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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 23, 2014 06:57 PM PDT
Diamonds Of Death (Aired November 30, 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. Sadly, not all episodes have survived. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination (possibly syndicated). "The Diamonds Of Death". Commercials added locally. A search for a fabulous fortune in diamonds...guarded by an idol in the jungle. The program may be dated August 3, 1953. Richard Thorne (writer). 23:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2014 02:42 PM PDT
The Doctor Simpson Killing (Aired July 5, 1951)
The Line-Up stands as one of the most well-produced crime dramas of The Golden Age of Radio. The cast is comprised of top-tier, A-List talent from top to bottom. With Elliott Lewis directing his cast of some of the finest voice talent of the era--and top-drawer sound technicians to match--this series remains one of the best examples of the Crime Drama genre. Think of Calling All Cars, minus the jingoistic flag-waving, updated to contemporary 1950s crime themes, and peppered with the more authentic radio-verité atmospherics of Unit 99, Night Watch, and Dragnet, and you have The Line-Up. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1951. CBS network. "The Doctor Simpson Killing" aka: The Synopic Sweazy Sweat-Out Case. Sponsored by: Wrigley Spearmint Gum. The killer of Dr. Simpson fails to kill himself, escapes to tie up his sister and threatens to kill another doctor. This is a network, sponsored version. The programs sponsored by Wrigley's seem to have Eddie Dunstedter playing the themes and bridges on a Hammond organ, the sustaining programs use a full (and possibly recorded) orchestra. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Eddie Dunstedter (organ), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Charles E. Israel (writer), Blake Edwards (adaptor), Bob Stevenson (announcer), Jay Novello, Peter Leeds, Richard Cline (editor), Parley Baer, Hy Averback, Junius Matthews, Virginia Gregg, Jeanne Bates, Mary Jane Croft. 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2014 10:54 AM PDT
The Tom Waxman Bombing Case (Aired June 26, 1949)
The shows were written by Blake Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode. With Camel cigarettes as a sponsor, it moved to ABC from January 5, 1951, to June 29, 1951, with Rexall returning for a run from October 5, 1951, until June 27, 1952. Substituting for Amos 'n' Andy, it aired Sunday evenings on CBS from May 31, 1953 until September 20, 1953. Because Dick Powell was known for musical comedies prior to his appearance as Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's Murder, My Sweet (1944) and because he was a detective who sang in Richard Diamond, Private Eye, some regard this radio series as an influence on the character of Philip E. Marlow (Michael Gambon) in Dennis Potter's Chandleresque The Singing Detective (1986). THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1949. "The Tom Waxman Bombing Case" - NBC network. Sustaining. A mail bomb has been sent to the Waxman family, killing Tom Waxman. His brother Phil is accused of the crime, but Diamond suspects that the Labor Assistance League is behind it. After the case, Dick Powell sings in Yiddish! An announcement is made that the program is switching to Saturdays. The script is essentially the same as the "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" program of July 14, 1953. Dick Powell, Edward King (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Wilms Herbert, Ed Begley. 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Crashing The Colby's Society Party (Aired April 15, 1947)
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. THIS EPISODE: April 15, 1947. "Crashing The Colby's Society Party" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mel poses as an expert on affairs operatic and is exp0sed with dramatic violence worthy of a Wagnerian finale. The local banker's wife is scheduled to make her singing debut at a big social event, and her instructor fears he'll lose a pupil when her lack of talent is realized. Mel, to help out, masquerades as an Italian opera expert, and praises her singing. When Mel is unmasked, the real trouble begins. 30:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 23, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Killers Of Sandy Gulch (Aired October 4, 1948)
Hopalong Cassidy is a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular stories and twenty-eight novels. (At the time Mulford invented the character, the name of the historical American outlaw Butch Cassidy had been before readers of newspapers in recent years.) In his early print appearances, the character appears as a rude, dangerous and rough-talking "galoot". Beginning in 1935, the character, played by William Boyd, was transformed into the clean-cut hero of a series of 66 immensely popular films, only a few of which relied on Mulford's works for more than the character. Mulford actually rewrote his earlier stories to fit the movie conception; these led in turn to a comic book series modeled after the films. The enormous success of the television series made Boyd a star. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1948. Program #15. Commodore syndication. "Killers Of Sandy Gulch". Commercials added locally. William Taylor escapes after being convicted of murder and sentenced to be hanged. Hoppy's not so sure he's guilty! William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Howard Swart (writer), Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Story (Aired August 17, 1952)
Best Plays was another of the prestigious sustaining productions of the NBC Presents family of presentations from the National Broadcasting Company which, over the years, had presented numerous consistently rich, high-production value series' of NBC-produced and financed dramatic productions. Announced almost six weeks previously, NBC decided to wait until the summer of 1952 to introduce the series as a summer replacement for their Theater Guild series. And indeed, the series was so well received as a summer series that NBC extended the franchise for another full year season. Where this production differed was in presenting 20th Century, award winning Stage Plays exclusively. The common demoninator for the selections were, for the most part, their previous identification by the New York Drama Critics' Circle as a 'Best Play' of the season. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 17, 1952. NBC network. "The Philadelphia Story". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Philip Barry (author), Joan Alexander, Betty Furness, Myron McCormick, Vera Allen, Robert Tallman (adaptor), Joseph Curtin, Karl Weber, William Quinn, Denise Alexander, Edwin Jerome, Gene Leonard, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 55:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2014 07:19 PM PDT
Little Green Death (Aired March 18, 1977)
The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took overA host of prominent actors from radio and screen performed on the series, including Agnes Moorehead, Joan Hackett, Mercedes McCambridge, Morey Amsterdam, Roy Thinnes, Keir Dullea, Fred Gwynne, Richard Crenna, Kim Hunter, Larry Haines, Morgan Fairchild, John Lithgow, and even a very young Sarah Jessica Parker. Actors were paid union scale at around $73.92 per show. Writers earned a flat rate of $350.00 per show. The production took place with assembly-line precision. Brown would meet with actors at 9:00 AM for the first reading of the script. He would then assign roles and recording would begin. By noon the recording of the actors was complete and Brown handed everyone their checks. THIS EPISODE: March 18, 1977. Program #618. CBS network. "Little Green Death". Sponsored by: G-E CB Radios, Buick, Contac, Allied Van Lines, True Value Hardware. A small town shop-keeper is accused of murder, and he can't deny it! Carol Teitel, E. G. Marshall (host), Kim Hunter, Nat Polen, Robert Dryden, Sam Dann (writer). 45:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2014 02:35 PM PDT
What Ye Sow (Aired August 5, 1951)
The Whisperer was created by the writing team of Irene Humphrey and her husband, Dr. Stetson Humphrey, a voice coach to the stars and music director. Their protagonist, The Whisperer, is Philip 'Phil' Galt, a Central City attorney who lost most of his voice in an accident that crushed his vocal chords. The accident forced him to express himself in an eery, foreboding whisper. Phil Galt 'skirts the thin edges of danger, living his dual role' as attorney and his alias, The Whisperer, relentless crime-fighter against organized crime, or 'The Syndicate.' Galt used his legal contacts and knowledge of the Law to burrow deep into 'The Syndicate' in order to influence their actions and wreck havoc with their various new--and tried and true--criminal schemes. THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1951. "What Ye Sow - NBC network. Sustaining. "The Syndicate" tries to kill the daughter of Anthony Powers, a member of the Liquor Control Board, when he refuses to resign. Betty Lou Gerson, Betty Moran, Bill Cairn (director), Byron Kane, Carleton Young, Don Rickles (announcer), Jerry Hausner, John Duffy (original music), Julius Crowlbein, Stetson Humphrey (creator). 28:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2014 10:42 AM PDT
Seeds Of Greed (Aired December 27, 1949)
Escape is probably the best adventure anthology ever broadcast. Escape brings together everything that was good about old-time radio drama rolled into one. The title itself almost sums up the very essence of what radio drama is all about. Each of the episodes was a micro drama carefully planned to capture the listeners attention for thirty minutes. Over two-hundred episodes were made and almost all of them are as good today as they were over half a century ago. For the first few years the series was on air the announcement at the start of the show varied almost every week, but by the 1950s it had settled down to be the now famous: Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you ... ESCAPE! Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1949. CBS network. "Seeds Of Greed". Sustaining. Two men on a boat in the South Pacific are after a treasure in pearls, and both with a fatal case of greed. This is a network version. Gary Merrill, William Conrad, Freud A. Nelson (writer), William N. Robson (producer, director), Ben Wright, Tony Barrett, Del Castillo (arranger, composer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Blanche's Expensive Injury (Aired July 17, 1951)
The Bickersons were barely ready for prime time radio (they lasted only two full seasons) as it was, but a 1951 CBS television version didn't last half as long. Lew Parker (later familiar as That Girl's harried, slightly overbearing father Lew Marie) took the role of John Bickerson, as he also did on radio a season earlier. But it did not work as well as the original skits. Parker and Langford weren't seen to have the seamless anti-chemistry of Ameche and Langford. Premiering as a summer season replacement, the television version of The Bickersons lasted only 13 episodes. \Ameche and Langford's work together didn't end with The Bickersons, either. They co-hosted a variety series, The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show, in 1951–1952. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1951. "Blanche's Expensive Injury" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. This is the program as broadcast. Frances starts the program by singing, "Somebody Loves Me." Blanche has a sprained ankle, so she buys a television set from Dr. Hersey! One of the Philip Morris commercials features a man from Memphis taking the, "Philip Morris Nose Test." Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Tony Romano and His Orchestra, Phil Rapp (creator), Jay Jackson (commercial spokesman), John Holbrook (announcer), Johnny Roventini (commercial spokesman). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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