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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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November 30, 2016 05:00 AM PST
Rent Money (Aired April 18, 1947)
My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films and television, while Howard scored with another radio comedy hit, Life with Luigi. Dependable and level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis) narrated the misadventures of her innocent and bewildered roommate, Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson), a dim-bulb stenographer. Wilson portrayed the character on radio, in two films and a TV series. The successful radio series with Marie Wilson ran on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954. The TV version, seen on CBS from January 8, 1952 until June 25, 1954, was the first series telecast from the CBS Television City facility in Hollywood. The movie My Friend Irma (1949) starred Marie Wilson and Diana Lynn but is mainly remembered today for introducing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to moviegoers, resulting in even more screen time for Martin and Lewis in the sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). THIS EPISODE: April 18, 1947. CBS network. Sustaining. Irma gives Al the girls' "Rent Money" to bet on a seedy prize fighter he's managing. Cathy Lewis, Marie Wilson, John Brown, Cy Howard (writer, director), George Neise, The Sportsmen, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 30, 2016 12:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Killer (Aired February 13, 1954)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1954. CBS network. "The Killer". Sustaining. Crego is a cowardly killer who's very particular about whom he shoots. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on May 19, 1956. William Conrad, John Meston (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Howard Culver, Vic Perrin, Richard Deacon, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), George Walsh (announcer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2016 07:00 PM PST
My Man Godfrey (Aired October 2, 1946)
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1946. CBS network. "My Man Godfrey". Sponsored by: Squibb. The classic story of the Depression and the Butler found at the city dumps. William Powell. 32:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2016 01:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Practical Joker (Aired February 25, 1951)
This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick; He also had a role on the detective drama "Staccato" (1959) Actor McGraw (whose birth name was Charles Butters) met an unfortunate death in real life when he fell through a shower glass door in 1980 at his home in Studio City, CA. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Practical Joker". Sponsored by: Kraft Cheese Spreads. Red Davis has been murdered. Chuck Morgan had been bragging that he's going to kill Morgan. Mrs. Davis remarries only twelve hours after Red's deat! This is a case for Mike Waring...The Falcon! Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Eugene Wang (writer), Ann Williams (a drama student at Sarah Lawrence College), Drexel Drake (creator), Arlo (music), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director), Ken Lynch. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2016 06:54 AM PST
The Barbells Of Scotland (Aired October 16, 1953)
A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like the The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly had done. Walter Tetley (Leroy on The Great Gildersleeve) played the delivery boy Julius Abbruzio. Nice guy? No. Other characters included Alice's deadbeat brother Willie, ably played by Robert North, and announcer Bill Forman. The show was produced and directed by Paul Phillips. THIS EPISODE: October 16, 1953. NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor. "The Barbells Of Scotland, or "Who Put The Muscle In Mr. Harris' Bussle?" The first commercial was added live. A set of weights and a derrick to lift them, play havoc with the Harris household. This is a network, sponsored version. Alice sings, "Hi Lili, Hi Lo," Phil sings, "Pease Puddin' Hot." Unedited tape, recorded October 2, 1953. The program is preceded by an audience warm-up by Bill Forman (briefly) and Phil, who tells the audience several jokes. The warm-up sounds as if it was recorded off the P. A. or somewhat off-mike. Alan Reed, Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Edward James (writer), Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, John Hubbard, Lou Derman (writer), Phil Harris, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Alvino Rey (member of the orchestra), Red Nichols (member of the orchestra), The Sportsmen. 30:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 29, 2016 02:00 AM PST
The Crystalline Man (Aired January 1, 1962)
This original series was created by FEN's assistant director for production, William Verdier. Parts are filled locally, mainly by FEN staff members supplemented by local talent from various organizations in the Kanto area. The "Macabre" series is being distributed by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Los Angeles for worldwide use by AFRTS outlets. The first program, titled "Final Resting Place," is the strange tale of what happens to a honeymooning couple when they stop in a small town for the night and visit a carnival. Macabre was produced in-house by the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Two Air Force personnel were most responsible for creating the series: William Verdier as writer, performer, and director; and Program Director and performer, John F. Buey, Jr.. Mr. Buey entered the Civilian Service from the old Yankee Radio Network, serving as Program Director of FEN Tokyo from its inception in 1946. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1962. Program #7. AFRTS-FEN origination. "The Crystalline Man". The discovery of a quartz sarcophagus and a crystal man asleep inside of it. Walt Sheldon, Alan Frank, William Virdier (performer, writer, director), Mitzi Hennessey, Christine Virdier, John Buey, Milton Radmilovich, James Sheldon, Al Lepage (announcer), Carolyn Johnston (associate director), Hiroshi Ono (technical supervisor), James Connolly (sound patterns), Bob Eddy (sound patterns). 26:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2016 08:00 PM PST
The James V Madsen Case (Aired August 23, 1953)
NBC 30 minutes Sunday at 9:30PM.Cast Paul Frees, James Edwards, Jester Hairston, Jay Loughlin, Jonathan Hole, Mady Norman, Don Brinkley (writer), Michael Samoge (music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). Had a texture and sound not unlike Dragnet, indeed the influence was realized throughout the show. These were true stories of Crime and Punishment, the obvious difference that Dragnet began with the crime while Confession unfolded in reverse order, from the end. Confession was less noisy, it's theme was played on a single piano, but there was still the deadpan dialogue, the thief or killer giving his confession with an air of resignation and defeat. The criminal thus became a stream-of-consciousness narrator, with the action frequently cutting away into drama. "Names were changed to protect the legal rights of the subject" THIS EPISODE: August 23, 1953 NBC network. "The James V. Madsen Case". Sustaining. 9:30 P. M. Transcribed statements of actual crimes. The program opening and system cue are slightly upcut. A 27 year old man reveals his crime career that lead to murder. The telephone-type recording beep heard throughout the show is very unneccessary. Paul Frees, Joel Davis, Les Tremayne, Alice Reinheart, George Pirrone, Charlotte Lawrence, Vivi Janis, Lou Rusoff (writer), Michael Samoge (? music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). 28:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2016 03:00 PM PST
Decoy For Death (Aired February 23, 1954)
As hard is it may be to believe by today's standards, Rocky Fortune was Frank Sinatra's only dramatic Radio program from The Golden Age of Radio as the lead in a recurring role. As a variety guest performer, Sinatra's Radiography goes on and on and on. But this was the program that a great many of the growing number of fans of Sinatra's acting work really wanted to hear. NBC spared no expense to showcase this growing super-star of the 1940s and 1950s, and it shows in both production values and supporting voice talent. Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1954. NBC network. "Decoy For Death" aka: Sitting Duck For Death. Sustaining. The "Organ Grinder" has broken out of jail and is out to get Rocky and the others who set him up. Interesting listening. Frank Sinatra, Kay Stewart, Jack Nestle, Barney Phillips, Jack Mather, Tony Barrett, George Pembroke, George Lefferts (writer), Andrew C. Love (director). 25:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2016 10:32 AM PST
The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints (Aired October 2, 1948)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1948. Program #11. Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRS/AFRTS/FEN rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Wandering Fingerprints". Mr. Zeigler can actually move fingerprints from one place to another...which gives him the idea for a clever blackmail racket. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (director, host), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 28, 2016 03:00 AM PST
The Dripping Faucet (Aired September 2, 1945)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954.The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, an American radio and television series, was once the longest-running, live-action situation comedy on American television, having aired on ABC from 1952 to 1966 after a ten-year run on radio. Starring Ozzie Nelson and his wife, singer Harriet Hilliard (she dropped her maiden name after the couple ended their music career), the show's sober, gentle humor captured a large, sustaining audience, although it never rated in the top ten programs, and later critics tended to dismiss it as fostering a slightly unrealistic picture of post-World War II American family life. When Skelton was drafted, Ozzie Nelson was prompted to create his own family situation comedy. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954.

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