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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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August 24, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Bet On Murder (Aired July 14, 1953)
Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954. Guest appearances on this series included Raymond Burr, Hans Conried, Mara Corday, Carolyn Jones, Katy Jurado, Jimmy Lydon, Julia Meade, William Schallert and Gloria Talbott. THIS EPISODE: July 14, 1953. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Bet On Murder". Frederick Morgan owes $5000 to a gambler, who tries to beat it out of him. Roger, Fred's best friend, wants to romance Fred's wife, and tells her to leave Fred. Freddy Morgan is soon found dead. A suicide? Not likely! Daniels, the bookie, claims that he didn't kill Morgan, even though he beat Freddy up. The music fill has been deleted. Richard Denning, Barbara Britton, Sheldon Leonard, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (writer). 23:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2015 11:26 AM PDT
The Roughnecks Will (Aired September 25, 1949)
The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of 1949. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast 1949-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, FRANK RACE worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!" Starring "Chandu The Magician" Star Tom Collins. THIS EPISODE: September 25, 1949. Program #22. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Roughneck's Will". Commercials added locally. A ninety-year old billionaire leaves a will specifically designed to encourage his beneficiaries to kill each other. Tom Collins, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Tony Barrett, Frank Lovejoy, Gloria Blondell, Wilms Herbert, Michael Ann Barrett. 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Henry's Too Tall Date (Aired April 28, 1949)
The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O, before moving back to NBC from September 05, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1949. "Henry's Too Tall Date" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Henry has a date with a girl...a very tall girl! Ezra Stone receives a plaque as, "The boy who typifies the nation's ideal teenaged donut dunker." If you listen carefully to the award as it's being read, you realize that not only is the achievement meaningless, but the giver of the award is a division of the program's sponsor (General Foods). Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Clifford Goldsmith (creator), Frank Karloff (writer), Jack Miller (music), House Jameson, Katharine Raht, George Burns (teaser announcement at the end of the show), Gracie Allen (teaser announcement at the end of the show). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 24, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Big Sam For Governor (Aired March 16, 1958)
Frontier Gentleman was a radio Western series heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958. Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of J.B. Kendall (John Dehner), a London Times reporter, as he roamed the Western United States, encountering various outlaws and well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James and Calamity Jane. Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for the Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. THIS EPISODE: March 16, 1958. CBS network. "Big Sam For Governor". Sponsored by: Dodge. "Big Sam" is running for Governor and wants Kendall to write a nice story about him, and he won't take "no" for an answer! John Dehner, Jack Kruschen, Stacy Harris, Vic Perrin, Jean Carson, Harry Bartell, Charles Seel, John Wald (announcer), Antony Ellis (creator, writer, producer, director), Jerry Goldsmith (theme composer). 25:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Missing Corpse (Aired November 16, 1952)
The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gangbusters, helped to develop the concept and coined the title. Byron lent an air of accuracy and immediacy to his scripts through close study of crime statistics. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1952. Program #15. ZIV Syndication. "The Case Of The Missing Corpse". Commercials added locally. Harry is walking out on Doris, so Doris shoots him...several times. Three years later she goes to the District Attorney to tell him that Harry is missing. The date is approximate. Phillips H. Lord (creator), David Brian. 27:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2015 07:00 PM PDT
The Man Who Came To Murder (Aired August 6, 1945)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "The Man Who Came To Murder". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. Wendell has been taking care of wealthy old Aunt Ellen's finances because she hasn't much time left. When her condition improves, Wendell has to take certain steps to keep her from discovering his thievery! Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (director), Sally Thorson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 28:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
Murder Makes A Silent Partner (Aired April 14, 1955)
"There he goes across the street into the drugstore, steps on the scale, height: 6 feet, weight: 290 pounds, fortune: Danger. Who isit? THE FAT MAN." Brad Runyon was the Fat Man, played by Jack Scott Smart. The series was created by Dashall Hammott and was first heard on the ABC network Jan. 21, 1946. J. Scott Smart fit the part of the Fat Man perfectly, weighing in at 270 pounds himself. When he spoke, there was no doubt that this was the voice of a big guy. Smart gave a witty, tongue-in-cheek performance and helped make THE FAT MAN one of the most popular detective programs on the air. Smart also appeared in The March Of Time (early 1930s), the Theater Guild On The Air, Blondie, The Fred Allen Show, and The Jack Benny Program. There was also an version made in Australia, syndicated on the Artansa lable, about 1954. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1955. Program #35. Grace Gibson syndication (Australia). "Murder Makes A Silent Partner". Commercials added locally. Lloyd Berrill, Grace Gibson (producer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 26:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2015 11:00 AM PDT
The Penthouse Roof Murder (Aired April 19, 1948)
Let George Do It is about a detective with one foot firmly planted in the tough-guy detective genre, and the other in the romance-denied working relationship romantic field. For George Valentine, detective work was job #1. To his secretary, Virginia Brooks, it was a developing relationship. Radio's competing Adventures of Sam Spade featured banters between Spade and his stenographer Effie in similar manner. The constant patter between George and "Brooksie" sounds a great deal like an old time radio version of much-later TV series like "Hart to Hart," "Moonlighting" and "Remington Steele." THIS EPISODE: April 19, 1948. " The Penthouse Roof Murder" - Mutual-Don Lee network. Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron (baseball book premium). Elliott Wormsley, an urban bird watcher, spots a murder in a penthouse several blocks away with his binoculars. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Louise Arthur, Charles Seel, Charlie Lung, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Fred Howard, Peter Leeds, Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer), Don Clark (director). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Back From Holiday (Aired October 14, 1956)
Tony Hancock starred as an exaggerated version of his own character, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Sid James played a criminally-inclined confidante who usually managed to con Hancock, while Bill Kerr appeared as Hancock's dim-witted Australian lodger. Moira Lister also appeared in the first series before being replaced by Andrée Melly for the next two, both playing love interests for Hancock's character. In the fourth and fifth series, Hattie Jacques played Griselda Pugh, live-in secretary to Hancock and occasional girlfriend of Sid James. The series broke from the variety tradition dominant in British radio comedy into the sitcom or Situation comedy genre. Instead of sketches, guest stars and musical interludes, humour developed from the characters and situations. The domestic situation varied, Hancock usually portrayed as unemployed or a hopeless, down-at-heel comedian. Sid was always on the fiddle in some way. Bill was dim and virtually unemployable (though he started as a fast-talking American-type Australian). Miss Pugh, Hancock's secretary, had such a loose job description that she cooked Sunday lunch.

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August 23, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone" - Tracks Out Of Tombstone (Aired March 2, 1958)
CBS started the year 1958 off with the introduction on January 1, 1958 of Frontier Gentleman. That series lasted 41 broadcasts. Near the end of the year, the network launched Have Gun, Will Travel on November 11, 1958, which continued for 106 programs. In between, a very short series was offered and discontinued after only 16 broadcasts, Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone. Sam Buffington starred as Luke Slaughter, a Civil War cavalryman who turned to cattle ranching in post war Arizona territory near Fort Huachuca. William N. Robson, known from his work with such series as Escape, Suspense and The CBS Radio Workshop, directed. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1958. "Tracks Out Of Tombstone" - CBS network. Sustaining. Luke has a run-in with the sheriff of Tombstone, who accuses him of sheltering a fugitive named Ralston. After Luke's cattle money is stolen by Ralston, Luke joins the sheriff's posse to track him down. This is a network, quality upgrade of cat. #17289. Sam Buffington, Jack Moyles, Sam Edwards, Junius Matthews, Vic Perrin, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gerstle, Robert Stanley (writer), William N. Robson (director), Tom Hanley (editorial supervisor), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 25:11 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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