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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 21, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
Twelve Year Promise - (Aired November 19, 1951)
The Hollywood husband and wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the Bold Venture radio series in early 1951. There were well over 400 stations that aired the program. Since this was syndicated * the starting date varied from station to station but Mar 26, 1951 was the official date of the first show. Humphrey Bogart portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a rundown Havana hotel, Shannon's Place. The action took place on land as well aboard Slate's boat, The Bold Venture, thus the title of the series. Lauren Bacall was his ward Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had willed her to Slate for her protection. Together the duo found adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: 11-19-51. Program #18. ZIV Syndication. "A Twelve-Year-Old Promise". Commercials added locally. Shannon has inherited half an oil field from a man he hasn't seen in twelve years. This program might be program #35. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Jester Hairston, David Rose (composer, conductor), Henry Hayward (director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Jackson Beck, Tony Barrett. 26:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Big Guns (Aired May 5, 1975)
Dad's Army ran in 1968 and 1977, and there were a total of eighty episodes spread over nine series, as well as three Christmas specials. Most episodes were also adapted for radio. 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.

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August 21, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
Time On My Hands (Aired August 26, 1945)
The Sealed Book starred Philip Clarke as “the keeper of the book”, a croaking, cackling hermit, with knowledge of the black arts, who in each show unlocked “the great padlock” that kept “the sealed book safe from prying eyes.” There was a spook story each week with tales of secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages. First Broadcast: March 18th 1945, Last Broadcast: September 9th 1945 - CAST: Philip Clarke - Producer/Director: Jock MacGregor - Writers: Robert A Arthur, David Kogan. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1945. Program #24. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "Time On My Hands". Commercials added locally. A man down on his luck comes upon a pawn shop with nothing to sell except time...taken off his life span! This program has also been dated November 4, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Night Without End (Aired October 16, 1938)
"Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men? The Shadow Knows!" ...These famous words, and the sinister laugh that followed, have become part of Americana, forever embodying the special magic of radio drama and mystery. The adventures of The Shadow have thrilled millions for more than 70 years, demonstrating that "crime does not pay" on radio and movie screens, in pulp magazines, Big Little Books, comics and hardcover and paperback books. The Shadow featured radio's foremost crimefighter and was the highest-rated daytime series for many years. The famous character was also portrayed on radio by James LaCurto, Frank Readick, Carl Kroenke, Bill Johnstone, John Archer, Steve Courtleigh and Bret Morrison. THIS EPISODE: October 16, 1938. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "Night Without End". William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer). 23:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
The Match (Aired May 16, 1948)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: May 16, 1948. CBS network. "The Match". Sustaining. A good story about a determined Mountie who is going to bring back his man, even if it kills him. Clark Cluney, Cynthia Corley, Frank Lovejoy, James Oliver Curwood (writer), Les Crutchfield (writer), Nestor Paiva, Stan Waxman, Wilbur Hatch (music), Wilms Herbert, Norman Macdonnell (director). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
Operation Hot Foot Microbes (Aired May 18, 1951)
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.” Music is an almost harsh orchestra. Donlevy carries the plots with a world-weary and wary tone that makes sense, based on his occupation. THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1951. NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell is sent to Trinidad for, "Operation Hot Foot Microbes." Brian Donlevy sings! The closing promotional announcement and system cue have been deleted. Robert Ryf (writer), Adrian Gendot (writer), Bob Cairn (producer, director), Don Diamond, Herb Butterfield, Robert Armbruster (music), Brian Donlevy, Jester Hairston (calypso singer, billed as "Lord Byron"). 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Murder Warrant (Aired April 24, 1954)
The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and was the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. In 2010, Law & Order tied this record of 20 seasons (but only 456 episodes). At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by Buntline, Harte, and Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1954. CBS network. "Murder Warrant". Sustaining. Likeable Lee Prentiss has been shot from ambush. Jake Harbin is not so likeable, but he's a deputy sheriff with a warrant for Prentiss' arrest. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on April 18, 1959. George Walsh (announcer), Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, James Nusser, John Dehner, John Meston (writer), Joseph Du Val, Lawrence Dobkin, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Parley Baer, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Sam Edwards, William Conrad. 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
The Man With The Stolen Face (Aired July 15, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: July 15, 1945. Program #18. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "The Man With The Stolen Face". Commercials added locally. A millionaire and an unknown man have their faces exchanged, with surprising results. This program has also been dated September 16, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 30:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
Death In The Dressing Room (Aired September 29, 1942)
Murder Clinic, the WOR-Mutual series which brought you each week one exciting case; one member from the special branch of the worldâs great detectives. Each week on Murder Clinic another detective story from another well-known mystery writer was adapted for broadcast. Fans of the so-called Golden Age of Detection should certainly sit up and take notice at the veritable cornucopia of delights that were heard during the year and a few months that the program was on the air. Every week another story by an author such as Edgar Wallace, Ngaio Marsh, Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr), Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, G. K. Chesterton, Jacques Futrelle, Stuart Palmer. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1942. Mutual network. "Death In The Dressing Room". Sustaining. A series dealing with the exploits of famous detectives. The program is interrupted for an air-raid alert test. Sir Henry M. Merryvale of Scotland Yard solves a murder at the Orient Club. Francine Rapport is found knifed to death, while she is doing a Javanese Temple dance on stage! Alvin Flanagan (director), Frank Knight (announcer), John A. Bassett (adaptor), Lee Wright (adaptor), Ralph Barnhart (composer), Robert Stanley (conductor), Roland Winters. 28:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
Yellow Talon Murder Case (Aired September 22, 1949)
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Phil Clarke stepping into the role late in the series. For 18 years the kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. THIS EPISODE: September 22, 1949. CBS network. "The Yellow Talon Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. Murder stalks a large estate along the Hudson River, fifty miles north of the city (Croton?). The killer is apparently a bird of enormous size. Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert (author), Bennett Kilpack. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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