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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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October 15, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
Ancestor (Aired October 29, 1971)
The sound of a butcher knife rending a piece of uncooked pork was, when accompanied by shrieks and screams, the essence of murder to a listener alone at midnight. Real bones were broken - spareribs snapped with a pipe wrench. Bacon in a frypan gave a vivid impression of a body just electrocuted. And the cannibalism effect was actually a zealous actor. Cooper left the show in 1936 and Oboler was given the job. Oboler lost no time establishing himself as the new master of the macabre. Between May 1936 and July 1938, he wrote and directed more than 100 Lights Out plays. To follow Cooper was a challenge: he was "the unsung pioneer of radio dramatic techniques," but Oboler had passed the test with his first play. His own name soon became synonymous with murder and gore, though horror as a genre had always left him cold. THIS EPISODE: October 29, 1971. CBS network. "Ancestor". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene. A woman held prisoner by three gangsters is rescued by a strange hero. The program includes public service announcements. The story is also knwon as, "The Archer." Arch Oboler (writer, host), Claudette Colbert, Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Aired January 30, 1949)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television. The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1949. NBC network. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Sustaining. A comedy about a feuding couple who discover that they really aren't married after all. Guest director Alfred Hitchcock introduces the story and tells how he "appeared" in a cameo radio role. Bill Cairn (director), Carleton Young, Dink Trout, Frank Barton (announcer), Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Howard Wiley (producer), Mary Jane Croft, Milton Geiger (adaptor), Pat McGeehan, Robert Montgomery, Verna Felton. 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
The Jazz Singer (Aired June 1, 1947)
"The World's Greatest Entertainer" recreates his 1927 film debut. Though regarded as the first "talking" picture, The Jazz Singer was actually a silent film with sound musical numbers and introductions so Jolson is able to more fully voice his famous role in this radio version. Jolson is supported by Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne (who portrayed Jolson's own parents in The Jolson Story and Jolson Sings Again), Bill Johnstone (The Shadow), Carlton Kadell (Tom Mix) and Bobby Ellis (radio's last Henry Aldrich). The Lux Radio Theatre was the biggest dramatic program on radio, airing from October 14, 1943 through June 7, 1955. The series showcased American's top stars in adaptations of Hollywood's most popular films. William Keighly took over as regular host in the fall of 1945 after Cecil B. DeMille quit his $2000-a-week hosting duties rather than pay a one-dollar union assessment he opposed. Show Notes From chrisneylon.com. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1947. CBS network. "The Jazz Singer". Sponsored by: Lux. This is a rehearsal recording. The story of a cantor's son choosing between his career and his God. Al Jolson, Gail Patrick, Ludwig Donath, Tamara Shayne, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Carlton KaDell, William Johnstone, Edward Marr, Charles Seel, Bobby Ellis, June Whitley, Joan Winfield (intermission guest), Samson Raphaelson (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 57:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
The Laundry Mix-Up (Aired May 7, 1949)
Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week. Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 7, 1949. Program #10. ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Laundry Mix-up". The wrong shirt leads Novak to murder and grief. Jack Webb. 27:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
Love Goes To Night School (Aired January 8, 1939)
Opened for the Butterfield Theaters chain in 1968, the Wayside was designed by Louis Wiltse and could seat just over 1000. The Wayside's most famous feature was its enormous screen, measuring 56' by 24', at the time the largest indoor screen in the US. The lobby was designed to resemble a comfortable (albeit with late 60s style decor) living room, with sofas, end tables, lamps and artwork. In 1984, the auditorium was twinned, after Butterfield sold the Wayside to Illinois-based Kerasotes Theatres. In the five years that Kerasotes ran the Wayside, it was notorious for being poorly run. Kerasotes closed the theater in 1989. A year later, plans were announced to convert the twin into a brew-n-view style venue, called the Wayside Cinema & Drafthouse, but this fell through. In late 1991, the theater was gutted and reopened as the Wayside Whirly Ball amusement center. THIS EPISODE: January 8, 1939. WBBM, Chicago. "Love Goes To Night School". Sponsored by: The Chicago Motor Club. Camody/romance: trying to get the beautiful "teacher" to say "yes." Olan Soule, Patricia Dunlap, Forrest Lewis, Bret Morrison, Verne Smith (announcer), Ken Christy, Bill Bouchey. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
The Possessive Dead (Aired March 25, 1945)
"The Weird Circle" was produced in New York City by the National Broadcasting Company, under the auspices of its Radio-Recording Division. Though best known for live programs over its Red and Blue Networks, NBC produced and recorded a great many shows for syndication to local stations, including such diverse dramatic programs as "Playhouse of Favorites", "Five Minute Mysteries", "Destiny Trails", and "Betty and Bob" (a five-a-week daily "soap opera" featuring Arlene Francis), as well as quarter-hour musical programs starring performers ranging from Carson Robison and his Buckaroos to Ferde Grofe and his Orchestra. The quality of these syndicated shows was, for the most part, consistent with NBC's regular prime-time fare and, a result, were often aired by local stations as either special features or programmed between other shows on the network at the time. THIS EPISODE: March 25, 1945. Program #69. NBC syndication. "The Possessive Dead". Commercials added locally. The foot of a beautiful Egyptian mummy, still alive! (and kicking?) The date is approximate. Theophile Gautier (author). 25:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
Death Pays A Visit (Aired June 11, 1945)
The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective. Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. THIS EPISODE: June 11, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Death Pays A Visit". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. Jack Crowley needs $10,000 fast to cover the shortage in his accounts at the bank. Along comes laughing cousin Charlie for a weekend visit...with $10,000 in cash! The course of action called for seems obvious. Was it a coincidence that the "greedy" wife is named, "Trina?" George W. Allen (director), Lewis Reed (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer), Elliott Lewis. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Mischief Maker (Aired January 13, 1944)
Tuska cited Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) and Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as the best of the Bellamy-Lindsay pairings. "The influence of The Thin Man series was apparent in reverse", Tuska noted about Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery. "Ellery and Nikki are unmarried but obviously in love with each other. Probably the biggest mystery... is how Ellery ever gets a book written. Not only is Nikki attractive and perfectly willing to show off her figure", Tuska wrote, "but she also likes to write her own stories on Queen's time, and gets carried away doing her own investigations." In Ellery Queen, Master Detective, "the amorous relationship between Ellery and Nikki Porter was given a dignity, and therefore integrity", Tuska wrote. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1944. NBC network. "The Mischief Maker". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. Anonymous letters are being sent to people living in an apartment house, causing all kinds of grief. Who's behind it? This is the East Coast broadcast. The West Coast program took place on January 13, 1944. Sydney Smith, Marian Shockley, Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia, G. Beane (Guest Armchair Detective), P. Cusack (Guest Armchair Detective), Frederic Dannay (writer), Manfred B. Lee (writer), Bob Steel (producer, director), Charles Paul (organist), Ernest Chappell (announcer). 29:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 13, 2016 07:00 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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October 13, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
The Giant Bubble (Aired November 22, 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: November 22, 1952. ABC network. "The Giant Bubble". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals (Space-O-Phone premium). A new process for building satellite shells leads Buzz and Happy to battle an avalanche in the Ortoc Valley of Saturn. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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