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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...


by Bob Camardella
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October 16, 2014 02:42 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Jaliscoe Pete (Aired May 10, 1952)
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). THIS EPISODE: May 10, 1952. CBS network. "Jaliscoe". Sustaining. "Jaliscoe Pete" and his three friends murder Will Thompson and his family and try to make it look like it was done by Indians. Barney Phillips, Georgia Ellis, Harry Bartell, Howard McNear, Jack Kruschen, John McGovern, Les Crutchfield (writer), Lou Krugman, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Parley Baer, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Vivi Janis, William Conrad. 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2014 05:39 PM PDT
The Ball aka: Paris Macabre (Aired March 9, 1943)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1943. CBS network. "The Ball". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast, Energene Shoe White. A ghastly story about the headless, walking dead. The story is also known as, "Paris Macbre." This is a network, sponsored version. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman), Bea Benaderet, Jane Morgan. 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 15, 2014 01:07 PM PDT
The Insurance Crash (Aired January 2, 1950)
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8208, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas. Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot. THIS EPISODE: January 2, 1950. "The Insurance Crash" - NBC network, San Francisco origination. Sustaining. Candy investigates a plane crash and is asked to certify the safety of an airport. Bill Brownell (sound effects), Dudley Manlove (announcer), Eloise Rowan (organist), Harry Bechtel, Henry Leff, Jack Cahill, Jay Rendon (sound effects), Lou Tobin, Monte Masters (writer, producer), Natalie Masters. 27:38.

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October 15, 2014 08:46 AM PDT
The Secret Word Is "Water" (Aired March 15, 1950)
Groucho Marx matches wits with the American public in four episodes of this classic game show. Starting on the radio in 1947, You Bet Your Life made its television debut in 1950 and aired for 11 years with Groucho as host and emcee. Sponsored rather conspicuously by the Dodge DeSoto car manufacturers, the show featured two contestants working as a team to answer questions for cash prizes. Another mainstay of these question and answer segments was the paper mache duck that would descend from the ceiling with one hundred dollars in tow whenever a player uttered the "secret word." The quiz show aspect of "You Bet Your Life" was always secondary, to the clever back-and-forth between host and contestant, which found Groucho at his funniest. It's in these interview segments that "You Bet Your Life" truly makes its mark as one of early television's greatest programs. Directed by: Robert Dwan.

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October 15, 2014 03:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western - Hopalong Cassidy - An Old Spanish Custom (Aired March 21, 1949)
What red-blooded kid of the early 1950s didn't listen to Hopalong Cassidy on the radio. A western that was greater than The Roy Rogers Show or Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. Hoppy was a hero to one and all. He and his sidekick, California Carlson, roamed the Southwest in thrilling stories week after week. Almost every tale had a little mystery in it, and almost every story ended with Hoppy's boiserous laugh. Clarence Mulford, the author of the Hopalong Cassidy stores, created a hard- fisted, rough and tought cowboy. Nowhewre's near or liked the loveable Hoppy of the movies and radio series. He became a hero in black and on a white horse - a super hero of the West. He rescued damsels and cowboys in trouble, along with ranchers and bankers and railroad owners always against the bad guys - robbers, thieves, rustlers and the like. THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1949. Program #35. Commodore syndication. "An Old Spanish Custom". Commercials added locally. Don Leone's rancho has been burned down by "El Lobo" and Carlos Estaben. Irwin Ashkenazie (writer), Joseph Du Val, Walter White Jr. (producer, transcriber), William Boyd (host). 31:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
Episode19 "The Statue's Secret" (07-22-48) and Episode 20 "Exorcism" (07-23-48)
One of the longest running juvenile adventure serials on radio, Chandu The Magician, was heard as a local program beginning in 1931 on KHJ in Los Angeles until 1932. It was then heard, starting in February 1932, over WOR in the East. Nationally, it aired over Mutual starting 10/08/32 with Gayne Whitman in the title role, it was sponsored by White King Soap on the West Coast and Beech Nut on the East Coast. Howard Hoffman also took over the lead role for a period of time. Many scripts were later redone in a new series with Tom Collins in the title role beginning 06/28/48 again as a 15 minute program. TODAY'S SHOW: July 22, 1948. Program #19. Mutual-Don Lee network. Sponsored by: White King Soap. Chandu and Dorothy plan to return to the tunnel of evil. Vera Oldham (writer), Korla Pandit (music), Howard Culver (announcer), Tom Collins, Joy Terry, Norman Field. 15 minutes. July 23, 1948. Program #20. Mutual-Don Lee network. Sponsored by: White King Soap. Chandu frees Dorothy from the spell and breaks free from a trap set for him. Vera Oldham (writer), Korla Pandit (music), Howard Culver (announcer), Tom Collins, Joy Terry, Norman Field. 15 minutes. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2014 06:54 PM PDT
Him Or Me (Aired December 26, 1964)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1964. Syndicated, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Him Or Me". Commercials added locally. A battle to the death between a man and a rat. The program closing has been deleted, the story is complete. The last show of the series. Arch Oboler (writer, host). 27:34.

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October 14, 2014 03:00 PM PDT
Delinquent's Dilemma (Aired February 13, 1949)
Dan Holiday was purportedly a successful fiction writer for the Star-Times news magazine who becomes disenchanted with the utter, mind-numbing routine of it. Dan Holiday opts out. He posts an ad reading "Go anywhere, Do anything, Write Box 13". This had become a pretty well-worked theme by 1948. Perhaps a bit too reminiscent of George Valentine's "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," from 1946's Let George Do It. The gimmick certainly made for an open-ended range of potential adventures for Box 13's protagonist. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1949. Program #26. Mayfair syndication. "Delinquent's Dilemma". Commercials added locally. A sixteen year old boy is determined to take a robbery rap and protect the gang. Alan Ladd, Sylvia Picker. 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2014 10:46 AM PDT
The Heart Of Gold (Aired October 24, 1948)
The first portrayal of Philip 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: October 24, 1948. CBS network. "The Heart Of Gold". Sustaining. A $50 bill in advance and a heart-shaped locket lead to an apparent suicide and an old secret. Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Roy Rowan (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music conceiver and director), Jack Moyles, Ben Wright, Jeff Corey, Gloria Blondell, John Dehner. 30:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 14, 2014 07:22 AM PDT
Guests Jimmy Durante & Milton Berle (Aired April 29, 1951)
The Big Show began November 5, 1950 on NBC with a stellar line-up of guests: Fred Allen, Mindy Carson, Jimmy Durante, José Ferrer, Portland Hoffa, Frankie Laine, Russell Knight, Paul Lukas, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas and Meredith Willson. To make sure no one missed the launch, NBC ran in Sunday newspapers across the country an illustrated advertisement displaying headshots of Allen, Bankhead, Carson, Durante and Merman. On the second week's program, the guests were Groucho Marx, Jane Powell, Ezio Pinza and Fanny Brice, along with Hanley Stafford, Frank Lovejoy, David Brian and John Agar (the latter three recreating their screen roles in highlights from their current Warner Bros. picture, Breakthrough). THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1951. "Guests Jimmy Durante & Milton Berle" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Canon Towels, Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. Ethel Merman opens the show with, "There's No Business Like Show Business." Frank Lovejoy appears in an "I Was A Communist For The FBI" drama and the real Matt Cvetic makes a brief anti-communist speech. Rosemary Clooney sings, "Taking a Chance On Love." Gordon MacRae recalls his days as an NBC page. Uncle Miltie does a great monologue about the good old days of radio, and other topics. The cast does a salute to Meredith Willson by singing a medley of his compositions. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Ethel Merman, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Gordon MacRae, Jimmy Durante, Matt Cvetic, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Milton Berle, Morton Green (writer), Rosemary Clooney, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead. 1:27:05 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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