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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 30, 2014 08:27 PM PDT
The Brain Bank & The Space Binoculars (Aired January 3, 1953)
Queen Of Space (Aired November 15, 1952) The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: January 3, 1953. ABC network. "The Brain Bank and The Space Binoculars". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Space Binoculars premium). Commander Corry foils the plan of the evil industrialist Krozer to place a sick scientist under suspended animation. This is a network, sponsored version . Bela Kovacs, David DuVal, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Moser (creator), Virginia Hewitt. 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2014 02:48 PM PDT
The Case Of The Purloined Corpse (Aired October 9, 1948)
Bill Rousseau's image of Michael Shayne was more after the pattern of Jack Webb's characterizations of Pat Novak for Hire, or Johnny Madero, Pier 23--but amp'd up about 150% in the process. From some seventeen potential candidates, Rousseau felt that Jeff Chandler was the natural pick over his peers. Chandler could both amp up the electricity of Shayne's character and raise the introductory prologues about 10 decibels, as well as completely reinventing Michael Shayne in Chandler's own mold. Chandler left the production after some 26 performances, to be replaced, briefly, by Film actor, Donald Curtis for two broadcast episodes. In even more of a transition, Michael Shayne returned to his roots in Florida for the last incarantion of Michael Shayne over Radio. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1948 - Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Purloined Corpse". The body vanishes, and with good reason. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator). 1/2 hour. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
Thick As Thieves (Aired March 27, 1950)
Crime Does Not Pay was a series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1950. Program #25. MGM syndication. "Thick As Thieves". Commercials added locally. Two pals, one quite smart, the other not nearly so, part company in their lives of crime. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of this program on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Marx B. Loeb (director), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Everett Sloane, Ira Marion (writer), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 26:19. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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July 30, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Harold Peary Show - Income Tax Time (Aired March 14, 1951)
Honest Harold Hemp lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative attitude of the critics. The Honest Harold scripts were well crafted with well developed characters and had excellent acting and production values. Many people, including Harold Peary, believed that The Great Gildersleeve would not survive without Peary. However, Willard Waterman assumed the role and most listeners didn't notice the difference, as Mr. Waterman did an excellent job in capturing the essence of the Gildersleeve character. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. It's Income Tax Time once again. Harold's waited until the last minute once again. Harold Peary, Gene Stone (writer), Jack Robinson (writer), Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Jane Morgan, Joseph Kearns, Parley Baer, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Ken Christy, David Light, Dick Powell (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 30, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - The Claim Jumpers (Aired March 9, 1958)
1958's Frontier Gentleman wasn't a ground-breaking adult western. That ground had been pulverized both in Radio and Television six years earlier. But Frontier Gentleman's perspective on the rough and tumble Montana and Wyoming Territories of the 1870s was a fascinating twist on the--by then--formulaic adult western. The premise has J.B. Kendall, a cashiered British Cavalry officer who spent most of his military career in the Punjab area of India. He takes a position with the London Times, on assignment to cover the developing frontier of the Montana and Wyoming Territories of America during the 1870s. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1958. CBS network. "The Claim-Jumpers". Sustaining. A widow has only a week to get a claim-jumper off her property, or she'll lose it all. The claim-jumper has problems of his own! The public service announcements have been partially deleted. The script was used again on the show on October 5, 1958. John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Eddie Firestone, Tom Hanley (writer), Antony Ellis (producer, director), Richard Perkins, Charles Seel, Bud Sewell (announcer). 22:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Cliff (Aired November 3, 1954)
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. THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1954. Mutual network. "The Cliff". Sustaining. A young boy is trapped at the bottom of a cliff...with the tide coming in. The script was subsequently used on "Family Theatre" on October 22, 1952. Vivi Janis, Charles Ruggles (host), Stephen McNally, John T. Kelly (writer), Tudor Owen, Billy Chapin, Dal McKinnon, Tony La Frano (announcer), Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Joseph Mansfield (director). 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2014 06:48 PM PDT
The Baseball Murder (Aired September 3, 1950)
Several of the crime and detective genre Radio programs had already popularized comedy - adventure - detective genre programs. Among them, The Thin Man, Let George Do It, Sam Spade Detective and Mr. And Mrs. North had proven to be the most entertaining of the genre. Tempering the murder and mayhem with clever throwaway lines and comedic or romantic interplay between the characters proved to be a popular, if not critical, success factor in many of these programs. The scripts for Vincent Price's The Saint were a mixutre of light comedy, mystery, and crime drama. Given that the Vincent Price canon of The Saint didn't reach a national audience until 1950, reviews of his portrayal of Simon Templar didn't really appear until late-1950 and early 1951, when the series had almost run its course over The Golden Age of Radio era. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1950. NBC netwrk. "The Baseball Murder". Sustaining. An old baseball player is concerned that bad guys are putting pressure on his ball-playing son to make him throw the game. Lawrence Dobkin, Hal March, Jack Moyles, Ed Mack, Bob Clark, Dick Powell (writer), Vincent Price, Gloria Blondell, Helen Mack (director), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), Val Brown (announcer), Leslie Charteris (creator), James L. Saphier (producer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Corrupt City (Aired February 15, 1946)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). 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 EPISODE: February 15, 1946. ABC network. "The Corrupt City". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Frederick Steiner (music director), Dean Carlton (narrator), Jerry Devine (producer), Carl Frank (announcer), Frank Faries (writer). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2014 11:16 AM PDT
The Big Break (Aired December 14, 1950)
Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. 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." THIS EPISODE: December 14, 1950. Program #79. NBC network. "The Big Break". Sponsored by: Fatima, Chesterfield. After a shoot-out, George Hoffman is arrested but escapes at his arraignment by climbing down the side of a building! After joining the army, Hoffman borrows $5 from Friday and Romero. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 29, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
A Barber's Chair For Riley's Den (Aired March 26, 1944)
Beginning October 4, 1949, the show was adapted for television for the DuMont Television Network, but Bendix's film contracts prevented him from appearing in the role. Instead, Jackie Gleason starred along with Rosemary DeCamp as wife Peg, Gloria Winters as daughter Barbara (Babs), Lanny Rees as son Chester Jr. (Junior), and Sid Tomack as Gillis, Riley's manipulative best buddy and next-door neighbor. John Brown returned as the morbid counseling undertaker Digby (Digger) O'Dell ("Well, I guess I'll be... shoveling off"; "Business is a little dead tonight"). Television's first Life of Riley won television's first Emmy (for "Best Film Made For and Shown on Television"). However, it came to an end on March 28, 1950 because of low ratings and because Gleason left the show, thinking he could find a better showcase for his unique abilities. Groucho Marx received a credit for "story. THIS EPISODE: March 26, 1944. "A Barber Chair For Riley's Den". Blue network, WENR, Chicago aircheck. Sponsored by: The American Meat Institute. William Bendix, Ken Niles (announcer), Don Bernard (director), Lou Coslowe (music). 30:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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