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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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August 18, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Should Women Go To Work (Aired September 25, 1952)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

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August 18, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Murder Wagon (Aired January 13, 1955)
The Cisco Kid refers to a character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way", published in the collection Heart of the West. In movies and television, the Kid was depicted as a heroic Mexican caballero, even though he was originally a cruel outlaw. The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. With Vicki Vola and Bryna Raeburn in supporting roles and Michael Rye announcing, this series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1955. Program #260. Mutual-Don Lee network, KHJ, Los Angeles origination, Ziv syndication. "Murder Wagon". Commercials added locally. Jesse Post, Pierre DuLac and bad guys down from Canada are known for shooting settlers and burning down their houses. A ring on the French Canadian's finger provides Cisco with a needed clue. Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 27:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
To Have & To Hold (Aired August 12, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." THIS EPISODE: August 12, 1945. Program #22. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "To Have and To Hold". Commercials added locally. A young girl visits an old aunt who hasn't been seen by anyone for the last forty years! This program has also been dated October 14, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Phillip Clarke (host), Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 07:01 PM PDT
Pursuit Of The Thames Pirates (Aired February 12, 1952)
PURSUIT (CBS 1949 - 1952) was a detective series that presented the cases of the fictional Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Black. (The leading character was called Inspector Harvey in the audition show and the first episode.) The Inspector was a dedicated policeman, a man hunter, who once on the case, would not rest until the wrongdoer was brought to justice. Black was assisted in cases by Sgt. Moffet. The series was unusual in that it featured dual narration. Starting in the Spring of 1950, Bill Johnstone provided the opening and closing narrations and sometimes, bridges between commercials. Inspector Black furnished the change of scenes and overall case narrations. Show Notes From TimesPast. THIS EPISODE: February 12, 1952. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Pursuit Of The Thames Pirates". Inspector Black takes to the river in pursuit of a gang of river pirates. Ben Wright, Raymond Lawrence, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, organist), Antony Ellis (writer), Joseph Kearns, Mary Jane Croft, Dan O'Herlihy, Lou Krugman, Tudor Owen, William Johnstone, Charles Davis. 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 03:07 PM PDT
The Final Day Of General Ketchum (Aired July 27, 1953)
To characterize Crime Classics as a 'docudrama' stretches the point to bursting. From the fictional 'expert' host to the program titles, it's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: July 27, 1953. CBS network. "The Final Day Of General Ketchum and How He Died". Sustaining. How did the General die? Damned if we know! Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Bill Bissell, David Friedkin (writer), David Young, Elliott Lewis (transcriber, director), George Walsh (announcer), Herb Butterfield, Hy Averback, Lou Merrill (host), Morton Fine (writer), Paula Winslowe, Russell Simpson, Sarah Selby. 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 11:06 AM PDT
King Solomon's Mines (Aired February 20, 1977)
The series had it origins in the meeting of two minds: the ad agency for General Mills at the time, Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample was looking for a different means to reach a child audience besides television, which was decreasing commercial minutes and increasing costs; and Himan Brown, producer-director of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, who wanted to introduce new audiences to the dramatic form on radio. Tom Bosley was chosen as the host because of his television recognition from a kid’s oriented series, Happy Days. CBS chose to produce 52 original broadcasts followed by 52 repeat broadcasts. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1977. Program #6. CBS network. "King Solomon's Mines". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on August 20, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Ralph Bell, Court Benson, H. Rider Haggard (author), Paul Tripp (adaptor), Himan Brown (producer, director), William Griffis, Ian Martin. 39:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Snow White & The 7 Gangsters (Aired April 24, 1938)
Benny came to radio on The Canada Dry Program, beginning May 2, 1932, on the NBC Blue Network and continuing there for six months until October 26, moving the show to CBS on October 30. With Ted Weems leading the band, Benny stayed on CBS until January 26, 1933. Arriving at NBC on March 17, Benny did The Chevrolet Program until April 1, 1934. He continued with sponsors General Tires, Jell-O and Grape Nuts. Lucky Strike was the radio sponsor from 1944 to the mid-1950s. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948-49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired reruns of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1938. Red network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. The cast does its version of, "Snow White and The Seven Gangsters." Shlepperman is cast as "Prince Charming!" Kenny sings, "Our Song." Mary sings a duet with Shlepperman called, "Some Day My Prince Will Come!" The cast does a very clever parody of the Disney cartoon. Mary gets a long laugh when a birdie gives her a Bronx cheer. Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Phil Harris and His Orchestra, Mary Livingstone, Kenny Baker, Andy Devine, Sam Hearn, Wally Baker, Harry Baldwin, Ed Beloin (writer, performer: doubles), Bill Morrow (writer), Blanche Stewart. 29:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "All Star Western Theater" - New Mexico Badman (Aired March 2, 1947)
All Star Western Theater is an enjoyable series filled with the humor of guest stars such as Johnny Mack Brown and Smiley Burnett and in the tried and true format of The Roy Rogers Show. The words honest, sincere and un-assuming come to mind. Done live, All Star Western Theater gives the studio audience a good show, and the result is still a happy ride down memory lane. Riding out of the sunny back lots of Hollywood, All Star Western Theatre delivered Republic Western-style entertainment with chuck wagon sized doses of fine music, broad humor and guest appearances by the best of the West. The music was provided by the Riders of the Purple Sage, fronted by Foy Willing, with the help of Kenny Driver, Al Sloey and Johnny Paul. The group appeared on various shows on radio, including the Andrews Sisters' Eight-to-the-Bar Ranch in '44-'45, and the Roy Rogers Show during the 1946 - 48 period. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1947. CBS Pacific network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "New Mexico Bad Man". Sponsored by: Weber's Bread. A bad man turns out to be not as bad as everyone thinks. Donald Barry, Harry Lang, Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Cottonseed Clark (announcer). 30:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 16, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Death On The Nile (Part 2 of 2) Aired September 29, 1978
Between the first and second world wars, Poirot traveled all over Europe and the Middle East investigating crimes and murders. Most of his cases happened during this period and he was at the height of his powers at this point in his life. The Murder On the Links saw the Belgian pit his grey cells against a French murderer. In the Middle East he solved The Murder on the Orient Express (though the bulk of the story takes places in the territory of the former-Yugoslavia), the Death on the Nile, and the Murder in Mesopotamia with ease and even survived An Appointment with Death. However he did not travel to the Americas or Australia, probably due to his sea sickness.

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August 16, 2014 06:47 PM PDT
Death On The Nile (Part 1 of 2) Aired September 29, 1978
Death on the Nile is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on November 1, 1937 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company the following year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $2.00. While dining out in London one evening, Hercule Poirot notices a young woman, Jacqueline de Bellefort, dining and dancing with her fiancé, Simon Doyle. Poirot also notices that Jackie (a nickname given to her and used by intimates; short for Jacqueline) is very much smitten and is in love with Simon. The next day, Jacqueline takes Simon to meet her best friend, wealthy young heiress Linnet Ridgeway, in the hopes that Linnet will offer Simon a job. Three months later, Simon has broken off his engagement to Jacqueline and married Linnet. The mystery of death unfolds.

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