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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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October 21, 2014 02:30 PM PDT
Sucker Bait (Aired June 9, 1955)
Originally aired October 31, 1951 Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer. William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. As an actor, William Gargan had played Ellery Queen in three movies, before being cast as Kane. After he left Martin Kane, Gargan landed on his feet. He signed a million dollar, seven year contract with MCA for the radio show Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator on NBC. The final spelling used for his character's first name, Barrie, was the same as that of Gargan's oldest son.

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October 21, 2014 11:32 AM PDT
Blind Justice (Aired September 14, 1948)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1948. NBC network. "Blind Justice". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. The first show of the third series. A construction foreman named Mike Barton has been shot. Was the killer Knuckles Malone. The only "witness" to the crime is blind. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Robert Dryden, Jerry McGill (writer, director), Bernard Dudley (commercial spokesman). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 07:01 AM PDT
Guest Is Joan Bennett (Aired January 5, 1951)
Early in the show's life, however, its name was changed — first to Duffy's and, for four episodes, Duffy's Variety. A staffer for Bristol-Myers -- whose Ipana toothpaste was the show's early sponsor—persuaded the company's publicity director to demand the name change because the original title promoted "the hobby of drinking" too much for certain sensibilities. Bristol-Myers eventually admitted the staffer had little to go on other than a handful of protesting letters, and to the delight of fans who never stopped using the original name, anyway — the original title was restored permanently. The name change was often subverted by the Armed Forces Radio Network. When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. THIS EPISODE: January 5, 1951. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Archie tries to promote a date with "Guest Joan Bennett". A different script than cat. #7872. The program may be dated January 26, 1951. Ed Gardner, Bert Gordon, Charlie Cantor, Joan Bennett. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Gentle Virtue (Aired March 30, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1958. CBS network. "Gentle Virtue". Sponsored by: Dodge. Kendall wins "Gentle Virtue," a beautiful Chinese girl, in a poker game. The program features an excellent Dodge commercial! It's interesting to note Virginia Gregg and Ben Wright playing Chinese dialect parts. In the fall season, they would play regular Chinese roles in "Have Gun Will Travel," a show very similar to "Frontier Gentleman." John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung, John Wald (announcer), Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 10:00 PM PDT
Death Has A Thirst (Aired May 8, 1943)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. May 8, 1943. CBS network. "Death Has A Thirst". Sustaining. A triangle affair trapped on a desert island. Madness and alcoholism rampant. About two minutes are missing from the middle of the recording. J. Donald Wilson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 06:05 PM PDT
A Shilling (Aired December 7, 1952)
The Black Museum held its audience. It was aired almost perennially between 1950 and 1954, in Europe, South Africa, Australia, North America and reprised during various other periods as late as 1974. This, despite the fact that other, competing Scotland Yard and Black Museum themed programming was almost continuously airing--often over the same networks--during the same period. What fans didn't derive from WHItehall 1212 they got from Secrets of Scotland Yard. Likewise, when The Black Museum began to air, it arrived from just enough different approach to hold that same audience for yet another thirty-eight to fifty-two installments--not to mention getting Orson Welles in the bargain. THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1952. Syndicated. "The Shilling". Commercials added locally. Joey Bart gets out of prison and visits his brother to get his nightclub back. When Dave Bart is found murdered, a coin paves the way to the gallows! The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 01:10 PM PDT
The City At Your Fingertips (Aired July 20, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’, broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist. Supporting actors included Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Peter Leeds, Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle and Martha Wentworth. THIS EPISODE: July 20, 1950. "The City At Your Fingertips" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Wheaties. Randy Stone dials his phone at random and speaks to a woman about to be murdered by her insane husband. Barbara Dupar, William Lally (announcer), Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Jay Novello, Katherine Card, Larry Marcus (writer), Lurene Tuttle, Peter Leeds, Warren Lewis (director). 31:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 09:18 AM PDT
Muscle Man Contest (Aired October 1, 1946)
Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1946. "Muscle Man Contest" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Hollywood origination. Mel enters a contest of strength with the district manager of a supermarket, expecting to lose. Zookie (also played by Mel Blanc) has his own ideas. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Earle Ross, Joseph Kearns, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 23:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Gold Maker (Aired November 19, 1950)
Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1950. Program #34. Mutual network. "The Gold Maker". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Corn Pops. A con-man is selling the secret of making gold. The system cue is added live, the date is approximate. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Parley Baer, Joseph Du Val, Fred Howard, Ralph Moody, Jack Moyles. 25:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 19, 2014 09:11 PM PDT
The Crawling Thing (Aired May 18, 1953)
Written and directed by Richard Thorne, a prolific and talented writer and producer, this series is often overlooked, even by fans of OTR. It is unfortunate, since it provides some very unique and dramatic material; the acting in particular was superb. Early on, the series concentrated on murder mysteries, but later shows were devoted to horror and some sci-fi. Sadly, not all episodes have survived - only about 40 of perhaps over a hundred shows still exist. All episodes were standard half-hour format. THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Crawling Thing". Commercials deleted. A scientist uses a deadly spider to experiment with his growth serum. It works all too well. Good of this kind. The program was rebroadcast on November 16, 1953. Richard Thorne (writer, producer), Harold Turner (music), Leroy Olliger (director). 24:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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