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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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September 27, 2016 06:57 PM PDT
Knock On Wood (Aired January 22, 1951)
Bob Bailey played George Valentine as a detective handy man, who got his jobs from responses to a newspaper ad. Part-time detective and writer Dan Holiday in Box 13 also used the premise. It pays to advertise! The shows follow the usual formats of crime caper shows, with toughs, mysterious rendezvous and people who aren't who they say they are. Francis Robinson first played Brooksie, then Virginia Gregg took the role through its best years. Both ladies played Brooksie smart and sassy. Brooksie took every occasion to make it clear to George that the case he was the most off base on was the "Case of the Missing Engagement Ring." THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1951. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Knock On Wood". Sponsored by: Standard Oil. Ken Peters substitutes for Bob Bailey (who was out sick) in the lead. A landlord asks George Valentine for help with a problem tenant. Murder soon takes out a lease. A second murder by electrocution takes place soon after! By the time the third murder takes place, even George is ready to knock on wood! Ken Peters, Virginia Gregg, Ken Christy, Howard McNear, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Joseph Du Val, Fred Howard, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), Don Clark (director), David Victor (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer). 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
Sixteen Jewel Thieves (Aired August 18, 1949)
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. A single minute of "A Gun For Christmas" is a representative example of the evocative sound effects featured on "Dragnet". While Friday and others investigate bloodstains in a suburban backyard, the listener hears a series of overlapping effects: a squeaking gate hinge, footsteps, a technician scraping blood into a paper envelope, the glassy chime of chemical vials, bird calls and a dog barking in the distance. Scripts tackled a number of topics, ranging from the thrilling (murders, missing persons and armed robbery) to the mundane (check fraud and shoplifting). THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1949. Program #11. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Sixteen Jewel Burglaries". There have been sixteen jewel burglaries in the last sixteen days, a very active thief! The trail leads to Walter Tracy. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan. 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Getting A Job For Raymond (11-15-50)
The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative comments as there were just too many similarities between the two series. Also, the series was without a sponsor, although some of the last shows were sponsored by the US Armed Forces. The series lasted only one season. The regular cast consisted of Harold Peary, Gloria Holiday, Peary’s wife, who played Gloria, Joseph Kearns as Old Doc ‘Yak Yak’ Yancy, Mary Jane Croft and Parley Baer. The announcer was Bob Lamond. The series was directed by Norman MacDonnell. Writers for the series were Harold Peary, Bill Danch, Jack Robinson and Gene Stone. Music was by Jack Meakin. The last show aired on June 13, 1951. The director of the show was Norm MacDonnell, who went on to create perhaps the greatest old time radio show - Gunsmoke, and another western, Fort Laramie. THIS EPISODE: November 15, 1950. CBS network. Sustaining. "Getting A Job For Raymond" Harold has a house guest; it's cousin Raymond, who doesn't work. Harold Peary sings, "If You Were The Only Girl In The World." Harold Peary (performer, creator), Jane Morgan, William Tracy, Parley Baer, Olan Soule, Maurey Alden, Gloria Holiday, Joseph Kearns, Bob Lemond (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer). 30:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 27, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
Touch Of Death (1952) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner. The Owen Davis play became a 1942 MGM movie starring Gracie Allen and William Post, Jr. with Millard Mitchell repeating his role of Detective Mullins from the Broadway production. Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954.

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September 26, 2016 08:11 PM PDT
The Trenches Aired May 22, 1980)
The Sears Radio Theater Series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. Hosts: Lorne Greene on Mondays (Westerns), Andy Griffith on Tuesdays (Comedy), Vincent Price on Wednesday (Mystery), Cicely Tyson on Thursday (Drama – Love & Hate), Richard Widmark on Friday (Drama – Adventure.

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September 26, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
Murder In Celluloid (Aired July 2, 1946)
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon in the title role, took over where Sherlock Holmes had left off. Sponsored by Petri wine, it used the same "weekly visit" format and the same team of Anthony Boucher and Dennis Green that had written The New Adventured of Sherlock Holmes. Gregory Hood was modelled after true-life San Francisco importer Richard Gump, and many of the stories revolve around a mystery surrounding some particular imported treasure. Hood's sidekick Sanderson "Sandy" Taylor was played by Bill Johnstone. The show aired from June, 1946 through August, 1950. There were an additional couple of shows aired in October 1951. Hood and Sanderson were played in later episodes by Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, respectively. THIS EPISODE: July 2, 1946. Mutual network. "Murder In Celluloid". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. A movie actress is found strangled in her dressing room. What is the connection to the map drawn by a child actress on the same movie? Sheila Graham appears as a diner in a restaurant (and plugs her new series on Mutual). Gale Gordon, Harry Bartell (announcer), Dean Fosler (composer, conducto), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer). 28:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 26, 2016 10:15 AM PDT
Contraband (Aired August 28, 1948)
The Man Called X started over Radio with the 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. But if one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery. The 1944 CBS Summer season finale, Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna, gives some credence to the way CBS promoted this first run. Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regulars co-stars throughout that first season. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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September 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Snow White & The 7 Gangsters (Aired April 24, 1938)
Benny came to radio on The Canada Dry Program, beginning May 2, 1932, on the NBC Blue Network and continuing there for six months until October 26, moving the show to CBS on October 30. With Ted Weems leading the band, Benny stayed on CBS until January 26, 1933. Arriving at NBC on March 17, Benny did The Chevrolet Program until April 1, 1934. He continued with sponsors General Tires, Jell-O and Grape Nuts. Lucky Strike was the radio sponsor from 1944 to the mid-1950s. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948-49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired reruns of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1938. Red network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. The cast does its version of, "Snow White and The Seven Gangsters." Shlepperman is cast as "Prince Charming!" Kenny sings, "Our Song." Mary sings a duet with Shlepperman called, "Some Day My Prince Will Come!" The cast does a very clever parody of the Disney cartoon. Mary gets a long laugh when a birdie gives her a Bronx cheer. Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Phil Harris and His Orchestra, Mary Livingstone, Kenny Baker, Andy Devine, Sam Hearn, Wally Baker, Harry Baldwin, Ed Beloin (writer, performer: doubles), Bill Morrow (writer), Blanche Stewart. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 26, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Sad Cypress Part 2 0f 2 (1973)
Poirot was apparently born in Spa, Belgium and, based on the conjecture that he was thirty at the time of his retirement from the Belgian police force at the time of the outbreak of the First World War, it is suggested that he was born in the mid 1880s. This is all extremely vague, as Poirot is thought to be an old man in his dotage even in the early Poirot novels, and in An Autobiography Christie admitted that she already imagined him to be an old man in 1920. (At the time, of course, she had no idea she would be going on writing Poirot books for many decades to come.) Much of the suggested dating for Poirot's age is therefore post-rationalisation on the part of those attempting to make sense of his extraordinarily long career. Between the first and second world wars, Poirot traveled all over Europe and the Middle East investigating crimes and murders. Most of his cases happened during this period and he was at the height of his powers at this point in his life.

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September 25, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
Sad Cypress Part 1 0f 2 (1973)
Dame Agatha Christie DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was an English crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is best remembered for her 80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly those featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the genre. Christie has been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare. Only the Bible is known to have outsold her collected sales of roughly four billion copies of novels. THIS EPISODE: 1973. "Sad Cypress" is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in March 1940 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year. The UK edition retailed at eight shillings and threepence (8/3) – the first price rise for a UK Christie edition since her 1921 debut - and the US edition retailed at $2.00. The novel is notable for being the first courtroom drama in the Hercule Poirot series. The novel is written in three parts: in the first place an account, largely from the perspective of the subsequent defendant, Elinor Carlisle, of the death of her aunt, Laura Welman, and the subsequent death of the victim, Mary Gerrard; secondly an account of Poirot's investigation; and, thirdly, a sequence in court, again mainly from Elinor's dazed perspective. 38:13.

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