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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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February 21, 2015 07:10 PM PST
The Insomnia Caper (Aired October 24, 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: October 24, 1948. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Insomnia Caper". All Sam wants to do is get a good night's sleep, but the red-head next door just won't leave him alone! Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Lurene Tuttle. 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2015 03:14 PM PST
The Iron Chancellor (Aired January 27, 1973)
X Minus One was an NBC science fiction series that was an extension, or revival, of NBC's earlier science fiction series, DIMENSION X. which ran from Apr. 8, 1950 through Sept. 29, 1951. Both are remembered for bringing really first rate science fiction to the air. The first X Minus One shows used scripts from Dimension X, but soon created new shows from storied from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. The series was cancelled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1973. "The Iron Chancellor" - NBC network, Renaissance Radio syndication, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Iron Chancellor". A robot runs amok. Sophomoric. Robert Silverberg (author), Leon Janney, Jackson Beck, Roy Fox (commercial spokesman, performer), Evie Juster, Donald Buka, Ira Shprintzen (director), Donna Phonfer (? adaptor), Sal Trepani (producer). 26:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2015 11:10 AM PST
Steven In A Rest Home (Aired October 13, 1953)
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. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had been expressing more of an interest in dramatic work. Perhaps Sinatra's managers were simply hedging their bets. Sinatra's greatest initial dramatic role in From Here To Eternity was released October 19, 1953, just weeks after Rocky Fortune began its 26-week run on NBC. As we all know now, From Here to Eternity was a box-office smash, propelling Sinatra into a whole new career in Film. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1953. "Steven In A Rest Home" - NBC network. Sustaining. Rocky's job as a chauffeur in a tenement district leads him to a new identity as a mental patient in Denver! This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Jack Mather, Herb Ellis, Francis Urey, Maurice Hart, Stanley Frazer, Lynn Allen, Andrew C. Love (director), Edward King (announcer), Stephen Chase. 25:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Selling The Drug Store (Aired February 22, 1942)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957) was the arguable founding father of the spin-off program, as well as one of the first true situation comedies (as opposed to sketch programs) in broadcast history. Hooked around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio hit Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest period in the 1940s, when Harold Peary graduated the character from the earlier show into the sitcom and in a quartet of likeable feature films at the height of the show's popularity. THIS EPISODE: February 22, 1942. "Selling The Drug Store" - NBC network. Sponsored by: raft Parkay, Kraft Dinner. Peavey's drug store up for sale. Harold Peary, Walter Tetley, Sam Moore (writer), John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Earle Ross, Lurene Tuttle, Shirley Mitchell, Lillian Randolph, Ben Alexander, Claude Sweeten (music director). 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 21, 2015 03:00 AM PST
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Have Gun Will Travel" - About Face (Aired December 27, 1959)
The knight symbol is in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire (see paladin). The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor." In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece's movement: "It's a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected." Paladin was a former Army officer and a graduate of West Point. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1959. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "About Face". Hey Boy is about to be married to a girl in China...his fiancee since age nine! John Dehner, Ben Wright, Virginia Gregg, Edgar Barrier, Frank Paris (producer, director), Ann Doud (writer), Gus Bayz (sound effects), Bill James (sound effects), Sam Rolfe (creator), Herb Meadow (creator). 24:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 20, 2015 11:00 PM PST
Lee & Grant At Appomattox (Aired November 7, 1948)
You Are There is an American historical educational television and radio series broadcast over the CBS Radio and CBS Television networks. reated by Goodman Ace for CBS Radio, it blended history with modern technology, taking an entire network newsroom on a figurative time warp each week reporting the great events of the past. Reporters included John Charles Daly, Don Hollenbeck and Richard C. Hottelet. The series was first heard on July 7, 1947 under the title CBS Is There. Its final broadcast was on March 19, 1950 under the title You Are There. According to author/historian Martin Grams, actor Canada Lee was a guest in episodes 32 and 60. Martin Gabel appeared in character in episode 82. The first 23 broadcasts went under the title "CBS Is There" and beginning with episode 24, the title changed to "You Are There". A total of 90 episodes were broadcast. Only 75 episodes are known to exist in recorded form. THIS EPISODE: November 7, 1948. "Lee & Grant At Appomattox" - CBS network. "Lee Rides To Meet Grant". Sustaining. The events of April 9, 1865. The day the Civil War ended, as seen from the Appomatox courthouse. Charles Webster, Don Hollenbeck, Eric Dressler, Guy Sorel, Jackson Beck (announcer), John Daly, Ken Roberts (announcer), McKay Juran (writer), Ned Calmer, Quincy Howe, Robert Lewis Shayon (producer), Robert Readick, Staats Cotsworth, Thomas Chalmers. 27:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 20, 2015 07:05 PM PST
Edge Of Darkness (Aired October 25, 1943)
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio broadcast from 1939 until 1952 with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952.

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February 20, 2015 03:39 PM PST
The Motorcycle Club Killer (1949) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Mr. District Attorney is a popular radio crime drama which aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952 (and in transcribed syndication through 1953). The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gangbusters, helped to develop the concept and coined the title. THIS EPISODE: 1954. Program #25. ZIV Syndication. "The Case Of The Motorcycle Club Killer". Commercials added locally. A jewelry store is held up and the owner has been killed. Suspicion falls on the members of a motorcycle club. The date is approximate. David Brian, Phillips H. Lord (creator). 26:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 20, 2015 10:49 AM PST
The Man In The Door (Aired August 28, 1948)
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 1948. Webb played JEFF REGAN, a tough private eye working in a Los Angeles investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. Regan introduced himself on each show "I get ten a day and expenses...they call me the Lyon's Eye." The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. Both versions were 30 minutes, but the day and time slot changed several times. A total of 29 episodes from this series are in trading currency. THIS EPISODE: August 28, 1948. CBS network. "The Man In The Door". Sustaining. A murdered architect is seen alive and well! Jeff looks into a complicated story of murder and embezzlement. Jack Webb, Wilms Herbert, Lou Krugman, Lurene Tuttle, Betty Lou Gerson, Dave Henderson, William Conrad, E. Jack Neuman (writer), Sterling Tracy (producer), Bob Stevenson (announcer), Richard Aurandt (music). 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 20, 2015 07:00 AM PST
Michelangelo Hancock (Aired November 18, 1956)
Tony Hancock starred as an exaggerated version of his own character, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Sid James played a criminally-inclined confidante who usually managed to con Hancock, while Bill Kerr appeared as Hancock's dim-witted Australian lodger. Moira Lister also appeared in the first series before being replaced by Andrée Melly for the next two, both playing love interests for Hancock's character. In the fourth and fifth series, Hattie Jacques played Griselda Pugh, live-in secretary to Hancock and occasional girlfriend of Sid James. The series broke from the variety tradition dominant in British radio comedy into the sitcom or Situation comedy genre. Instead of sketches, guest stars and musical interludes, humour developed from the characters and situations. Hancock's experiences were based in reality and observation. From the playlet "Look Back In Hunger" in The East Cheam Drama Festival episode, Galton and Simpson showed they were in touch with developments in the British theatre, the use of sighs and silent pauses in common with the work of Harold Pinter which began to emerge towards the end of the series' run. The measured pacing of these episodes were groundbreaking in the days of fast-talking Ted Ray, where every second of airtime had to be filled. With Galton and Simpson writing scripts prolifically, continuity was not priority, with details changed to suit the episode. The domestic situation varied, Hancock usually portrayed as unemployed or a hopeless, down-at-heel comedian.

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