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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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June 21, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
When Did You Last See Your Money (Aired May 27, 1975)
The series is set in a small fictional seaside town called Walmington-on-Sea somewhere on the South Coast of England. "Dad's Army" is also remembered for its first class actors which starred amongst its credits, Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Arthur Wilson and Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jack Jones. In May 1940, Sir Anthony Eden makes his historic speech calling for men under and over the age of active service in the armed forces to form a local defence corps. In Walmington, the Local Bank manager George Mainwaring set's up the town's Local Defence Volunteers,with the assistance of his Bank Clerk, Arthur Wilson and the Local Butcher, Jack Jones. The LDV later become known as the Home Guard or affectionately (to the TV audience) "Dad's Army" as the platoon mainly consist of Old Soldiers.From week to week they would become entangled in many exploits while defending Walmington from a possible invasion and any interference from the Local Air Raid Warden. Although a comedy series, "Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week.

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June 21, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
A House Of Cards (Aired August 4, 1964)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 4, 1964. ABC network. "A House Of Cards". Commercials deleted. A good story about a family slowly dying in their fallout shelter after the atom bombs have fallen. Bryna Raeburn, Cecil Roy, Fred Foy (announcer), George Bamber (writer), George Petrie, Glenn Osser (conductor), Guy Sorel, Vicki Vola, Warren Somerville (director), Edward A. Byron (executive producer). 20:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
The Dark Wall (Aired July 1, 1954)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: July 1, 1954. CBS network. "The Dark Wall". Sustaining. A good story about the unusual hospitality to be found in the small country of Andorra. John Dehner, Joyce McCluskey, Kathleen Hite (writer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), George Walsh (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Nestor Paiva, Ben Wright, Fritz Feld, Edgar Barrier. 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
Missing Japanese Weapons (Aired February 6, 1950)
Irish-American actor Brian Donlevy, who had mostly worked in movies, agreed to star in a radio series called "Dangerous Assignment" on the NBC Radio network; Donlevy played Steve Mitchell -- "international troubleshooter" for an un-named US government intelligence agency; whose boss "The Commissioner" -- dispatched him to world trouble spots; Naturally all problems got fixed in record time, all in accordance with US interests; the NBC radio series was a big enough success to last three seasons (from 1949 - 1953); perhaps the success was due in part to the mystique of the foreign situations which radio listeners could create in their imaginations; During its last year on radio, Donlevy formed a production company to convert the idea to television; But no TV network was interested, so he produced 39 episodes and sold them to individual stations nationwide in First-run Syndication. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1950. NBC network. Sustaining. The first show of the season. Steve Mitchell flies to Panama to recover "Missing Japanese Weapons" and solve the murder of his friend, Bill Thorne. Brian Donlevy, Robert Ryf (writer), Bill Cairn (director), Bruce Ashley (music). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2017 08:07 AM PDT
Gunsmoke - Chicken Smith (Aired March 31, 1957)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as THE true adult western and one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults. THIS EPISODE: March 31, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Chicken Smith". The wife of Chicken Smith is seen with the new owner of the Lady Gay Saloon. What will the chicken farmer do about it? The public service announcements have been deleted. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Les Crutchfield (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Christine, John Dehner, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), George Walsh (announcer). 22:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
The Devil Doctor (Aired January 8, 1934)
The Witch's Tale was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from 1931 to 1938 on WOR and Mutual and in syndication. The program was created, written and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole, who was born February 22, 1897 in St. Paul, Minnesota and died April 7, 1971. Cole's spooky show was hosted by Old Nancy, the Witch of Salem, who introduced a different terror tale each week. The role of Old Nancy was created by stage actress Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died in 1935 at the age of 79. Cole replaced her with 13-year-old Miriam Wolfe, and Martha Wentworth was also heard as Old Nancy on occasion. Cole himself provided the sounds of Old Nancy's cat, Satan. Cole's wife, Marie O'Flynn, portrayed the lead female characters on the program, and the supporting cast included Mark Smith and Alan Devitte. For syndication, the shows were recorded live during broadcast and distributed to other stations. These recordings were destroyed by Cole in 1961, so few episodes survive. Cole was also the writer, producer and director of the radio mystery-crime drama, Casey, Crime Photographer. In November 1936, Alonzo Deen Cole edited The Witch's Tale magazine with the lead story by Cole. It ran for only two issues. Show Notes From Tales After Midnight

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June 19, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
The Mark Of The Black Widow (Aired October 27, 1940)
He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." Along with his team of operatives, the Shadow battled adversaries with chilling names like The Black Master, Kings of Crime, The Five Chameleons, and, of course, The Red Menace. The Shadow's exploits were also avidly followed by readers in The Shadow magazine, which began in 1931 following the huge success of the old-time mystery radio program. The magazine was published by Street & Smith, who had also sponsored the old-time mystery radio program. THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1940. Mutual network. "The Mark Of The Black Widow". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. The "Black Widow" is just a drawing of a spider from ancient Egypt. However, it's just as deadly as a the real thing! The system cue has been deleted. William Johnstone, Marjorie Anderson, Ken Roberts (announcer), Jerry Devine (writer), Kenny Delmar, Everett Sloane, Arthur Vinton. 25:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 19, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
Mr. Pyle (Aired June 14, 1945)
Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1945. Program #10. Mutual network. "Mr. Pyle". Sustaining. A sound portrait of Ernie Pyle, chronologist of the dog-face. Well-done. Progvram #10 of a series of 26 broadcasts. Arch Oboler, Burgess Meredith, Frank Martin, Bruce Elliott, Marvin Best (announcer). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 19, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Missing Pipes (Aired November 13, 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 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).

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June 19, 2017 08:01 AM PDT
The Case Of The Girl Who Sang Too Well (Aired January 20, 1944)
The series originally aired as a thrice-weekly fifteen-minute serial from 1937-43 (the show moved to CBS in 1942), providing more than ample time for Keen to solve even the most baffling of disappearances. Beginning November 11, 1943, the program changed its format to that of a half-hour weekly offering—and though the title and theme song remained, Keen branched out into investigating murders. If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons enjoyed a healthy eighteen-year stint over radio, ending its run not—as previously reported on this blog—on April 19, 1955 but on September 26 of that same year. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 20, 1944. CBS network. "The Case Of The Girl Who Sang Too Well". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. Murder plays the Palladium as big time vaudeville leads to a star performer's disappearance. Bennett Kilpack, Frank Hummert, Anne Hummert (author). 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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