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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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January 21, 2018 09:00 PM PST
Practically Foolproof (Aired September 3, 1944)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1944. CBS Pacific network. "Practically Foolproof". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. An interesting story about two robbers who are running a lending library. Things get weird when they plan to use a dwarf to commit a robbery against his will! George W. Allen (producer, director), Harriet Reig (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Bill Pennell (announcer), Jane Morgan. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 04:00 PM PST
The Combination Murder Case (Aired June 14, 1949)
Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1949. Program #49. ZIV Syndication. "The Combination Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Joyce Dixon, the owner of a gambling operation, reports to the cops that she's about to be murdered! However, her gardener and ex-fiance are the ones who get killed! Watch out for that sandwich! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Henry Sylvern (organist). 267:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 11:00 AM PST
The John Stewart Murder Case (Aired March 28, 1953)
The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer, as was Joe Walters. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1953. "The John Stewart Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. A man who expects to be killed named John Stewart has been collecting strange things. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Billy Halop, James McCallion, Steve Roberts, Lou Merrill, Bill Anders (announcer). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 06:00 AM PST
How To Repair A Living Room (Aired October 23, 1953)
Phil Harris was on the Jack Benny Show since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were hep in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show, and were both radio veterans when they decided, in the Benny tradition, to work together professionally, using their own show-biz personnas. Hey, Ozzie and Harriett had done well with it! This show isn't like Ozzie and Harriett. Beside fame and glamour, Phil and Alice had two big things in their life, their lovely daughters. Jeanine Roose played Alice Jr. and Anne Whitfield was little Phyllis. THIS EPISODE: October 23, 1953. NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor (the first RCA commercial is not included). Unedited tape or a rehearsal recording, recorded October 3, 1953. "How To Repair A Living Room," or "There'll Be Lots Of Sand For The Concrete Mother, I'm Coming Home With A Load." Phil and Elliott decide to straighten the foundation of Phil's house, they then decide to apply the wallpaper. The program is preceded by an audience warm-up by Bill Forman (briefly) and Phil Harris who jokes with the audience for about ten minutes. Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Walter Tetley, Elliott Lewis, Ray Singer (writer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Edward James (writer), John Hubbard, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Bill Forman (announcer), Hy Averback, Alvino Rey (guitar), Red Nichols (cornet), The Sportsmen. 40:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 21, 2018 12:00 AM PST
Power And Light Holdup (Aired June 27, 1934)
Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing true crime stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: June 27, 1934. Program #31. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Power and Light Holdup". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A want ad appeals for a man with "plenty of nerve and a good head." The job is for a man to help with a payroll robbery! The system cue has been deleted. Hanley Stafford, Madeleine Kelly (writer), William N. Robson (adaptor, producer), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2018 07:00 PM PST
Incident At Quito (Aired December 7, 1952)
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!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1952. CBS network. "Incident In Quito". Sustaining. A man trades his nagging wife to a tribe of headhunters for ten shrunken heads. Ross Murray (writer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), William Conrad (announcer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Antony Ellis (director), Larry Thor, Jeanne Bates, Edgar Barrier, Don Diamond, Fay Baker, Jack Kruschen, Tony Barrett. 33:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2018 02:00 PM PST
Bombay Gun Runners (Aired August 23, 1950)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. Dangerous Assignment, while airing ahead of The Man Called X, never seemed to get the buildup that The Man Called X invariably received. It may well have been as simple as a lack of sponsorship. For much of 1950 and 1951, both Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X remained either network sustained or shared the sponsorship of Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, and RCA Victor. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1950. "Bombay Gun Runners." - NBC Network. Sponsored by: Wheaties. Steve Mitchell is off to Bombay to help an American who has been framed for gun running. Brian Donlevy, Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Robert Ryf (writer, commercial spokesman), Basil Adlam (composer), Ralph Hollenbeck (conductor), Bill Cairn (producer, director). 28:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 20, 2018 09:00 AM PST
Spring Cleaning (Aired April 30, 1950)
The cheerful couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the fictitious city of Sheridan Falls and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), and CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, Ball refused to do a husband-and-wife TV show without real-life husband Desi Arnaz playing her on-screen husband. The network reluctantly agreed, reworking the concept into I Love Lucy after Ball and Arnaz took a show on the road to convince the network that audiences would respond. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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January 20, 2018 04:00 AM PST
The Case Of One Diamond (Aired May 6, 1948)
With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen was introduced in The Adventures of Ellery Queen on CBS Radio on June 18, 1939, running until September 22, 1940. In 1942, the series moved to NBC Radio, airing until 1944. From 1945 to 1947, it was heard once again on CBS, returning to NBC in 1947 and then ABC Radio (1947-48). The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve the mystery. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and then outlining a case in one minute. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. THIS EPISODE: May 6, 1948. ABC network. "The Case Of One Diamond". Sustaining. Ellery is invited to spend the weekend protecting the famous Gallows diamond. But first, Ellery is shot! Mark Gallows, who had a morbid fear of dirt, is found to have committed suicide. Of course it was murder, but whodunit? Sydney Smith, Peggy Lee ("Guest Armchair Detective"), Paul Masterson (announcer), Dwight Hauser (director), Howard Culver, Herb Butterfield, Kaye Brinker, Joan Banks, Bill Bouchey, Wilms Herbert, Eric Snowden, Sidney Miller, Rex Koury (organist), Anthony Boucher (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer). 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 19, 2018 10:00 PM PST
The Adventure Of The Money Mad Ghoul (Aired September 13, 1945)
Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's greatest creation, many say. One of the most famous detectives in all fiction, he was created in 1916 (when Agatha Christie penned the first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles). The Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels and 65 short stories and is the only fictional character to be honored with a front page obituary of The New York Times. He doesn't have any disorders to speak of, but demands order. He likes things in an orderly manner (ie, books arranged on a shelf according to height) and approves of symmetry everywhere (residence Whitehaven Mansions is picked because of its symmetry). He despises dust and unclean homes and favors the indoors (especially central heating in the winter). THIS EPISODE: September 13, 1945 - "The Adventure Of The Money Mad Ghoul" - Mutual network. Sustaining. Hercule finds himself in a coffin, wearing a strong perfume, to track down a series of missing corpses. Harold Huber, Jackson Beck, Sylvan Levin (music). 27:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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