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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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May 27, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Queen Of The Quantrels (Aired September 24, 1952)
The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. Give the horses a break. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. Also Wild Bill was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, The Plainsman. Wild Bill has shown up in various other movies and television shows, most recently in the show Deadwood on HBO. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1952. Program #90. Mutual network. "The Queen Of The Quantrels". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops (Wild Bill Hickok Treasure Map premium). Wild Bill and Jingles meet the beautiful lady undertaker of Osage Springs. She has a hidden past and more buried than bodies. The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Larry Hayes (writer), GeGe Pearson, Jess Kirkpatrick, Leo Curley, David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Richard Aurandt (music), Charles Lyon (announcer). 25:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Awakening (Aired May 8, 1947)
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 8, 1947. Mutual network. "The Awakening". Sustaining. A married couple, each with his own job, pursue their own careers...to the detriment of their marriage. Drastic measures are called for. An interesting essay on the role of a woman in a marriage. Allan Jones (host), Meredith Willson (music), Susan Peters, Richard Quine, Mary Cox (writer), Max Terr (music), Mel Williamson (director), Henry Blair, Irene Tedrow, Lila Webb, Don Doolittle. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The James V Madsen Case (Aired August 23, 1953)
NBC 30 minutes Sunday at 9:30PM.Cast Paul Frees, James Edwards, Jester Hairston, Jay Loughlin, Jonathan Hole, Mady Norman, Don Brinkley (writer), Michael Samoge (music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). Had a texture and sound not unlike Dragnet, indeed the influence was realized throughout the show. These were true stories of Crime and Punishment, the obvious difference that Dragnet began with the crime while Confession unfolded in reverse order, from the end. Confession was less noisy, it's theme was played on a single piano, but there was still the deadpan dialogue, the thief or killer giving his confession with an air of resignation and defeat. The criminal thus became a stream-of-consciousness narrator, with the action frequently cutting away into drama. "Names were changed to protect the legal rights of the subject" THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1953 NBC network. "The James V. Madsen Case". Sustaining. 9:30 P. M. Transcribed statements of actual crimes. The program opening and system cue are slightly upcut. A 27 year old man reveals his crime career that lead to murder. The telephone-type recording beep heard throughout the show is very unneccessary. Paul Frees, Joel Davis, Les Tremayne, Alice Reinheart, George Pirrone, Charlotte Lawrence, Vivi Janis, Lou Rusoff (writer), Michael Samoge (? music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). 28:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 03:36 PM PDT
An Old Woman Found Strangled In The Park (Aired December 27, 1951)
The Line-Up stands as one of the most well-produced crime dramas of The Golden Age of Radio. The cast is comprised of top-tier, A-List talent from top to bottom. With Elliott Lewis directing his cast of some of the finest voice talent of the era--and top-drawer sound technicians to match--this series remains one of the best examples of the Crime Drama genre. Think of Calling All Cars, minus the jingoistic flag-waving, updated to contemporary 1950s crime themes, and peppered with the more authentic radio-verité atmospherics of Unit 99, Night Watch, and Dragnet, and you have The Line-Up. It's also been one of the most difficult series to collect over the years. The good news is that with new episodes surfacing each year, there's every possibility that we'll soon have a complete run of the series to enjoy in its entirety. Bill Johnstone gives his usual solid performance as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie of the San Francisco Police Department. He's aided for the first year of the run by the equally solid Wally Maher, with his gritty, sardonic voice characterizations. The stellar list of non-recurring talent represents some of the most respected names in Radio--and Television: Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Joe Kearns, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Howard McNear and Bill Conrad. It just doesn't get better than that. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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May 26, 2015 11:31 AM PDT
The Al Brenner's Case (Aired January 25, 1952)
Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (Virginia Gregg). It began airing on NBC on April 24, 1949, picked up Rexall as a sponsor on April 5, 1950, and continued until December 6, 1950. The shows were written by Blake Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode. With Camel cigarettes as a sponsor, it moved to ABC from January 5, 1951, to June 29, 1951, with Rexall returning for a run from October 5, 1951, until June 27, 1952. Substituting for Amos 'n' Andy, it aired Sunday evenings on CBS from May 31, 1953 until September 20, 1953. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1952. ABC network. "The Al Brenners Case". Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert tobacco. Diamond joins forces with "Tiny" Gillespie, an unsavory partner, to collect a reward for the capture of Al Brenners. Dick sings, "With Plenty Of Money and You" after the story. Alan Reed, Blake Edwards (writer, director), Dick Powell, Edwin Max, Frank Worth (music), Howard McNear (doubles), Jay Novello, Joel Samuels, Virginia Gregg. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 26, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Getting A Job For Raymond (11-15-50)
The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative comments as there were just too many similarities between the two series. Also, the series was without a sponsor, although some of the last shows were sponsored by the US Armed Forces. The series lasted only one season. The regular cast consisted of Harold Peary, Gloria Holiday, Peary’s wife, who played Gloria, Joseph Kearns as Old Doc ‘Yak Yak’ Yancy, Mary Jane Croft and Parley Baer. The announcer was Bob Lamond. The series was directed by Norman MacDonnell. Writers for the series were Harold Peary, Bill Danch, Jack Robinson and Gene Stone. Music was by Jack Meakin. The last show aired on June 13, 1951. The director of the show was Norm MacDonnell, who went on to create perhaps the greatest old time radio show - Gunsmoke, and another western, Fort Laramie. THIS EPISODE: November 15, 1950. CBS network. Sustaining. "Getting A Job For Raymond" Harold has a house guest; it's cousin Raymond, who doesn't work. Harold Peary sings, "If You Were The Only Girl In The World." Harold Peary (performer, creator), Jane Morgan, William Tracy, Parley Baer, Olan Soule, Maurey Alden, Gloria Holiday, Joseph Kearns, Bob Lemond (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer). 30:27.
May 26, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Law Of The 44 (Aired October 6, 1953)
Broadcast constantly sometimes once a week sometimes 3 times a week By Mutual, between 1942 and 1956. Western Drama mainly for the young ones or maybe just the young at heart. I say the young at heart, because The Cisco Kid and his likeable but simple partner Pancho were a couple of lovable rogues and because there was usually a lovely senorita around in every episode who fell madly in love with Sisco, there may well have been an element of lady listeners included in the audience rating figures. THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1953. Program #127. Mutual-Don Lee network, KHJ, Los Angeles origination, Ziv syndication. "Law Of The .44". Commercials added locally. Flash Curran invites a pretty girl named Julie Hale to the evening's dance. When he is refused, he takes steps to see that there is no dance. Cisco has been shot! Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 27:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
A Force Called X07 (Aired May 20, 1951)
Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1951. NBC network. "A Force Called X07". Sustaining. Mr. Moto foils a communist plot to destroy part of New York with a portable atomic weapon. The music bridges have been deleted. The program may be dated March 26, 1951. James Monks, Peter Capell, John P. Marquand (creator), Harry W. Junkin (writer, director), John Larkin, Gavin Gordon, Scott Tennyson, Fred Collins (announcer). 26:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 06:48 PM PDT
Prescription For Murder (Aired July 11, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. THIS EPISODE: July 11, 1949. Mutual network. "Prescription For Murder". Sustaining. An escaped convict murders a doctor and assumes his identity. The date is subject to correction. John Dickson Carr (host), Joseph Ruscoll (writer), Paul Monash (writer), Ken Lynch, Roger De Koven, Richard Dupage (composer), Emerson Buckley (conductor), Kathy MacGregor, Bernard Grant, Jack Curtis, Phil Tonken (announcer). 28:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 25, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Killer Inside (Aired April 1, 1975)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1975. Program #249. CBS network. "The Killer Inside". Sponsored by: Budweiser, Buick, Uncle Ben's Rice. E. G. Marshall (host), Sam Dann (writer), Ann Meara, Bryna Raeburn, Ian Martin, Earl Hammond. 44:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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