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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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November 25, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Command Performance - Thanksgiving Special (11-23-44) Thanksgiving (Aired November 23, 1944)
Command Performance is a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to the troops overseas. It was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations. Troops sent in requests for a particular performer or program to appear, and they also suggested unusual ideas for music and sketches on the program, such as Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots. Top performers of the day appeared, including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters. There were more than 400 shows. AFRS Production for the entertainment of Armed Forces troops. The first name listed was designated the "Master of Cermonies". Dates listed should be taken with a grain of salt.

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November 25, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving Dinner (Aired November 27, 1946)
Carson's success on radio led to the start of a lucrative film career. An early stand-out role for Carson was as an undercover G-Man feigning drunkenness opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled, Enemy Agent. Carson shortly thereafter achieved contract-player status with Warner Brothers. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with the popular Crosby and Hope road pictures. However, despite this auspicious beginning, most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedies with Morgan and later with Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945) where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. THIS EPISODE: November 27, 1946. "Thanksgiving Dinner" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack's going to have to work on his current film on Thanksgiving Day. The solution is to have Thanksgiving dinner one day early. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 25, 2015 04:00 AM PST
The Thanksgiving Show (Aired November 26, 1946)
The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: November 26, 1946. "The Thanksgiving Show" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving with a turkey. Mr. Colbt is disappointed with Mel's meager party fixings. Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Earle Ross, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Jerry Hausner, Mac Benoff (writer). 22:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 25, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving In The Wilderness (Aired November 28, 1946)
Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. Under the title Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, it later transferred to television. The program was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Preston, according to radio historian Jim Harmon, first joined the Mounties to capture his father's killer, and when he was successful he was promoted to Sergeant. Preston worked under the command of Inspector Conrad, and in the early years was often assisted by a French-Canadian guide named Pierre. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1946. WXYZ, Detroit origination, The Michigan Radio Network. "Thanksgiving In The Wilderness". Sustaining. A flashback story: Father Haley has been kidnapped, along with the church funds. The townspeople suspect that the new priest may have stolen the money. Father Haley's dog Shep helps Sergeant Preston solve the mystery. The system cue has been deleted. Jay Michael, Mildred Merrill (writer), Larry McCann (announcer). 13:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 08:00 PM PST
Mightier Than The Sword (Aired June 19, 1950)
Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife. Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery! The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in London’s seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1950. Program #81. Towers Of London syndication. "Mightier Than The Sword". Commercials added locally. The story of old Charles Howard and Mr. Brown, two delightful chaps who made their living with their penmanship. The date is approximate. Clive Brook (host), Percy Hoskins (writer, performer), Harry Alan Towers (producer). 25:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 05:00 PM PST
Sailor's Dead Husband (Aired April 14, 1952)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

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November 24, 2015 12:59 PM PST
The Iron Coffin (Aired July 12, 1950)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: July 12, 1950. CBS network. "The Iron Coffin". Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Marlowe visits a 16th century Spanish castle (in northern California) to battle the ghost of "Peter The Cruel," who lives in an eight foot iron coffin! An imaginative story, good radio! Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Irene Tedrow, David Ellis, Edgar Barrier, Jay Novello, Parley Baer, Barney Phillips, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lillian Buyeff. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 08:00 AM PST
Blanche's Expensive Injury (Aired July 17, 1951)
The Bickersons were barely ready for prime time radio (they lasted only two full seasons) as it was, but a 1951 CBS television version didn't last half as long. Lew Parker (later familiar as That Girl's harried, slightly overbearing father Lew Marie) took the role of John Bickerson, as he also did on radio a season earlier. But it did not work as well as the original skits. Parker and Langford weren't seen to have the seamless anti-chemistry of Ameche and Langford. Premiering as a summer season replacement, the television version of The Bickersons lasted only 13 episodes. \Ameche and Langford's work together didn't end with The Bickersons, either. They co-hosted a variety series, The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show, in 1951–1952. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1951. "Blanche's Expensive Injury" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. This is the program as broadcast. Frances starts the program by singing, "Somebody Loves Me." Blanche has a sprained ankle, so she buys a television set from Dr. Hersey! One of the Philip Morris commercials features a man from Memphis taking the, "Philip Morris Nose Test." Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Tony Romano and His Orchestra, Phil Rapp (creator), Jay Jackson (commercial spokesman), John Holbrook (announcer), Johnny Roventini (commercial spokesman). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 04:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "All Star Western Theater" - The Bar-K Dude Ranch With Ken Card (Aired April 6, 1947)
The music was provided by the Riders of the Purple Sage, fronted by Foy Willing, with the help of Kenny Driver, Al Sloey and Johnny Paul. The group appeared on various shows on radio, including the Andrews Sisters' Eight-to-the-Bar Ranch in '44-'45, and the Roy Rogers Show during the 1946 - 48 period. Western swing was big in those days, and this show has some really fine renditions in that great American music style. Guest stars such as Johnny Mack Brown and Smiley Burnett come on, and do action sketches and real knee-slapping humor skits. When these cowboys rustle up humor, they play it about as broad as the western skies themselves. Laughs this simple are not heard much anymore, unless you have an eight-year old with an old jokebook. But that doesn't mean All Star Western Theater isn't enjoyable. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1947. "The Bar-K Dude Ranch" - CBS Pacific network, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "The Riders". Sponsored by: Weber's Bread. Guest Ken Card and "The Riders" appear in a comedy-romance set on a dude ranch with two eligible sisters. Ken Card, Joe Forte, Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Cottonseed Clark (announcer). 30:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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November 24, 2015 12:00 AM PST
Death Strikes From The East (Aired June 5, 1940) 2-Parts COMPLETE After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. His calling card was a small beetle-shaped marker that he left in conspicuous places to alert criminals to his presence, using their fear of his crime fighting reputation as a weapon against them. For this purpose he also used a "Beetle Signal" flashlight.Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. TODAY'S SHOW: June 5, 1940. Program #14. Fox Features syndication. "Death Strikes From The East" Part One and Two (COMPLETE). Commercials added locally. The "Purple Dragon" hosts a Chinese drama, with a human sacrifice for an encore! . Tong Wars are being waged in Chinatown. The Blue Beetle looks toward the Orient to battle "The Purple Dragon." Commissioner Warren's daughter has been kidnapped. 26:53.

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