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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...


by Bob Camardella
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November 23, 2014 07:59 PM PST
The William A Davis Case (Aired April 5, 1946)
I Deal in Crime ran for almost two years on ABC network radio and starred the very capable radio and Hollywood actor, William Gargan. In this, one of his many PI radio series (he’s best known, of course, for his role as Martin Kane), Gargan played Ross Dolan, described as a veteran detective who returned to his sleuthing job after his WW II service as a sailor. Or as Dolan puts it, “a hitch in Uncle Sugar’s Navy.” THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1946. "The William A Davis Case" - ABC network. Sustaining. William A. Davis ("If You Please") hires Ross Dolan to find his missing daughter. The story has some nice plot twists, but Ross Dolan is just too tough to believe. William Gargan, Skitch Henderson (composer, conductor), William Conrad, Ted Hediger (writer), Leonard Reeg (director), Dresser Dahlstead (announcer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2014 05:54 PM PST
Sweet Sorrow (Aired December 26, 1951)
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy Clarence Wellman, Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as John Merriweather, and Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1951. Program #71. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A group of Ivy's students are planning to stage a revival of, "Sweet Sorrow." Who will play the leads? Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Don Quinn (creator, writer), Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Nat Wolff (director), Walter Newman (writer). 27:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2014 03:44 PM PST
The Corresponding Corpse (Aired December 16. 1948) Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: December 16. 1948. "The Case Of The Corresponding Corpse". Commercials added locally. A Cuban hires Mike to find his friend Julian, who has recently written to him, but who has been dead for two years! There's a good surprise ending! Jeff Chandler, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Robert Ryf (writer), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharp (producer), Brett Halliday (creator). 25:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 23, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Harvest & Thanksgiving (Aired November 11, 1938)
By 1934, Allen was starring on Town Hall Tonight, a one-hour show which featured Allen examining current events and interviewing unusual guests. It was here that Allen began radio’s longest-running “feud” in 1937, when he made a series of jokes about fellow comedian Jack Benny. Allen's best-remembered feature was “Allen's Alley,” a weekly segment in which he would discuss issues of the day with eccentric creations like the blustery Senator Claghorn, Brooklyn housewife Pansy Nussbaum and stoic New Englander Titus Moody. Allen was known to read up to nine newspapers a day and often spent 12 to 14 hours a day writing and re-writing his scripts. Poor health forced Allen off the air in 1944, but he returned in the fall of 1945 with The Fred Allen Show, which lasted until June 26, 1949. Fred Allen died on March 17, 1956. Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988. Allen has been considered one of the more accomplished, daring and relevant humorists of his time. A master ad libber, he constantly battled censorship and developed routines the style and substance of which influenced future comic talents, notably Stan Freberg. Perhaps more than any of his generation, Fred Allen wielded influence that outlived both his contemporaries and the medium that made him famous.

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November 23, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Assembly Line (Aired August 12, 1956)
Fort Laramie had one of the strongest supporting casts in radio history: John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Larry Dobkin, Ben Wright, Jeanette Nolan, and Harry Bartell. Most of them were also working regularly on Gunsmoke. And while Bill Conrad ("Matt Dillon") and Georgia Ellis ("Miss Kitty") never got to Fort Laramie, Parley Baer ("Chester") and Howard McNear ("Doc Adams") did. They both had major roles in the 7-29-56 production entitled "Nature Boy" and McNear had a reoccurring role as "Pliny" the sutler. Later, to create a foursome of major cast members, Macdonnell introduced "Lt. Seiberts" in episode #7, which aired 3-4-56 and he gave the role to Harry Bartell. THIS EPISODE: August 12, 1956. CBS network. "Assembly Line". Sustaining. Indian Agent Lack is expecting an uprising...and for a very good reason. Network version. The program was recorded July 19, 1956. The writer of the script is reported to be Les Crutchfield. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), John Dehner, Joseph Kearns, Vivi Janis, Joseph Cranston. 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Extortion (Aired August 3, 1945)
Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational. THIS EPISODE: August 3, 1945. Program #387. ABC network. "Extortion" aka: The Seagull Shakedown". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. A typewriter is the clue that enables the FBI to solve a case of extortion and nab a blackmailer who dabbles in murder. Frederick Steiner (composer, conductor), Stacy Harris, Victor Rodman, Larry Keating (announcer), William Woodson (narrator), Dick Beals, Georgia Ellis, Betty Lou Gerson, Lou Merrill, Vernon Rich. 30:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2014 06:43 PM PST
Murder In Jazz Time (Aired April 20, 1948)
The Mysterious Traveler eventually became one of the sixteen highest rated Radio programs of their era. WOR and MBS took great pride in putting together a program that could rival Radio giants CBS, ABC, and NBC throughout the era. During its heyday The Mysterious Traveler spawned several similar thriller genre programs such as The Strange Dr. Wierd (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), Dark Venture (1946), Murder By Experts (1949), and The Teller of Tales (1950). The thriller genre was not new to Radio in the 1940s. The Witch's Tale had aired from 1931 to 1938 over The Mutual Broadcasting System and WOR. CBS had tried--and failed at--their own The Witching Hour for three months in 1932. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1948. Mutual network. "Murder In Jazz Time". Sustaining. A man murders a jazz musician in New Orleans. T, the musician's music comes back to haunt the killer. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler"), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2014 04:44 PM PST
The New Will (Aired December 11, 1947)
The Television scripts were exposited in flashback format, with Casey narrating his latest exploit to Ethelbert the bartender. The 'Morning Express' also makes the transition from Boston to Manhattan, with reporter Ann Williams augmented by cub reporter Jack Lipman. Two months into the Television run, CBS re-cast Casey and Ethelbert, substituting young Darren McGavin as Jack Casey. The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1947. CBS network. "The New Will". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A millionaire is killed right after making out a new will, cutting off his daughter and her gigolo boyfriend who's an Italian Count. The new will however, has disappeared! Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2014 06:55 AM PST
Turkey Trouble (Aired November 19, 1943)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. At this time the Blue Network was not heard on stations in the West. Western listeners complained to NBC, they wanted to hear the show. Under special arrangements Amos 'n' Andy debuted coast-to-coast November 28, 1929 on NBC's Pacific Orange Network and continued on the Blue. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1943. "Turkey Trouble" - NBC network. Commercials deleted. Andy has to get a Thanksgiving turkey somewhere for his nephew Jimmy who is coming for Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe guest Spring Byington can help? Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Spring Byington, Ernestine Wade, Amanda Randolph, Hariett Widmar, Elinor Harriot, Terry Howard, Madeline Lee, Lou Lubin, Eddie Green, Johnny Lee. 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 22, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Lone Ranger" - Mission Bells (Aired December 24, 1947)
The Lone Ranger was an American long-running early radio and television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker. The titular character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever and laconic American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Hi-yo Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop. On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “ A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! ”In later episodes the opening narration ended with the catch phrase "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!" Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. THIS EPISODE: December 24, 1947. Program #2329/1554. Syndicated. "Parson Taber"/"The Mission Bells". Music fill for local commercial insert. Dan Reid appears in this story. Brace Beemer, John Todd, George W. Trendle (writer), Fran Striker (writer). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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