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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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May 20, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Professor Was A Thief (Aired November 5, 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: November 5, 1950. NBC network. "The Professor Was A Thief". Sustaining. A strange little man has the power to make buildings disappear. He starts with Grant's Tomb! Arthur Maitland, John Larkin, John Gibson, L. Ron Hubbard (author), Joseph Julian, George Lefferts (adaptor), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Ralph Bell, Bob Hastings. 30:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
Exhibit A (Aired November 13, 1950)
The Hollywood Star Playhouse , well written and performed, presented many original plays and popular Hollywood stars. Some of those who accepted roles in this great series included Jimmy Stewart, William Conrad, Deborah Kerr, Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Betty Lou Gerson. Highlights included an episode entitled The Six Shooter and which later became it’s own series staring James Stewart. In 1952, Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on The Hollywood Star Playhouse. This 30 minute anthology program was heard over three different networks during its three seasons. Many leading Hollywood stars appeared before the microphones for this program's original scripts. Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on the 08/31/52 broadcast. THIS EPISODE: November 13, 1950. CBS network. "Exhibit A". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. Mel Ferrer, Herbert Rawlinson (host), Norman Brokenshire (commercial spokesman), Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Maurice Zim (writer), William Conrad, Rosalind Russell (preview of next week's program), Jack Johnstone (director). 32:14.

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May 19, 2016 05:03 PM PDT
The Coward (Aired August 14, 1954)
Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," John Collier's "Evening Primrose", later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price and Harry Bartell were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key," the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats. The half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze. THIS EPISODE: August 14, 1954. CBS network. "The Coward". Sustaining. A good story about a pilot who tries to return to a deserted Caribbean island with a wrecked plane loaded with money. E. Jack Neuman (writer), Barney Phillips, Virginia Gregg, Lou Merrill, Herb Butterfield, Bill Anders (announcer), David Friedkin (producer, director), Morton Fine (producer, director), William Conrad, Leith Stevens (composer, conductor). 27:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2016 12:01 PM PDT
The Pink Elephant (04-10-55)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1955. Program #10. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Pink Elephant". Les Damon, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Ted Lloyd (producer), Harry Frazee (composer, conductor), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Mandel Kramer, Jack Arthur (credited as "Jack Abbott" in error), Sherry Britton. 30:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2016 06:34 AM PDT
Education & Schools (Aired January 7, 1947)
After appearances on The Rudy Vallee Show in 1937, Skelton became a regular in 1939's Avalon Time on NBC, sponsored by Avalon Cigarettes. On October 7, 1941, Skelton premiered his own radio show, The Raleigh Cigarette Program, developing a number of recurring characters including punch-drunk boxer "Cauliflower McPugg," inebriated "Willy Lump-Lump" and "'Mean Widdle Kid' Junior," whose favorite phrase ("I dood it!") soon became part of the American lexicon. That, along with "He bwoke my widdle arm!" (or other body part) and "He don't know me vewy well, do he?" all found their way into various Warner Bros. cartoons. Skelton himself was referenced in a Popeye cartoon in which the title character enters a haunted house and encounters a "red skeleton." The Three Stooges also referenced Skelton in Creeps (1956): Shemp: "Who are you?" Talking Skeleton: "Me? I’m Red." Shemp: "Oh, Red.Skeleton." THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1947. NBC network. Sponsored by: Raleigh 903 Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire: "Education and Schools." Chapter 1: "Clem Kadiddlehopper At School." Chapter 3: "Never Too Young To Learn," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor, Anita Ellis, David Forrester and His Orchestra, GeGe Pearson, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton, Wonderful Smith. 30:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Winslow Boy (Aired November 21, 1948)
The Theatrical Society in U.S.A. is termed as Theatre Guild. Founded in New York City in 1918 by Lawrence Langner (1890-1962) and others, the group proposed to produce high-quality, noncommercial plays. Its board of directors shared responsibility for choice of plays, management, and production. After the premiere of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House in 1920, the Guild became his U.S. agent and staged 15 of his plays. It also produced successful plays by Eugene O’Neill, Maxwell Anderson, and Robert Sherwood and featured actors such as the Lunts and Helen Hayes. THIS EPISODE: November 21, 1948. ABC network. Sponsored by: United States Steel. "The Winslow Boy." A young British boy is accused of stealing, despite his protestations of innocence. The series is also known as, "The United States Steel Hour." Frank Allenby, Alan Webb, Valerie White, Michael Newell, George Benson, Owen Holder, Michael Kingsley, Mary Lynn, Betty Sinclair, Berry Kroeger, Rex O'Malley, Norman Brokenshire (announcer), Roger Pryor (host), George Hicks (commercial spokesman), Terence Rattigan (author), Leslie Reid (adaptor), Lawrence Langner (supervisor), Theresa Helburn (supervisor), Homer Fickett (director), Carol Irwin (production executive), Armina Marshall (executive director of the Radio Division), Harold Levey (composer, conductor). 57:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
The Man In The Door (Aired August 28, 1948)
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 1948. Webb played JEFF REGAN, a tough private eye working in a Los Angeles investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. Regan introduced himself on each show "I get ten a day and expenses...they call me the Lyon's Eye." The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. Both versions were 30 minutes, but the day and time slot changed several times. A total of 29 episodes from this series are in trading currency. THIS EPISODE: August 28, 1948. CBS network. "The Man In The Door". Sustaining. A murdered architect is seen alive and well! Jeff looks into a complicated story of murder and embezzlement. Jack Webb, Wilms Herbert, Lou Krugman, Lurene Tuttle, Betty Lou Gerson, Dave Henderson, William Conrad, E. Jack Neuman (writer), Sterling Tracy (producer), Bob Stevenson (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music). 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2016 01:07 PM PDT
The Morris Bernstein Murder Case (Aired June 16, 1950)
The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (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, as was Joe Walters. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1950. "The Morris Bernstein Murder Case" - CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Morris Bernstein, a bread delivery man, is beaten to death...and his girlfriend Leah Goldin is beaten too! Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Harry Bartell, Barney Phillips, Maria Palmer, Howard McNear, Billy Halop, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Joe Walters (announcer), Jack Kruschen. 29:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
The Nervous Wreck (Aired April 22, 1945)
The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season, Sundays 10:30 - 11:00 pm. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. In October 1944, Lloyd emerged as the director and host of The Old Gold Comedy Theater, an NBC radio anthology series, The show presented half-hour radio adaptations of recently successful film comedies, beginning with Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert and Robert Young. Some saw The Old Gold Comedy Theater as being a lighter version of Lux Radio Theater, and it featured some of the best-known film and radio personalities of the day, including Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and Alan Young, among others. But the show's half-hour format — which meant the material might have been truncated too severely — and Lloyd's sounding somewhat ill at ease on the air for much of the season (though he spent weeks training himself to speak on radio prior to the show's premiere, and seemed more relaxed toward the end of the series run) may have worked against it.

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May 18, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Revolution In Latin American (1953) * The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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