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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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February 06, 2016 01:00 AM PST
The Apprentice (Aired July 24, 1952)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1952. NBC netwok. "The Apprentice". Sustaining. A professional killer and his new assistant attempt an assignment in the back woods. It's not as they think! The system cue has been deleted. Lawrence Klee (creator), Bob Hastings, Eileen Palmer, Lawson Zerbe, Daniel Sutter (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Charles O'Neill (writer), Ken Lynch, Bill Smith. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 05, 2016 08:09 PM PST
The Earl Chadwick Matter (Aired May 23, 1950)
Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Charles Russell, the first to play the role, would throw silver dollars to bellboys and waiters. Luckily, this trite gimmick did not survive long. THIS EPISODE: May 23, 1950. CBS network. "The Earl Chadwick Matter". Sustaining. Johnny flies to Bermuda to find out if a dead man really is. Possibly recorded May 11, 1950. Edmond O'Brien, Lillian Buyeff, Tudor Owen, Virginia Gregg, Walter Burke, John Dehner, Ben Wright, Ted Osborne. 33:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 05, 2016 02:33 PM PST
The Moving Target (Aired February 16, 1955)
Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1955. NBC network. "The Moving Target". Sustaining. A high-flying globe trotter finds that sheer elbow room is no insurance for survival when a felonious blonde makes a passionate effort to bring him down to earth...realy deep down, that is." William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Howard McNear, Andrew C. Love (director), Lynn Allen, Jerry Hausner. 24:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 05, 2016 09:11 AM PST
What Is A Swimming Pool (Aired November 3, 1944)
It Pays to Be Ignorant was a radio comedy show which maintained its popularity during a nine-year run on three networks for such sponsors as Philip Morris, Chrysler, and DeSoto. Tom Howard was the quizmaster who asked questions of dim-bulb panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. The Irish-born Howard (1885-1955) and Shelton (1885-1972) had previously worked together as a team in vaudeville and comedy film shorts, while McConnell (1882-1962) and British comic McNaughton (1896-1967) had both appeared in many Broadway musical comedies and revues between 1920 and the late 1930s. Each episode would start with some jokes ("Do married men live longer than single men?"... "No, it only seems longer.") and an introduction of the experts. After this, three or four questions would be discussed in detail: some posed by Howard, some picked at random by a guest from the audience. These questions often had the answer obvious in the query ("What town in Massachusetts had the Boston Tea Party?") THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1944. Program #23. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The first question (at the opening): "What Is A Swimming Pool?" The program's guest is Shirley Booth who fits right into the show and even sings! The first question (during the program): "Where is the game of ice hockey played?" Nat Novick and His Orchestra, George Shelton, Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, Shirley Booth (guest), Tom Howard (m. c.). 32:30 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 05, 2016 05:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - Stopover In Tombstone (Aired October 11, 1959)
The knight symbol is in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire (see paladin). The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor." In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece's movement: "It's a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected." Paladin was a former Army officer and a graduate of West Point. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law. THIS EPISODE: October 11, 1959. CBS network. "Stopover In Tombstone". Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Ex-Lax, Watchmakers Of Switzerland (vacation contest). Paladin becomes a deputy assistant sheriff of Cochise County...a lawman of Tombstone. An accused murderer with a dying wife proves a tragic responsibility. The system cue is added live. John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator), Frank Paris (producer, director), Hugh Douglas (announcer), Ann Doud (writer), Bartlett Robinson, Betty Garde, Joe Cranston, Harry Bartell, Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects). 25:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 05, 2016 01:00 AM PST
Smoke Screen (Aired May 27, 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. THIS EPISODE: May 27, 1951. NBC network. "The Smoke Screen". Sustaining. The Chinese Communists have smuggled tons of opium into America in a plot to destroy our country. A graphic if somewhat simplistic portrait of dope addiction. Mr. Moto makes a speech about bigotry and how he hates being called, "a dirty Jap." Bernard Grant, Robert Haag, Carol Irwin (producer), Edwin Bruce, Fred Collins (announcer), Harry W. Junkin (writer, director), James Monks, John P. Marquand (creator), Ross Martin. 29:29.

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February 04, 2016 08:00 PM PST
In Fear And Trembling (Aired February 16, 1943)
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1943. CBS network. "In Fear and Trembling". Sustaining. A hypochondriacal woman is sure that her husband and his lover want to kill her, so she decides to act first. Mary Astor, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), William Spier (director), Ted Bliss (director), J. Donald Wilson (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 04, 2016 02:00 PM PST
Woman Slugger (Aired July 3, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1954. "Woman Slugger" - CBS network. Sustaining. The first police call is about a fight on a street corner. A woman is beating a man on the head with her shoe. She's drunk and screaming. A man is seen with his little boy in a bar, with a gun! The program closing and system cue have been deleted. The program has also been dated July 2, 1954. Donn Reed (police recorder), Sterling Tracy (producer), Jim Headlock (producer). 27:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 04, 2016 09:00 AM PST
The Civic Achievement Award (Aired January 31, 1951)
Honest Harold Hemp lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative attitude of the critics. The Honest Harold scripts were well crafted with well developed characters and had excellent acting and production values. Many people, including Harold Peary, believed that The Great Gildersleeve would not survive without Peary. However, Willard Waterman assumed the role and most listeners didn't notice the difference, as Mr. Waterman did an excellent job in capturing the essence of the Gildersleeve character. This may have been the single greatest blow to the survival of Honest Harold . There were just too many similarities. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1951. "The Civic Achievement Award" - CBS network. Sustaining. Harold is annoyed by a slow-moving tractor. Will he win the "Oswald Award" for civic improvement? Harold Peary, Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Joseph Kearns, Gloria Holiday, Jane Morgan, Parley Baer, Cliff Arquette, David Light, Olan Soule, Jack Moyles, Dick Powell (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 04, 2016 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Thunder Over Texas (Aired February 27, 1953)
Frontier Town will forever reside in that twilight of the Western genre of Golden Age Radio--between the highly self-conscious adult Westerns of the mid- to late-1950s and the rock'em, sock'em, shoot-em-up juvenile adventure Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. It's obvious from this series that Radio westerns were beginning to lean in an adult direction--but not without some kicking and screaming in the process. Radio's Gunsmoke was already in development and Television was making impressive inroads into Radio's commercial audience. With hundreds of Hopalong Cassidy and other western hero film reruns airing night and day over Television, the race was on to find a more rivetting format for the great American western. Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1953. Program #23. Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates syndication. "Thunder Over Texas". Music fill for local commercial insert. Doc Slavin and his henchman "Cinco" kill the land agent to keep Danish Dairy farmers from moving to Sunbeam Valley. Jeff Chandler is billed as "Tex" Chandler. The date is approximate. Jeff Chandler, Wade Crosby, Bob Mitchell (organist), Ivan Ditmars (possible organist), Bill Forman (announcer). 28:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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