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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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May 25, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
The Temple Of Huizilipochle (Aired June 29, 1953)
There were four series under the Hall Of Fantasy banner, all produced by Richard Thorne. The first Hall Of Fantasy originated from radio station KALL in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers for the station and produced the rather barebones shows, possibly late in 1946 and into 1947. The series consisted of 26 shows. Broadcast dates for the shows are not known. The shows were written or adapted by Robert Olson and directed by Mr. Thorne. Most were classic murder mysteries with traditional endings; the evil-doer got his just rewards. The series was sponsored by the Granite Furniture Company, although existing shows are missing the commercials, apparently because they were inserted live. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination (possibly syndicated). "The Temple Of Huitzilipochle". Commercials added locally. Two explorers face a tribe of savages in the Brazilian jungle. Richard Thorne (writer). 25:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The American Kremlin (Aired November 6, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1952. Program #8. ZIV Syndication. "The American Kremlin". Commercials added locally. After seeing a dead body at party headquarters, Cvetic is sent to New York to subvert a labor union. Cvetic is accused of being an FBI spy by a clever fat man. The date is subject to correction. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer). 26:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Big Mustache (Aired March 23, 1954)
The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1954. Program #240. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big Mustache". A man with a false moustache is suspected of robbing a supermarket. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer). 30:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Mailing Income Tax (Aired March 10, 1951)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1951. "Mailing Income Tax" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie mails the family's income tax return. Now, how to get that letter back and save $50. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Carl Jampel (writer), Nat Polen, Donald Bayh, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Wendell Holmes, Dick Dudley (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Contract On The Saint (Aired July 9, 1950)
The signature theme of The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1950. NBC network. "Contract On The Saint" aka: "The Problem Of The Peculiar Payoff". Sustaining. The program is preceded by a Korean War news bulletin. Who wants "The Saint" killed, and was he given $15,000? Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), Jerome Epstein (writer), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Theodore Von Eltz, Don Stanley (announcer), Frances Robinson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Donald Woods. 27:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
The Shop Around The Corner (Starring James Stewart) Aired September 29, 1940
The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1940. The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on a 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie, written by Miklós László. This film was ranked #28 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions. In 1999, The Shop Around the Corner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2016 11:55 AM PDT
Corpse In The Cab (Aired February 5, 1944)
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). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. The series ended on September 25, 1955. THIS EPISODE: February 5, 1944. Mutual network. "The Corpse In The Cab". Sustaining. "Nick Carter and The Mystery Of The Murder In The Park." The announcer misreads his lines during the program opening. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, John Kane, Humphrey Davis, Jock MacGregor (director), Lew White (orgainist), John Gibson, Bart Conrey (writer). 27:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
The Astrologer (Aired November 19, 1946)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1946. "The Astrologer" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Betty's father is planning to sell the supermarket and leave town. The store's buyer is a believer in astrology. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Earle Ross, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Joe Rines (producer, director), Mac Benoff (writer). 30:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 24, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
King Of The World (Aired March 25, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. And indeed, some of the production values were a cut above in The Sealed Book, as contrasted with their similar productions from The Mysterious Traveler. THIS EPISODE: March 25, 1945. Program #2. Mutual network. "King Of The World". Sustaining. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clark (host). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2016 08:22 PM PDT
Until Death Do Us Part (Aired July 18, 1951)
"The Secret Files of Rex Saunders." Heard every Wednesday night at 7:30, this thriller is typical of radio mystery shows. However, it has one thing the others don't--that is a sauve Englishman by the name of Rex Harrison. Harrison turns in a better than average performance as a private detective. With the help of an assistant played by Leon Janey, the "dick" goes his way solving a new mystery each week. Impressing us most was the quiet manner in which Harrison plays his new role. Not once during the entire half hour show did he raise his voice enough to activate the decible meter on the KSMO switchboard. Most radio detectives are of the loud and fast talking type, who just love to order their girl friends and constituted police authorities around like mad. Harrison's show keeps away from this sort of thing. THIS EPISODE: July 18, 1951. NBC net. "Until Death Do Us Part". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. The system cue has been deleted. Leon Janney, Amzie Strickland, Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer). 33:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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