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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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April 28, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Case of the Carnival Caper (Aired July 31, 1948)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. THIS EPISODE: July 31, 1948. Program #540. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Carnival Caper". Sponsored by: Arrow Audio. "Robbery rode the show train until police officers found the mysterious passenger and stopped murder on the carnival midway." WRVR rebroadcast date: April 18, 1974. Robert Dryden (narrator-by-proxy), Arthur Vinton, Bill Smith, Frank Readick, Jean Ellen, Stanley Niss (writer), Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Don Gardiner (announcer). 22:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Treasure Of Kublai Khan (Aired July 20, 1953)
Originally a local series out of Utah that found its way on to the airwaves sporadically from 1947 to 1952, this anthology was picked up for national syndication by the Mutual network and broadcast from mid-52 through mid-53. Written and directed by Richard Thorne, a prolific and talented writer and producer, this series is often overlooked, even by fans of OTR. It is unfortunate, since it provides some very unique and dramatic material; the acting in particular was superb. Early on, the series concentrated on murder mysteries, but later shows were devoted to horror and some sci-fi. THIS EPISODE: July 20, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination (possibly syndicated). "The Treasure Of Kublai Khan". Commercials deleted. An excellent ghost story about a hidden treasure in old Persia, and the dead warrior who guards it. The program was rebroadcast on February 15, 1954. Richard Thorne (writer). 27:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 04:07 PM PDT
Impact 1949 (Starring Brian Donlevy)
1949's "Impact" was made independently in San Francisco, making fine use of both The City itself and the surrounding Bay area, including Sausalito and Larkspur. With better distribution: it might have picked up the reputation it deserves, for rarely has a film noir been as expertly convoluted as this one is. It has everything!: infidelity, attempted murder, accidental death, amnesia, false imprisonment, exciting courtroom sequences, missing evidence, a missing witness...What more could anyone ask for at three in the morning? Ella Raines plays a resourceful garage mechanic who stops at nothing to free the man she loves (Brian Donlevy). The excellent cast also features Charles Coburn as a tenacious inspector, lovely Helen Walker as the wife from hell, Anna May Wong as the loyal employee who holds they key to the mystery and Mae Marsh as Raines' mom. Only a few of Raines' films are available on video (including some episodes of her 1954 television series, "Janet Dean, Registered Nurse.") Luckily, "Impact" is among them. Show Notes From Movie Critic Monica Sullivan.

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April 27, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The Pit Viper (Aired April 27, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1952. Program #5. ZIV Syndication. "The Pit Viper". Commercials added locally. Cvetic tries to prevent the Party from creating unrest among American miners. Dana Andrews, William Conrad, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Nickel Plated Gun (Aired June 10, 1949)
Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 10, 1949. Program #2. "The Nickel Plated Gun" - NBC network. Sustaining. This program does not use the familiar "Dragnet" theme music. A nickel plated .44 caliber Smith and Wesson is used to shoot two cops and a lot more people. The police make extensive use of "I. B. M. machines" and a tape recorder to solve the case. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Frank Lovejoy. 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Gildersleeve Memory Course (Aired March 14, 1939)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Fibber McGee and Molly was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. First Broadcast date April 16, 1935. Last Broadcast date September 6, 1959. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1939. "The Gildersleeve Memory Course" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Molly does not appear. Fibber takes a memory course and promptly forgets where he put a ten carat diamond! Jim Jordan, Harold Peary, Isabel Randolph, Mel Blanc, Bill Thompson, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Nick The Knife (Aired August 8, 1948)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. A complete episode guide and history of this radio program can be found in the book The Sound of Detection: Ellery Queen's Adventures in Radio, published by OTR Publishing in 2002. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1948. ABC network. "Nick The Knife". Sustaining. An unknown madman has murdered nineteen women by attacking them at night while they are alone. The identity of "The Slicer" is quite a surprise, you'll never guess whodunit. The "Guest Armchair Detective" is Gene Handsaker (Hollywood columnist). Paul Masterson (announcer), Gene Handsaker, Anthony Boucher (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Rex Koury (organist), Dick Woollen (producer, director), Lawrence Dobkin, Kaye Brinker, Herb Butterfield, Alan Reed. 24:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 03:01 PM PDT
Murder In A Decanter (Aired December 31, 1944)
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). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. The series ended on September 25, 1955. Chick Carter, Boy Detective was a serial adventure that aired weekday afternoons on Mutual. Chick Carter, the adopted son of Nick Carter, was played by Bill Lipton (1943-44) and Leon Janney (1944-45). The series aired from July 5, 1943 to July 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1944. Mutual network. "Murder In A Decanter," or "The Mystery Of The Missing Body". Sponsored by: Lin-X Home Brighteners. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, John Kane, Humphrey Davis, Jock MacGregor (producer, director, occasional writer), Lew White (musician). 30:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
Opening A Gas Station (Aired November 29, 1945)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1945. "Opening A Gas Station" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello has given his girlfriend Lena a quart of purfume (because he doesn't give a dram)! Abbott and Costello are running a gas station. Camels salutes the 38th "Cyclone" Division. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Iris Adrian, Connie Haines, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Elvia Allman, Dick Mack (director), Sidney Fields, Frederick Shields (commercial spokesman). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 26, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Postman Always Rings Twice (Aired June 16, 1947)
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: June 16, 1947. A 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, and Audrey Totter. It was directed by Tay Garnett, with a score written by George Bassman and Erich Zeisl (the latter uncredited). This version was the third filming of The Postman Always Rings Twice, but the first under the novel's original title and the first in English. Frank Chambers (John Garfield) is a drifter who stops at a rural diner for a meal, and ends up working there. The diner is operated by a beautiful young woman, Cora Smith (Lana Turner), and her much older husband, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). 28:15.

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