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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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June 28, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
One Chance At The World (Aired August 8, 1949)
Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. In its last season, transcriptions were aired in New York, Wednesdays at 9:30pm, from January 20, 1954 to January 12, 1955. John Hiestand was the program's announcer. Don Clark directed the scripts by David Victor and Jackson Gillis. The background music was supplied by Eddie Dunstedter, initially with a full orchestra. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1949. Mutual-Don Lee network. "One Chance At The World". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A guy just out of prison asks George Valentine to investigate the death of his wife, which occurred just a week before he was sprung. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, presenter), Bud Hiestand (announcer), David Victor (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer), Wally Maher, Walter Burke, Theodore Von Eltz, Martha Wentworth, Clayton Post, Robert Griffin. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 28, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
I Was A Stupid Cupid (Aired March 12, 1962)
The Clitheroe Kid was James Robertson Clitheroe, Jimmy Clitheroe to most, who by some strange coincidence did come from the town of that name without having to change his family name! At his full height he was 4ft 3in, and played the naughty schoolboy from 1958 to 1972. Although plausable from a distance, he was not really able to pass himself off as a youngster close up, so a TV career did not really take off too well, but at the peak of his fame the radio show was raking in about 10 million listeners, although by the end this had dropped to a tenth of that figure. Clitheroe was a very private person, and the shows became a sort of escape for him, as well as the release from the worries of his diminutive size, but despite this, his popularity increased and increased, making this series one of the longer running on the radio - a total of 17 series. It is surprising then that with such a success, and with such a long run that the shows are rarely broadcast. The humour was very obvious and probably wouldn't stand up in todays climes, but there has been one release from the BBC radio collection, so if you wanted to hear some of the shows, you can hunt this down in the shops.

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June 28, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - So True Mr. Barnum (Aired April 10, 1960)
The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter (played by Richard Boone on television, and by John Dehner on radio), who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards and wore a holster which carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt. The knight symbol is in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1960. CBS network. "So True, Mr. Barnum". Sponsored by: Winston, Doan's Pills. Hey Boy and the Celestial Dragon Society have spent $2000 on a phoney Mexican treasure map...or is it a phoney? This is a quality upgrade, network, sponsored version. John Dehner, Ben Wright, Virginia Gregg, Hugh Douglas (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Barney Phillips, Sam Edwards, Frank Paris (producer, director), Ann Doud (writer), Bill James (sound effects), Tom Hanley (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Two Faces Of Evil (Aired July 13, 1979)
Clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of Hollywood's best. The series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. THIS EPISODE: July 13, 1979 - Sears Radio Theater. Program #115. CBS network. "Two Faces Of Evil". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Mark Trella (writer), Howard Duff (host), Barney Phillips, Howard Culver, Byron Kane, Marvin Miller, Peggy Webber, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 40:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
Too Many Mrs. Rogers (Aired October 9, 1948)
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 1948. Webb played JEFF REGAN, a tough private eye working in a Los Angeles investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. Regan introduced himself on each show "I get ten a day and expenses...they call me the Lyon's Eye." The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1948. CBS network. "The Too Many Mrs. Rogers'". Sustaining. Jeff is hired to accompany a dead body and a star sapphire ring to La Jolla. Well written! Bob Stevenson (announcer), David Ellis, E. Jack Neuman (writer), Gloria Blondell, Grace Lenard, Herb Butterfield, Jack Petruzzi, Jack Webb, John Hoyt, Larry Roman (writer), Laurette Fillbrandt, Milton Charles, Paul Frees, Sterling Tracy (producer). Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Pictures Dont Lie (Aired October 24, 1956)
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with a few original scripts. Episodes of the show include adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit," Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven," Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", " Pohl’s "The Tunnel under the World," J. T. McIntosh’s "Hallucination Orbit," Fritz Leiber’s "A Pail of Air" and George Lefferts' "The Parade". THIS EPISODE: October 24, 1956. NBC network. "Pictures Don't Lie. Sustaining. A radio signal originating from interstellar space turns out to be a television picture. It seems to be coming from an alien spaceship heading towards the Earth! The script was used subsequently on "Future Tense" on May 23, 1974. Fred Collins (announcer), John Gibson, Sam Grey, Richard Hamilton, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director), Katherine MacLean (author), Joe DeSantis. 28:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2015 10:42 AM PDT
Subject - Edith Hamilton (Aired April 17, 1949)
Sam Spade was a tough private investigator. Each case was unfolded as a report dictated to his secretary, Effie, who was always flustered and secretly in love with him. He always quoted his license number and referred to each investigation as a “caper”. Each report was dated with the actual airdate. CAST: Howard Duff, Steve Dunne, Lurene Tuttle, John McIntire, William Conrad, Cathy and Elliot Lewis, June Havoc, Joseph Kearns, Jerry Hausner, Elliott Reid, Mary Jane Croft, Jeanette Nolan, Betty Lou Gerson THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1949. Program #42. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Subject, Edith Hamilton". Sam is hired to get a confession from a beautiful girl, but he winds up falling in love with her. Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Lurene Tuttle. 24:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 27, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
A House Full Of Junk (Aired May 10, 1951)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

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June 27, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Forest Fire (Aired July 30, 1949)
Chandler's characterization of Chad Remington is forceful, dynamic and melodramatic and runs for the first twenty-three episodes. Veteran Film, Television and Radio actor Reed Hadley then assumes the role of Chad Remington for the remaining 24 installments. The contrast between the two characterizations is quite evident, but doesn't interfere with either the continuity of the main character or the flow of the episodes. Both principal actors acquit themselves well in the role. Wade Crosby in the role of Cherokee O'Bannon plays it well over the top, but that's what sidekicks do, after all. THIS EPISODE: July 30, 1949. Program #22. Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates syndication. "Forest Fire" aka: "The Case Of The Deer Shooters" - Music fill for local commercial insert. Deer hunters careless with a campfire threaten all the ranchers, and cause the death of one of them. Jeff Chandler, Wade Crosby, Bob Mitchell (organist), Ivan Ditmars (possible organist), Bill Forman (announcer), Paul Franklin (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer). 28:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 26, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Murder Shows A Card (1952) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The series was created by Dashall Hammott and was first heard on the ABC network Jan. 21, 1946. J. Scott Smart fit the part of the Fat Man perfectly, weighing in at 270 pounds himself. When he spoke, there was no doubt that this was the voice of a big guy. Smart gave a witty, tongue-in-cheek performance and helped make THE FAT MAN one of the most popular detective programs on the air. Smart also appeared in The March Of Time (early 1930s), the Theater Guild On The Air, Blondie, The Fred Allen Show, and The Jack Benny Program. There was also an version made in Australia, syndicated on the Artansa lable, about 1954. There are at least 36 shows available from vendors. The Australian Fat Man was played possibly by Lloyd Berrell. Although not featuring J. Scott Smart, who really fit the part, the series is quite good. THIS EPISODE: The Fat Man. 1952. ABC network. "Murder Shows A Card" Sponsored by: Pepto Bismol, Unguentine. - J. Scott Smart, Dick Beals (commercial spokesman), Clark Andrews (director), Bernard Green (conductor), Bryna Raeburn, Charles Irving (announcer), Lawrence Klee (writer), Jean Ellen. 25:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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