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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 29, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Dying Declaration (Aired March 16, 1955)
The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "Twenty-firstPrecinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York." THIS EPISODE: March 16, 1955. "The Dying Declaration" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The system cue and music fill have been deleted. A well-liked local merchant is charged with the murders of his wife and a man.) Everett Sloane, Stanley Niss (writer, director), Ken Lynch, Harold Stone, Frank Knox, Elspeth Eric, John Larkin, Mandel Kramer, John Sylvester, George Bryan (announcer). 26:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Box Of Death (Aired April 17, 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. THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1947. CBS network. "Box Of Death". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A crook with a lucky penny delivers a woman's husband to her, dead in a box. Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson, Tony Marvin (announcer), Archie Bleyer (music), George Harmon Coxe (creator), Alonzo Deen Cole (writer). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Quiz Show (Aired November 25, 1949)
The main sponsor was General Foods' Jell-O, and an average of three "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode, including Lucille Ball's usual sign-on, "Jell-O, everybody!" The program, which aired 124 episodes from July 23, 1948 through March 31, 1951, initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife, but three new writers — Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh and Jess Oppenheimer — took over the writing, changed the couple's name to Cooper and remade them into a middle-class couple, which they thought average listeners would find more accessible. Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), and CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, Ball refused to do a husband-and-wife TV show without real-life husband Desi Arnaz playing her on-screen husband. THIS EPISODE: November 25, 1949. "The Quiz Show" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz and George are contestants on a quiz show and win a new dishwasher. Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Bob Jellison, Wally Maher, Jerry Hausner, Sandra Gould, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Jess Oppenheimer (producer, director), Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Madelyn Pugh (writer). 27:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "All Star Western Theater" - Time To Ride (Aired June 28, 1947)
Alan Lane At Sundown (Aired October 27, 1946) All Star Western Theater is an enjoyable series filled with the humor of guest stars such as Johnny Mack Brown and Smiley Burnett and in the tried and true format of The Roy Rogers Show. The words honest, sincere and un-assuming come to mind. Done live, All Star Western Theater gives the studio audience a good show, and the result is still a happy ride down memory lane. Riding out of the sunny back lots of Hollywood, All Star Western Theatre delivered Republic Western-style entertainment with chuck wagon sized doses of fine music, broad humor and guest appearances by the best of the West. The music was provided by the Riders of the Purple Sage, fronted by Foy Willing, with the help of Kenny Driver, Al Sloey and Johnny Paul. The group appeared on various shows on radio. THIS EPISODE: June 28, 1947. CBS Pacific network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Time To Ride". Sponsored by: Weber's Bread. A rancher has been murdered and Foy discovers that the killer is...the judge! Terry O'Sullivan (announcer), Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage. 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
She Was Murdered (Aired August 8, 1936)
In the Name of the Law was a True Crime radio show from 1936. It says "In the name of the law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files. "In the name of the Law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files. In one episode, Two home invaders pick the wrong house and force the home owner (John Snyder) to take them to the targeted neighbors, two elderly brothers who were rumored to have cash and bonds. During the hold up, one of the brothers was shot to death. An angry town insisted on immediate results. The State Police joined the local Sherif and the search was on. Other true stories of similar drama are re-enacted in this attention keeper.
THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1936. Program #14. Syndicated. "She Was Murdered". Commercials added locally. A drama based on a crime that took place on August 5, 1935. A barber's wife is found drowned in 8 inches of water, with a swollen leg. The wife's was heavily insured, and she was his fifth wife! The date is approximate. 24:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The Khaki Handkerchief (Aired October 14, 1952)
The Black Museum had much to recommend it. First and foremost, Orson Welles' stirring narratives, framing, and exposition were head and shoulders above the competition. Clive Brook for all of the authenticity his natural British voice and accent lent to Secrets of Scotland Yard, nevertheless wasn't given the dramatic latitude that Orson Welles was. But this was very much by design. Clive Brook's expositions on Secrets of Scotland Yard were more of an historical nature, whereas Orson Welles' expositions, due to the more morbid and gruesome cases selected for The Black Museum, clearly had more to work with. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 14, 1952. Towers Of London syndication, MGM Radio Attractions, BBC rebroadcast. "The Khaki Handkerchief". Kate Hart and Doris Lyons are found dead in a wood. The handkerchief leads to a member of the army. The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.M/I>

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July 28, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
The Movie Company (Aired September 11, 1950)
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8208, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas. Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1950. NBC network, San Francisco origination. "The Movie Company". Sustaining. Candy finds a real body hanging among the props on a movie set. Natalie Masters, Monte Masters (producer, director). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2015 11:27 AM PDT
The Lucky Stiff (1947) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Very few writers have managed to combine the hardboiled detective novel and comedy. Jonathan Latimer succeeded with Bill Crane and Craig Rice did it with John J. Malone, her ne'er-do-well bibulous attorney. Despite being billed as "Chicago's noisiest and most noted criminal lawyer," Malone acts more like a private eye than a member of the court. And a particularly hard-drinking private eye, at that. 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. THIS EPISODE: 1947. NBC network. "The Lucky Stiff". Sustaining. Lucky at everything, or is he. George Petrie, Larry Haines, Craig Rice (creator), Eugene Wang (writer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 28, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Jack Writes His Will (Aired March 12, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO.

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July 28, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - False Witness (Aired September 14, 1958)
The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). The half-hour animated comedy "The Simpsons", is slated for a 21st season in Fall 2010. In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice-President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task. Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye". THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1958. CBS network. "False Witness". Commercials deleted. Romy Hawkins seems to be an excellent eye witness. His testimony is going to get Tom Maury hanged. However, Romy is not the best of witnesses. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on December 12, 1959. William Conrad, Marian Clark (writer), Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Sam Edwards, James Nusser, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), John Meston (editorial supervisor), George Walsh (announcer). 21:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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