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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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July 01, 2015 02:48 PM PDT
Valley Of The Moon (Aired December 17, 1949)
Candy Matson, in its various guises, was one of the ground-breaking lady detective anthologies from The Golden Age of Radio. Locally produced out of the KNBC studios in San Francisco, the series was produced, written and directed by Monty Masters and starred his wife, Natalie Masters, the former Natalie Park. One of only a handful of successful female-led radio noir detective dramas of the era, Candy Matson was the eighth attempt to launch a successful distaff gumshoe series over Radio. After the fine-tuning of the audition--and the green light from NBC--Candy Matson aired as 'Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209', with expanded characterizations for both Rembrandt and Lt. Mallard and a somewhat 'friskier' Candy herself. The combination clicked. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1949. NBC network, San Francisco origination. "Valley Of The Moon". Sustaining. Candy solves a murder committed on a dude ranch. The title is subject to correction. Bill Brownell (sound effects), Clancy Hayes, Dudley Manlove (announcer), Eloise Rowan (organist), Helen Kleeb, Henry Leff, Jack Thomas, Jay Rendon (sound effects), Lou Tobin, Monte Masters (writer, producer), Natalie Masters. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 01, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
Handsome Is As Handsome Does (Aired June 29, 1951)
Despite a rep for courtroom pyrotechniques, he's far more likely to be found at Joe the Angel's City Hall Bar than in any court. Along with his boozing buddies, Jake and Helene Justus, an affable young couple, he drank his way through a whole slew of novels and short stories, not to mention later film, radio and television appearances. Seemingly inept and irresponsible, he nevertheless somehow (luck of the Irish?) managed to crack the case everytime. Even if his methods were a wee bit, uh, unorthodox, and his interpretation of the law rather imaginative. Malone always seems less interested in going to trial than in playing P.I. Still, although he's a drunk and a blowhard, he seems to inspire extreme loyalty in his pals and acquaintances. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1951. NBC network. "Handsome Is As Handsome Does". Sustaining. 9:00 P. M. Eve Fenton has been murdered...and with good reason! Arlene Hamilton confesses to the crime, but another murder is caused by the real killer. George Petrie, Larry Haines, Craig Rice (creator), Arthur Gary (announcer), Fred Collins (announcer), Eugene Wang (writer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director). 28:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 01, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Summer Elves (Aired September 2, 1949)
Shortly into the show's run, three new writers, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer took over the scripting tasks, and the characterization of the couple was altered somewhat. Along with the change of the couple's last name to Cooper, the couple was also portrayed as being more middle-class, and thus more accessible to the average listener. When Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, she said that she would not do a husband-and-wife sitcom without her real-life husband Desi Arnaz being the husband. The network reluctantly agreed to this (thus reworking the concept into "I Love Lucy"), but Jell-O dropped out. However the three radio writers did agree to do the switch to the "I Love Lucy" show. Many of the "My Favorite Husband" radio episodes were subsequently reworked into I Love Lucy episodes, especially early in the TV show's run. THIS EPISODE: September 2, 1949. "The Summer Elves" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. The Cooper's return from summer vacation and find new neighbors, elve believing new neighbors. The fun begins. Gale Gordon, Hans Conried, Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Bob Lemond (announcer), Jess Oppenheimer (producer, director, writer), Madelyn Pugh (writer), Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Marlin Skyles (composer), Wilbur Hatch (conductor), Ruth Perrott. 33:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 01, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - The Buckshot Badman (Aired March 6, 1950)
Hopalong Cassidy is a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular stories and twenty-eight novels. (At the time Mulford invented the character, the name of the historical American outlaw Butch Cassidy had been before readers of newspapers in recent years.) In his early print appearances, the character appears as a rude, dangerous and rough-talking "galoot". Beginning in 1935, the character, played by William Boyd, was transformed into the clean-cut hero of a series of 66 immensely popular films, only a few of which relied on Mulford's works for more than the character. Mulford actually rewrote his earlier stories to fit the movie conception; these led in turn to a comic book series modeled after the films. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 6, 1950. Program #61. Commodore syndication. "The Buckshot Badman". Commercials added locally. Hoppy and California find a dead man in the desert, shot in the back by a shotgun. Surprise ending! William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), Robert T. Smith (writer). 26:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 30, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Physician Of The Dead (Aired November 8, 1934)
The Witch's Tale was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from 1931 to 1938 on WOR and Mutual and in syndication. The program was created, written and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole, who was born February 22, 1897 in St. Paul, Minnesota and died April 7, 1971. Cole's spooky show was hosted by Old Nancy, the Witch of Salem, who introduced a different terror tale each week. The role of Old Nancy was created by stage actress Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died in 1935 at the age of 79. Cole replaced her with 13-year-old Miriam Wolfe, and Martha Wentworth was also heard as Old Nancy on occasion. Cole himself provided the sounds of Old Nancy's cat, Satan. Cole's wife, Marie O'Flynn, portrayed the lead female characters on the program, and the supporting cast included Mark Smith and Alan Devitte. For syndication, the shows were recorded live during broadcast and distributed to other stations. These recordings were destroyed by Cole in 1961, so few episodes survive. Cole was also the writer, producer and director of the radio mystery-crime drama, Casey, Crime Photographer. In November 1936, Alonzo Deen Cole edited The Witch's Tale magazine with the lead story by Cole. It ran for only two issues. Show Notes From Tales After Midnight.

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June 30, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Johnny Got His Gun (Starring Jimmy Cagney) Aired March 9, 1940
The original canon of scripts encompassed some ninety-plus original stories. And, as dyed in the wool Lights Out! fans will surely point out, a good number of Lights Out! stories were reprised among the Arch Oboler's Plays canon over the years as well. By the second year of Lights Out!, America was under the spell of the diminutive giant of a playwright, Archibald 'Arch' Oboler and his spellbinding, highly personalized writing style. While clearly a genius in his own right, it's also clear that much of his writing style had been informed by Wyllis Cooper at the least. Cooper's own writing style almost routinely employed a highly personalized point of view, so as to further attenuate the listening experience of his radioplays to the greatest degree. Given young Arch Oboler's close association with Cooper with Lights Out!, it's difficult to divorce Wyllis Cooper's writing style from Oboler's in many respects. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1940. Blue Network. "Johnny Got His Gun". Sustaining. A dramatization of the superb, shocking best-seller about the legless, armless, blind, deaf and dumb war veteran. An eloquent anti-war statement, Cagney was never better on the air. Dalton Trumbo (author), Arch Oboler (adaptor, producer, director), James Cagney, Gordon Jenkins (composer, conductor), Verna Felton. 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 30, 2015 02:50 PM PDT
The Plotters (Aired October 9, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1949. Program #56. NBC network. "The Plotters". Sustaining. The program is announced as, "Attraction #56." Harry W. Junkin (director, host), Fred Collins (announcer), Arlo (music), Ian Martin, Arthur Kohl. 28:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 30, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Frances Fielding Murder (Aired April 30, 1946)
While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play. Kent Taylor starred in the half-hour TV series, The Adventures of Boston Blackie. Syndicated in 1951, it ran for 58 episodes, continuing in repeats over the following decade. THIS EPISODE: April 30, 1946. "The Frances Fielding Murder" - Program #55. ABC network origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. A psychiatrist is framed for murder. Blackie tries to prove him innocent. Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 27:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 30, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Fatal Anniversary Present (Aired June 5, 1951)
This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo. Announcing the show—and later familiar to television viewers as The Millionaire's presenter and executive secretary, Michael Anthony—was Marvin Miller. Drene Time typically opened with Langford singing a big band-style arrangement before Ameche and Langford would slip into routine comedy, often aided by co-star Danny Thomas, in routines that often expressed Ameche's frustration that Thomas was more interested in modern technology and discoveries than in women. After another musical number and a commercial spot for Drene Shampoo, Miller would announce Ameche and Langford as the Bickersons, "in 'The Honeymoon's Over'," for the final 15 minutes of the show. The Bickersons were barely ready for prime time radio (they lasted only two full seasons) as it was, but a 1951 CBS television version didn't last half as long. Lew Parker (later familiar as That Girl's harried, slightly overbearing father Lew Marie) took the role of John Bickerson, as he also did on radio a season earlier. But it did not work as well as the original skits. Parker and Langford weren't seen to have the seamless anti-chemistry of Ameche and Langford.

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June 30, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - The Massacre (Aired August 5, 1956)
Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. He had begun his career in 1939, alternating between the stage and radio. He turned to Hollywood, and from 1946 until he got the part of Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie in 1956, he had appeared in thirty-seven films. A few were excellent (Rear Window, The Blue Gardenia) some were average (Walk a Crooked Mile, A Place in the Sun) but many were plain awful (Bride of Vengeance, Red Light, and Abandoned). With Burr in the lead, Macdonnell selected two supporting players: Vic Perrin as "Sgt. Goerss" and Jack Moyles as "Major Daggett", the commanding officer of the post. (The original Fort Laramie usually had a Lieutenant Colonel as the C.O. but Macdonnell probably preferred a shorter military title.) THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1956. CBS network. "The Massacre". Sustaining. The peaceful Shoshone Indians are attacked by a fanatical army major. The program was recorded July 12, 1956. Raymond Burr, Kathleen Hite (writer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Bill James (sound patterns), Tom Hanley (sound patterns), Amerigo Moreno (music supervisor), John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Sam Edwards, Lou Krugman, Tim Graham, Jack Moyles, Harry Bartell. 31:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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