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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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November 25, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving In The Wilderness (Aired November 28, 1946)
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. Under the title Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, it later transferred to television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Preston, according to radio historian Jim Harmon, first joined the Mounties to capture his father's killer, and when he was successful he was promoted to Sergeant. Preston worked under the command of Inspector Conrad, and in the early years was often assisted by a French-Canadian guide named Pierre. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1946. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "Thanksgiving In The Wilderness". Sustaining. A flashback story: Father Haley has been kidnapped, along with the church funds. The townspeople suspect that the new priest may have stolen the money. Father Haley's dog Shep helps Sergeant Preston solve the mystery. The system cue has been deleted. Jay Michael, Mildred Merrill (writer), Larry McCann (announcer). 13:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Mightier Than The Sword (Aired June 19, 1950)
Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife. Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery! The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in London’s seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1950. Program #81. Towers Of London syndication. "Mightier Than The Sword". Commercials added locally. The story of old Charles Howard and Mr. Brown, two delightful chaps who made their living with their penmanship. The date is approximate. Clive Brook (host), Percy Hoskins (writer, performer), Harry Alan Towers (producer). 25:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 05:00 PM PST
Sailor's Dead Husband (Aired April 14, 1952)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

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November 24, 2015 12:59 PM PST
The Iron Coffin (Aired July 12, 1950)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: July 12, 1950. CBS network. "The Iron Coffin". Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Marlowe visits a 16th century Spanish castle (in northern California) to battle the ghost of "Peter The Cruel," who lives in an eight foot iron coffin! An imaginative story, good radio! Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Irene Tedrow, David Ellis, Edgar Barrier, Jay Novello, Parley Baer, Barney Phillips, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lillian Buyeff. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Blanche's Expensive Injury (Aired July 17, 1951)
The Bickersons were barely ready for prime time radio (they lasted only two full seasons) as it was, but a 1951 CBS television version didn't last half as long. Lew Parker (later familiar as That Girl's harried, slightly overbearing father Lew Marie) took the role of John Bickerson, as he also did on radio a season earlier. But it did not work as well as the original skits. Parker and Langford weren't seen to have the seamless anti-chemistry of Ameche and Langford. Premiering as a summer season replacement, the television version of The Bickersons lasted only 13 episodes. \Ameche and Langford's work together didn't end with The Bickersons, either. They co-hosted a variety series, The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show, in 1951–1952. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1951. "Blanche's Expensive Injury" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. This is the program as broadcast. Frances starts the program by singing, "Somebody Loves Me." Blanche has a sprained ankle, so she buys a television set from Dr. Hersey! One of the Philip Morris commercials features a man from Memphis taking the, "Philip Morris Nose Test." Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Tony Romano and His Orchestra, Phil Rapp (creator), Jay Jackson (commercial spokesman), John Holbrook (announcer), Johnny Roventini (commercial spokesman). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "All Star Western Theater" - The Bar-K Dude Ranch With Ken Card (Aired April 6, 1947)
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. Western swing was big in those days, and this show has some really fine renditions in that great American music style. Guest stars such as Johnny Mack Brown and Smiley Burnett come on, and do action sketches and real knee-slapping humor skits. When these cowboys rustle up humor, they play it about as broad as the western skies themselves. Laughs this simple are not heard much anymore, unless you have an eight-year old with an old jokebook. But that doesn't mean All Star Western Theater isn't enjoyable. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1947. "The Bar-K Dude Ranch" - CBS Pacific network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "The Riders". Sponsored by: Weber's Bread. Guest Ken Card and "The Riders" appear in a comedy-romance set on a dude ranch with two eligible sisters. Ken Card, Joe Forte, Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Cottonseed Clark (announcer). 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Death Strikes From The East (Aired June 5, 1940) 2-Parts COMPLETE After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight.Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. TODAY'S SHOW: June 5, 1940. Program #14. Fox Features syndication. "Death Strikes From The East" Part One and Two (COMPLETE). Commercials added locally. The "Purple Dragon" hosts a Chinese drama, with a human sacrifice for an encore! . Tong Wars are being waged in Chinatown. The Blue Beetle looks toward the Orient to battle "The Purple Dragon." Commissioner Warren's daughter has been kidnapped. 26:53.

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November 23, 2015 08:00 PM PST
The Liar (Aired February 26, 1958)
Starting as a replacement show for Gangbusters and Counterspy, the series premiered December 11, 1957 and it ran until June 13, 1958. Quoting from Astounding Magazine, "Exploring Tomorrow is the first science fiction radio show of science-fictioneers, by science- fictioneers, and for science-fictioneers" The shows were narrated by the editor of Astounding Magazine, John W. Campbell, Jr., with scripts written by Gordon Dickson, Robert Silverberg and many other notable science fiction writers. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1958. Mutual network. "The Liar". Commercials deleted. Meet Herbie, a telepathic robot who tells lies! Remember Asimov's laws of robotics! John Campbell Jr. (host), Isaac Asimov (author). 20:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 04:00 PM PST
Juvenile Delinquency (Aired April 24, 1954)
The listener was never left hanging. Mindful of the fact that Case Dismissed was being heard in many other states besides Illinois, the program regularly reminded its listeners that the problems presented and legal remedies offered were based only on then current Illinois Law. But it's also clear that because they were mindful of a larger audience, the producers and writers very helpfully selected a broad range of legal topics that were general enough in nature to present useful choices and information to residents in virtually any state that might be listening in. All told, a fascinating, useful, and well mounted series of legal dramas that accomplished precisely what they set out to do for thirteen weeks. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1954. NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. The problem of "Juvenile Delinquency". The last show of the series. Didn't anybody ever comment that the closing theme of this series about the law and lawyers used, as a closing theme, a recording of a Dimitri Kabalevsky composition called, "The Comedians"? Gretchen Thomas, Stanley Gordon, Jack Lester, Harry Elders, Carlton KaDell, Jerry Garvey, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound), John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Robert Carmen (writer), Dan Hosek (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 26:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Alice Bradley Amnesia Victim (Aired April 9, 1951)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: April 9, 1951. Program #76. "Alice Bradley Amnesia Victim" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A girl walks into Blair General Hospital, can't remember he name and faints in the lobby. She's wearing a $1000 coat and has "psychogenic amnesia." She turns out nto be Alice Brady. Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Dick Joy (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad, Edwin Max, Les Crutchfield (writer), Marie Blake, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 26:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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