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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...


by Bob Camardella
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September 18, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
The Combination Murder Case (Aired June 14, 1949)
Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1949. Program #49. ZIV Syndication. "The Combination Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Joyce Dixon, the owner of a gambling operation, reports to the cops that she's about to be murdered! However, her gardener and ex-fiance are the ones who get killed! Watch out for that sandwich! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Henry Sylvern (organist). 267:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 18, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Health Food (Aired November 21, 1948)
As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Show, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band--so he wasn't connected to Remly any more. A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like the The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly had done.

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September 18, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Joy Ride (Aired May 27, 1951)
On radio, Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department but on the TV show, he had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan (who had been an occasional character on the radio show), played by Harry Lauter. During the opening and closing credits of the TV show, the actors would march toward the camera and sing the theme song, "These Are Tales of Texas Rangers", to the tune of "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You", which is also the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad". The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Dragnet with a Western flavor. The TV show was aimed at kids (and aired on Saturday mornings) and was more of a traditional Western (with chases and shoot-outs). THIS EPISODE: May 27, 1951. NBC network. "Joy Ride". Sustaining. The last show of the season. A "pimply faced youth" and his trigger-happy girlfriend hold up a liquor store and kill the owner. Tony Barrett, Sam Edwards, William Johnstone, Peggy Webber, Barney Phillips, John Frank, Hal Gibney (announcer), Joel McCrea. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Baseball And Gambling (Aired April 29, 1947)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1947. "Baseball & Gambling" - Program #107. ABC net origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. The brother of a famous ball-player is in debt to a gambler for $50,000. An introduction to a lady and a murder add up to another case for Blackie. Sportscaster Bill Slater is cast as...a sportscaster! Richard Kollmar, Bill Slater, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 27:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Happy Ending (Aired June 23, 1937)
After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. A character might be buried or eaten or skinned alive, vaporized in a ladle of white-hot steel, absorbed by a giant slurping amoeba, have his arm torn off by a robot, tortured or decapitated -- always with the appropriate blood-curdling acting and sound effects. Adhesive tape, stuck together and pulled apart, simulated the sound of a man's skin being ripped off. Pulling the leg off a frozen chicken gave the illusion of an arm being torn out of its socket. A raw egg dropped on a plate stood in for an eye being gouged; poured corn syrup for flowing blood; cleavered cabbages and cantalopes for beheadings; snapped pencils and spareribs for broken fingers and bones. The sound of a hand crushed? A lemon, laid on an anvil, smashed with a hammer.

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September 17, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Thomas Hart Murder Case (Aired April 14, 1951)
Detective Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1951. "The Thomas Hart Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Thomas Hart's body is found in the garment district with a pair of scissors in his back. A second victim is scissored to death, and then Lieutenant Danny Clover is knifed in the back! David Friedkin (writer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Larry Thor, Morton Fine (writer), Charles Calvert, Irene Tedrow, Herb Butterfield, Sidney Miller, Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Joe Walters (announcer), Jack Kruschen, Sylvia Syms, Mary Shipp. 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 11:01 AM PDT
The Malevolent Medic (Aired February 23, 1951)
The Adventures of Nero Wolfe was first heard by a national audience. But again, many of the details of this second, Summer 1943 run of 13 episodes--other than its episode titles and its star, famous character actor Santos Ortega in the role of Nero Wolfe--remain a mystery to this day. Indeed, we have only one representative episode of the 1944 run of The Adventures of Nero Wolfe in circulation to date--and that lone episode is preserved only by its inclusion as a selection for the Armed Forces Radio Service's Mystery Playhouse series. The production run starred Santos Ortega in the role of Nero Wolfe and Joseph Julian as Archie Goodwin. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Malevolent Medic". Sustaining. Mrs. Hal Horton, the wife of a wealthy industrialist, is in love with her doctor. However, Dr. Ben Sloane is planning to marry his nurse. When Mrs. Horton dies in the doctor's office, Mr. Horton suspects foul play. The system cue has been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Ruth Adams Knight (writer), Harry Bartell, Jeanne Bates, Mary Lansing, Don Stanley (announcer), Edwin Fadiman (producer), Rex Stout (creator), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Vic Perrin, William Johnstone, Ruth Paine. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is "Heart" (Aired March 8, 1950)
Groucho Marx matches wits with the American public in four episodes of this classic game show. Starting on the radio in 1947, You Bet Your Life made its television debut in 1950 and aired for 11 years with Groucho as host and emcee. Sponsored rather conspicuously by the Dodge DeSoto car manufacturers, the show featured two contestants working as a team to answer questions for cash prizes. Another mainstay of these question and answer segments was the paper mache duck that would descend from the ceiling with one hundred dollars in tow whenever a player uttered the "secret word." The quiz show aspect of "You Bet Your Life" was always secondary, to the clever back-and-forth between host and contestant, which found Groucho at his funniest. It's in these interview segments that "You Bet Your Life" truly makes its mark as one of early television's greatest programs. Directed by: Robert Dwan. THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1950. Syndicated, WNEW-TV, New York audio aircheck. "The Secret Word Is 'Heart'. Participating sponsors. The first contestant is Anna Lingren. Syndicated rebroadcast date: March 21, 1975. Anna Lingren, Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Meakin (music). 31:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - More Than Kin (Aired December 13, 1953)
The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). These were typical examples of the earliest popular appearances of the genre. The first manifestations of the genre in Radio came near the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, some feel that the genre may have helped extend the Golden Age of Radio to the early 1960s. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1953. "More Than Kin" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Britt treads the boards in the service of the bard for P. T. Barnum himself. Basil Adlam (music), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Michael Ann Barrett, Tony Barrett, Dan O'Herlihy, Ted Bliss, Marvin Miller, Hal Gibney (announcer), Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
War Of The Worlds (Aired February 8, 1955)
October of 1934, "Lux Radio Theater" debuted in New York on NBC's Blue radio network. Presenting audio versions of popular Broadway plays, the show failed to garner an audience and soon ran out of material. After switching networks to CBS and moving to Hollywood, Lux found its true market. The show began featuring adaptations of popular films, performed by as many of the original stars as possible. With an endless supply of hit films scripts and an audience of more than 40 million, Lux enjoyed a prosperous run until the curtain fell in 1956. THIS EPISODE: February 8, 1955. Program #150. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "War Of The Worlds". The famous tale about the invasion from Mars. The story is different in many ways from the Orson Welles version. AFRTS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Les Tremayne, Herb Butterfield, Bill Bouchey, Dana Andrews, Pat Crowley, Paul Frees (narrator), Parley Baer (doubles), Ken Peters, Howard McNear, William Conrad, George Neise, Bob Bailey, Herb Ellis, Irene Tedrow, Don Diamond, Jack Kruschen, Frank Gerstle, George Baxter, Truda Marson, Edward Marr, Barre Lyndon (screenwriter), H. G. Wells (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Leonard St. Clair (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 55:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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