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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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June 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Gabriel Starbuck (Aired November 22, 1953)
It was the three Anthony Mann features, Winchester '73, Bend In The River, and The Naked Spur, that genuinely popularized James Stewart as a thinking man's adult western protagonist; at once resolute in his varying quests for justice, but at the same time fraught with conflicted angst over his means' to those ends. Mann and Stewart subsequently teamed for two more adult westerns, The Far Country (1954) and The Man From Laramie (1955). Popular Film images of James Stewart the cowboy still fresh in the minds of contemporary audiences, Stewart would seem to have been the odd-on favorite to popularize the adult western genre over Radio. But there were two major hurdles to jump to coax Jimmy Stewart into an adult western Radio series: Jimmy Stewart's extraordinary recent popularity--and demand--as an adult western Film star, and finding the time in Jimmy Stewart's incredibly busy schedule to mount the thiry-nine episodes of the Radio production. THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1953. "Gabriel Starbuck" - NBC network. Sustaining. "Gabe Starbuck is getting too old to be the sheriff any more, and the town thinks the job should go to a younger man. Then...the bank is robbed. Jimmy Stewart, Frank Burt (creator), Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Herb Vigran, John Stevenson, William Johnstone, Hal Gibney (announcer), Lamont Johnson, Dal McKinnon. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Hostages with Virginia Gregg (Aired February 7, 1979)
Sears Radio Theater (SRT) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast (one day was devoted to romance, one to crime drama, etc.), and each genre had its own host from week to week. THIS EPISODE: February 7, 1979. Program #3. CBS network. "Hostages". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Ken Gerard (writer), Vincent Price (host), Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Olan Soule, Elliott Lewis (producer), Fletcher Markle (director). 35:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Harry Troll's Diamond (Aired May 4, 1952)
The Chase is an exciting Old Time Radio series in which every episode contains, well, a chase. Tales, highly melodramatic and often improbable, of people on the run. The concept of "hunter and hunted" was built into the signatures. with the lone bugle of a fox hunt, the braying of dogs, the sounds of a man running, a gunshot, and the slowing footsteps and eventual fall of the victim. It may be an adventure story, a crime story, or even science fiction, but there will always be a suspense filled chase. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1952. NBC network. "Harry Troll's Diamond". Sustaining. An alcoholic named Harry Troll finds a diamond the size of a prune! He not only is unable to sell it, he can't even give it away! The title may not be accurate. Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Walter McGraw (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Kermit Murdock, Bryna Raeburn, Court Benson, Santos Ortega, Roger De Koven, Dan Ocko, Clem Flower. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 03:27 PM PDT
Queen Of Narcotics (Heroin) Aired April 3, 1954
Brains, brawn, and an insatiable attraction to attractive and dangerous females. A cigarette dangling from the corner of the mouth, a slouch hat parked on a coat rack in a seedy downtown office, a willingness to get beaten, punched, sapped, shot, and generally abused for twenty bucks a day. It was everything that radio listeners came to expect from the tough guy noir detectives of the mid-1940s. And all of these traditional elements fit Michael Shayne to a tee. On radio, where postwar audiences could never seem to get enough detective adventure, Michael Shayne first appeared in the guise of Wally Maher, an actor who had already made a name for himself playing character roles on a variety of Hollywood-based dramatic series. Debuting over the Mutual Radio Network in October of 1946, Maher portrayed Shayne as an easygoing PI who preferred verbal sparring with his girl Friday Phyllis (Cathy Lewis) and police lieutenant Farraday (Joe Forte) over gunplay and right hooks. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 31, 2015 12:18 PM PDT
Order For Murder (Aired May 23, 1951)
The veteran character actor Ed Begley was featured as Sgt. O'Hara. Regulars on the program included Petty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North, and Vicki Vola, also the female lead in "Mr. District Attorney." Amzie Strickland played the ingenue, Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison played Runyon's mother during the early episodes. The cast also included Dan Ocko, Roily Bester (wife of Alfred Pester, the science fiction writer), and Robert Dryden. An eleven-piece orchestra was on hand to provide live music, and was directed by Bernard Green, who also wrote that memorably stirring theme. The sound effects were by Ed Blaney, who actually did drop a coin in a change slot each week for the sound of the drug store scale." THIS EPISODE: May 23, 1951. ABC network. "Order For Murder". Sustaining. An ex-major, hated by everyone, is shot in the woods of suburban Washington D. C. Whodunnit? Everyone has a motive! J. Scott Smart, Vicki Vola, Dashiell Hammett (creator). 23:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 08:00 AM PDT
War Bonds (Aired April 1, 1943)
The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O,.before moving back to NBC from September 05, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1943. NBC network. Sponsored by: Postum. Henry and Homer are out selling "War Bonds"...in a snowstorm....with a cow! The system cue has been deleted. Norman Tokar, Dan Seymour (announcer), Clifford Goldsmith (writer), Jack Miller (conductor). 28:58 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - Red Danger & Black Gold (Aired September 18, 1952)
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1952. NBC network. "Red Danger and Black Gold". Sponsored by: Post Cereals. A mysterious red stallion has been stealing mares from a widow's ranch. A plot to buy the valuable ranch is behind the scheme. The second winner of the "Name The Pony" contest is named. Anne Whitfield, Art Ballinger (announcer), Art Rush (producer), Dale Evans, Fran Van Hartesfeldt (writer), Frank Hemingway, Isabel Jewell, Jess Kirkpatrick, Milton Charles, Pat Brady, Roy Rogers. 26:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 31, 2015 12:00 AM PDT
Death & The Purple Cow (Aired December 12, 1951)
Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters from across the spectrum of society. The main reason why Gargan was so convincing as a detective was that he was probably the only actor of his time who had actually been a private detective. He first worked as a credit investigator and collection agent for a clothing firm. Once Gargan was shot at when he attempted to get a deadbeat customer to pay his overdue account. Next, he worked for about a year as a private detective with a New York agency for "$10.00 a day and expenses." Gargan did many of the usual detective jobs: guarding payrolls, tailing possible suspects, conducting stakeouts, and protecting clients with valuables. He was fired when he lost track of a diamond salesman he was supposed to be protecting. As an actor, William Gargan had played Ellery Queen in three movies, before being cast as Kane. THIS EPISODE: December 12, 1951. NBC network. "Death and The Purple Cow". Sustaining. A man with a gun orders Barrie Craig not to accept a new client. The gunman is himself shot after Barrie throws a cup of coffee in his face. William Gargan, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), John Gibson, Louis Vittes (writer). 28:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 30, 2015 08:00 PM PDT
The Man Who Vanished (Aired July 6, 1948)
Cast members included Jackson Beck, Lon Clark, Roger DeKoven, Elspeth Eric, Wendell Holmes, Bill Johnstone, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Santos Ortega, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Readick, Luis van Rooten, Ann Shepherd, Lawson Zerbe and Bill Zuckert. Sound effects were by Jack Amrhein, Jim Goode, Ron Harper, Walt McDonough and Al Schaffer. "Behind the Locked Door," a popular, much-requested episode which took place in total darkness, was repeated several times during the years. Two archaeologists discover a century-old wagon train that had been sealed in a cave following a landslide. When their Native American guide is mysteriously and brutally attacked, the two, now lost in the darkness, conclude that the descendants of the wagon train are still living in the cave. The popularity of the series spawned other supernatural shows, such as The Sealed Book. With scripts by a Mysterious Traveler writer and Tarplin as host-narrator, The Strange Dr. Weird was a nearly identical program. THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1948. Mutual network. "The Man Who Vanished". Sustaining. An albino discovers the secret of invisibility, and promptly commits a murder. Wendell Holmes, Roger De Koven, Art Carney, Maurice Tarplin, Richard Coogan, Paul Taubman (music), Carl Caruso (announcer), Hal Reed (sound), Al King (broadcast engineer), Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), David Kogan (writer, producer, director). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 30, 2015 05:57 PM PDT
This Will Kill You (Aired August 23, 1945)
Suspense was one of the premier programs of the Golden Age of Radio (aka old-time radio), and advertised itself as "radio's outstanding theater of thrills." It was heard in one form or another from 1942 through 1962. There were approximately 945 episodes broadcast during its long run, over 900 of which are extant in mostly high-quality recordings. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors and director/producers. There were a few rules which were followed for all but a handful of episodes: Protagonists were usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation. Evildoers must be punished in the end. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1945. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "This Will Kill You". A not-too-bright wartime assembly line worker is jealous of his boss and decides to kill him. The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on November 29, 1955. Dane Clark, I. A. Findley (writer), Wally Maher, Joseph Kearns (announcer), Elliott Lewis, William Spier (producer, director, editor), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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