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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...


by Bob Camardella
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November 22, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Lone Ranger" - Mission Bells (Aired December 24, 1947)
The Lone Ranger was an American long-running early radio and television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker. The titular character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Hi-yo Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop. On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “ A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! ”In later episodes the opening narration ended with the catch phrase "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!" Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1947. Program #2329/1554. Syndicated. "Parson Taber"/"The Mission Bells". Music fill for local commercial insert. Dan Reid appears in this story. Brace Beemer, John Todd, George W. Trendle (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2014 11:00 PM PST
The Curse Of The Mantle (Aired April 2, 1944)
The stories offered by "The Weird Circle" were generally adapted from popular fiction - popular fiction of the 19th century, that is. And since the focus was on horror and suspense, the macabre, atmospheric, and often ironic tales of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Honore de Balzac were a staple of its success. Also included were such familiar chestnuts as "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens' "The Queer Client", Charlotte Bronte’s novel "Jane Eyre" (also a particular favorite of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater company), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stories of this vintage, rooted in the Victorian attitudes and morality of the 1800s, generally made for good radio drama; they were, after all, classics, familiar to anyone with a public school education. THIS EPISODE: April 2, 1944. Program #32. NBC syndication. "Curse Of The Mantle". Commercials added locally. A story of the cloak of the evil and the plague it brings. (the story is also known as, "Lady Eleanor's Mantle"). The date is approximate. Nathaniel Hawthorne (author). 24:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2014 07:00 PM PST
The Exile (Aired January 19, 1949)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim"). The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1949. NBC network. "The Exile". Sustaining. A dress rehearsal recording with no music. Guest screen director Max Ophuls introduces the story of Charles II's exile in Holland. Carl Harbord, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Frank Barton (announcer), Howard Wiley (producer), Janet Waldo, Joe Grande, Lou Krugman, Max Ophuls, Milton Geiger (adaptor), Paul McVey, Raymond Burr. 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2014 03:00 PM PST
The Tough Guy (Aired March 9, 1979)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field.

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November 21, 2014 10:48 AM PST
The Big Tomato (Aired January 25, 1951)
Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. 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. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1951. Program #85. NBC network. "The Big Tomato". Sponsored by: Fatima. A high school boy named Kenneth Morrow is killed in an auto accident. He had been using marijuana! Friday and the cops track down "The Big Tomato." The editors of "Motion Picture Daily" and "Fame" magazine name Jack Webb, "the most promising star of tomorrow" and Dragnet "the best radio program of its type" for 1950. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 21, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving (Aired November 18, 1940)
Burns and Allen are one of the most beloved couple in old time radio. They got started, like many of the greats of old time radio, in vaudeville, which is really just the touring popular entertainment in America prior to movies. Gracie was the sparkplug of the act, always the center of attention. George played the foil, the guy vainly trying to make sense of the ditzy world of Gracie. By the early 30s, Gracie was probably the best known woman on radio. Gracie often sang in a voice that showed she was also an excellent comedienne songstress. The shows had names after the sponsors, such as Maxwell House Coffee Time, or The Ammident Show - it was the Burns and Allen show to the public. Other fine radio actors were a part of the fun. Mel Blanc did the happy postman, and was also famous for his zany characters on The Jack Benny Show, and his own Mel Blanc Show. Elliott Lewis, a veteran of many radio dramas, played many of the bit parts on the Burns and Allen shows of the 40s. Burns & Allen were touring England in 1929 when they made their first radio appearance on the BBC. Gracie Allen died on August 27, 1964. George Burns died on March 9, 1996.

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November 21, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - How To Die For Nothing (Aired October 10, 1953)
From 1955 to 1961, Gunsmoke was a half-hour show. It then went to an hour-long format for the rest of its long run. From 1955 to 1966, it was in black and white, then in color from 1966 to 1975. In the early 1960s, older episodes of the series were rebroadcast under the title Marshal Dillon. In 1967, the show's twelfth season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer response — it was even mentioned in Congress — along with domestic pressure on the CBS head of programming by his wife, convinced them to continue it in the early evening on Mondays instead of Saturday nights. This seemingly minor change led to a spike in ratings that saw the series once again reach the top 20 in the Nielsen ratings before fading again before its cancellation in 1975. THIS EPISODE October 10, 1953. CBS network. "How To Die For Nothing". Sponsored by: Sugar Crinkles, Post Toasties. After Marshal Dillon shoots a drunken cowboy, his brother swears to shoot him in the back. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on June 23, 1956, and used again on radio May 10, 1958. Credits are the same for both broadcasts of this script, except the 1958 show credits Jack Moyles and does not credit John Dehner! William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, John Meston (writer). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Arise My Love (Aired June 1, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1946. CBS network. "Arise My Love". Sponsored by: Squibb. A love story between a pilot and a girl reporter in wartime Europe. Ray Milland. 30:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 08:00 PM PST
The Blue Legend (Aired March 3, 1947)
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: March 3, 1947. CBS Pacific network. "The Blue Legend". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A schemer talks his way into a half interest in an valuable Alaskan gold mine, and then gets the nugget of an idea for murder. Alan Reed, Virginia Gregg, E. Jack Neuman (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 03:02 PM PST
The Fatal Fix (Aired January 25, 1949)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1949. NBC network. "The Fatal Fix". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso ("Tour The World" contest). "Willy The Weep" sees a young girl attacked on a Big Town dock. She's been slashed by "Shiv The Knife" to keep a basketball fix racket under wraps. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, produer), Dwight Weist (narrator). 31:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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