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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...

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December 15, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" Kendall's Last Stand (Aired February 23, 1958)
Written and directed by Antony Ellis, it followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for the Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. The announcers were Dan Cubberly, Johnny Jacobs, Bud Sewell and John Wald. Supporting cast: Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Johnny Jacobs, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin and Barney Phillips. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1958. CBS network. "Kendall's Last Stand". Sustaining. During the massacre of General Custer, Kendall, the British reporter, has a near massacre of his own. The program makes excellent use of sound effects. This is a network version. John Dehner, Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Lawrence Dobkin, Jack Moyles, Dan Cubberly (announcer), Jeanette Nolan, Clarke Gordon, Harry Bartell, James Nusser. 25:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 14, 2014 11:00 PM PST
Bad Day At Black Rock (Aired February 15, 1959)
The Caltex Theater was an Australian Drama Anthology which aired from 1948 to 1960. It was a continuation of the Macquarie Radio Theatre (which began in 1941, with a name change in 1948). One-hour episodes aired weekly on Sunday evening at 8:00 PM. The cast included Richard Davies, Lyndall Barbour, Sheila Sewell, Alan White, Patricia Kennedy, and Keith Eden. Many of the productions were adaptations of popular movies, similar to Lux Radio Theatre in the U.S. At least 490 episodes were aired, but I know of only 6 that survive. Some of the plays include: ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Lass of Richmond Hill’, ‘Iris’, ‘Good-bye Mr Chips’, ‘The Petrified Forest’. Contributors: Caltex Oil (SPO), Hanson-Rubensohn Company, Sydney (SPO), Lawrence H. Cecil (PDR), E. Mason Wood (PDE), Walter Pym (PDR), Reginald Goldsworthy (PDR), Richard Lane (SCR), Kay Keavney (SCR), Fay Hardy (RES). Cast: Richard Davies, Lyndall Barbour, Sheila Sewell, Alan White, Patricia Kennedy, Keith Eden. Broadcast details: 1948-1960 ; Sundays on 2GB (and Macquarie Network) at 8.00pm. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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December 14, 2014 07:03 PM PST
Nightmare (Aired June 7, 1946)
The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. The writing staff was also top-notch, with names such as Max Erlich, Joe Ruscoll and Robert Newman, among others. The thriller formula of the era called for equally thrilling organ music underscoring, capably handled by Charles Paul and Bert Buhrman on the organ. The sound engineering also greatly contributed to the supernatural thriller 'feel' of the series. THIS EPISODE: June 7, 1946. Program #8. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "Nightmare". Commercials added locally. A woman has a very vivid dream that her husband is going to kill her! Raymond Morgan (host), Anton M. Leader (director), Charles Paul (organist), Elspeth Eric, Joseph Ruscoll (writer), Walter Vaughn, Louis G. Cowan (producer). 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 14, 2014 03:51 PM PST
The Derelict (Aired April 26, 1953)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1953. CBS network. "Derelict". Sustaining. Three men and a woman are adrift with a cargo of gold. Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, Charlie Lung, Ben Wright, Larry Roman (adaptor), Roy Rowan (announcer), Victor Schwartz (author), Antony Ellis (director), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 14, 2014 11:05 AM PST
The Butterfly Murder Case (Aired May 17, 1949)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 17, 1949. Program #45. ZIV Syndication. "The Butterfly Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Josie Daniels, "The Broadway Butterfly," is a nightclub singer that dabbles in blackmail! Jackson Beck. 26:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 14, 2014 07:00 AM PST
Opening A Gas Station (Aired November 29, 1945)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1945. "Opening A Gas Station" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello has given his girlfriend Lena a quart of purfume (because he doesn't give a dram)! Abbott and Costello are running a gas station. Camels salutes the 38th "Cyclone" Division. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Iris Adrian, Connie Haines, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Elvia Allman, Dick Mack (director), Sidney Fields, Frederick Shields (commercial spokesman). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 14, 2014 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - Death On The Desert IAired February 20, 1953)
Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. Give the horses a break. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. Also Wild Bill was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, The Plainsman. Wild Bill has shown up in various other movies and television shows, most recently in the show Deadwood on HBO. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1953. Program #132. Globe Sound syndication. "Death On The Desert". Commercials added locally. Wild Bill stops a runaway stagecoach to find the driver killed, the passengers gone, but the srongbox untouched! The date is subject to correction. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Barney Phillips, Tom Holland, Julie Bennett. 20:51.

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December 13, 2014 11:00 PM PST
The Perishing Of The Pendragons (Aired October 5, 1986)
Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London," with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, and uncanny insight into human evil. He makes his first appearance in the story "The Blue Cross" and continues through the five volumes of short stories, often assisted by the reformed criminal M.Hercule Flambeau. Father Brown also appears in a story "The Donnington Affair" that has a rather curious history. In the October 1914 issue of the obscure magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of the story, inviting a number of detective story writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton and Father Brown's solution followed in the November issue. The story was first reprinted in the Chesterton Review (Winter 1981, pp. 1–35) and in the book Thirteen Detectives. Unlike the more famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown's methods tend to be intuitive rather than deductive. He explains his method in 'The Secret of Father Brown.'

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December 13, 2014 08:18 PM PST
Threes A Crowd (Aired May 25, 1950)
MURDER BY EXPERTS - 1949-51, Mutual Network. 130 30-minute episodes. Created by David Kogan. Writers: David Kogan Directors/Producers: David Kogan And Robert A. Arthur Hosts: John Dickson Carr (June 13, 1949-March 13, 1950)and Brett Halliday (March 20, 1950-December 17, 1951. Sound Effects: Mario Siletti. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1950. Mutual network. "Three's A Crowd". Sustaining. A young piano player becomes involved with a beautiful but evil woman. The system cue has been deleted. Brett Halliday (host, narrator), George Fass (writer), Gertrude Fass (writer), John Sylvester, Joyce Gordon. 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 13, 2014 04:15 PM PST
The Case Of The Beautiful Archer (Aired November 24, 1950)
Nero Wolf is a fictional character, created in 1934 by the American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolf's confidential assistant Archie Goodwin narrates the cases of the detective genius. Stout wrote 33 novels and 39 short stories from 1934 to 1974, with most of them set in New York City. Wolf's residence, a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street, features prominently in the series. Many radio, television and film adaptations were made from his works. The Nero Wolf corpus was nominated for Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world's largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was a nominee for Best Mystery Writer of the Century. Three actors portrayed Nero Wolf over the course of the radio series The Adventures of Nero Wolf. J.B. Williams starred in its first incarnation (April 7–June 30, 1943) on the New England Network. Santos Ortega assumed the role when the suspense drama moved to ABC (July 5–September 27, 1943; January 21–July 14, 1944). Luis Van Rooten succeeded Ortega in 1944, Nero Wolf's last year on ABC.[75] The final episode, "The Last Laugh Murder Case", aired July 14, 1944. Differences between (ABC producer) Hi Brown and Edwin Fadiman, who represented Rex's radio, screen and television interests, as Nero Wolf Attractions, Inc., prevented its later resumption on ABC," John McAleer reported in Rex Stout: A Biography. "This fact Brown regretted. 'Nero Wolf,' Brown says, 'is one of the strongest and most successful detective characters in all of fiction."

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