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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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December 16, 2014 11:00 PM PST
The Tale (Aired October 18, 1953)
This fine British anthology series, features plays based on the best of literature, films and English theater. Produced in two series, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson serve as hosts, narrators and many times portray the leading roles. The program apparently was developed as a vehicle to capitalize on Olivier’s name and talent. His career spanned over 50 years and continues into the 21st century, as in 2004, 15 years after his death, he was starring as Dr. Totenkopf in a Hollywood fantasy film titled, Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow. This was accomplished by the producers who selected footage of Lord Olivier from various films and used to create a villainous leader of killer robots in the film. THIS EPISODE: October 18, 1953. Program #3. NBC net origination, Towers Of London syndication, WRVR-FM, New York. "The Tale". Sponsored by: Stereo Warehouse. WRVR-FM rebroadcast date: October 4, 1974. Laurence Olivier (host), Joseph Conrad (author), Ralph Richardson, Campbell Singer, Eric Berry, Harry Alan Towers (producer), Sidney Torch (music), Derek Patmore (adaptor). 32:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 16, 2014 07:00 PM PST
The Weakness Of Strength (Aired April 7, 1964)
The Herrick Merril Production of Walk Softly Peter Troy, a detective drama from the Golden Age of radio. The show was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. There was a sequel to this series which was heard on the "English Radio Service" from 5/19/64 to 11/28/64. This was the first series on the English Radio Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: April 7, 1964. Program #18. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Weakness Of Strength". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 25:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 16, 2014 03:00 PM PST
The Deadly Frame (Aired July 20, 1950)
The premise of each episode is prefaced with a gritty, highly realistic line-up, replete with background atomospherics and actors realistically speaking over each other, but with an underlying investigation--or two--under discussion below the background noise of the introductory line-up and exposition. The subject matter of each episode was hard-hitting, often harsh, but highly realistic criminal sub-plots. The series is also remembered for the loss of one of Radio's finest and most popular voice talents. Wally Maher, still a relatively young man, had lost a lung to a protracted illness just months before the series first aired. By just over a year into The Line-Up's run, Maher was again hospitalized and passed away during that hospitalization. Raymond Burr, who'd already been introduced in a couple of semi-recurring roles, added his talent to The Line-Up for the remainder of its run in an effort to make up for the loss of Wally Maher. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 20, 1950. "The Deadly Frame" - CBS network. Sustaining. Eddie Gaynor has been framed for the murder of Johnny Taranto, and Eddie's no choir boy either! After Eddie is sprung on a writ, his body is found the next morning. Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), Virginia Gregg, Howard McNear, Junius Matthews, Edgar Barrier, Tony Barrett, Paul Frees, Clayton Post. 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 16, 2014 10:25 AM PST
The Jean Cooper Murder Case (Aired August 20, 1949)
Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1949. "The Jean Cooper Murder Case" - NBC network. Sustaining. A young girl is run over in Central Park and young Tom Cook is accused of murdering her. A gangland rub-out takes place at the same time! Dick Powell sings, "There's Yes, Yes In Your Eyes." Blake Edwards (writer), David Ellis, Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Edward King (director), Eleanor Audley, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Richard Sanville (director), Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, William Johnstone, Wilms Herbert. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 16, 2014 07:37 AM PST
Playing Hooky (Aired March 23, 1946)
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker."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,

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December 16, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Personal Justice (Aired September 27, 1959)
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. 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. THIS EPISODE: September 27, 1959. CBS network. "Personal Justice". Commercials deleted. After Marshal Dillon arrests Reid Morely for murder, his brother Clate threatens to kill Dillon if his brother is found guilty. When Reid admits his guilt to Clate after his acquittal, Clate threatens to kill his own brother! William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Marian Clark (writer), John Meston (editorial supervisor), Harry Bartell, Vic Perrin, Jack Moyles, George Walsh (announcer). 25:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 15, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Spellbound (Aired March 8, 1948)
In October of 1934, "Lux Radio Theater" debuted in New York on NBC's Blue radio network. Presenting audio versions of popular Broadway plays, the show failed to garner an audience and soon ran out of material. After switching networks to CBS and moving to Hollywood, Lux found its true market. The show began featuring adaptations of popular films, performed by as many of the original stars as possible. With an endless supply of hit films scripts and an audience of more than 40 million, Lux enjoyed a prosperous run until the curtain fell in 1956 THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1948. CBS network. "Spellbound". Sponsored by: Lux, Pepsodent. A fine adaptation of the classic film. A woman psychiatrist who is in love with her schizophrenic patient tries to solve the murder he's been accused of. The radio version features the haunting theme music from the film. Charlie Forsyth (sound effects), Francis Beeding (author: pseudonym of Hilary St. John and Leslie Palmer), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Herb Butterfield, William Johnstone, Gerald Mohr, Cliff Clark, Howard McNear, Regina Wallace, Miklos Roza (composer), Dorothy Blair (intermission guest), Ben Hecht (screenwriter), Angus MacPhail (screen adaptor), Alida Valli (billed as "Valli"), Joseph Cotten. 58:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 15, 2014 07:00 PM PST
Love That Law (Starring Howard Duff) Aired October 18, 1949
The LaRosa Hollywood Star Theater was an exceptionally popular show that aired daily from 1948 to 1951. The bill called it the most popular daytime radio series and yet it aired after the work day, 6PM to 7PM. C.P McGregor was the host and many of Hollywood’s great stars contributed to the program's success. La Rosa's macaroni and noodles sponsored through its run.

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December 15, 2014 02:52 PM PST
A Matter Of Conscience (Aired July 14, 1977)
The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Each episode began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant...dreams?" Despite the show's title, Brown expanded its scope beyond mysteries to include horror, science fiction, historical drama, and even comedy. In addition to original stories, there were adaptations of classic tales by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe (no fewer than seven Poe stories were adapted in 1975 alone), O. Henry, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens and others. THIS EPISODE: July 14, 1977. Program #681. CBS network. "A Matter Of Conscience". Sponsored by: True Value Hardware, Buick, A.R.M., Dramamine, Wet Ones, Minute Maid. Adapted from the Ambrose Bierce story "Parker Addison, Philosopher." E. G. Marshall (host), Arnold Moss (adaptor, performer), Kristoffer Tabori, Evie Juster, Earl Hammond, Robert Dryden. 43:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 15, 2014 11:00 AM PST
The Bruce Partington Plans (Aired November 6, 1939)
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly so called — see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognisable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself, and two others are written in the third person. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1939. NBC network. "The Bruce Partington Plans". Sponsored by: Bromo Quinine. The case of the missing submarine plans. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Edith Meiser (writer), Harold Kemp (producer), Knox Manning (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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