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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
Category: Kids & Family
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 16, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
Moby Dick (Aired April 10, 1949)
The NBC University Theater was truly one well loved program. Beyond just its educational value, the combination of great stories... quality acting... and first class production made these shows wonderful entertainment. They are truly great radio AND a highly accessible way to introduce YOUR kids to great American Literature! Dramatic anthology Offered novels, with programs for college credit. Broadcast History : July 30th, 1948 - February 14th, 1951 NBC. Mostly 60 minutes. Mostly aired on Sundays, with occasional weeknight airings. Announcer : Don Stanley Music : Albert Harris, Henry Russell Director : Andrew C. Love Writers : Claris A. Ross, Ernest Kinoy, George Lefferts, Jack C. Wilson Sound Effects : Bob Holmes, Rod Sutton. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1949. NBC network, WMAQ Chicago aircheck. "Moby Dick". Sustaining. The legend of the chase after the white whale. Albert Harris (composer, conductor), Don Stanley (announcer), Donald Morrison, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Henry Hull, Herman Melville (author), Hy Averback (announcer), John Beal, John Dehner, Lester Schott, Ralph Moody, Steven Chase, John W. Taylor (intermission speaker: from the University of Louisville), Andrew C. Love (director). 59:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Aired August 19, 1953
Johnny was a walking public relations campaign, reminding people of the product wherever he appeared. In exchange for $20,000 a year, Johnny promised never to appear in public without a bodyguard, and never to ride the New York subway during rush hour. When his salary rose to $50,000, PM insured his voice for the same amount. "Johnny" ads were prominent on billboards and in magazines. Always in his red bellhop’s uniform, he was seen "stepping out on storefronts all over America" to remind folks to smoke Philip Morris. When I Love Lucy became part of the PM family, Lucy and Desi joined Johnny in many of the company’s magazine print ads -- and artist’s renderings of the threesome were included on Philip Morris cigarette cartons at Christmas time. PM also issued a "Lucy Notebook" (filled with recipes and household hints) and a Lucy Rag Doll as product premiums. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 19, 1953. CBS network. "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". Commercials deleted. A tragedy about a Vaudevillian who actually can foretell the future. Peter Lorre, Charles Martin (host), Ed Begley, Mandel Kramer, Everett Sloane. 23:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
The Bluebeard Caper (Aired August 8, 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. The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: August 8, 1948. CBS network. "The Bluebeard Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. Ned Towers needs help with his sister. She's about to marry Jefferson Davis Calhoun, who's been married and widowed three times. Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Dashiell Hammett (creator), William Spier (producer, director), Robert Tallman (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Dick Joy (announcer). 28:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
Special Guest Is Judy Garland (Aired March 7, 1939)
After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. He changed his name from "Leslie" to "Bob", reportedly because people in the US were calling him "Hopelessly", although in the 1920s he sometimes used the name "Lester Hope". THIS EPISODE: March 7, 1939. "Special Guest Is Judy Garland" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Pepsodent, Pepsodent Antiseptic. Bob's opening monologue is about the Santa Anita racetrack. The first tune is, "Could Be." Guest Judy Garland sings, "It Had To Be You" and "Franklin D. Roosevelt Jones." The cast does a spy skit in search of "Ratface." Bob Hope, Bill Goodwin, Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Jerry Colonna, Patsy Kelly, Elvia Allman, Wilkie Mahoney (writer), Melvin Frank (writer), Norman Panama (writer), Al Schwartz (writer), Norman Sullivan (writer), Milt Josefsberg (writer), Mel Shavelson (writer), Six Hits and A Miss, Judy Garland. 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 16, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
The Dead Land (Aired June 10, 1951)
Mr. Moto is small in stature but strong and an expert in judo. He was the title character of a series of books, beginning with No Hero (1935; British title: Mr Moto Takes a Hand, reprint title: Your Turn, Mr. Moto), and of eight films between 1937 and 1939, in which he was portrayed by Peter Lorre. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Moto fell out of favor with Americans, and no new books or movies about him appeared between 1942 and 1957. A dedicated and cold-blooded spy for Imperial Japan, Moto is not a conventional hero. He does not look for opportunities to commit violence but has no problem with killing people who obstruct his plans, and he would not hesitate to take his own life if necessary. But he is a master of concealing his true nature while under cover, and usually appears dull, naive, utterly harmless. He does not try to correct the bigoted attitudes of Westerners toward him and other Asians, and is not above encouraging such condescension. It often works to his advantage, leading Westerners to ignore or underestimate him. THIS EPISODE: June 10, 1951. NBC network. "The Dead Land". Sustaining. Mr. Moto flies to Cleveland, Ohio to protect the Burrell formula for a bacteriological warfare agent. The program has also been dated June 6, 1951. James Monks, Carol Irwin (producer), John P. Marquand (creator), Fred Collins (announcer), Harry W. Junkin (writer). 30:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2017 07:00 PM PDT
The Top Secret D-ray (Aired January 31, 1953)
The stories followed the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry (Ed Kemmer) of the United Planets Space Patrol and his young sidekick Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborn) —- yes, Cadet Happy —- as they faced nefarious interplanetary villains with diabolical schemes. Not surprisingly for the time, some of these villains had Russian- or German-sounding accents. Cmdr. Corry and his allies were aided by such nifty gadgets as "miniature space-o-phones" and "atomolights." Episodes had such pulp-magazine titles as "Revolt of the Space Rats" and "The Menace of Planet X." The special effects used in the live half-hour TV episodes had to be performed in real time. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1953. ABC network. "The Top Secret D-Ray". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals (Space Binoculars premium). A microfilm of plans of the deadly "D-Ray" have been stolen. This is a network, sponsored version. Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Larry Robertson (director), Lou Houston (writer), Dick Tufeld (announcer), Mike Mosser (producer), Nina Bara, Ken Mayer, Norman Jolley, Steven Robertson. 28:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Trouble With The Law (Aired February 9, 1950)
Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. In July, 1945, Ann took Maisie to radio in a half-hour weekly radio for CBS. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis co-starred as boyfriend Bill, with other parts going to such seasoned radio players as John Brown and Lurene Tuttle. The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1950. Program #12. "Trouble With The Law" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie tackles a town judge and the silly laws still on the books since the Civil War. The date above is the date of broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Earle Ross, Frank Nelson, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), James Eagles, Louis Jean Heydt, Peter Leeds, Sidney Miller. 28:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
One Of These Four (Aired May 8, 1949)
The stories followed Holliday's adventures when he responded to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims. Sylvia Picker appeared as Holliday's scatterbrained secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. Supporting cast members included Betty Lou Gerson, Frank Lovejoy, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten and John Beal. Vern Carstensen, who directed Box 13 for producer Richard Sanville, was also the show's announcer. The dramas featured music by Rudy Schrager. Russell Hughes, who had previously hired Ladd as a radio actor in 1935 at a $19 weekly salary, wrote the scripts, sometimes in collaboration with Ladd. The partners in Mayfair Productions were Ladd and Bernie Joslin, who had previously run the chain of Mayfair Restaurants. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1949. Program #38. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "One Of These Four". Commercials added locally. Afloat with a murderer, but who? Alan Ladd, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Leroy's Paper Route (Aired September 14, 1941)
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. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1941. NBC network. "Leroy's Paper Route" - Sponsored by: Kraft, Parkay. Leroy gets a job delivering newspapers, which lands Gildersleeve in police court. Harold Peary. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Story (Aired August 17, 1952)
Best Plays was another of the prestigious sustaining productions of the NBC Presents family of presentations from the National Broadcasting Company which, over the years, had presented numerous consistently rich, high-production value series' of NBC-produced and financed dramatic productions. Announced almost six weeks previously, NBC decided to wait until the summer of 1952 to introduce the series as a summer replacement for their Theater Guild series. And indeed, the series was so well received as a summer series that NBC extended the franchise for another full year season. Where this production differed was in presenting 20th Century, award winning Stage Plays exclusively. The common demoninator for the selections were, for the most part, their previous identification by the New York Drama Critics' Circle as a 'Best Play' of the season. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 17, 1952. NBC network. "The Philadelphia Story". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Philip Barry (author), Joan Alexander, Betty Furness, Myron McCormick, Vera Allen, Robert Tallman (adaptor), Joseph Curtin, Karl Weber, William Quinn, Denise Alexander, Edwin Jerome, Gene Leonard, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 55:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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