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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 in January 2006...

by Bob Camardella
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October 22, 2014 12:30 PM PDT
The Big Mustache (Aired March 23, 1954)
The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1954. Program #240. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big Mustache". A man with a false moustache is suspected of robbing a supermarket. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer). 30:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 22, 2014 08:24 AM PDT
Jethro Goes To School (Aired November 14, 1962)
Most of the early shows revolve around the impossible adjustments the poor mountain folk must make to city life, and Jed Clampett's backwoods brand of wisdom always wins out in the end. Despite their brand-new mansion with its cement pond and indoor plumbing, the Hillbillies stay true to their rustic roots. Many episodes center around Drysdale's attempts to keep the Clampetts in good spirits in their big-city setting (thus keeping their money in his bank). Enrolling Jethro in elementary school, buying Jed a movie studio, letting Granny open a medical practice and finding Elly May a beau are just a few of the silly but entertaining storylines. THIS EPISODE: November 14, 1962. "Jethro Goes to School." Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) - Jed enrolls Jethro at an exclusive Beverly Hills elementary school. Millicent Schuyler-Potts, the proprietor of the school, is aghast when Jed and Jethro show up, convinced this is part of some ghastly hoax. After Jed says that banker Milburn Drysdale is his neighbor, she calls the banker. It turns out that Drysdale's bank holds the mortgage on the school. Schulyer-Potts suddenly warms to the charms of the Clampetts, even if it means accepting Jethro as a fifth grader. Written by Bill Koenig. Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., Bea Benaderet, Frank Wilcox. Directed by Richard Whorf. Created and Written by Paul Henning.

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October 22, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Screen Director's Playhouse" - Fort Apache (Starring John Wayne) Aired August 5, 1949
The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. The television version was broadcast for one season of 35 half hour episodes on NBC, airing from October 5, 1955 to September 12, 1956. THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1949. NBC network. "Fort Apache". Sponsored by: Pabst Beer. A classic western about Cochise battling the cavalry, with a group of travelers caught in the middle. This is a network, sponsored version. John Wayne, Ward Bond, Paul McVey, Lou Merrill, Tony Barrett, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), John Ford (guest screen director). 30:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 07:52 PM PDT
The Informer (Aired May 25, 1946)
Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. Frank Wilson wrote the movie adaptations. John Dunning in his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio,"tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year: "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild show…But the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped." THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1946. Program #343. "The Informer" - CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A quality upgrade rebroadcast. AFRS program name: "Armed Forces Radio Theater." The program may be dated May 15, 1946. Victor McLaglen, Margo Graham, Wallace Ford, J. M. Kerrigan. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 02:30 PM PDT
Sucker Bait (Aired June 9, 1955)
Originally aired October 31, 1951 Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer. William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. 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. As an actor, William Gargan had played Ellery Queen in three movies, before being cast as Kane. After he left Martin Kane, Gargan landed on his feet. He signed a million dollar, seven year contract with MCA for the radio show Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator on NBC. The final spelling used for his character's first name, Barrie, was the same as that of Gargan's oldest son.

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October 21, 2014 11:32 AM PDT
Blind Justice (Aired September 14, 1948)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1948. NBC network. "Blind Justice". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy, Rinso. The first show of the third series. A construction foreman named Mike Barton has been shot. Was the killer Knuckles Malone. The only "witness" to the crime is blind. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon, Robert Dryden, Jerry McGill (writer, director), Bernard Dudley (commercial spokesman). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 07:01 AM PDT
Guest Is Joan Bennett (Aired January 5, 1951)
Early in the show's life, however, its name was changed — first to Duffy's and, for four episodes, Duffy's Variety. A staffer for Bristol-Myers -- whose Ipana toothpaste was the show's early sponsor—persuaded the company's publicity director to demand the name change because the original title promoted "the hobby of drinking" too much for certain sensibilities. Bristol-Myers eventually admitted the staffer had little to go on other than a handful of protesting letters, and to the delight of fans who never stopped using the original name, anyway — the original title was restored permanently. The name change was often subverted by the Armed Forces Radio Network. When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. THIS EPISODE: January 5, 1951. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Archie tries to promote a date with "Guest Joan Bennett". A different script than cat. #7872. The program may be dated January 26, 1951. Ed Gardner, Bert Gordon, Charlie Cantor, Joan Bennett. 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 21, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Gentle Virtue (Aired March 30, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1958. CBS network. "Gentle Virtue". Sponsored by: Dodge. Kendall wins "Gentle Virtue," a beautiful Chinese girl, in a poker game. The program features an excellent Dodge commercial! It's interesting to note Virginia Gregg and Ben Wright playing Chinese dialect parts. In the fall season, they would play regular Chinese roles in "Have Gun Will Travel," a show very similar to "Frontier Gentleman." John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung, John Wald (announcer), Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 10:00 PM PDT
Death Has A Thirst (Aired May 8, 1943)
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. May 8, 1943. CBS network. "Death Has A Thirst". Sustaining. A triangle affair trapped on a desert island. Madness and alcoholism rampant. About two minutes are missing from the middle of the recording. J. Donald Wilson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 20, 2014 06:05 PM PDT
A Shilling (Aired December 7, 1952)
The Black Museum held its audience. It was aired almost perennially between 1950 and 1954, in Europe, South Africa, Australia, North America and reprised during various other periods as late as 1974. This, despite the fact that other, competing Scotland Yard and Black Museum themed programming was almost continuously airing--often over the same networks--during the same period. What fans didn't derive from WHItehall 1212 they got from Secrets of Scotland Yard. Likewise, when The Black Museum began to air, it arrived from just enough different approach to hold that same audience for yet another thirty-eight to fifty-two installments--not to mention getting Orson Welles in the bargain. THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1952. Syndicated. "The Shilling". Commercials added locally. Joey Bart gets out of prison and visits his brother to get his nightclub back. When Dave Bart is found murdered, a coin paves the way to the gallows! The date is approximate. Orson Welles (narrator), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 25:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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