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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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November 20, 2014 08:00 PM PST
The Blue Legend (Aired March 3, 1947)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: March 3, 1947. CBS Pacific network. "The Blue Legend". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A schemer talks his way into a half interest in an valuable Alaskan gold mine, and then gets the nugget of an idea for murder. Alan Reed, Virginia Gregg, E. Jack Neuman (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 03:02 PM PST
The Fatal Fix (Aired January 25, 1949)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1949. NBC network. "The Fatal Fix". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso ("Tour The World" contest). "Willy The Weep" sees a young girl attacked on a Big Town dock. She's been slashed by "Shiv The Knife" to keep a basketball fix racket under wraps. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Jerry McGill (writer, produer), Dwight Weist (narrator). 31:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 11:54 AM PST
The Sneak Assassin (Aired November 21, 1954)
He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a speciality." Like Sam Spade, Craig narrated his stories, in addition to being the leading character in this 30 minute show. Nearly sixty episodes are in trading circulation today William Gargan as a Detective (and an actor) If William Gargan brought an air of authenticity to his roles as a private detective, there were some good very reasons. His father was a bookmaker, so Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters from across the spectrum of society. The main reason why Gargan was so convincing as a detective was that he was probably the only actor of his time who had actually been a private detective. He first worked as a credit investigator and collection agent for a clothing firm. THIS EPISODE: November 21, 1954. NBC network. "The Sneak Assassin". Sustaining. "If you hear a guy called 'The Deep Type,' it might be more a matter of geography than mentality. How deep is his grave?" William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Parley Baer, Herb Ellis, Betty Lou Gerson, Marvin Miller, Joe Cranston, Edward King (announcer). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 07:23 AM PST
An Accountant Looks Over Books (Aired April 27, 1951)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1951. "An Accountant Looks Over Books" - NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Chesterfield, Anacin. When the Tavern's books don't balance, Archie tries to "Take It Or Leave It" with guest Phil Baker. Phil plays, "The Tennessee Waltz" on his accordion. The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner, Hazel Shermet, Phil Baker, Bert Gordon, Bing Crosby (commercial spokesman), Bob Hope (commercial spokesman). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 20, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Hopalong Cassidy" - Stagecoach West (Aired March 29, 1950)
William Boyd was Hoppy and his sidekick was played by either Andy Clyde or Joe DuVal. Boyd who began his movie career in the days of silent films was a forgotten man until he was asked to portray Hopalong Cassidy in the movies of the 1940s. By 1946 or so he had been in over 60 Hoppy movies and was crowned the king of the cowboys. He became the hero of kids around the world and this lasted until another resurgence in the form of the Hoppy radio series. Once more he attained the fame and regards of kids and adults. During the radio years, TV versions of his early films began appearing on televison. THIS EPISODE: March 29, 1950. Program #68. Commodore syndication. "Stagecoach West". Commercials added locally. Hoppy rides shotgun on the stagecoach after the Apaches burn down a change station, kill a guard, and threaten the gold and the passengers. William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Barton Yarborough, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), Buckley Angel (writer). 26:45.
November 19, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Murder At Minden (Aired January 3, 1946)
Murder At Minden (January 3, 1946) The gimmick in Rogue's Gallery was the presence of an alter ego, "Eugor," who arrived in the middle of the show to give Rogue enough information for his final deduction. Eugor was a state of mind, achieved when Rogue was knocked unconcious. Eugor would appear cackling like the host of Hermit's Cave and imparted some vital information the hero had overlooked. Rogue would then awaken with a vague idea of what to do next. Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. THIS EPISODE: January 3, 1946. "Murder At Minden" - Mutual network. Sponsored by: Fitch's Shaving Cream, Fitch's Shampoos. Stark McVeigh is murdered after hiring Richard Rogue. The murder clues lead to a counterfeiter's hideout. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds (doubles), Lou Merrill (doubles), Paul Frees (doubles), Gerald Mohr, Harry Bartell. 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2014 07:04 PM PST
The Pair Of Spectacles (1952) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Opening in 1875, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world purely for recording crime. The name Black Museum was coined in 1877 by a reporter from The Observer, a London newspaper, although the museum is still referred to as the Crime Museum. The idea of a crime museum was conceived by Inspector Neame who had already collected together a number of items, with the intention of giving police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. It is this museum that inspired the Black Musuem radio series. The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. THIS EPISODE: 1952. Syndicated. "The Pair Of Spectacles". Commercials added locally. Miss Daisy Oliver has disappeared en route to visit Mr. Smith, a strange chicken farmer. Her dismembered body is found buried on the chicken farm. Orson Welles (host). 27:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2014 03:15 PM PST
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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November 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST
I Know Your Secret (Aired April 10, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1950. NBC network. Sustaining. Randy Stone fishes Wanda Rhodes out of the river. She had been receiving unsigned notes, all of which say, "I Know Your Secret!" Betty Lou Gerson, Colleen Collins, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Jeff Corey, Joan Banks, Joel Hunt (writer), Larry Marcus (writer), Martha Wentworth, Warren Lewis (director), Will Wright. 34:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 19, 2014 07:00 AM PST
The Thanksgiving Show (Aired November 26, 1946)
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 26, 1946. "The Thanksgiving Show" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving with a turkey. Mr. Colbt is disappointed with Mel's meager party fixings. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Earle Ross, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Jerry Hausner, Mac Benoff (writer). 22:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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