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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...


by Bob Camardella
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September 17, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Happy Ending (Aired June 23, 1937)
After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. A character might be buried or eaten or skinned alive, vaporized in a ladle of white-hot steel, absorbed by a giant slurping amoeba, have his arm torn off by a robot, tortured or decapitated -- always with the appropriate blood-curdling acting and sound effects. Adhesive tape, stuck together and pulled apart, simulated the sound of a man's skin being ripped off. Pulling the leg off a frozen chicken gave the illusion of an arm being torn out of its socket. A raw egg dropped on a plate stood in for an eye being gouged; poured corn syrup for flowing blood; cleavered cabbages and cantalopes for beheadings; snapped pencils and spareribs for broken fingers and bones. The sound of a hand crushed? A lemon, laid on an anvil, smashed with a hammer.

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September 17, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The Thomas Hart Murder Case (Aired April 14, 1951)
Detective Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1951. "The Thomas Hart Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. Thomas Hart's body is found in the garment district with a pair of scissors in his back. A second victim is scissored to death, and then Lieutenant Danny Clover is knifed in the back! David Friedkin (writer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Larry Thor, Morton Fine (writer), Charles Calvert, Irene Tedrow, Herb Butterfield, Sidney Miller, Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Joe Walters (announcer), Jack Kruschen, Sylvia Syms, Mary Shipp. 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 11:01 AM PDT
The Malevolent Medic (Aired February 23, 1951)
The Adventures of Nero Wolfe was first heard by a national audience. But again, many of the details of this second, Summer 1943 run of 13 episodes--other than its episode titles and its star, famous character actor Santos Ortega in the role of Nero Wolfe--remain a mystery to this day. Indeed, we have only one representative episode of the 1944 run of The Adventures of Nero Wolfe in circulation to date--and that lone episode is preserved only by its inclusion as a selection for the Armed Forces Radio Service's Mystery Playhouse series. The production run starred Santos Ortega in the role of Nero Wolfe and Joseph Julian as Archie Goodwin. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Malevolent Medic". Sustaining. Mrs. Hal Horton, the wife of a wealthy industrialist, is in love with her doctor. However, Dr. Ben Sloane is planning to marry his nurse. When Mrs. Horton dies in the doctor's office, Mr. Horton suspects foul play. The system cue has been deleted. Sydney Greenstreet, Ruth Adams Knight (writer), Harry Bartell, Jeanne Bates, Mary Lansing, Don Stanley (announcer), Edwin Fadiman (producer), Rex Stout (creator), J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Vic Perrin, William Johnstone, Ruth Paine. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is "Heart" (Aired March 8, 1950)
Groucho Marx matches wits with the American public in four episodes of this classic game show. Starting on the radio in 1947, You Bet Your Life made its television debut in 1950 and aired for 11 years with Groucho as host and emcee. Sponsored rather conspicuously by the Dodge DeSoto car manufacturers, the show featured two contestants working as a team to answer questions for cash prizes. Another mainstay of these question and answer segments was the paper mache duck that would descend from the ceiling with one hundred dollars in tow whenever a player uttered the "secret word." The quiz show aspect of "You Bet Your Life" was always secondary, to the clever back-and-forth between host and contestant, which found Groucho at his funniest. It's in these interview segments that "You Bet Your Life" truly makes its mark as one of early television's greatest programs. Directed by: Robert Dwan. THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1950. Syndicated, WNEW-TV, New York audio aircheck. "The Secret Word Is 'Heart'. Participating sponsors. The first contestant is Anna Lingren. Syndicated rebroadcast date: March 21, 1975. Anna Lingren, Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Meakin (music). 31:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 17, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - More Than Kin (Aired December 13, 1953)
The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). These were typical examples of the earliest popular appearances of the genre. The first manifestations of the genre in Radio came near the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, some feel that the genre may have helped extend the Golden Age of Radio to the early 1960s. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1953. "More Than Kin" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Britt treads the boards in the service of the bard for P. T. Barnum himself. Basil Adlam (music), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Michael Ann Barrett, Tony Barrett, Dan O'Herlihy, Ted Bliss, Marvin Miller, Hal Gibney (announcer), Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
War Of The Worlds (Aired February 8, 1955)
October of 1934, "Lux Radio Theater" debuted in New York on NBC's Blue radio network. Presenting audio versions of popular Broadway plays, the show failed to garner an audience and soon ran out of material. After switching networks to CBS and moving to Hollywood, Lux found its true market. The show began featuring adaptations of popular films, performed by as many of the original stars as possible. With an endless supply of hit films scripts and an audience of more than 40 million, Lux enjoyed a prosperous run until the curtain fell in 1956. THIS EPISODE: February 8, 1955. Program #150. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "War Of The Worlds". The famous tale about the invasion from Mars. The story is different in many ways from the Orson Welles version. AFRTS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Les Tremayne, Herb Butterfield, Bill Bouchey, Dana Andrews, Pat Crowley, Paul Frees (narrator), Parley Baer (doubles), Ken Peters, Howard McNear, William Conrad, George Neise, Bob Bailey, Herb Ellis, Irene Tedrow, Don Diamond, Jack Kruschen, Frank Gerstle, George Baxter, Truda Marson, Edward Marr, Barre Lyndon (screenwriter), H. G. Wells (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Leonard St. Clair (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 55:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
Look Pleasant Please (Aired December 5, 1948)
Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. What seems to get in the way for many reviewers of this program is its somewhat implausible premise. Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 5, 1948. Program #16. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Look Pleasant Please". Commercials added locally. Dan Holiday is asked to have his picture taken with a beautiful girl, and finds himself engaged to an heiress about to come into fifteen million dollars! The date is approximate. Alan Ladd, Edmond MacDonald, John Beal, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 27:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
The King In Yellow (Aired July 8, 1947)
The first portrayal of Philip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: July 8, 1947. NBC network. "The King In Yellow". Sponsored by: Pepsodent, Trim (hair tonic with olive oil!). A trumpet player named King Leopoldi is being blackmailed. King dies and more murders follow. The program is referred to as "The Pepsodent Program." Sounds like Gerald Mohr (who would later play the lead) is in the cast. Van Heflin, Raymond Chandler (creator, writer), Milton Geiger (adaptor), Gerald Mohr, Wendell Niles (announcer), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor). 31:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 10:33 AM PDT
The Witness Who Wasn't There (1958) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
In the 1950s radio broadcasting in the United States was at its zenith, with television still just starting out. Indictment was a popular radio drama aired on the CBS network and it started on January 29, 1956, airing up to 1959. This show was based on the case files of former New York City Assistant District Attorney Eleazer Lipsky, and it foreshadowed the “procedural” dramas (on radio and television, subsequently). The subject of the show was the step-by-step account of the handling of criminal cases leading to an indictment as the climax. The protagonist of “Indictment” — Assistant District Attorney Edward McCormick — was played by Nat Polen, better known for his role as Dr. James Craig on ABC-TV’s “One Life to Live.” Show Notes From Old Radio Show.org THIS EPISODE: 1958. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. ""The Witness Who Wasn't There" - Norman Brabson calls to report his wife's murder. Phil Kramer, Ian Martin, Jack Arthur, Mason Adams, Nat Polen, Rebecca Sand, Stuart Metz (announcer). 25:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 16, 2014 07:00 AM PDT
Baseball Game (Aired April 17, 1941) & Fixing Super (Aired April 24, 1941)
The Baby Snooks Show was an American radio program starring comedienne and Ziegfeld Follies alumna Fanny Brice as a mischievous young girl who was 40 years younger than the actress who played her when she first went on the air. The series began on CBS September 17, 1944, airing on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm as Toasties Time. The title soon changed to The Baby Snooks Show, and the series was sometimes called Baby Snooks and Daddy. In 1944, the character was given her own show, and during the 1940s, it became one of the nation's favorite radio situation comedies, with products from a variety of sponsors (Post Cereals, Sanka, Spic-n-Span, Jell-O) being touted by a half-dozen announcers -- John Conte (early 1940s), Tobe Reed (1944-45), Harlow Willcox (mid-1940s), Dick Joy, Don Wilson and Ken Wilson. Hanley Stafford was best known for his portrayal of Snooks' long-suffering, often-cranky father, Lancelot “Daddy” Higgins, a role played earlier by Alan Reed on the 1936 Follies broadcasts. Lalive Brownell was “Mommy” Higgins, also portrayed by Lois Corbet (mid-1940s) and Arlene Harris (after 1945).

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