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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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February 18, 2017 02:00 PM PST
The Big Wish (Aired August 10, 1954)
There were two Dragnet feature films, a straight adaptation starring Jack Webb in 1954, and a comedy spoof in 1987. There were also television revivals, without Webb, in 1989 and 2003. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. 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 deadpanned, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop: tough, but not hard; conservative, but caring". Friday's first partner was Sergeant Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a long time radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio's top rated shows. Webb insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. THIS EPISODE: August 10, 1954. Program #260. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Big Wish". John Colter, a teenager hooked on heroin, walks into the police station and asks for help. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer). 26:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 18, 2017 09:00 AM PST
A Baby Is Left At The Tavern (Aired December 7, 1951)
Radio's Duffy's Tavern didn't translate well to film or television. Burrows and Matt Brooks collaborated on the screenplay for the 1945 film, Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern, in which Archie (with regulars Eddie and Finnegan) was surrounded by a throng of Paramount Pictures stars playing themselves, including Robert Benchley, William Bendix, Eddie Bracken, Bing Crosby, Cass Daley, Brian Donlevy, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Dorothy Lamour. The film's plot involves a war-displaced record manufacturer whose staff — those not sent off to war — drown their sorrows at Duffy's on credit, while the company owner tries to find ways around the price controls and war attrition that threaten to put him out of business. The movie was a box-office disappointment. THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1951. "A Baby Is Left At The Tavern" - NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. Commercials added locally. Someone has left a baby at the doorstep of Duffy's Tavern! Ed Gardner, Ed Pinchon, Charlie Cantor, Hazel Shermet. 35:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 18, 2017 04:00 AM PST
Twentieth Century (Aired March 24, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: March 24, 1939. CBS network. "Twentieth Century". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The classic/frantic comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, set in a cross-country train. A Hollywood producer and a star clash on rails. Guest is Richard Maney, a real-life press agent who was satirized in the story. Charles MacArthur (author), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Edgar Kent, Elissa Landi, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Gus Schilling, Howard Teichmann (editor), Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator), Richard Maney (guest), Sam Levene, Ben Hecht (author), Alan Reed (billed as Teddy Bergman). 58:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2017 10:00 PM PST
Death Comes In Cans (Aired November 10, 1953)
Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner. The Owen Davis play became a 1942 MGM movie starring Gracie Allen and William Post, Jr. with Millard Mitchell repeating his role of Detective Mullins from the Broadway production. Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke. In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Death Comes In Cans". Barbara Britton, Richard Denning, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 24:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2017 05:00 PM PST
Death By Proxy (1958) *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. Unfortunately this is an old time radio show with few surviving episodes in existence. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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February 17, 2017 12:00 PM PST
The Case Of The High Priced Twins (Aired November 20, 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: November 20, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The High Priced Twins". The twins are from Broling...in Austria, and they're two very valuable missing coins. Jeff Chandler, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator). 27:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 17, 2017 07:00 AM PST
A House Full Of Junk (Aired May 10, 1951)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

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February 17, 2017 02:00 AM PST
Till Murder Do Us Part (1945) The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. There's no reason to expect any less of any new episodes that surface in the coming years. Indeed, we've identified at least eleven previously uncirculated AFRTS-transcribed episodes among our own yet-to-be digitally transferred holdings of over 37,000 electrical transcriptions and reels. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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February 16, 2017 08:00 PM PST
The Token (Aired January 18, 1953)
The first two seasons of General Electric Theater established the half-hour anthology format of adaptations of popular plays, short stories, novels, magazine fiction and motion pictures. "The Eye of the Beholder," for example, a Hitchcock-like telefilm thriller starring Richard Conte and Martha Vickers, dramatized an artist's relationship with his model from differing, sometimes disturbing psychological perspectives. The addition of Ronald Reagan as program host commencing the third season 26 September 1954 reflected GE's decision to pursue a campaign of continuous, consistent company voice advertising. The Reagan role of program host and occasional guest star brought needed continuity to disparate anthology offerings. THIS EPISODE: January 18, 1953. CBS network. "The Token". Sponsored by: General Electric. 8:30 P. M. (EST). After the story, Dana Andrews mentions that he recently flew from London to Bombay on "the only commercial jetliner in the world." It was the British built "Comet." He describes it as, "quite an experience." The program is announced as, "The General Electric Summer Theatre," despite the date above. It may have been recorded on the above date, but there are 13 other known shows in the series, and a 14 show series would be unusual. Dana Andrews, Joseph Hergeshimer (author), Ken Carpenter (announcer), John Meston (adaptor), Jeanne Bates, Georgia Ellis, Theodore Von Eltz, Harry Bartell, John Dehner, Wilbur Hatch (music), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director). 32:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2017 03:00 PM PST
The Money Maker (Aired August 2, 1948)
As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. In its last season, transcriptions were aired in New York, Wednesdays at 9:30pm, from January 20, 1954 to January 12, 1955. John Hiestand was the program's announcer. Don Clark directed the scripts by David Victor and Jackson Gillis. THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1948. "The Money Maker" - Mutual-Don Lee network. Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. Martin Kirsch of The Bonded Paper Company hires George Valentine to recover reams of very valuable paper which has been stolen from the mill. The fate of a country is at stake! Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Herb Butterfield, Eddie Fields, Clayton Post, Don Clark (director), Joe Forte, Charlie Lung, Bud Hiestand (announcer), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor). 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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