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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 19, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
The Red Cross Benefit (Aired March 15, 1947)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: March 15, 1947. "The Red Cross Benefit" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie serenades Veronica with his Al Jolson imitations. Then he becomes the hit of the party, with the help of a bowl of onions. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Ian Martin, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. 27:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 19, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
If I Were King (Aired May 11, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1946. CBS network. "If I Were King". Sponsored by: Squibb. The story of the poet-General of France: his flashing sword and his way with the ladies. Ronald Colman. 31:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
The Maltese Falcon (Starring Humphrey Bogart) Aired September 20, 1943
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio that was heard from 1939 until 1952 with adaptations from films in programs starring top Hollywood actors of the time. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It ran on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Screen Guild Players, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. THIS EPISODE: September 20, 1943. "The Maltese Falcon", starring in their original roles Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy and Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo. Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed whilst tailing a man. The girl who asked him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the Maltese Falcon, statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. 29:42.

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August 18, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
The Jack Of Clubs (Aired February 20, 1949)
Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week. Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1949. "The Jack Of Clubs" - ABC network. Sustaining. The second show of the second series with Jack Webb. $1000 mysteriously finds its way into Pat's bank account, a corpse finds its way into Pat's closet, a lovely lady and smuggled microfilm find their way into Pat's life. The system cue has been deleted. Jack Webb, Raymond Burr, Herb Butterfield, Betty Lou Gerson, Vic Perrin, Ted de Corsia, Basil Adlam (composer, conductor), Tudor Owen, George Fenneman (announcer). 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
I Stand Condemned (Aired January 19, 1947)
The Jack Benny Program is a classic comedy that is truly one of the best-loved programs from the Golden Age of Radio. It started life as The Canada Dry Program in 1932 on the Blue Network and finished off as The Lucky Strike Program on CBS in 1955. In between, it kept the audience in stitches and established Benny as one of America's all-time great comedians. The format of the show, and the personality of its star, so well honed in two decades on radio, made the transition to television almost intact. Jack's stinginess, vanity about his supposed age of 39, basement vault where he kept all his money, ancient Maxwell automobile, and feigned ineptness at playing the violin were all part of the act. Added to Jack's famous pregnant pause and exasperated "Well!" were a rather mincing walk, an affected hand to the cheek, and a painted look of disbelief when confronted by life's little tragedies. THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1947. NBC network. Commercials deleted. The cast does its version of, "I Stand Condemned." A mysterious, wealthy stranger is giving money away! The plot is similar to "The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny" of March 24, 1946. Boris Karloff (guest), Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Mel Blanc, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day, Jeanette Eymann, Frank Nelson, George Balzer (writer), John Tackaberry (writer), Milt Josefsberg (writer), Sam Perrin (writer), Mahlon Merrick (conductor). 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 18, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
The Case Of The Fall (Aired October 27, 1953)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of DRAGNET. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1953. "Case Of The Fall" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A captured burglar accuses a policeman of stealing his loot. Everett Sloane, John Ives (producer), Stanley Niss (writer, director). 26:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Reefers By The Acre (Aired June 25, 1936)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from November 29, 1933 through September 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance". As shows of this nature do, it dealt with tracking killers and robbers, and with a recap of the justice which was enforced. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1936. Program #135. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee net). "Reefers By The Acre". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil ("Junior Detective Outfit" premium). The program opens with an address by a police chief originating at radio station KFBK. The search for "Mexican Jim," the man with warts on his hands, who runs the largest marijuana fields in the state! The story of the largest marijuana seizure. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), Gary Breckner (narrator), W. M. Hallanan (Chief of Police, Sacramento). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Borrowed Heirlooms (Aired December 11, 1948)
Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Borrowed Heirlooms". A good story of a man in a hospital who hires Shayne to bring him an empty jewel box from his house. The story has a surprise ending. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer), John Duffy (composer, conductor). 27:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2017 08:53 AM PDT
Death In Fancy Dress (Aired December 27, 1948)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1948. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Death In Fancy Dress". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A blackmailer is possibly responsible for murder too. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Jay Novello, Gloria Blondell, Ken Christy, Luis Van Rooten, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 17, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Faye Durando (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Camel Cigarettes shared the sponsorship of the initial run of That Hammer Guy. An east coast production out of Mutual's WOR, by Episode No. 43 Larry Haines departed the series when Mutual decided to take the production to the west coast and Don Lee-Mutual's new $3M KHJ/Mutual facilities. George Petrie subbed as Mike Hammer for several epsidoes until veteran tough-guy Ted DeCorsia assumed the role for the remainder of the run. Adapted for Radio by, among others, Edward Adamson, the scripts were the equal of radio noir fare of the era, while liberally punctuated with Mickey Spillane's unique brand of aphorisms, underworld slang, Brooklynese and misogynistic references to the fairer sex. Richard Lewis directed the entire run, keeping the series well-paced, crisp and compelling. With the series split almost equally between Larry Haines and Ted DeCorsia, there's an obvious temptation to compare their respective characterizations. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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