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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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January 17, 2018 10:00 AM PST
The Baziloff Paper AKA: The Kuriloff Papers (Aired June 17, 1951)
Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1951. NBC network. "The Baziloff Paper" AKA: The Karilov Papers. Sustaining. Mr. Moto heads for mainland China to recover a secret formula that enables scientists to turn one gallon of gasoline into two. Foreign intrigue has Mr. Moto on his toes. James Monks, Fred Collins (annonuncer), Harry W. Junkin (writer), Ross Martin, Connie Lembcke, Carol Irwin (producer), Bernard Grant, John P. Marquand (creator). 28:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 17, 2018 05:00 AM PST
The Nameless Day (Aired November 9, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1964. ABC network. "The Nameless Day". Commercials deleted. A man finds a watch inscribed to him, but dated ten years before his birth! Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Connie Lembcke, Ed Blainey (sound technician), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), Evie Juster, Fred Foy (announcer), George Petrie, Glenn Osser (conductor), Guy Sorel, Ivor Francis, Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Marty Folia (audio engineer), Richard McCracken (writer), Warren Somerville (director). 21:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2018 11:00 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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January 16, 2018 06:00 PM PST
My Chicago (Aired July 26, 1945)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: July 26, 1945. Mutual network. "My Chicago". Sustaining. A well-written, amusing look over a young Chicago boy's shoulder, as he writes a description of his city to a Chinese pen-pal. Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Bea Benaderet, Arch Oboler, Joseph Gilbert, Truda Marson, Eddie McCambridge, Evelyn Scott. 18:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2018 01:26 PM PST
The Gambler (04-05-51) (Aired April 5, 1951)
The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. These radio adventures of a liberated American "dame" from Brooklyn were tailored to post-WWII, and featured Maisie making her way (and having her way, most of the time) on both sides of the Atlantic. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1951. "The Gambler" - Program #60. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie becomes the Las Vegas good luck charm of an Indian gambler/gangster (named "Nick The Creek!"). The program has also been identified as program #72. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), Joan Banks, John L. Green (writer), Peter Leeds, William Conrad. 28:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2018 08:01 AM PST
Mailing Income Tax (Aired March 10, 1951)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1951. "Mailing Income Tax" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie mails the family's income tax return. Now, how to get that letter back and save $50. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Carl Jampel (writer), Nat Polen, Donald Bayh, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Wendell Holmes, Dick Dudley (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 16, 2018 03:00 AM PST
John Carthage (Aired March 2, 1948)
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. While a bit difficult to document, the production remains quite collectable and the perspective of the presentation is also unique for the era--or since for that matter. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1948. Program #12. Finley syndication. "John Carthage". Commercials added locally. Book 22, page 475. A doctor is about to die. "Fate" writes the final entry in the doctor's elegant mountain lodge. The date is subject to correction. No cast credits given. Larry Finley (producer). 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2018 09:00 PM PST
First Attact On Haiti Fails (Aired June 19, 1953)
The name Hornblower was probably derived from the American film producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr., with whom C. S. Forester had been working prior to writing the first Hornblower novel. Forester's original inspiration was an old copy of the Naval Chronicle, which described the effective dates of the Treaty of Ghent. Because of the time required to communicate around the world, it was possible for two countries to still be at war in one part of the world after a peace was obtained months before in another. The burdens that this placed on captains far from home led him to a character struggling with the stresses of a "man alone". At the same time, Forester wrote the body of the works carefully to avoid entanglements with real world history, so Hornblower is always off on another mission when a great naval victory occurs during the Napoleonic Wars. Broadcast 1952; Transcribed in England for the BBC; aired in U.S. on CBS, then again on ABC in 1954 and Mutual in 1957. Starring Michael Redgrave as Horatio Hornblower. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1953. Program #49. "First Attact On Haiti Fails" - Radio Luxembourg, Towers Of London syndication. Commercials added locally. A plan by Hornblower to attack a Spanish fort on Haiti...by land and from the rear! Michael Redgrave, C. S. Forester (creator), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor), Harry Alan Towers (producer, director), Philo Higby (writer). 20:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2018 04:00 PM PST
The Informer (Aired May 25, 1946)
Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. Frank Wilson wrote the movie adaptations. John Dunning in his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,"tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year: "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild show…But the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped." THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1946. Program #343. "The Informer" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A quality upgrade rebroadcast. AFRS program name: "Armed Forces Radio Theater." The program may be dated May 15, 1946. Victor McLaglen, Margo Graham, Wallace Ford, J. M. Kerrigan. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 15, 2018 11:00 AM PST
The Insomnia Caper (Aired October 24, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: October 24, 1948. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Insomnia Caper". All Sam wants to do is get a good night's sleep, but the red-head next door just won't leave him alone! Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Lurene Tuttle. 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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