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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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May 23, 2016 08:22 PM PDT
Until Death Do Us Part (Aired July 18, 1951)
"The Secret Files of Rex Saunders." Heard every Wednesday night at 7:30, this thriller is typical of radio mystery shows. However, it has one thing the others don't--that is a sauve Englishman by the name of Rex Harrison. Harrison turns in a better than average performance as a private detective. With the help of an assistant played by Leon Janey, the "dick" goes his way solving a new mystery each week. Impressing us most was the quiet manner in which Harrison plays his new role. Not once during the entire half hour show did he raise his voice enough to activate the decible meter on the KSMO switchboard. Most radio detectives are of the loud and fast talking type, who just love to order their girl friends and constituted police authorities around like mad. Harrison's show keeps away from this sort of thing. THIS EPISODE: July 18, 1951. NBC net. "Until Death Do Us Part". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. The system cue has been deleted. Leon Janney, Amzie Strickland, Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer). 33:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
Big Mr. Little (Aired November 12, 1971)
A transcribed syndication of original broadcasts from Lights Out. With its premiere on the nationwide NBC hookup in 1935, Lights Out was billed "the ultimate in horror." Never had such sounds been heard on the air. Heads rolled, bones were crushed, people fell from great heights and splattered wetly on pavement. There were garrotings, choking, heads split by cleavers, and, to a critic at Radio Guide, "the most monstrous of all sounds, human flesh being eaten." Few shows had ever combined the talents of actors and imaginative writers so well with the graphic art of the sound technician. Wyllis Cooper, who created, wrote, and produced it, was then a 36-year-old staffer in Chicago's NBC Studios. THIS EPISODE: November 12, 1971. "Big Mister Little." - A man finds he can work evil miracles, and starts to plan world conquest. The story is also known as "The Projective Mr. Drogan". Arch Oboler (writer, host), Edgar Barrier. 28:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2016 10:49 AM PDT
Cards & Spades (Aired January 10, 1951)
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, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1951. Program #66. MGM syndication. "Cards and Spades". Commercials added locally. A smart girl racketeer runs an afternoon gambling den for housewives, but learns that CDNP. 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. Susan Douglas, Marx B. Loeb (director), Ira Marion (writer), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 25:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 23, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is "Sugar" (Aired February 15, 1950)
In one episode, Groucho's brother, Harpo, came down instead of the duck, and in another, a model came down in a birdcage with the money. Marx sometimes slyly directed conversation to encourage the secret word to come up. The duck was also occasionally replaced with a wooden Indian figure. After the contestants' introduction and interview, the actual game began. Contestants chose among available categories and then tried to answer a series of questions within the category. Each couple was staked with $20 and were asked four questions, wagering part or all of their bankroll for each question. The scoring format was later changed to a starting bankroll of $100 and couples selecting question values from $10 to $100. A correct answer added the value of the question to their bankroll and an incorrect answer cut their bankroll to that point in half. According to co-director Robert Dwan in his book, As Long As They're Laughing, Guedel changed the scoring format because too many couples were betting—and losing—all their money.

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May 22, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
Across The Pacific (Starring Humphrey Bogart) Aired January 25, 1943
Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1943 - "Across the Pacific" is a 1942 spy film set on the eve of the entry of the United States into World War II. The film was directed first by John Huston, then by Vincent Sherman after Huston joined the United States Army Signal Corps. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 05:59 PM PDT
The Thinking Room (Aired August 6, 1982)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1982. Program #51. CBC network origination, NPR network, WPBH-FM, Middlefield, Conn. aircheck. "The Thinking Room". Sustaining. A modern visit to "The Suicide Club," and a toast to no-one. The WPBH-FM rebroadcast date is May 16, 1982. Henry Ramer (host), Tom Wynne-Jones (writer). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Ransom (Aired July 25, 1979)
Mutual Radio Theater ( Sears Radio Theater ) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy. Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious if not particularly critically-favored attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1979. Program #123. CBS network. "The Ransom". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Percy Grainger (writer), Vincent Price (host), Lurene Tuttle, Vic Perrin, Steven Markle, Jack Carroll, Barney Phillips, Don Diamond, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 35:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
The Nelson Bank (Aired February 27, 1949)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1949. NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. "The Nelson Bank" gets in trouble when the $17 on deposit disappears. Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Tommy Bernard, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Henry Blair, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 22, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Fort Laramie" - Don't Kick My Horse (Aired June 3, 1956)
Fort Laramie opened with "Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry". When Norman Macdonnell created Fort Laramie in late 1955, he made it clear to his writers that historical accuracy was essential to the integrity of the series. Correct geographic names, authentic Indian practices, military terminology, and utilizing actual names of the original buildings of the real fort, was insisted upon. So when the radio characters referred to the sutler's store (which is what the trading post was called prior to 1870), the surgeon's quarters, Old Bedlam (the officers' quarters) or the old bakery, they were naming actual structures in the original fort. While Macdonnell planned to use the same writers, soundmen, and supporting actors in Fort Laramie that he relied upon in Gunsmoke, he naturally picked different leads. Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. THIS EPISODE: June 3, 1956. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Don't Kick My Horse". A soldier's love for his eleven-year-old horse gets the entire troop into danger when the Indians attack. A good story. The program was recorded May 3, 1956. Raymond Burr, Les Crutchfield (writer), Virginia Gregg, Barney Phillips, Lawrence Dobkin, Tim Graham, Jack Kruschen. 30:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 21, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Aired May 12, 1964)
Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama Aired on Springbok Radio from 10 December 1963 to 21 February 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English 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: May 12, 1964. Program #23. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Partridge In A Pear Tree". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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