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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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March 16, 2017 01:00 PM PDT
The Flowers That Smelled Of Murder (Aired November 1, 1948)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1948. Mutual-Don Lee network. "The Flowers That Smelled Of Murder". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A co-ed suspects that her professor of botany is about to be murdered. Having Jeff Chandler play a naive a bashful biology teacher talking with George Valentine's pretty assistant (whose name is Miss Brooks!) is such a coincidence that there must be some connection with the CBS comedy series "Our Miss Brooks," which went on the air only three and a half months previously. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Lurene Tuttle, Jeff Chandler, Tommy Cook, Theodore Von Eltz, Fay Baker, Herbert Rawlinson, Don Clark (director), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 16, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
Archie The Babysitter (Aired May 27, 1951)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. Jughead Jones has been Archie's best friend ever since childhood. When Jughead first came to Riverdale, he was in a bad mood and tended to dismiss Archie. However, Archie, of good heart, tried to cheer up Jughead and the two have been inseparable ever since. Jughead wears a trademark "clubhouse beanie" (a Depression-era style of makeshift hatwear, crafted from an inverted fedora with a scallop-cut brim, and decorated with assorted pinbacks) and an inscrutable, closed-eyelid expression.

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March 16, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
The Department Of Death (Aired September 14, 1945)
The Avenger is a fictional character whose original adventures appeared from 1939 to 1942 in The Avenger magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Five additional short stories were published in Clues Detective magazine from 1942 to 1943, and a sixth novelette in The Shadow magazine in 1943. Newly-written adventures were commissioned and published by Warner Brother's Paperback Library from 1973 to 1974. The Avenger was a pulp hero who combined elements of Doc Savage and The Shadow though he was never as popular as either of these characters. The authorship of the pulp series was credited by Street and Smith to Kenneth Robeson, the same byline that appeared on the Doc Savage stories. The "Kenneth Robeson" name was a house pseudonym used by a number of different Street & Smith writers. Most of the original Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1945. Program #15. Michelson syndication. "The Department Of Death". Music fill for local commercial insert. The night watchman of a department store is found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Charles Michelson (producer), Walter Gibson (writer), Ruth Braun (writer), Gilbert Braun (writer), James Monks, Helen Adamson, Alyn Edwards (announcer), Doc Whipple (organist). 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
A Favor You Can’t Refuse (Starring William Shatner) Aired May 31, 1974
Syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System, the series debuted September 3, 1973. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Since Mutual affiliates could broadcast the programs at convenient timeslots on any suitable dates, the series did not begin in certain areas until late fall or early winter of 1973. In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974. Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed. For example, the five-part "Desperate Witness" was an adaptation of The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing. To create a strong package, Kholos followed through by lining up top actors, including John Astin, Edgar Bergen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Crenna, John Dehner, Howard Duff, Patty Duke, Nina Foch, George Maharis, Susan Oliver, Brock Peters and Lurene Tuttle.

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March 15, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
The Missing Messenger (Aired August 13, 1936)
Calling All Cars was one of the earliest police shows on the air. It ran from Nov. 29, 1933-Sept. 8, 1939. It’s sponsor was the Rio Grande Oil Company, which is why the show only ran in areas where Rio Grande "cracked" gasoline was sold. The sponsor promoted its "close ties" with police departments in Arizona and Southern California, urging listeners to buy its product for "police car performance" in their own cars. As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. THIS EPISODE: August 13, 1936. Program #142. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Missing Messenger." Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. A suspicious person has been spotten near Pasadena Avenue and Avenue Forty-Two. "An ideal officer" solves a brutal crime. Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator), James E. Davis (Chief of Police, Los Angeles). 32:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2017 12:00 PM PDT
The Mad Scientist Caper (Aired July 25, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1948. CBS network. "The Mad Scientist Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. Raymond Fox is a famous but slightly insane inventor. He hires Spade to recover the secret formula for "Pentron." Sam promptly winds up in a hospital for the mentally deranged! Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Dashiell Hammett (creator), William Spier (producer), Dick Joy (announcer), Robert Tallman (writer), Gil Doud (writer, director), Lud Gluskin (music director). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Alexander The Actor (Aired February 16, 1950)
Blondie celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2005. Since 2006, Blondie has been available via email through King Features' DailyINK service. Blondie and Dagwood live next door to Herb and Tootsie Woodley. The Bumstead family has grown, with the addition of a son named Alexander (originally "Baby Dumpling") on April 15, 1934, a daughter named Cookie on April 11,1941, and a dog, Daisy, and her litter of five unnamed pups. In the 1960s, Cookie and Alexander grew into teenagers (who uncannily resemble their parents), but they stopped growing during the 1960s when Young realized that they had to remain teenagers to maintain the family situation structured into the strip for so many decades. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1950. "Alexander The Actor" - ABC network. Sponsored by: Ford. Alexander decides that he's the greatest actor to stride the boards since the days of the Bard. Arthur Lake, Ann Rutherford, Jeffrey Silver, Elvia Allman, Hanley Stafford, John Greene (writer), Chic Young (creator), G. Taylor (producer, director), Ed Begley (commercial spokesman). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 15, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
The Fugitive (Aired July 12, 1951)
Screen Director's Playhouse is NBC's answer to Lux Theater and Screen Guild Players, both prosperous ventures on CBS. The rehash of old movies doesn't necessarily make the most vivid of radio plays but there seems to be no doubt that it attracts listeners by the hundredweight. And association with America's citadel of glamor lures the unsuspecting by the sheer weight of publicity. In this case, the association with Hollywood is even more tenuous than usual. The screen director, who figures so prominently in the title, has very little to do with the program beyond appearing briefly at the beginning to explain why he thought, say, "Jezebel" was a marvelous picture--a rather difficult thing to explain--and later he bobs up again at the end to exchange banter with the star, an exchange that generally takes the form of a barrage of mutual compliments.

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March 14, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
Corpse On Delivery (Aired October 31, 1951)
Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty. THIS EPISODE: October 31, 1951. NBC network. "Corpse On Delivery". Sustaining. Joey Florio has jumped bail and Barrie Craig has been hired to find him. A corpse slows down the search. Amzie Strickland, Don Pardo (announcer), Himan Brown (director), John Roeburt (writer), William Gargan. 28:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 14, 2017 02:15 PM PDT
Speed To Burn (Aired June 26, 1949)
Most of the episodes were based on Dan Holiday replying to a letter he received at Box 13. He would generally solve a mystery in the process, and return to his office in time to enjoy a hearty laugh at the expense of Suzy, his amusingly stupid secretary. He would certainly not meet the strictest requirements for private eyes (not licensed, collected no fees from clients), but the definition should stretch to sneak him in under the rope. It was heard over the Mutual Broadcasting System as well as being syndicated. The series was produced by Mayfair Productions. Box 13, starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday. Sylvia Picker played Suzy, Dan Holiday's secretary and Edmond MacDonald as Lt. Kling. Other stars in the series were Betty Lou Gerson, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten, John Beal and Frank Lovejoy. Music was by Rudy Schrager and the writer was Russell Hughes. THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1949. Program #45. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "Speed To Burn". Commercials added locally. Why shouldn't a 1938 jalopy with a British tank engine go one hundred miles per hour? Alan Ladd, Albert Wagner (adaptor), Bernard Feins (writer), Gerald Mohr, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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