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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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September 21, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Accusing Corpse (Aired April 29, 1945)
With The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. And indeed, some of the production values were a cut above in The Sealed Book, as contrasted with their similar productions from The Mysterious Traveler. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1945. Program #7. Mutual network. "The Accusing Corpse". Sustaining. A plot to a commit double murder is executed in a very strange way with very strange results. The script was also used on "The Mysterious Traveler" on April 16, 1944. The system cue has been deleted. This program has also been dated July 1, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
Ladies Never Lie....Much (01-07-51)
As must be apparent from the credits below, whether produced on the East Coast or the West Coast, The Saint attracted some of Radio's finest voice and acting talents. Among the various ensemble members of the cast over the years were Tony Barrett, William Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson, Peter Leeds, Ken Christy, Ted Von Eltz, Larry Dobkin, Sheldon Leonard, Ted Osborne and Louise Arthur. Ken Christy transitioned to each rendition of The Saint over American airwaves in one capacity or another. The Saint made the transition to Television in 1962 with Roger Moore in the starring role. Somewhat more campy than the Radio and Film renditions of The Saint, Moore nevertheless owned the characterization after a couple of seasons. The Television series ran for seven years. The Television incarnation of The Saint employed a great deal of expostion from Roger Moore's Simon Templar, much in the mold of the better film noir and radio noir depictions of sleuths of the 1940s and 1950s. The technique worked and for two generations, most Saint fans identified Roger Moore most closely with the role. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 7, 1951. NBC network. "Ladies Never Lie...Much". Sustaining. Mrs. Gordon comes to Templar's apartment, confesses to murdering her husband, and leaves. Mr. Gordon then arrives at the apartment...very much alive! However, he is shot as he leaves the apartment...very untidy! Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), Don Stanley (announcer), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Joan Banks, Peter Leeds, James Nusser, Louis Vittes (writer), Hy Averback, Lawrence Dobkin. 29:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2016 04:00 PM PDT
Hell Week (Aired January 2, 1952)
The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950 to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years writing Fibber McGee and Molly. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee continued as a writing team; their best-known play is Inherit the Wind.Cameron Blake, Walter Brown Newman, Robert Sinclair, and Milton and Barbara Merlin became writers for the program as well. But listeners were surprised to discover that the episode of 27 September 1950, "The Leslie Hoff Painting," a story tackling racial prejudice, was written by Colman himself. The sponsors were Schlitz Brewing Company and then Nabisco. Nat Wolff produced and directed, Henry Russell handled the music and radio veteran Ken Carpenter was the announcer.

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September 20, 2016 11:00 AM PDT
Where Theres A Will Theres A Murder (Aired July 14, 1946)
The gimmick in Rogue's Gallery was the presence of an alter ego, "Eugor," who arrived in the middle of the show to give Rogue enough information for his final deduction. Eugor was a state of mind, achieved when Rogue was knocked unconcious. Eugor would appear cackling like the host of Hermit's Cave and imparted some vital information the hero had overlooked. Rogue would then awaken with a vague idea of what to do next. Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 14, 1946. NBC network. "Where There's A Will, There's A Murder". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo. A rehearsal recording. Wealthy Angela Mullins hires Richard Rogue to find out who stole her will, whereupon she's promptly found dead. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 27:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 20, 2016 06:00 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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September 20, 2016 01:05 AM PDT
A Riot Made to Order (Aired June 1, 1952) Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1952. Program #10. ZIV Syndication. "A Riot Made To Order". Commercials added locally. Cvetic uses a sprinkler system to foil the plans of the Party to cause a riot and create sympathy for the Communists. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 07:17 PM PDT
No Escape (Aired November 1, 1948)
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1948. Program #29. NBC syndication. "No Escape". Commercials added locally. A good, if somewhat predictable, story about a murdered wife who becomes alive again. . 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell (Aired March 4, 1953)
After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. He changed his name from "Leslie" to "Bob", reportedly because people in the US were calling him "Hopelessly", although in the 1920s he sometimes used the name "Lester Hope". THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1953. "Filling Out Income Tax With Guest Jane Russell" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Bob tries to fill out his income tax form and then tries to convince guest Jane Russell to make a 3-D movie with him. Possibly dated April, 1952. Bill Goodwin, Bob Hope, Bob Sweeney, Hans Conried, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Margaret Whiting, Jane Russell. 23:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 19, 2016 01:00 AM PDT
The Undertaker (Aired March 11, 1983)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1983. Program #91. CBC network, Toronto origination. "The Undertaker". "Death is the best cosmetic there is." That's the advice an embalmer gives his student, while his former lover is on the table! John Stocker, Al Purdy (writer), John Douglas (adaptor), Sean O'Hara, Colleen O'Neil, Elva Mai Hoover, Nonnie Griffin, Tom Hauff, Ken James, Bill Reiter (host, billed as "Frederick Hende"), Brian Peyton (technician), Nancy McElvene (production assistant), Don Kowalchuk (executive producer), Bill Howell (producder, director), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Donna Howlett (script editor). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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September 18, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
The Baliff & The Women (Aired November 9, 1984)
he Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began airing a fascinating range of classic, mystery, comedy, documentary, and supernatural drama throughout the 1970s to 1990s to a steadily expanding audience--both in Canada and throughout the northern portions of the U.S. The CBC's extensive Radio offerings were a fairly even mix of organic dramas and comedies showcasing Canada's own great actors, writers and production talent, as well as several popular transcribed, syndicated features from throughout the British Empire and the United States. Indeed many of America's most beloved, popular, versatile and award-winning character actors, musicians, and comedians were Canadian citizens who'd honed their craft in all manner of original Canadian Radio drama. Vanishing Point is the title of a science fiction anthology series that ran on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from 1984 until 1986, although the show would continue under different names and formats.

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