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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 Libsyn.com in January 2006...


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April 28, 2016 03:59 PM PDT
Death Is Blind (Aired November 20, 1938)
One of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1938. Mutual network. "Death Is Blind". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer). 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
Suspicious Will (Aired January 31, 1946)
Rogue's Gallery 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 was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1946. "Suspicious Will" - Mutual network. Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoos, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Anson Leeds has died, leaving behind a puzzling will. A judge asks Richard Rogue to investigate. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
The Butler Did It (Aired April 14, 1944)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. At this time the Blue Network was not heard on stations in the West. Western listeners complained to NBC, they wanted to hear the show. Under special arrangements Amos 'n' Andy debuted coast-to-coast November 28, 1929 on NBC's Pacific Orange Network and continued on the Blue. At the same time, the serial's central characters -- Amos, Andy and George "The Kingfish" Stevens -- relocated from Chicago to Harlem. THIS EPISODE: April 14, 1944. "The Butler Did It" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rinso. Andy is accused of stealing $2000 because his cigar lighter was found at the scene. The system cue has been deleted. Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer). 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 28, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Case of the Carnival Caper (Aired July 31, 1948)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. THIS EPISODE: July 31, 1948. Program #540. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Carnival Caper". Sponsored by: Arrow Audio. "Robbery rode the show train until police officers found the mysterious passenger and stopped murder on the carnival midway." WRVR rebroadcast date: April 18, 1974. Robert Dryden (narrator-by-proxy), Arthur Vinton, Bill Smith, Frank Readick, Jean Ellen, Stanley Niss (writer), Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Don Gardiner (announcer). 22:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
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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April 27, 2016 04:07 PM PDT
Impact 1949 (Starring Brian Donlevy)
1949's "Impact" was made independently in San Francisco, making fine use of both The City itself and the surrounding Bay area, including Sausalito and Larkspur. With better distribution: it might have picked up the reputation it deserves, for rarely has a film noir been as expertly convoluted as this one is. It has everything!: infidelity, attempted murder, accidental death, amnesia, false imprisonment, exciting courtroom sequences, missing evidence, a missing witness...What more could anyone ask for at three in the morning? Ella Raines plays a resourceful garage mechanic who stops at nothing to free the man she loves (Brian Donlevy). The excellent cast also features Charles Coburn as a tenacious inspector, lovely Helen Walker as the wife from hell, Anna May Wong as the loyal employee who holds they key to the mystery and Mae Marsh as Raines' mom. Only a few of Raines' films are available on video (including some episodes of her 1954 television series, "Janet Dean, Registered Nurse.") Luckily, "Impact" is among them. Show Notes From Movie Critic Monica Sullivan.

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April 27, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The Pit Viper (Aired April 27, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1952. Program #5. ZIV Syndication. "The Pit Viper". Commercials added locally. Cvetic tries to prevent the Party from creating unrest among American miners. Dana Andrews, William Conrad, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 10:00 AM PDT
The Nickel Plated Gun (Aired June 10, 1949)
Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 10, 1949. Program #2. "The Nickel Plated Gun" - NBC network. Sustaining. This program does not use the familiar "Dragnet" theme music. A nickel plated .44 caliber Smith and Wesson is used to shoot two cops and a lot more people. The police make extensive use of "I. B. M. machines" and a tape recorder to solve the case. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Frank Lovejoy. 28:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
The Gildersleeve Memory Course (Aired March 14, 1939)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Fibber McGee and Molly was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. First Broadcast date April 16, 1935. Last Broadcast date September 6, 1959. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1939. "The Gildersleeve Memory Course" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Molly does not appear. Fibber takes a memory course and promptly forgets where he put a ten carat diamond! Jim Jordan, Harold Peary, Isabel Randolph, Mel Blanc, Bill Thompson, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra. 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 27, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Nick The Knife (Aired August 8, 1948)
On radio, The Adventures of Ellery Queen was heard on all three networks from 1939 to 1948. During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and contained a short one-minute case. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once a winner was found, the solution was broadcast as confirmation. A complete episode guide and history of this radio program can be found in the book The Sound of Detection: Ellery Queen's Adventures in Radio, published by OTR Publishing in 2002. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1948. ABC network. "Nick The Knife". Sustaining. An unknown madman has murdered nineteen women by attacking them at night while they are alone. The identity of "The Slicer" is quite a surprise, you'll never guess whodunit. The "Guest Armchair Detective" is Gene Handsaker (Hollywood columnist). Paul Masterson (announcer), Gene Handsaker, Anthony Boucher (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Rex Koury (organist), Dick Woollen (producer, director), Lawrence Dobkin, Kaye Brinker, Herb Butterfield, Alan Reed. 24:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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