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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 22, 2016 07:07 PM PDT
The Big Tomato (Aired January 25, 1951)
Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1951. Program #85. NBC network. "The Big Tomato". Sponsored by: Fatima. A high school boy named Kenneth Morrow is killed in an auto accident. He had been using marijuana! Friday and the cops track down "The Big Tomato." The editors of "Motion Picture Daily" and "Fame" magazine name Jack Webb, "the most promising star of tomorrow" and Dragnet "the best radio program of its type" for 1950. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Midway Murders (Aired August 1, 1948)
Nick Carter is the name of a popular fictional detective who first appeared in in a dime novel entitled "The Old Detective's Pupil" on September 18, 1886. In 1915, Nick Carter Weekly became Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. Novels featuring Carter continued to appear through the 1950s, by which time there was also a popular radio show, Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 1, 1948. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Midway Murders". Sponsored by: Old Dutch Cleanser, Del Rich Margarine. An escaped convict, a roller coaster corpse, and an enraged ape (Gorilla My Dreams?). Lon Clark. 25:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Mel Imitates Actors (Aired November 12, 1946)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver. THIS EPISODE: November 12, 1946. "Mel Imitates Actors" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. A fraternal initiation takes place while Mel minds the baby. Earle Ross, Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 24:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 22, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
My Beloved Must Die (Aired July 22, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. And indeed, some of the production values were a cut above in The Sealed Book, as contrasted with their similar productions from The Mysterious Traveler. The Sealed Book was very much its own production. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 22, 1945. Program #19. Mutual net origination, Michelson syndication. "My Beloved Must Die". Commercials added locally. A fascinating tale of what happens to women who fall in love with the Devil! This program has also been dated September 23, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
Cemetery (Aired February 15, 1972)
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: February 15, 1972. Program #24. CBS network origination, syndicated rebroadcast. "Cemetery". Commercials added locally. A good tale of horror from the crypt. A visitor from beyond death. Syndicated program name: "The Devil and Mr. O." The story is also known as, "Scoop." Arch Oboler (writer, host). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
High Dividends Or Shallow Graves (05-30-51)
As a detective--gentleman or otherwise--Rex Harrison lends a distinctively intelligent and understated confidence to the role. He's not quite as nonchalant as The Thin Man's Nick Charles, not as arrogant as Philo Vance, and not as melodramatic as Sherlock Holmes or Radio's Philip Marlowe. In short, he's both 'just right' and entirely fascinating--and competent--as detective Rex Saunders. Leon Janney's rendition of Saunders' assistant, Alec, complements Harrison's delivery of his Saunders characterization. Not the typical stooge assistant, nor quite as clever as Nero Wolfe's Archie, Leon Janney's Alec is given the same latitude as some of Radio's other more helpful detective assistants. THIS EPISODE: May 30, 1951. NBC network. "High Dividends Or Shallow Graves". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Leon Janney, Amzie Strickland. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 21, 2016 08:00 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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June 21, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Cisco Kid" - Murder Wagon (01-13-55)
Broadcast constantly sometimes once a week sometimes 3 times a week By Mutual, between 1942 and 1956. Western Drama mainly for the young ones or maybe just the young at heart. I say the young at heart, because The Cisco Kid and his likeable but simple partner Pancho were a couple of lovable rogues and because there was usually a lovely senorita around in every episode who fell madly in love with Sisco, there may well have been an element of lady listeners included in the audience rating figures. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1955. Program #260. Mutual-Don Lee network, KHJ, Los Angeles origination, Ziv syndication. "Murder Wagon". Commercials added locally. Jesse Post, Pierre DuLac and bad guys down from Canada are known for shooting settlers and burning down their houses. A ring on the French Canadian's finger provides Cisco with a needed clue. Jack Mather, Harry Lang. 27:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2016 09:55 PM PDT
The Dark Mirror (Aired February 2, 1948)
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio broadcast from 1939 until 1952 with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. 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. THIS EPISODE: February 2, 1948. NBC network. "The Dark Mirror". Sponsored by: RCA. Loretta Young appears in a tour de force performance as twin sisters, one of whom is a homicidal maniac. Loretta Young, Olivia De Havilland, John Dehner, Francis X. Bushman, David Ellis, Jimmy Wallington (announcer). 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 20, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
He's A Jolly Good Fellow (Aired February 13, 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, 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: February 13, 1950. Program #19. MGM syndication. "He's A Jolly Good Fellow". Commercials added locally. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. The life-of-the-party has "the life of Riley." He has money, position and a beautiful fiance. However, he's planning several murders! John Beal, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Marx B. Loeb (director), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer), Ira Marion (writer). 25:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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