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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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February 22, 2017 11:00 PM PST
Marvin Thomas Entry (Aired June 8, 1948)
Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Most local or regional broadcasts were either sustained offerings by an independent affiliate, or were sponsored by spot advertisers ranging over a wide variety of offerings or services. The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1948. Program #26. ABC network, KECA, Los Angeles origination, Finley syndication. "Marvin Thomas Entry". Commercials added locally. Book 83, page 947. The meek secretary of a wealthy businessman murders his boss on a voyage to Australia and assumes his identity! The date is subject to correction. No cast credits given. Larry Finley (producer), Herb Lytton (as "Fate" and co-producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Ray Ehrlenborn (sound effects). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 22, 2017 06:00 PM PST
The Doctor's Dilemma (Aired March 2, 1954)
As hard as it may be to believe by today's standards, Rocky Fortune was Frank Sinatra's only dramatic Radio program from The Golden Age of Radio as the lead in a recurring role. As a variety guest performer, Sinatra's Radiography goes on and on and on. But this was the program that a great many of the growing number of fans of Sinatra's acting work really wanted to hear. NBC spared no expense to showcase this growing super-star of the 1940s and 1950s, and it shows in both production values and supporting voice talent. Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1954. "The Doctor's Dilemma " - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A doctor's son has stolen $25,000 worth of narcotics from his father's office. Rocky pretends that he's a blackmailer and lays a trap. See cat. #88919 for a network version of this program Frank Sinatra, Raymond Burr, Norm Sickle (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Maurice Hart, Jack Carroll, Georgia Ellis, Barney Phillips. 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 22, 2017 01:00 PM PST
The Silver Scarab (Aired June 19, 1947)
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. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1947. CBS network. "The Silver Scarab". Sponsored by: Frigidaire. While in Cairo on the trail of pirate on the Red Sea, Ken Thurston is killed by three silver bullets. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, J. Richard Kennedy (originator), Wendell Niles (announcer), Jack Johnstone (director), Sidney Marshall (writer), Johnny Green (composer, conductor). 26:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 22, 2017 08:00 AM PST
Back From Holiday (Aired October 14, 1956)
Tony Hancock starred as an exaggerated version of his own character, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Sid James played a criminally-inclined confidante who usually managed to con Hancock, while Bill Kerr appeared as Hancock's dim-witted Australian lodger. Moira Lister also appeared in the first series before being replaced by Andrée Melly for the next two, both playing love interests for Hancock's character. In the fourth and fifth series, Hattie Jacques played Griselda Pugh, live-in secretary to Hancock and occasional girlfriend of Sid James. The series broke from the variety tradition dominant in British radio comedy into the sitcom or Situation comedy genre. Instead of sketches, guest stars and musical interludes, humour developed from the characters and situations. The domestic situation varied, Hancock usually portrayed as unemployed or a hopeless, down-at-heel comedian. Sid was always on the fiddle in some way. Bill was dim and virtually unemployable (though he started as a fast-talking American-type Australian). Miss Pugh, Hancock's secretary, had such a loose job description that she cooked Sunday lunch.

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February 22, 2017 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Night Stage (Aired March 17, 1953)
Half the fun in the series was listening to Pancho try to explain in his simple Mexican way that the sheriff's posse was hard on their heels and to quote him, "Ceesco, eef they catch up with us, perhaps they weel keel us." At the beginning The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson Beck then later Jack Mather took over the role. Whilst Pancho was played first by Louis Sorin then by Harry Lang. Originally the Announcer was Michael Rye and the Director Jock McGregor and during the days of Jack Mather and Harry Lang the Producer was J. C. Lewis with the series being written by Larry Hays. THIS EPISODE: March 17, 1953. Program #69. Mutual-Don Lee network origination, Ziv syndication. "Night Stage". Commercials added locally. Pa Walters is cheated out of his home by Joe Dawson when he complains about the noise from Dawson's cafe. Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 28:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2017 10:00 PM PST
Welcome To Homerville (Aired July 18, 1980)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: July 18, 1980. Program #3. CBC network, Toronto origination. "Welcome To Homerville". "A trucker on a lonely road to Homerville seeks out a little company on his CB radio, but the other truckers are horrified to learn of his destination, and plead with him to turn around, to avoid Homerville at any cost." Marian Waldman, Elva Mai Hoover, Ron Hartman, Arch McDonnell, Budd Knapp, Corrine Langston, Gordon Thomson, Lynne Deragon, Neil Dainard, Jimmy Morris, Don Dickinson (writer), Allan Guttman (writer), John Stocker, Frank Perry, Robert Christie, Ray Folcik (recording engineer), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Bill Howell (producer, director), Doris Buchanan (production assistant), John Douglas (story editor), Henry Ramer (host). 28:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2017 05:00 PM PST
Lucky Night (Aired December 17, 1945)
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. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Lucky Night". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A couple who are obsessed with greed finds a wad of bills on a corpse. While they go off the deep end, their mysterious boarder provides interesting counterpoint. Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (producer), Russell Hughes (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2017 12:00 PM PST
Head Of The Board (Aired September 11, 1949)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1949. " Head Of The Board" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Lustre Creme Shampoo, Colgate Tooth Paste, Palmolive Soap. Even though the school year hasn't yet begun, the chairman of the State Board of Education is coming for a visit, or is it just a hobo? A funny show! Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jane Morgan, Jeff Chandler, Richard Crenna, Leonard Smith, Frank Nelson, Gloria McMillan, Al Lewis (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music), Verne Smith (announcer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Larry Berns (producer, director). 30:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2017 07:00 AM PST
Victory Gardens (Aired March 10, 1942)
Skelton himself was referenced in a Popeye cartoon in which the title character enters a haunted house and encounters a "red skeleton." The Three Stooges also referenced Skelton in Creeps (1956): Shemp: "Who are you?" Talking Skeleton: "Me? I’m Red." Shemp: "Oh, Red Skeleton." Other characters included "Con Man San Fernando Red," cross-eyed seagulls "Gertrude and Heathcliffe" and the singing cabdriver "Clem Kadiddlehopper," who was a country bumpkin with a big heart. Clem had a knack for upstaging city slickers, even if he couldn't manipulate his cynical father: "When the stork brought you, Clem, I shoulda shot him on sight!" Skelton would later consider court action against the apparent usurpation of this character by Bill Scott for the voice of Bullwinkle.[citation needed] The comedian helped sell World War II war bonds on the top-rated show, which featured Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in the supporting cast, plus the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra and announcer Truman Bradley. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1942. Red network. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco. Red's opening monologue is about "Victory Gardens". Clem Kadiddlehopper spruces up the farm. "Deadeye" decides to "clean up the town." J. Newton Numbskull washes his face (which leads into a commercial). "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid," helps mother clean the house. Red Skelton, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, Harriet Hilliard, Truman Bradley (announcer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2017 02:00 AM PST
The Case Of Dr. Duncan Allen (Aired March 9, 1952)
WHITEHALL 1 2, 1 2 Tweaked Jan. 12, 2006 This series was very similar to the Black Museum that was hosted by Orson Welles. Both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 drew their material from the files of Scotland Yard. The stories were true in every respect except that the names were changed to protect the innocent, as they say. The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1952. "The Case Of Dr. Duncan Allen" - NBC network. Sustaining. A bottle of The Glenlivet in the Black Museum is the exhibit in a case of stolen uranium! Part of the final public service announcement and the system cue has been deleted. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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