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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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July 24, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Peace Officer (Aired September 4, 1960)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day. THIS EPISODE: September 4, 1960. Program #237. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Peace Officer". Dillon ousts Clegg Rawlings, the dishonest sheriff of Tascosa, who swears to kill him. Surprise ending. This is an AFRTS rebroadcast. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on October 15, 1960. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Norman Macdonnell (writer), George Walsh (announcer). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Notes (Kilroy Was Here) 1952 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. A number of famous people have visited the musuem including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Orsen Welles hosted and narrated the shows. Following the opening, Mr. Welles would introduce the museum's item of evidence that was central to the case, leading into the dramatization. He also provided narration during the show and ended each show with his characteristic closing from the days of his Mercury Theater on the Air, 'remaining obediently yours'. THIS EPISODE: 1952. Program #16. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Notes" AKA-"Kilroy Was Here". Sustaining. The famous slogan is found on two notes and a butcher block near murder victims. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: January 1, 1975. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Death Robbery Starring Boris Karloff (Aired July 16, 1947)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. THIS EPISODE: July 16, 1947. ABC network. "Death Robbery". Sponsored by: Schick Razors, Schick Pens. The opening words of the program ("Lights Out") are off-mike. A scientist brings his wife back from the dead...with pretty gruesome results. Lurene Tuttle romps through her part, leaving Boris in the dust. Boris Karloff, Lurene Tuttle, Paul Pierce (writer), Wyllis Cooper (writer), Bill Lawrence (producer, director), Leith Stevens (music), Ken Niles (announcer). 29:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Helen Carrol Murder Case (Aired October 13, 1950)
Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1950. "The Helen Carrol Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Linda Arnold is wandering in a daze, not remembering her name, and with a blood covered letter opener in her purse. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, Lou Krugman, David Ellis, Jack Kruschen, Dan Cubberly (announcer). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
Death Wish (Aired October 1, 1947)
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: October 1, 1947. Program #129. "Death Wish" - Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. Jim Wells seems to have a death wish; he doesn't care about the killers threatening him! Blackie's girlfriend has been kidnapped! Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 29:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is Paper (Aired January 14, 1955)
The mid-1940s was a depressing lull in Groucho's career. His radio show Blue Ribbon Town, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, which ran from March 1943 to August 1944, had failed to catch on and Groucho left the program in June 1944. After a radio appearance with Bob Hope, in which Marx ad-libbed most of his performance after being forced to stand by in a waiting room for 40 minutes before going on the air, John Guedel, the program's producer, formed an idea for a quiz show and approached Marx about the subject. After initial reluctance by Marx, Guedel was able to convince him to host the program after Marx realized the quiz would be only a backdrop for his contestant interviews, and the storm of ad-libbing that they would elicit. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1955. Syndicated, WNEW-TV, New York audio aircheck. "The Secret Word Is Paper". Participating sponsors. The first contestant is Frank Farber. Syndicated rebroadcast date: April 7, 1975. Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Meakin (music), Frank Farber. 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 23, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Hoppy & The Iron Horse (Aired September 24, 1950)
Hopalong Cassidy also appeared on the cover of national magazines, such as Look, Life, and Time. Boyd earned millions as Hopalong ($800,000 in 1950 alone), mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunch box to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 units to 600,000 units in just one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children's dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives. There was also a new demand for Hopalong Cassidy features in movie theaters, and Boyd licensed reissue distributor Film Classics to make new film prints and advertising accessories. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1950. Program #39. Commodore syndication. "Hoppy and The Iron Horse". Commercials added locally. Lee Garvin introduces Hoppy to foul play on the railroad. William Boyd, Joseph Du Val, Walter White Jr. (transcriber, producer), Tom Shirley (writer). 25:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Worlds Apart (Aired November 12, 1950)
2000 AD (2000 Plus) is known as the first of the network science fiction shows, although it ran on Mutual just a month prior to the introduction of the landmark series, Dimension X. It was a half hour of science fiction wonder in an exciting package. The stories have a charm that is always present in science fiction of the future that is written in the past. "When The Worlds Met" takes place "at the giant space port in Washington, temporary capitol of the federated world government as in April 21, 2000 Plus 20 (2020) crowds throng as audio and televox networks cover a space ship carrying in its space hold the first load of uranium taken from the pits of Luna, satellite of Earth. THIS EPISODE: November 12, 1950. Mutual network. "Worlds Apart". Sustaining. An excellent story about a space-ship landing on a very, very strange planet. The system cue has been deleted. William Griffis, Sherman H. Dreyer (producer), Ralph Bell, Gregory Morton, Robert Weenolsen (producer). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2014 06:59 PM PDT
The Bloomsbury Ballad (Aired January 24, 1949)
His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone. THIS EPISODE: January 24, 1949. Mutual network. "The Adventure Of The Bloomsbury Ballad". Sponsored by: Clipper Craft Clothes. John Stanley, George Spelvin (a name traditionally used by actors who wish to remain anonymous), Cy Harrice (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (creator), Basil Loughrane (producer, director), Albert Buhrman (music), Max Ehrlich (writer), Ian Martin. 25:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 22, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Hunt And Peck (Aired March 6, 1949)
Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 6, 1949. Program #29. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Hunt and Peck". Commercials added locally. Dan saves a man from the "chair" just a few hours before the end, but at the cost of an arm. Alan Ladd, Sylvia Picker, Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 27:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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