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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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June 18, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
THe Escaped Musician (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Charlie Chan was the Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Over 40 Charlie Chan movies were done from the early 1930's through 1949, all of which starred non-Chinese actors as Charlie. Supposedly working as a Honolulu police detective, Charlie was almost always somewhere else, like Paris, Rio, LA, even Treasure Island…but he did have a wonderful home life, too, with a reported 14 children, including his famous #1, #2 etc. sons, ever intent on helping "pop" solve the case. Still, it's fun to hear ABC radio's daytime serial version of the Hawaiian family man who gave us all a little exotic wit and wisdom while uncovering dishonorable culprit. The other shows are more of "the incomparable" at work. Unfortunately, Chan on radio is very rare, the very opposite of the ubiquitous Charlie Chan movie reruns on TV. This is a mysterious absence even the great Charlie Chan might be needed to solve! Many mystery lovers sniff at Chan, But here's one more from Charlie that might apply…"Mind, like parachute, only function when open."

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June 17, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
The Canary Blonde Heiress (Aired May 15, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: May 15, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Canary Blonde Heiress". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 17, 2016 04:25 PM PDT
Incident At Quito (Aired December 7, 1952)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1952. CBS network. "Incident In Quito". Sustaining. A man trades his nagging wife to a tribe of headhunters for ten shrunken heads. Ross Murray (writer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), William Conrad (announcer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Antony Ellis (director), Larry Thor, Jeanne Bates, Edgar Barrier, Don Diamond, Fay Baker, Jack Kruschen, Tony Barrett. 33:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 17, 2016 11:25 AM PDT
The Eddie Flores Frame-Up (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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June 17, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Having A Wonderful Crime (Aired June 3, 1945)
The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season, Sundays 10:30 - 11:00 pm. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. In October 1944, Lloyd emerged as the director and host of The Old Gold Comedy Theater, an NBC radio anthology series, The show presented half-hour radio adaptations of recently successful film comedies, beginning with Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert and Robert Young. Some saw The Old Gold Comedy Theater as being a lighter version of Lux Radio Theater, and it featured some of the best-known film and radio personalities of the day, including Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and Alan Young, among others. But the show's half-hour format — which meant the material might have been truncated too severely — and Lloyd's sounding somewhat ill at ease on the air for much of the season (though he spent weeks training himself to speak on radio prior to the show's premiere, and seemed more relaxed toward the end of the series run) may have worked against it.

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June 17, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Good Ship Jane (Aired February 24, 1954)
Crime Classics was a U. S. radio docudrama which aired over CBS from June 15, 1953 to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was basically a historical true crime series, examining crimes, and especially murders, from the past. It grew out of Lewis's personal interest in famous murder cases, and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages, and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration. THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1954. CBS network. "The Good Ship Jane: Why She Became Flotsam". Sustaining. A well written story of piracy and murder. Lou Merrill (host), Gary Montgomery, Ben Wright, Steve Roberts, Bob Lemond (announcer), Herb Butterfield, Paul Frees, William Johnstone, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 16, 2016 08:08 PM PDT
Pilgrim's Progress (Aired November 20, 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 EPISODE: November 20, 1948. CBS network. "The Pilgrim's Progress". Sustaining. At a Thanksgiving turkey shoot, Regan gets the bird and it's not the turkey that gets shot, it's Miles Standish! Jack Webb, Herb Butterfield, Mary Lansing, Paul Frees, Marvin Miller, Paul Dubov, Larry Roman (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer), Sterling Tracy (producer), Milton Charles (organ), Bob Stevenson (announcer). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 16, 2016 03:00 PM PDT
The Artie Blanchard Murder Case (Aired February 14, 1953)
Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 14, 1953. "The Artie Blanchard Murder Case" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Artie Blanchard has been found dead under a theatre marquee, with his pockets stuffed with money. Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Tony Barrett, Bob Sweeney, Benny Rubin, Barbara Eiler, Louise Louis, James McCallion, Bill Anders (announcer), George Pirrone, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer). 33:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 16, 2016 09:00 AM PDT
Gregory Hickson Lecture (Aired October 22, 1946)
A Date with Judy was a comedy radio series aimed at a teenage audience which had a long run from 1941 to 1950. The show began as a summer replacement for Bob Hope's show, sponsored by Pepsodent and airing on NBC from June 24 to September 16, 1941, with 14-year-old Ann Gillis in the title role. Dellie Ellis portrayed Judy when the series returned the next summer (June 23 – September 15, 1942). Louise Erickson took over the role the following summer (June 30 – September 22, 1943) when the series, with Bristol Myers as its new sponsor, replaced The Eddie Cantor Show for the summer. Louise Erickson continued in the role of Judy over the next seven years as the series, sponsored by Tums, aired from January 18, 1944 to January 4, 1949. THIS EPISODE: October 22, 1946. "Gregory Hickson Lecture" - NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Trying to avoid a lecture on international relations, Mr. Foster finds himself obligated to buy a diamond bracelet. Louise Erickson, John Brown. 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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June 16, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
The Last Mission (Aired September 29, 1950)
"Are you willing to undertake a dangerous mission for the United States, knowing in advance you may never return alive?" Cloak and Dagger first aired over the NBC network on May 7, 1950. It had a short run through the Summer on Sundays, changing to Fridays after its Summer run. The last show aired Oct. 22, 1950. This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1950. NBC network. "The Last Mission". Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. "Charlie" is a drunken old bum in Canton, China during the Japanese occupation. However, "Charlie" is really an O. S. S. agent! A mixed race "tavern girl" agrees to help "Charlie" gather information. The final promotional announcement and system cue have been deleted. Ken Field (writer), Don Abbott (engineer), Guy Repp, Max Russell (sound effects), Corey Ford (creator), Alistair MacBain (creator), Arnold Moss, Ralph Bell, Raymond Edward Johnson, Karl Weber, Jon Gart (music director), Ian Martin, Bryna Raeburn, Frank Laughrin (? sound effects), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor). 28:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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