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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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April 19, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
Lou's Engaged To Judy Canova (Aired January 6, 1944)
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, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1944. "Lou's Engaged To Judy Canova" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The opening routine is about leap year and Costello's romance. He's against marriage. Will Costello marry guest Judy Canova? Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, John Brown, Judy Canova. 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 19, 2018 02:00 AM PDT
The Trial For Murder (Aired April 30, 1944)
The stories offered by "The Weird Circle" were generally adapted from popular fiction - popular fiction of the 19th century, that is. And since the focus was on horror and suspense, the macabre, atmospheric, and often ironic tales of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Honore de Balzac were a staple of its success. Also included were such familiar chestnuts as "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens' "The Queer Client", Charlotte Bronte’s novel "Jane Eyre" (also a particular favorite of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater company), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stories of this vintage, rooted in the Victorian attitudes and morality of the 1800s, generally made for good radio drama; they were, after all, classics, familiar to anyone with a public school education. The primarily first-person narrative of most of the stories chosen made them relatively easy to convert into script form: introduce a narrator, establish the scene, and then carry on with the plot. THIS EPISODE: April 30, 1944. Program #36. NBC syndication. "Trial For Murder". Commercials added locally. An excellent ghost story about murder and trial and the straange role of the foreman of the jury. The date is approximate. Charles Dickens (author), Charles Elster Collins (author). 26:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Mister Miller (Aired October 4, 1945)
Arch Oboler's Plays was Oboler's breakout dramatic showcase over Radio. Everyman's Theater further established Oboler's versatility and range, while underscoring Oboler's growing appeal to a far wider audience than he'd already established with Lights Out!. Though eight years his senior, the diminutive Oboler, while never as widely popular as Orson Welles, invites comparison to the other great young playwright-actor-director. Their skills were clearly each other's equal, their versatility had already been amply demonstrated by 1940, and their genius was indisputable. It's also clear that both Wyllis Cooper and Norman Corwin served to influence and inform Oboler's growing, wider appeal. The Arch Oboler's Plays franchise aired in one form or another over a period of almost thirty-three years, counting the original canon of fifty-three new radioplays, the subsequent special canon of twenty-six radioplays for the Mutual Broadcasting System (1945), then a 1964 revival, and finally a 1971 revival. The original canon of scripts encompassed some ninety-plus original stories. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1945. Mutual network. "Mr. Miller". Sustaining. A prize fight manager, played by Eddie Cantor, finally lands the ideal boxer, a man who could be the champ! Program #25 of a series of twenty six. Elliott Lewis, Julian Upton, William Johnstone, Irvin Lee, Lou Merrill, Sidney Miller, Jack Meakin (conductor), Eddie Cantor, Arch Oboler (host), Howard Duff, Leo Cleary, Lester Jay. 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2018 04:18 PM PDT
Clothes For The Poor (Aired February 16, 1950)
The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. These radio adventures of a liberated American "dame" from Brooklyn were tailored to post-WWII, and featured Maisie making her way (and having her way, most of the time) on both sides of the Atlantic. Maisie's favorite comment - "Likewise, I'm sure." Sothern, due in great part to the Maisie films type-casting, would ultimately admit she was "a Hollywood princess, not a Hollywood queen." But in its time, the Maisie series in film and on radio made her known and loved the world over. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1950. Program #13. "Clothes For The Poor" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. A borrowed suit helps Maisie capture a bank robber...and his mom! The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Bea Benaderet, Frank Nelson, Sidney Miller, Joan Banks, Pat McGeehan, Peter Leeds, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer). 28:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2018 11:26 AM PDT
The Potters Of Frisk (Aired July 28, 1950)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional storied of his own. Dimension X was a very effective demonstration of what could be done with science fiction on the air. THIS EPISODE: July 28, 1950. NBC network. "The Potters Of Firsk". Sponsored by: Wheaties. On a far distant planet, controlled by the planet Earth, the inhabitants of the remote village of Firsk make the most unusual pottery. The middle commercial features Ed Prentiss interviewing Luke Appling of The Chicago White Sox. Jack Vance (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Karl Weber, Wendell Holmes, Raymond Edward Johnson, Ed Prentiss, Luke Appling, Norman Rose (host), Van Woodward (producer), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer). 25:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 18, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
Horseback Riding Lessons (1951) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Archibald "Archie" Andrews debuted in Pep Comics 22 (December, 1941), where he was nicknamed Chick; Reggie often describes Archie as carrot-head. Decades later, Archie is still a redheaded 17-year-old. He lives in Riverdale, attends Riverdale High and is the only son of Mary Andrews and mid-level business executive Fred Andrews. His earlier life is revealed in the "Little Archie" stories when he had a dog named Spotty. Archie is a typical small-town teenager. Generous, well-mannered, but clumsy, he is genuinely liked by many of his friends. Archie goes crazy when he sees an attractive girl, but mainly dates Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper. He has taken various employment, but despite the best intentions, often clumsily breaks things, coming in conflict with Veronica's father Hiram Lodge and Riverdale High's principal, Waldo Weatherbee. As the lead singer of The Archies, Archie performs with Betty, Veronica, Reggie, and Jughead. The Andrews family originated in Scotland, with great-grandfather "Andy Andrews" immigrating to the United States and befriending Moose Mason's Russian ancestor, who was emigrating at the same time. Archie has been depicted wearing the traditional kilt of his ancestors and playing bagpipes (but not very well).

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April 18, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
The Midnight Horseman (Aired December 11, 1961)
The series arose out of an improptu competition between The Far East Network and The Armed Forces Network-Germany. Both networks sent 15 ips audition tapes to the AFRTS Headquarters in Los Angeles and FEN Tokyo won the 'competition'. The AFRTS transcribed and distributed the Macabre series on October 4, 1961-- a month before FEN Tokyo recorded a ninth episode of Macabre for Christmas Day, titled Of Frankincense and Myrrh. FEN Launches Macabre on the lucky 13th of November 1961. Launched, appropriately enough on the 13th of November, 1961, the series ran for nine weeks, including a special Christmas Day broadcast, "Of Frankincense and Myrrh," and ending on January 8, 1962 with "Edge of Evil." THIS EPISODE: December 11, 1961. Program #5. AFRTS-FEN origination. "The Midnight Horseman". A good screamer. A painting of a black knight...with occult powers! The announcer mentions that it's Halloween, indicating a possible rebroadcast at a later date. Al Lepage (announcer). 26:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2018 07:00 PM PDT
Gordon Mallory's Lead Poisoning (Aired June 8, 1950)
In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1950. "Gordon Mallory's Lead Poisoning". Program #20. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Gordon Mallory is a construction worker who is suffering from lead poisoning. Then a second worker develops the same symptoms. How did they contract the disease? The closing theme has been deleted. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Tony Barrett, Dick Joy (announcer), Jean Holloway (writer), William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Eleanor Audley, Ted Osborne, Dick Simmons, Jack Petruzzi, Lillian Buyeff, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 27:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2018 02:17 PM PDT
The Cheesecake Caper (Aired November 6, 1949)
Spade was a San Francisco detective, one of the most distinctive of the hardboiled school. His jump to radio was wrought by William Spier, who had already carved out a reputation as a master of mystery in his direction of another highly rated CBS thriller, Suspense. Spier was editor, producer, director. A lifelong radio man, he had broken in during the primitive days of 1929 and earned his stripes serving on such pioneering shows as The March of Time. Spier assembled the writing team of Bob Tallman and Ann Lorraine and began putting Spade together. He was impressed by the deep, cynical, tough qualities in Howard Duff's voice. Duff had long experience as an actor, a career that traced back to his high school days in Seattle. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1949. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Cheesecake Caper". Sam finds $50 and a photo of a blonde in his sandwich. The three words on the photo say, "Find the girl!" Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Dashiell Hammett (creator). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 17, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
Gildy Is Arrested (Aired January 11, 1942)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family.

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