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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...


by Bob Camardella
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April 23, 2015 04:00 PM PDT
Brenner Pass Story (Aired June 4, 1950)
"Are you willing to undertake a dangerous mission for the United States, knowing in advance you may never return alive?" Cloak and Dagger first aired over the NBC network on May 7, 1950. It had a short run through the Summer on Sundays, changing to Fridays after its Summer run. The last show aired Oct. 22, 1950. This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1950. NBC network. "The Brenner Pass". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. Donald Harper, who was assigned to blow up an Italian highway and who succeeded with the help of a beautiful woman. Even though this O. S. S. agent did not live, his mission was a success. Hester Sondergaard, Boris Aplon, Sherman Marks (director, supervisor), Berry Kroeger, Virginia Payne, Raymond Edward Johnson, Karl Weber, Winifred Wolfe (writer), Louis Sorin, Jon Gart (music director), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (associate producer), Corey Ford (originator), Joseph Julian, Everett Sloane, Alistair MacBain (originator). 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2015 12:53 PM PDT
The Empty Matchbook (Aired December 2, 1950)
This thirty-minute international spy adventure featured Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy), and investigator of crimes in exotic locations. 60 episodes. Herb Butterfield played the Commissioner and Betty Moran was the Commissioner's secretary. Other cast members were GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy. The director was Bill Cairn and the writer for the series was Robert Ryf. The opening was the same every week “Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can’t even pronounce. They all spell the same thing though, trouble.” He would be summoned to his boss’s office where he would be given his assignment; he would then fly halfway across the globe to save the day! The worldwide locations are dealt up with a feeling of local, and the characters that inhabit these far-away places with strange sounding names are solid and capably acted by veterans. Music is an almost harsh orchestra. Donlevy carries the plots with a world-weary and wary tone that makes sense, based on his occupation.

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April 23, 2015 07:32 AM PDT
The Stolen Pearl Necklace (Aired October 4, 1946)
The Alan Young Show was a radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Canadian-English actor Alan Young. It began on NBC radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It moved to ABC with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III. In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to television as a variety, sketch comedy show, taking an 11-month hiatus in 1952. When it returned for its final season in 1953, the tone and format of the show changed into the more conventional sitcom, with Young playing a bank teller with Dawn Addams cast as his girlfriend and Melville Faber portraying his son. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1946. "The Stolen Pearl Necklace" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Vitalis. After Alan gives Betty a pearl necklace, he discovers it's been stolen from wealthy Mrs. Van Skuffington! Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Doris Singleton, Ken Christy, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), The Smart Set, Jim Backus, Elvia Allman, Jean Gillespie. 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 23, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Fugitive Trail (Aired October 25, 1951)
The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. The series was adapted for television from 1955 to 1957 and produced by Screen Gems. For the TV version, Willard Parker took over the role of Jace Pearson. On radio, Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department but on the TV show, he had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan (who had been an occasional character on the radio show), played by Harry Lauter. THIS EPISODE: October 25, 1951. NBC network. "Fugitive's Trail". Sustaining. A teen-aged baby sitter disappears after a shotgun murder. Her ex-boyfriend seems eager to help the Rangers track her down. Adrian Gendot (writer), Hal Gibney (host), Joel McCrea (guest), M. T. Lone Wolf Gonzaullas (technical advisor), Marion Richman, Parley Baer, Sam Edwards, Stacy Keach (producer, director). 30:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2015 07:57 PM PDT
Success Story (1957) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
ABC Mystery Time was hosted by Don Dowd and starred Sir Laurence Olivier. Great special effects will grab your attention, accented by creepy organ rips. Stories are offered such as death gathered round a card table at a local chapter of The Suicide Club, or a man who desperately tries to hire a 24 hour bodyguard all the while trying to make himself the victim of a murder, and other baffling peculiar tales of yore. Also known as Mystery Time and Mystery Time Classics, this one is sure to excite and mystify. THIS EPISODE: ABC network. "Success Story". Not auditioned. The program is also known as, "Masters Of Mystery." "The story of a man who believes in making plans for his future. Plans that include even murder!" Don Dowd (host), Robert Foster (writer), Clark Andrews (producer). 20:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2015 04:00 PM PDT
Death On The Doorstep (Aired February 20, 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. Repeats were not uncommon. Even before the last original show, older shows were repeated on alternate dates to the main series run. On Jan. 7, 1952, the series moved to Mutual but lasted just one year. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1950. Program #20. MGM syndication. "Death On The Doorstep". Commercials added locally. An out-of-town hit-man does his job with a smile on his face and a silencer on his rifle. John Beal, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Marx B. Loeb (director), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer), Ira Marion (writer). 25:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
The Hypnotist (Aired July 6, 1947)
The Clock should have been one of the more popular supernatural dramas of the late 1940s. The production values were reasonably high, the supporting talent was superb, much of the run was produced and directed by William Spier, and the concept was certainly unique enough. 'What if' programs, or dramatic programming dealing with 'fate' and its consequences weren't new to Radio of the 1940s. Indeed, the more common subtexts of most of the supernatural dramatizations throughout the Golden Age of Radio dealt with either the consequences of fate, or both historic and contemporary turning points of either 'conscience' or 'morals.' Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1947. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Hypnotist". Participating sponsors. Post-hypnotic murders. A Svengaliesque story. WRVR rebroadcast date: August 24, 1973. The date above is the date of broadcast on ABC. 23:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 22, 2015 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is Chair (Aired December 21, 1949)
Groucho Marx matches wits with the American public in four episodes of this classic game show. Starting on the radio in 1947, You Bet Your Life made its television debut in 1950 and aired for 11 years with Groucho as host and emcee. Sponsored rather conspicuously by the Dodge DeSoto car manufacturers, the show featured two contestants working as a team to answer questions for cash prizes. Another mainstay of these question and answer segments was the paper mache duck that would descend from the ceiling with one hundred dollars in tow whenever a player uttered the "secret word." The quiz show aspect of "You Bet Your Life" was always secondary, to the clever back-and-forth between host and contestant, which found Groucho at his funniest. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1949. NBC network. "The Secret Word Is Chair" - Sponsored by: Elgin-American. The first contestant is Harvey Crater, a messenger boy. The system cue is added live. Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Mike Wallace (commercial spokesman, billed as "Myron Wallace"), Jerry Fielding (music), John Guedel (producer), Robert Dwan (director), Bernie Smith (director), Frank Martuccio. 29:45.
April 22, 2015 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Lightning Jim" - The Outlaw's Son (1940) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Only about 41 broadcasts have been located. Marshall Lightning Jim Whipple on his horse Thunder and his deputy, Whitey Larson explore the history of the west through adventure. The program originated in 1938 and was called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. At this time it was a West coast program. The program returned to the air in the 1950s and a total of 98 radio programs were produced. J. David Goldin's The Golden Age of Radio published by Radio Yesteryear in 1998 indicates that 41 Lightning Jim broadcasts have been located. The program was originally called The Adventures of Lightning Jim. The program returned to the air in the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: Program #2. ZIV Syndication. "The Outlaw's Son". Commercials added locally. Jim tries to help a young orphan who is secretly trying to kill him. 30:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 21, 2015 11:00 PM PDT
Responsibilities Of Eye Witnesses (Aired April 3, 1954)
Case Dismissed was developed as a public service to frame "the story of your legal rights." It was produced in cooperation with The Chicago Bar Association and employed John Fitzgerald, Dean of Loyola University Law School as both host and advisor to the series. A local production of WMAQ AM/FM, NBC's network affiliate in Chicago, the series ran for thirteen weeks during the Spring of 1954. The production employed local talent for the most part. Carlton KaDell, who started his Radio career in Chicago, starred in most of the productions. The remainder of the casts were comprised of WMAQ employees, local Chicago artists, and WMAQ's own production staff. While it's tempting to label this series a Public Service Announcement, it was far more than that. Most of the scripts very cleverly portrayed every right way--or wrong way--to approach a range of legal matters that might concievably affect any American. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 3, 1954. "Responsibilities Of Eye Witnesses" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced is co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. Your responsibility as a witness. Beryl Vaughn, Carlton KaDell, Marshall Kent, Jack Lester, Clare Baum, Robert Carmen (writer), Gil Ferguson, John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Betty Ross, Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound), Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 27:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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