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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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April 30, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
The Tree Trunk Murder Case (Aired November 23, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. 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 Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted.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.

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April 30, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
The Surprise Play (Aired November 27, 1948)
Merriwell originally appeared in a series of magazine stories starting April 18, 1896 ("Frank Merriwell: or, First Days at Fardale") in Tip Top Weekly, continuing through 1912, and later in dime novels and comic books. Patten would confine himself to a hotel room for a week to write an entire story. The Frank Merriwell comic strip began in 1928, continuing until 1936. Daily strips from 1934 provided illustrations for the 1937 Big Little Book. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. A film serial entitled The Adventures of Frank Merriwell was created by Universal Studios in 1936. THIS EPISODE: November 27, 1948. NBC network. "The Surprise Play". Sustaining. Frank and Bart inadvertently ruin a deal for a plot of land that Yale wants to buy. They try to make amends but succeed only on the gridiron. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
Synthetic Cigarette Machine (Aired March 13, 1945)
He played the owner of a talking horse that would talk to no one but him. Young's television guest appearances include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Episode: "Sweet Charity", playing Zelda's older love interest), USA High, Hang Time, ER and Maybe It's Me. In 1993, Young recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who played George, the Time Traveller. It was called Time Machine: The Journey Back, directed by Clyde Lucas. In 2002, he had a cameo as the flower store worker in Simon Wells' remake of The Time Machine. Finally, in 2010, he read H. G. Wells's original novel for 7th Voyage Productions, Inc. In 1994, Young co-starred in the Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop III. He played the role of Uncle Dave Thornton, the Walt Disney-esque founder of the fictional California theme park Wonderworld.

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April 30, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Silver Buckle (Aired January 17, 1954)
The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures. Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter. Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1954. "The Silver Buckle" - NBC network. Sustaining. A trip through a mountain pass with two strange companions...with a strange purpose. This is a network version of cat. #17450. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), Forrest Lewis, William Conrad, Frank Burt (creator, writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Eleanor Audley, Frank Gerstle, Joel Cranston. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 30, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Storm (Annabelle Lee) Aired December 19, 1956
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1956. NBC network. "The Storm" "Annabelle Lee". Sustaining. Nelson Olmsted, McKnight Melmar (? author), Edgar Allan Poe (author), Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director). 27:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
To None A Deadly Drug (Aired October 25, 1955)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. Some of the same stories would later be adapted to TV and performed on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock was, after all, billed as "the Master of Suspense." And there was a certain amount of poetic justice in him borrowing from the radio series, since he was so instrumental in creating it. Examples of stories he recycled include "Banquo's Chair" and "Dead Ernest". THIS EPISODE: October 25, 1955. CBS network. "To None A Deadly Drug". Sustaining. A druggist gives a small boy the wrong medicine and tries to find the youngster before he kills himself with it. This is a network version. The system cue is added live. Virginia Eiler, John Stevenson, Jack Kruschen, Sammy Ogg, Henry Searles (writer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Hy Averback, Larry Thor (announcer), Harry Bartell, Charlotte Lawrence, Barbara Eiler, Eve McVeagh, Antony Ellis (producer, transcriber). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 29, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Angel Of The Street (Aired October 19, 1948)
The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. The series' success continued on radio until 1952. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1948. NBC network. "The Angel Of The Street". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso (Mercury-A-Day contest). "Violet, a lady of the streets, asks Steve Wilson to help Johnny Nolan. "Chick" Larson is luring him into a life of crime. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, director). 30:41.

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April 29, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Sorry Wrong Number (Aired June 5, 1974)
The unmistakable voice of Bud Flanagan singing 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?', a cod-Second World War propaganda singalong written especially for the show (by Jimmy Perry), introduced Dad's Army, the zenith of the British broad-comedy ensemble sitcom. Consistently good writing and a wonderful cast of old timers and newer talents combined to produce a whimsical period-piece that continues, justifiably, to be savoured and has now assumed a place in the 'hall of greats' pantheon, adored by new generations of the British public. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1974. "Sorry Wrong Number" Captain Mainwaring is horrified when he discovers half the platoon do not know how to use a telephone correctly. He attempts to instruct them on the correct use to aid better communication between men on patrol and the church hall. However, when a German plane crashes in the resevoir, Jones puts these methods to the test with chaotic results...Cast: Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) , John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Wilson), Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jones), John Laurie (Private Frazer), Ian Lavender (Private Pike), Graham Stark (Private Walker), Bill Pertwee (The ARP Warden), Pearl Hackney (Mrs Pike), Avril Angers (The Telephone Operator), John Forest (Lieutenant Hope-Bruce), John Snagge (BBC Announcer)

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April 29, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
45 Calibre Teapot (Starring Jack Benny) 05-19-54 Aired May 19, 1954
Meaningful Stories from Years Past that Continue to Inspire Families Today. Families, then and now, face similar situations and struggles: communication, honesty, gambling, music, alcoholism, sports and many spiritual questions, such as life after death. How we address these struggles makes all the difference in strengthening our family bonds. These compelling half-hour dramas offer inspiring insights into how to build unity within your family. Join us on a visit with the stars of the past for an uplifting, humorous and meaningful look into family life. When actor Jimmy Stewart hosted that first episode of Family Theater in 1947, he told the radio audience that Family Theater was dedicated to the family “with the hope that families everywhere will always be together and that your home will be a happy one—with the conviction that prayer, simple prayer, will help keep it that way.” THIS EPISODE May 19, 1954. Mutual network. "The .45 Caliber Teapot". Sustaining. A meek little man discovers an ancient formula that changes things around quite a bit. The program opening is slightly upcut. Verna Felton, Charlotte Lawrence, John T. Kelly (director, transcriber), Robert Hugh O'Sullivan (writer), Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Frederick Shields, Lee Miller, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Larry Chatterton (announcer). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 08:56 PM PDT
Portrait Of A Tycoon (Aired April 20, 1956)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Corwin's well-deserved acclaim aside, the various other CBS experimental programming efforts over the years very much set the bar for other networks. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1956. CBS network. "Portrait Of A Tycoon". Sustaining. A sound portrait of William Zeckendorf, a New York real estate magnate. Martin Weldon, Bob Hite (announcer). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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