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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 in January 2006...

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July 20, 2014 07:21 PM PDT
Eclipse (Aired August 7, 1945)
Dark Venture was a grim kind of thriller where the listener got inside the twisted head of the murderer and heard his thoughts. It was not supernatural horror, but horror just the same... the kind that evil minds spawn when they are scheming ways to kill someone and get away with it. The writing was sharp and gritty. These killers were hardened sociopaths that didn't give a damn about anyone else. They had no conscience and were diabolical in their plots. Unfortunately for them, the audience also liked to see others suffer, especially if that person was guilty and deserved his comeuppance. So each week millions could tune in to "see" the murderer meet his fate on the radio in their mind's eye. The killing method wasn't especially creative. It was usually the tried and true technique of strangulation, knifing, or shooting. No, what made Dark Venture interesting was the manner in which the killer plotted to get away with it all. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 7, 1945. ABC network, KGO, San Francisco origination. "Eclipse". Sustaining. An amnesiac finds $50,000 in a moneybelt and a man in a white suit chasing him. Charles Barrett (who sounds very much like Elliott), Larry Marcus (writer), Dean Fosler (organist), Robert Light (writer), Howard McNear. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Special To Hollywood (Aired October 17, 1964)
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: October 17, 1964. Syndicated, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Special To Hollywood". A dissolute Hollywood starlet and her press agents are flying in a chartered plane when the engines stop, but the plane remains suspended in mid-air. The script was used previously on "Arch Oboler's Plays" on July 19, 1945 and February 7, 1941 on "Lights Out." Arch Oboler (writer, host, producer, director), Gloria Blondell, Alan Reed, Chester Stratton. 20:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 20, 2014 11:22 AM PDT
What No Butler? (Aired December 4, 1949)
The Damon Runyon Theater radio series dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories in weekly broadcasts running from October 1948 to September 1949 (with reruns until 1951). The series was produced by Alan Ladd's Mayfair Transcription Company for syndication to local radio stations. John Brown played the character "Broadway," who doubled as host and narrator. The cast also comprised Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten, Joseph Du Val, Gerald Mohr, Frank Lovejoy, Herb Vigran, Sheldon Leonard, William Conrad, Jeff Chandler, Lionel Stander, Sidney Miller, Olive Deering and Joe De Santis. Pat O'Brien was initially engaged for the role of "Broadway". The original stories were adapted for the radio by Russell Hughes. Television presented dramatized versions of Damon Runyon's short stories. Hosted by Donald Woods, the program, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser beer, aired for a total of 39 episodes on CBS from April 1955 through February 1956 (repeats continued through June).

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July 20, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Sons Of The Sea (Aired July 25, 1973)
The Home Guard consisted of local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, either owing to age or by being in professions that were exempt from conscription (Dad's Army deals almost exclusively with the former), and as such the series mainly featured older British actors, including Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Arnold Ridley and John Laurie. Among relative youngsters in the regular cast were Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn (who played the elderly Jones), Frank Williams, James Beck (who died suddenly during production of the programme's sixth series in 1973) and Bill Pertwee. In 2004, Dad's Army was voted into fourth place in a BBC poll to find Britain's Best Sitcom. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1973. "Sons of the Sea." Mainwaring believes that the platoon could play havoc with the Nazis in a recently requisitioned boat, and the platoon set off to guard the local River. After getting lost in the what they believe to be the English Channel, the platoon believe they are behind enemy lines, stow away on a train, and disable their weapons – until they discover they are in Eastbourne. 27:44.

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July 20, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "General Mills Radio Adventure Theater" - The Last Of The Mohicans (Aired April 9, 1977)
Himan Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. General Mills did not continue as sponsor after the 52 episodes had first aired over the first 26 weekends (February 1977 through July 1977), and the series (52 shows) was then repeated over the next 26 weekends (August 1977 through the end of January 1978), as The CBS Radio Adventure Theater, with a variety of sponsors for the commercials. THIS EPISODE: April 9, 1977. Program #19. CBS network. "The Last Of The Mohicans". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on October 9, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), James Fennimore Cooper (author), Paul Tripp (adaptor), Ian Martin, Russell Horton, Himan Brown (producer, director), Court Benson, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Dryden. 39:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Lady In The Lake (Aired February 9, 1948)
In October of 1934, "Lux Radio Theater" debuted in New York on NBC's Blue radio network. Presenting audio versions of popular Broadway plays, the show failed to garner an audience and soon ran out of material. After switching networks to CBS and moving to Hollywood, Lux found its true market. The show began featuring adaptations of popular films, performed by as many of the original stars as possible. With an endless supply of hit films scripts and an audience of more than 40 million, Lux enjoyed a prosperous run until the curtain fell in 1956. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1948. CBS network. "The Lady In The Lake". Sponsored by: Lux, Pepsodent. A two-fisted detective yarn. Philip Marlowe tries to track down the murderer of a woman found at the bottom of a lake...and of a man shot to death in the shower. Tom Tully, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Gerald Mohr, William Johnstone, Frances Robinson, George Neise, Edward Marr, Robert Griffin, Janet Scott, Herb Butterfield, Marie Windsor, Steve Fisher (screenwriter), Raymond Chandler (creator), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects), Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter. 43:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2014 08:12 PM PDT
Time On My Hands (Aired August 26, 1945)
The Sealed Book starred Philip Clarke as “the keeper of the book”, a croaking, cackling hermit, with knowledge of the black arts, who in each show unlocked “the great padlock” that kept “the sealed book safe from prying eyes.” There was a spook story each week with tales of secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages. First Broadcast: March 18th 1945, Last Broadcast: September 9th 1945 - CAST: Philip Clarke - Producer/Director: Jock MacGregor - Writers: Robert A Arthur, David Kogan. THIS EPISODE: August 26, 1945. Program #24. Mutual network origination, Michelson syndication. "Time On My Hands". Commercials added locally. A man down on his luck comes upon a pawn shop with nothing to sell except time...taken off his life span! This program has also been dated November 4, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2014 04:02 PM PDT
Just A Matchstick & Duster (Aired September 21, 1953)
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of England’s most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary. 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! Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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July 19, 2014 11:52 AM PDT
The Bravest Of The Brave (Aired April 3, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. THIS EPISODE: April 3, 1977. Program #18. CBS network. "The Bravest Of The Brave". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on October 1, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." Tom Bosley (host), Teri Keane (writer), Jada Rowland, Russell Horton, Bryna Raeburn, Robert Dryden, Himan Brown (producer, director). 38:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 19, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Edward G. Robinson (Aired January 30, 1945)
Hope and his partner George Byrne had an act as a pair of Siamese twins as well, and both danced and sang while wearing blackface before friends advised Hope that he was funnier as himself.. After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1945. "Guest Is Edward G. Robinson" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Pepsodent. The program originates from Drew Field, Tampa, Florida. Bob's opening monologue is about Florida weather. The first tune is, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time." Bob and Frances appear as old folks. Guest Edward G. Robinson and Bob do a tough-guy routine. Bob had better give that ten cents to the "March Of Dimes," or else! Bob calls for (and gets) a "Birthday Cheer" for FDR. Bob Hope, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Jay Wesley (announcer), Jerry Colonna, Al Schwartz (writer), Norman Sullivan (writer), Glenn Wheaton (writer), Fred Fox (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Paul Laven (writer), Roger Price (writer), Chet Castellaw (writer), Al Capstaff (producer, director), Charles Buck (propducer, director), Edward G. Robinson. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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