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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...

by Bob Camardella
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April 25, 2015 02:54 PM PDT
The Giant Bubble (Aired November 22, 1952)
The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1952. ABC network. "The Giant Bubble". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals (Space-O-Phone premium). A new process for building satellite shells leads Buzz and Happy to battle an avalanche in the Ortoc Valley of Saturn. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Speed To Burn (Aired June 26, 1949)
Most of the episodes were based on Dan Holiday replying to a letter he received at Box 13. He would generally solve a mystery in the process, and return to his office in time to enjoy a hearty laugh at the expense of Suzy, his amusingly stupid secretary. He would certainly not meet the strictest requirements for private eyes (not licensed, collected no fees from clients), but the definition should stretch to sneak him in under the rope. It was heard over the Mutual Broadcasting System as well as being syndicated. The series was produced by Mayfair Productions. Box 13, starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday. Sylvia Picker played Suzy, Dan Holiday's secretary and Edmond MacDonald as Lt. Kling. Other stars in the series were Betty Lou Gerson, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten, John Beal and Frank Lovejoy. Music was by Rudy Schrager and the writer was Russell Hughes. THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1949. Program #45. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Speed To Burn". Commercials added locally. Why shouldn't a 1938 jalopy with a British tank engine go one hundred miles per hour? Alan Ladd, Albert Wagner (adaptor), Bernard Feins (writer), Gerald Mohr, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Luigi Finds A Wallet (Aired March 28, 1950)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. The show was often seen as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York. THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1950. "Luigi Finds A Wallet" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum. Luigi finds a wallet in the street and returns it to a policeman. The owner then claims that there was another $100 in the wallet and takes Luigi to court! J. Carrol Naish, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Bob Stevenson (announcer), Alan Reed, Lud Gluskin (music director), Mary Shipp, Ken Peters, Joe Forte, Hans Conried, Jody Gilbert. 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 25, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Silver Threads (Aired June 3, 1954)
Stewart followed up his performance in Winchester '73 with appearances as Tom Jeffords in Broken Arrow (1950), as Glyn McKlyntock in Bend In The River (1952), as Marsh 'Carbine' Williams in Carbine Williams (1952), and as Howard Kemp in The Naked Spur (1953). But it was the three Anthony Mann features, Winchester '73, Bend In The River, and The Naked Spur, that genuinely popularized James Stewart as a thinking man's adult western protagonist; at once resolute in his varying quests for justice, but at the same time fraught with conflicted angst over his means' to those ends. Mann and Stewart subsequently teamed for two more adult westerns, The Far Country (1954) and The Man From Laramie (1955). Popular Film images of James Stewart the cowboy still fresh in the minds of contemporary audiences, Stewart would seem to have been the odd-on favorite to popularize the adult western genre over Radio. But there were two major hurdles to jump to coax Jimmy Stewart into an adult western Radio series: Jimmy Stewart's extraordinary recent popularity--and demand--as an adult western Film star, and finding the time in Jimmy Stewart's incredibly busy schedule to mount the thiry-nine episodes of the Radio production. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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April 24, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
An Author's Ending (Aired September 13, 1972)
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr (1956-85), "in which Inspector Carr investigates." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned. The series is currently being rebroadcast on the Internet Radio Service of Springbok Radio & can be heard on Thursdays.

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April 24, 2015 07:01 PM PDT
A Nice Price (Aired October 31, 1948)
Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theatre" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun tales of gamblers, petty thieves, actors and gangsters; few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead to be known as "Nathan Detroit", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charlie", "Dave the Dude", and so on. These stories were written in a very distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. THIS EPISODE: October 31, 1948. Program #5. Mayfair syndication. "A Nice Price". Commercials added locally. At the Harvard-Yale crew race, three Runyonesque characters place a bet at some very nice odds. John Brown, Damon Runyon (author), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Richard Sanville (director), Frank Gallop (announcer). 27:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2015 04:25 PM PDT
The Witness Saw Nothing (Aired February 24, 1946)
Nick Carter, Master Detective - Nick Carter is the name of a popular fictional detective who first appeared in in a dime novel entitled "The Old Detective's Pupil" on September 18, 1886. In 1915, Nick Carter Weekly became Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. Novels featuring Carter continued to appear through the 1950s, by which time there was also a popular radio show, Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1946. Mutual network. "The Witness Saw Nothing". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser and Del Rich Margarine. A door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman calls on the wrong housewife and endangers his own life. Lon Clark. 28:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2015 12:05 PM PDT
Radio Freedom (Aired January 15, 1952)
Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regulars co-stars throughout that first season. One of Radio's most successful directors, William N. Robson, directed the first season of The Man Called X and though Gordon Jenkins appears to be credited with the music for the first season, Felix Mills is also personally cited by Herbert Marshall with at least one Music Direction credit--the season finale. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1952. "Radio Freedom" - NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials deleted. Ken Thurston travels to Luxembourg to investigate problems with "Radio Freedom" broadcasting "the truth" behind the Iron Curtain. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco. 28:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2015 08:07 AM PDT
Money Problems (Aired November 14, 1949)
On July 25, 1946, Jerry began a show business partnership with Dean Martin, an association that would soon skyrocket both to fame. It started when Jerry was performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City and one of the other entertainers quit suddenly. Lewis, who had worked with Martin at the Glass Hat in New York City, suggested Dean as a replacement. At first they worked separately, but then ad-libbed together, improvising insults and jokes, squirting seltzer water, hurling bunches of celery and exuding general zaniness. In less than eighteen weeks their salaries soared from $250.00 a week to $5,000.00. For ten years Martin and Lewis sandwiched sixteen money making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings. Their last film together was "Hollywood or Bust" (1956). On July 25th of that year the two made their last nightclub appearance together at the Copacabana, exactly ten years to the day since they became a team. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1949. "Money Problems" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Fatima. The first tune is, "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World." Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, George Fenneman (announcer), Dick Mack (producer, director), Arthur Phillips (writer), Austin Kalish (writer), Vera-Ellen (guest). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 24, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Roy Rogers Show" - Salted Desert Property (Aired March 28, 1952)
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1952. "Salted Desert Property" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Post Cereals. "Desert Mary" has struck it rich...or has she? Two bad guys have "salted" the land with real gold nuggets to cheat the townsfolk. Art Ballinger (announcer), Art Rush (producer), Dale Evans, Don Harvey, Forrest Lewis, Frank Hemingway, Gwen Delano, Herb Butterfield, Milton Charles, Nestor Paiva, Ray Wilson (writer), Roy Rogers, The Whippoorwills, Tim Graham, Tom Hargis (director). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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