund Gwenn, Roseanne Murray, Bruce Elliott, Antony Ellis, Gordon Jenkins, Jack Meighan, Arch Oboler. 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Dark Corner - Starring Lucille Ball (Aired November 10, 1947)
Lux Radio Theater employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the new permanent host, a post he held from late 1945 through 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early '50s. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1947. CBS network. "The Dark Corner". Sponsored by: Lux, Pepsodent. A former San Francisco private eye, just in back New York after two years in prison (the victim of a frame-up), finds himself a target for another send-up and murder. Lucille Ball, Mark Stevens, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Joseph Kearns, Wally Maher, Dan O'Herlihy, Fay Baker, William Johnstone (doubles), Truda Marson, Janet Scott (doubles), Lois Corbett (doubles), Norma Jean Nilsson, Noreen Gammill, Edward Marr (doubles), Stanley Farrar (doubles), Herb Butterfield (doubles), Cliff Clark (doubles), Howard McNear (doubles), Dorothy Lovett (commercial spokesman: as "Libby"), Jay Dratler (screenwriter), Bernard Schoenfeld (screenwriter), Leo Rosten (author), Betty Ann Lynn (intermission guest), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 59:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2014 11:15 AM PDT
Pick The Winner (Aired March 20, 1949)
Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theatre" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun tales of gamblers, petty thieves, actors and gangsters; few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead to be known as "Nathan Detroit", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charlie", "Dave the Dude", and so on. These stories were written in a very distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1949. Program #12. Mayfair syndication. "Pick The Winner". Commercials added locally. Hot Horse Herbie, Cutie Andrews and Broadway travel to Florida to play the horses. They run into "The Professor," which is a horse of another color! Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Frank Gallop (announcer). 27:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Should Women Go To Work (Aired September 25, 1952)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

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August 18, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Murder Wagon (Aired January 13, 1955)
The Cisco Kid refers to a character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way", published in the collection Heart of the West. In movies and television, the Kid was depicted as a heroic Mexican caballero, even though he was originally a cruel outlaw. The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. With Vicki Vola and Bryna Raeburn in supporting roles and Michael Rye announcing, this series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1955. Program #260. Mutual-Don Lee network, KHJ, Los Angeles origination, Ziv syndication. "Murder Wagon". Commercials added locally. Jesse Post, Pierre DuLac and bad guys down from Canada are known for shooting settlers and burning down their houses. A ring on the French Canadian's finger provides Cisco with a needed clue. Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 27:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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