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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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July 22, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Screen Guild Players" - The Ox-Bow Incident (Aired September 18, 1944)
The theatrical society in U.S.A. is termed as Theatre Guild. Founded in New York City in 1918 by Lawrence Langner (1890-1962) and others, the group proposed to produce high-quality, noncommercial plays. Its board of directors shared responsibility for choice of plays, management, and production. After the premiere of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House in 1920, the Guild became his U.S. agent and staged 15 of his plays. It also produced successful plays by Eugene O’Neill, Maxwell Anderson, and Robert Sherwood and featured actors such as the Lunts and Helen Hayes. It helped develop the American musical by staging Porgy and Bess (1935), Oklahoma! (1943), and Carousel (1945); later also producing the radio series Theatre Guild on the Air (1945-53) and even presented plays on television. THIS EPISODE: September 18, 1944. "The Ox-Bow Incident" - Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot. 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (Starring Edward G. Robinson) Aired November 2, 1941
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio broadcast from 1939 until 1952 with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. THIS EPISODE: The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse is a 1938 Warner Bros. crime film starring Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor and Humphrey Bogart. It was directed by Anatole Litvak and written by John Wexley and John Huston based on the first play written by short-story writer Barré Lyndon, which ran for three months on Broadway with Cedric Hardwicke[1] after playing in London. Dr. Clitterhouse is a wealthy society doctor in New York City who decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behavior directly by becoming one. He begins a series of daring jewel robberies, measuring his own blood pressure, temperature and pulse before, during and afterwards, but yearns for a larger sample for his study. From one of his patients, Police Inspector Lewis Lane (Donald Crisp), he learns the name of the biggest fence in the city, Joe Keller. He goes to meet Keller to sell what he has stolen, only to find out that "Joe" is actually "Jo" (Claire Trevor). The doctor impresses Jo and a gang of thieves headed by 'Rocks' Valentine (Humphrey Bogart) with his exploits, so Jo invites him to join them, and he accepts. 28:00.

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July 21, 2016 08:07 PM PDT
Balance Sheet (Aired December 24, 1973)
Wyllis Cooper, who created, wrote, and produced it, was then a 36-year-old staffer in Chicago's NBC Studios. Cooper left the show in 1936 and Arch Oboler was given the job. Oboler lost no time establishing himself as the new master of the macabre. Between May 1936 and July 1938, he wrote and directed more than 100 Lights Out plays. To follow Cooper was a challenge: he was "the unsung pioneer of radio dramatic techniques," but Oboler had passed the test with his first play. His own name soon became synonymous with murder and gore, though horror as a genre had always left him cold. Oboler aspired to more serious writing. Oboler's shows are well represented -- this series of Lights Out was syndicated in The Devil and Mr. O offerings of 1970 - 73. A transcribed syndication of original broadcasts from 1942 - 43 with Arch Oboler as the host. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1973. CBS network. "Balance Sheet". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe White. A woman inherits the ideal factory, filled with workers who want nothing more out of life, except to labor. The story is also known as, "Profits Unlimited" and "Efficiency Island." Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (announcer). 28:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2016 02:29 PM PDT
A Murder Deep In A Killers Mind (Aired June 20, 1951)
Heard every Wednesday night at 7:30, this thriller is typical of radio mystery shows. However, it has one thing the others don't--that is a sauve Englishman by the name of Rex Harrison. Harrison turns in a better than average performance as a private detective. With the help of an assistant played by Leon Janey, the "dick" goes his way solving a new mystery each week. Impressing us most was the quiet manner in which Harrison plays his new role. Not once during the entire half hour show did he raise his voice enough to activate the decible meter on the KSMO switchboard. Most radio detectives are of the loud and fast talking type, who just love to order their girl friends and constituted police authorities around like mad. Harrison's show keeps away from this sort of thing. As a detective--gentleman or otherwise--Rex Harrison lends a distinctively intelligent and understated confidence to the role. THIS EPISODE: June 20, 1951. NBC network. "A Murder Deep In A Killer's Mind". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Leon Janney. 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
The Handy Man (Aired November 28, 1952)
In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Since Ricky was only nine years old when he began on the show, his enthusiasm outstripped his ability at script reading, and at least once he jumped a cue, prompting Harriet to say, "Not now, Ricky." Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1952. "The Handy Man" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Ozzie's the handyman, but Thorny's power tools are needed. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown. 26:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 21, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Escape To Nowhere (Aired May 7, 1974)
The Zero Hour (aka Hollywood Radio Theater) was a 1973-74 radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling. With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling. Originally placed into syndication on September 3, 1973, the series was picked up by the Mutual Broadcasting System in December of that year. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Mutual affiliates could broadcast the series in any time slot that they wished. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed.

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July 20, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
Statement In Full (Aired January 15, 1951)
The Hollywood Star Playhouse , well written and performed, presented many original plays and popular Hollywood stars. Some of those who accepted roles in this great series included Jimmy Stewart, William Conrad, Deborah Kerr, Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Betty Lou Gerson. Highlights included an episode entitled The Six Shooter and which later became it’s own series staring James Stewart. In 1952, Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on The Hollywood Star Playhouse. This 30 minute anthology program was heard over three different networks during its three seasons. Many leading Hollywood stars appeared before the microphones for this programs original scripts. Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on the 08/31/52 broadcast. Several programs were intended to become new series. On 04/13/52, the broadcast # 99 of The Six Shooter w/James Stewart did indeed become a new NBC series The Six Shooter in 1953, while the broadcast of 05/18/52 Safari w/Ray Milland failed to make it. There was a title change to this series. During the third network change to NBC the series picked up the sponsorship of the American Bakers and the series was called Baker’s Theater Of Stars. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1951. CBS network. "Statement In Full". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. "If you could get away with murder, would you?" Joan Crawford, Herbert Rawlinson (host), Norman Brokenshire (commercial spokesman), Donald Woods, Harry Bartell, John McIntire, Paul McVey, Jeanette Nolan, Maurice Zim (writer), Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Jack Johnstone (director), Dick Haymes (recorded preview of next week's story). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2016 05:05 PM PDT
Agnes Bolton (Aired June 5, 1949)
Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. With only circumstantial evidence to go on, Hellman promises to haul Novak in the next day for the crime. The rapid, staccato dialogue between Webb & Burr is typical of harboiled fiction and is often humorous. Pat uses the time to try to solve the case. He usually employs the help of his friend Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owen) - a drunken ex-doctor typically found at some disreputable tavern or bar - to help him solve the case. As Pat asks for his help, Jocko launches a long-winded philosophical diatribe, full of witty and funny remarks, until Novak cuts him off. Jocko and Pat unravel the case and Hellman makes the arrest. Finally, we hear the foghorn and Novak's footsteps on the pier again before Novak spells out the details of the case for us. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1949. Program #13. "Agnes Bolton" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The fat lady with a green package in a bowling alley. Espionage and the usual frame for Novak. Jack Webb, Richard Breen (writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Charles McGraw, Tudor Owen. 32:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2016 11:13 AM PDT
Fatal Auction (Aired June 26, 1947)
Johnny Modero, Pier 23 is an outstanding old time radio detective and drama series. Playing the part of Johnny Modero is the great Jack Webb. It was aired on the Mutual Network as a summer relacement show in 1947, and Johnny Modero was a fast talking, wise cracking guy who ran a boat shop in San Francisco. When Modero was on a case, he usually solved it before his nemesis, but sometimes friend, a cop who went by the name of Warchek. Warchek was played by another old time radio great William Conrad. As far as Jack Webb goes, this is the kind of part he thrived on, he had similar roles in Jeff Regan PI, and Pat Novak For Hire. This was also before his stint on Dragnet. Sometimes it seems like this show was produced just to show off Webb's style of radio acting. He set the standard for the tough talking, no nonsense, Private Investigator type for old time radio shows. When it was cancelled, or more accuratley not picked up for a full time show, it caused an uproar for the Mutual Network. Show Notes From Eddie's Old Time Radio THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1947. " Fatal Auction" - Mutual network. Sustaining. The waterfront character with a nose for trouble. A saxophone worth $1000 and two murders. Why? Jack Webb, Gale Gordon, William Conrad, Herb Butterfield, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Nat Wolff (director). 28:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Nightfall - The Dentist (Aired October 29, 1982) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Nightfall is a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories. Nightfall was the brainchild of producer Bill Howell, who was best known at the time for his work on CBC Playhouse and the cult favorite adventure series, Johnny Chase: Secret Agent of Space. (Howell later went on to be executive producer of CBC Radio's highly-popular series, The Mystery Project, which ran from 1992 to 2004.) When CBC Radio was revamped and given an expanded budget in 1980, Howell approached the newly-appointed Head of Radio Drama, Susan Rubes, about his idea for a supernatural/horror anthology series that would push the envelope.

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