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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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July 18, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Hiking Trip (Aired March 24, 1942)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. David Forrester and David Rose led the orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita Ellis. The announcers were Pat McGeehan and Rod O'Connor. THIS EPISODE: March 24, 1942. "Hiking Trip" - Red net. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco. The first tune is, "Deep In The Heart Of Texas." Red's opening monologue is about a picnic in the park. "Deadeye" starts Spring cleaning in his hideout. Clem Kadiddlehopper has just cleaned up his excursion boat. "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid," and his mother start on Spring cleaning. Red Skelton, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, Harriet Hilliard, Wonderful Smith, Truman Bradley (anouncer), Del King (commercial spokesman). 31:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 18, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
The Exile (Aired January 19, 1949)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim"). The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1949. NBC network. "The Exile". Sustaining. A dress rehearsal recording with no music. Guest screen director Max Ophuls introduces the story of Charles II's exile in Holland. Carl Harbord, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Frank Barton (announcer), Howard Wiley (producer), Janet Waldo, Joe Grande, Lou Krugman, Max Ophuls, Milton Geiger (adaptor), Paul McVey, Raymond Burr. 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 17, 2016 06:49 PM PDT
The Hunters (Aired February 3, 1965)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: February 3, 1965. ABC network. "The Hunters". Commercials deleted. An alcoholic and his son go hunting in the woods...along with the father's bottle. Richard McCracken (writer), Ted Bell (producer, director), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer), Lee Bowman (executive producer), Neal Pultz (audfio engineer), Marty Folia (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), George Petrie, Fran Carlon, Peter Fernandez, Jack Hurdle, Mark O'Daniels. 21:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 17, 2016 01:00 PM PDT
The Case Of Maggie Ralenson (Aired May 25, 1952)
The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1952. "The Case Of Maggie Ralenson" - NBC network. Sustaining. A doctor's instrument case and a pair of child's rompers in the Black Museum help the Constabulary apprehend the fiend behind the packages of body parts found in Scotland. Harvey Hayes, Horace Braham, Lionel Ricou (announcer), Pat O'Malley, Lester Fletcher, Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Morris Dallymore, Patricia Courtleigh. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 17, 2016 08:00 AM PDT
Subversive Activities (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. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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July 17, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
Scatterbrain (Aired April 29, 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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July 16, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
The Hammer Of God (Aired January 20, 1985)
Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London," with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, and uncanny insight into human evil. He makes his first appearance in the famous story "The Blue Cross" and continues through the five volumes of short stories, often assisted by the reformed criminal Flambeau. Father Brown also appears in a story "The Donnington Affair" that has a rather curious history. In the October 1914 issue of the obscure magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of the story, inviting a number of detective story writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton and Father Brown's solution followed in the November issue. The story was first reprinted in the Chesterton Review (Winter 1981, pp. 1-35) and in the book Thirteen Detectives. The first Father Brown story was published in 1910 in the Saturday Evening Post, years before Chesterton had even converted to Roman Catholicism.

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July 16, 2016 02:08 PM PDT
Mental Hospital (Aired January 19, 1947)
The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Dr. Daniel Danfield was an obnoxious unlicensed private investigator/criminal psychologist with an ego complex. Why Rusty would put up with this guy is beyond understanding. In this case, love is not only blind, but also deaf and dumb. But then, Rusty was no prize package either. In fact, the most complex person on the show is Dr. Dan Danfield's pretty young secretary, Miss Rusty Fairfax. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1947 - "Mental Hospital"- Danger, Doctor Danfield. Program #23. Teleways Radio Productions syndication. Commercials added locally. The program is listed as #23 on the label, #15 on the transcription matrix. Dr. Danfield has himself committed to an asylum to foil the plans of an evil doctor. Michael Dunn, Joanne Johnson. 24:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 16, 2016 09:12 AM PDT
The Open Boat (Aired July 19, 1953)
Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," John Collier's "Evening Primrose", later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price and Harry Bartell were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key," the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats. The half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze. THIS EPISODE: July 19, 1953. CBS network. "Open Boat". Sustaining. Four men in a small boat try to make land. William Conrad (narrator), Stephen Crane (author), Roy Rowan (announcer), Bob Sweeney, E. Jack Neuman (adaptor), Tom Tully, Edgar Barrier, David Young, Jack Carroll, Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Antony Ellis (director). 30:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 16, 2016 03:00 AM PDT
The Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Thicker Than Water (Aired March 14, 1954)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1954. "Thicker Than Water" - NBC network. Sustaining. A no-good gambler comes to town to see his son after twelve years. There have been some surprising changes...in both of them! Jimmy Stewart, Frank Burt (writer, creator), Basil Adlam (music), Jack Johnstone (director), Shirley Mitchell, Robert Griffin, Dick Beals, Barney Phillips, John Wald (announcer). 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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