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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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May 04, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Death Stalks The Hunter (Aired April 26, 1949)
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. Repeat episodes aired on the DuMont Network (under the title City Assignment) while Big Town was still showing first-run episodes on CBS. Reruns were also shown under the titles Heart of the City, Headline and Byline Steve Wilson. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1949. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Death Stalks The Hunter". Wealthy playboy George Martin has been killed while hunting, but it was no accident. AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." AFRS fill: "Mr. and Mrs. North" in "Frizby Klizby." Internal evidence indicates this show was broadcast during the war, however, the program has been dated April 26, 1949 (perhaps April 26, 1944?). Peter Lorre (AFRS host). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 04, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
A Date For Dennis Day (Aired May 2, 1944)
When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. Radio's Duffy's Tavern didn't translate well to film or television. Burrows and Matt Brooks collaborated on the screenplay for the 1945 film, Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern, in which Archie (with regulars Eddie and Finnegan) was surrounded by a throng of Paramount Pictures stars playing themselves, including Robert Benchley, William Bendix, Eddie Bracken, Bing Crosby, Cass Daley, Brian Donlevy, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Dorothy Lamour. The film's plot involves a war-displaced record manufacturer whose staff — those not sent off to war — drown their sorrows at Duffy's on credit, while the company owner tries to find ways around the price controls and war attrition that threaten to put him out of business. The movie was a box-office disappointment. THIS EPISODE: May 2, 1944. Program #50. "A Date For Dennis Day" - Blue network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Archie tries to get a date for guest Dennis Day. Ed Gardner, Dennis Day, Helen Lynd, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra. 30:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 04, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lightning Jim" - The Wrong Man (1944) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Only about 41 broadcasts have been located. Marshall Lightning Jim Whipple on his horse Thunder and his deputy, Whitey Larson explore the history of the west through adventure. The program originated in 1938 and was called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. At this time it was a West coast program. The program returned to the air in the 1950s and a total of 98 radio programs were produced. J. David Goldin's The Golden Age of Radio published by Radio Yesteryear in 1998 indicates that 41 Lightning Jim broadcasts have been located. The program was originally called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. The program returned to the air in the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: 1944. Program #29. ZIV Syndication. "The Wrong Man". Commercials added locally. A widowed father is unjustly accused of murder and sent to prison. Francis X. Bushman, Henry Hoople. 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
To The Ends Of The Earth (Aired May 23, 1949)
Lux Radio Theater strove to feature as many of the original stars of the original stage and film productions as possible, usually paying them $5,000 an appearance to do the show. It was when sponsor Lever Brothers (who made Lux soap and detergent) moved the show from New York to Hollywood in 1936 that it eased back from adapting stage shows and toward adaptations of films. The first Lux film adaptation was The Legionnaire and the Lady, with Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable, based on the film Morocco. That was followed by a Lux adaptation of The Thin Man, featuring the movie's stars, Myrna Loy and William Powell. THIS EPISODE: May 23, 1949. CBS network. "To The Ends Of The Earth". Sponsored by: Lux (aluminum self-draining sauce pan premium). An action-adventure as a T-Man tracks down an opium crop in the Middle East. William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Barbara Jean Wong, Herb Butterfield, Vernon Steele, Edgar Barrier, Alan Reed (doubles), William Johnstone (doubles), Howard McNear (doubles), Norman Field, Edward Marr, Lou Krugman, Ivan Triesault, Don Diamond, Dick Powell, Signe Hasso, Jack Kruschen, Lawrence Dobkin, Donald Randolph, George Neise, Dorothy Lovett (commercial spokesman: as "Libby"), Lola Albright (intermission guest), Jay Richard Kennedy (screenwriter), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 1:00:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 06:57 PM PDT
The Letter From Yesterday (Aired May 1, 1942)
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942. Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. THIS EPISODE: May 1, 1942. Program #23. NBC network, WKY, Oklahoma City origination. "The Letter From Yesterday". Sustaining. Scott Bishop (writer), Tom Paxton (announcer). 24:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 03:46 PM PDT
Almost Human (Aired May 13, 1950)
Dimension X was a very effective demonstration of what could be done with science fiction on the air. It came so late that nobody cared, but some of the stories stand as classics of the medium. Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven" is as gripping today as when first heard. His "Martian Chronicles" was one of the series' most impressive offerings. Dimension X played heavily on an "adventures in time and space, told in future tense" theme. Actors who worked regularly on the show included Joe Di Santis, Wendell Holmes, Santos Ortega, Joseph Julian, Jan Miner, Roger De Koven, John Gibson, Ralph Bell, John Larkin, Les Damon, and Mason Adams. It was directed by Fred Weihe and Edward King. The deep-voiced narrator was Norman Rose. The series played heavily on the "X" factor in the title, as did X-Minus One a few years later. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1950. NBC network. "Almost Human". Sustaining. A large, powerful robot trained for killing, develops a sense of good and evil. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on August 11, 1955. The program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during August, 1974. Santos Ortega, Rita Lynn, Jack Grimes, Robert Block (author), George Lefferts (adaptor), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 11:49 AM PDT
The Big Jump (Aired January 11, 1951)
The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. The shows cultural impact is demonstrated by the fact that even after five decades, elements of Dragnet are known to those who have never heard nor seen the program. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 11, 1951. Program #83. NBC network. "The Big Jump". Sponsored by: Fatima. Walter Harrison is on a thirteenth floor ledge, threatening to jump. Good show! Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 33:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Mel Asks For Betty's Hand (Aired February 4, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. 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. THIS EPISODE: February 4, 1947. "Mel Asks For Betty's Hand" aka: "The French Interior Decorator" - CBS net. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Mel and Betty have been engaged for four years. They plan to convince Mr. Colby that Mel is worthy of Betty's hand. Alan Reed, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joe Walker, Joseph Kearns, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 25:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 03, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Some Random Notes From A Stagecoach (Aired April 27, 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1958. CBS network. "Some Random Notes From A Stagecoach". Sustaining. Kendall recalls his various experiences in his first three months in the West. A similar title was used on the series again on November 16, 1958, the last show of the series. John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, Peter Leeds, Vic Perrin, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Winston Ross, Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Antony Ellis (producer, director, writer), John Wald (announcer). 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 02, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Twisting Weeds of Death (Aired May 25, 1953)
It began at KALL in Salt Lake City in 1946 and lasted a year. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers who created a bare bones murder mystery drama with stories written or adapted by Robert Olson. But when Thorne and Greyson went separate ways, the series discontinued. Then in 1949, Thorne and Greyson happened to work at the same station again (WGN in Chicago) and the series resumed. This time, the focus was on supernatural horror with Richard Thorne writing or adapting the stories. The three dozen or so shows that survived appear to have been recorded for broadcast transcriptions. (A recorded scene from the climax is played at the beginning of the program as a teaser.) Richard Thorne is one of the main recurring actors. Hall of Fantasy didn't seem to have much of a budget. The actors weren't big names and the music and sound effects were sometimes lackluster. But the situations and original writing often made up for these shortcomings. It was similar in that way to another low budget but even more imaginative series, Quiet Please. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Twisting Weeds Of Death". Commercials deleted. A soggy lady with hair made of seaweed returns from the dead on the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death. Maurice Copeland, Richard Thorne (writer). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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