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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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January 29, 2016 11:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Missing Mind (Aired December 26, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. 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: December 26, 1949. Mutual network. "The Case Of The Missing Mind". Sustaining. A comedy about a Broadway character being driven mad by "Mr. Aladdin." John Dickson Carr (host), Carl Eastman, Ann Shephard, William Zuckert, Bert Cowlan, Ralph Camargo, Phil Tonken (announcer), Robert A. Arthur (producer, director), David Kogan (producer, director), Emerson Buckley (conductor), Craig Rice (guest expert), Joseph Ruscoll (writer). 30:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 29, 2016 06:00 PM PST
The Doctor Simpson Killing (Aired July 5, 1951)
The Line-Up stands as one of the most well-produced crime dramas of The Golden Age of Radio. The cast is comprised of top-tier, A-List talent from top to bottom. With Elliott Lewis directing his cast of some of the finest voice talent of the era--and top-drawer sound technicians to match--this series remains one of the best examples of the Crime Drama genre. Think of Calling All Cars, minus the jingoistic flag-waving, updated to contemporary 1950s crime themes, and peppered with the more authentic radio-verité atmospherics of Unit 99, Night Watch, and Dragnet, and you have The Line-Up. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1951. CBS network. "The Doctor Simpson Killing" aka: The Synopic Sweazy Sweat-Out Case. Sponsored by: Wrigley Spearmint Gum. The killer of Dr. Simpson fails to kill himself, escapes to tie up his sister and threatens to kill another doctor. This is a network, sponsored version. The programs sponsored by Wrigley's seem to have Eddie Dunstedter playing the themes and bridges on a Hammond organ, the sustaining programs use a full (and possibly recorded) orchestra. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Eddie Dunstedter (organ), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Charles E. Israel (writer), Blake Edwards (adaptor), Bob Stevenson (announcer), Jay Novello, Peter Leeds, Richard Cline (editor), Parley Baer, Hy Averback, Junius Matthews, Virginia Gregg, Jeanne Bates, Mary Jane Croft. 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 29, 2016 01:14 PM PST
The Match (Aired May 16, 1948)
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 the introduction, intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday routine? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” THIS EPISODE: May 16, 1948. CBS network. "The Match". Sustaining. A good story about a determined Mountie who is going to bring back his man, even if it kills him. Clark Cluney, Cynthia Corley, Frank Lovejoy, James Oliver Curwood (writer), Les Crutchfield (writer), Nestor Paiva, Stan Waxman, Wilbur Hatch (music), Wilms Herbert, Norman Macdonnell (director). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 29, 2016 09:00 AM PST
Special Guest Is Rita Hayworth (Aired January 5, 1943)
From the age of twelve, Bob Hope worked at a wide variety of odd jobs at a local board walk. When not doing this he would busk, doing dance and comedy patter to make extra money. He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests, and won prizes for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. He also boxed briefly and unsuccessfully under the name Packy East, making it once as far as the semi-finals of the Ohio novice championship. Fallen silent film comedian Fatty Arbuckle saw one of his performances and in 1925 got him steady work with Hurley's Jolly Follies. THIS EPISODE: NBC network. " Guest Is Edward G. Robinson" - Sponsored by: Pepsodent. The program originates from Drew Field, Tampa, Florida. Bob's opening monologue is about Florida weather. The first tune is, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time." Bob and Frances appear as old folks. Guest Edward G. Robinson and Bob do a tough-guy routine. Bob had better give that ten cents to the "March Of Dimes," or else! Bob calls for (and gets) a "Birthday Cheer" for FDR. Bob Hope, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Jay Wesley (announcer), Jerry Colonna, Al Schwartz (writer), Norman Sullivan (writer), Glenn Wheaton (writer), Fred Fox (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Paul Laven (writer), Roger Price (writer), Chet Castellaw (writer), Al Capstaff (producer, director), Charles Buck (propducer, director), Edward G. Robinson. 29:24.

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January 29, 2016 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone" - Worth It's Salt (Aired May 4, 1958)
Each program had an authoritative opening statement: "Slaughter's my name, Luke Slaughter. Cattle's my business. It's a tough business, it's a big business. I got a big stake in it. And there's no man west of the Rio Grande big enough to take it away from me." Junius Matthews was heard as Slaughter's sidekick, Wichita. In his first adventure, tough-as-nails westerner Luke Slaughter guarantees he will bring a cattle herd to Tombstone despite the threats of rustlers and a spy among the ranks of his cowboys. Like the other CBS radio westerns, Have Gun, Will Travel or Frontier Gentleman, this one had plenty of action, the productions were well done and well acted. Luke Slaugher was cut short, like a lot of other radio shows, by the steady pressure from TV. THIS EPISODE: May 4, 1958. "Worth It's Salt" - CBS network. Sponsored by: O'Brien Paints. Ed Craig is running for the office of delegate to Congress, representing Arizona. He also buys a salted gold mine which is secretly owned by his opponent. The show includes an announcement for, "The Masland Color Round-Up." It's "Radio's first color extravaganza." It's not clear, but this might be a commercial for carpets. Sam Buffington, William N. Robson (director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Junius Matthews, Fran Van Hartesfeldt (writer), Tom Hanley (editorial supervisor), Joe DeSantis, Jack Moyles, Barney Phillips. 26:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2016 11:00 PM PST
The Maltese Falcon (Starring Humphrey Bogart) Aired September 20, 1943
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio that was heard from 1939 until 1952 with adaptations from films in programs starring top Hollywood actors of the time. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It ran on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Screen Guild Players, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. THIS EPISODE: September 20, 1943. "The Maltese Falcon", starring in their original roles Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy and Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo. Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed whilst tailing a man. The girl who asked him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the Maltese Falcon, statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. 29:42.

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January 28, 2016 06:00 PM PST
The Brain Bank & The Space Binoculars (Aired January 3, 1953)
Queen Of Space (Aired November 15, 1952) The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: January 3, 1953. ABC network. "The Brain Bank and The Space Binoculars". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Space Binoculars premium). Commander Corry foils the plan of the evil industrialist Krozer to place a sick scientist under suspended animation. This is a network, sponsored version . Bela Kovacs, David DuVal, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Moser (creator), Virginia Hewitt. 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2016 12:21 PM PST
The Clara Bryan Murder Case (Aired November 24, 1950)
Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (now played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." 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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 24, 1950. "The Clara Bryan Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Mrs. Clara Bryan is missing. A Bowery bum is stabbed in a flop house. What's the connection? Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Lou Merrill, Lillian Buyeff, Byron Kane. 28:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2016 08:05 AM PST
The Mikado (Aired January 29, 1947)
One early sponsor had been Adler Shoe Stores, which came close to canceling its account after Morgan started making references to "Old Man Adler" on the air; the chain changed its mind after it was learned business spiked upward, with many new patrons asking to meet Old Man Adler. Morgan had to read an Adler commercial heralding the new fall line of colors; Morgan thought the colors were dreadful, and said he wouldn't wear them to a dogfight, but perhaps the listeners would like them. Old Man Adler demanded a retraction on the air. Morgan obliged: "I would wear them to a dogfight." Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1947. ABC network, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Eversharp-Schick, Walt's Furs (local). 10:30 P.M. The 2nd edition of, "The Morgan Digest." A very clever visit to, "Cornpone." A digest version of, "The Mikado" Ted Husing conducts another "Shave-A-Thon." An enjoyable show. Henry Morgan, Bernard Green and His Orchestra, Arnold Stang, The Elm City Four, Ted Husing, Charles Irving (announcer). 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 28, 2016 02:32 AM PST
Follow That Cab (Aired April 19, 1946)
NBC's Mystery Theatre began airing with much fanfare on September 7, 1943. The series promised stories from the greatest classical and contemporary mystery authors -- and production values to match. And it kept its promise. It was aided from the outset by the addition of an 'annotator'-- as it was described in the 1940s --named Geoffrey Barnes. The annotator served in the role of expositor, filling in on the plot development as necessary and providing a back-story when needed. The apparent distinction made between a narrator and an annotator, was a matter of degree. Mr. Barnes, a distinguished and celebrated amateur criminologist in his own right, was apparently on hand to help the listener analyze and understand the various mysteries and their underlying crimes within each script Show Notes From The Digital Deli & The Old Time Radio Researchers Group. THIS EPISODE: April 19, 1946. NBC network. "Follow That Cab". Sponsored by: Molle, Double Dandereen. Two taxi drivers who think they're detectives come upon a corpse and a chance to solve the crime. A script that is supposed to be played for laughs...the story fails, terribly! Bernard Lenrow (host, as "Geoffrey Barnes"), Dan Seymour (announcer), Larry Slon (writer), Sidney Slon (writer), John Gibson, Larry Haines, Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor). 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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