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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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August 22, 2016 08:00 PM PDT
Card Game In The Clouds (Aired May 11, 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. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1952. Program #7. ZIV Syndication. "Card Game In The Clouds". Commercials added locally. A game of gin rummy en route to Buffalo leads to a microfilm scheme to get secret documents to the Communists. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), William Conrad, Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 27:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2016 02:00 PM PDT
The Terrible Tintype (Aired November 26, 1950)
The format of the Vincent Price run of The Saint bears a bit of exposition. The signature theme of The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. THIS EPISODE: November 26, 1950. NBC network. "The Terrible Tintype". Sustaining. Does "The Saint" have a photo that is being used for blackmail? Simon Templar hasn't got a clue, but gets several of them after a murder or two! The butler did it! James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Louis Vittes (writer), Lamont Johnson, Dan O'Herlihy, Lawrence Dobkin, Don Stanley (announcer), Joan Banks, Vincent Price, Helen Parrish, Ken Christy, Leslie Charteris (creator). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2016 09:05 AM PDT
Favor For A Condemned Man (Aired April 11, 1946)
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. This was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 11, 1946. Mutual network. " Favor For A Condemned Man" - Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Mike Royal is about to die in the electric chair. He asks Richard Rogue to return gems he had stolen for the reward. An interesting story. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds, Ken Christy. 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 22, 2016 04:00 AM PDT
Secret Word Is 'Heart' (Aired March 8, 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. THIS EPISODE: March 8, 1950. Syndicated, WNEW-TV, New York audio aircheck. "The Secret Word Is 'Heart'. Participating sponsors. The first contestant is Anna Lingren. Syndicated rebroadcast date: March 21, 1975. Anna Lingren, Groucho Marx, George Fenneman (announcer), Jack Meakin (music). 31:08. Show Notes Ready To Post (2016)

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August 21, 2016 11:00 PM PDT
Brother's Keeper (Pts 1&2 COMPLETE) Aired August 29, 1955
The characters are based on the book of the same name (by Max Miller) that was made into a film in 1933 (with Ben Lyon and Claudette Colbert). The adventures of a burned-out journalist in San Diego. The music heard during the program is based on the famous theme from the film. A Portuguese fisherman is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. A well-written and well-performed drama, the series might have been a hit 10 years earlier. The story is complete in these two episodes. Larry Thor, Tom Hanley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Max Miller (author), William N. Robson (producer, director), Dan Cubberly (announcer). THIS EPISODE: August 29, 1955. "Brother's Keeper". An audition program recorded by CBS. The characters are based on the book of the same name (by Max Miller) that was made into a film in 1933 (with Ben Lyon and Claudette Colbert). The adventures of a burned-out journalist in San Diego. The music heard during the program is based on the famous theme from the film. A Portuguese fisherman is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. A well-written and well-performed drama, the series might have been a hit 10 years earlier. The story is complete in these two episodes. Larry Thor, Tom Hanley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Max Miller (author), William N. Robson (producer, director), Dan Cubberly (announcer). 28:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
The People In The House (08-18-45)
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. There's no reason to expect any less of any new episodes that surface in the coming years. THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1945. Program #18. NBC syndication, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The People In The House". Participating sponsors. Syndicated rebroadcast date: January 10, 1974. Edwin Wolfe (director). 24:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2016 12:00 PM PDT
The Chinese Student (Aired February 17, 1950)
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends, and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and Bea Benadaret, Elizabeth Patterson, and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maids. Alan Reed (television's Fred Flintstone) appeared periodically as the stuffy English teacher, Professor Heaslip. The series ran 109 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950, to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee writing many of the scripts. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1950. "The Chinese Student" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Dr. Hall uses the opportunity of an address in the Ivy chapel to speak of tolerance and brotherhood, after a Chinese student leaves Ivy because of prejudice. A good show! Barbara Jean Wong, Benita Hume, Don Quinn (creator, writer), Gloria Gordon, Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Herb Butterfield, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Nat Wolff (director), Ronald Colman, Walter Newman (writer), Willard Waterman. 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Terminal Island With Guest Orson Welles (Aired September 28, 1943)
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: The Pepsodent Show. September 28, 1943. "Guest Orson Welles" - NBC network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Pepsodent. The program originates from the Naval Air Station, Terminal Island, California. Bob and Frances take a moonlit buggy ride. The Pepsodent middle commercial features "Miriam" and "Irium." Stan Kenton is introduced and interviewed as "the new band leader" (it was actually his second appearance on the show). Guest Orson Welles appears as a mystic swami to tell Bob's future. Bob Hope, Frances Langford, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (commercial spokesman), Wendell Niles (announcer), Jerry Colonna, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Orson Welles. 29:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 21, 2016 02:00 AM PDT
The Human Game (Aired August 1, 1951)
As a detective--gentleman or otherwise--Rex Harrison lends a distinctively intelligent and understated confidence to the role. He's not quite as nonchalant as The Thin Man's Nick Charles, not as arrogant as Philo Vance, and not as melodramatic as Sherlock Holmes or Radio's Philip Marlowe. In short, he's both 'just right' and entirely fascinating--and competent--as detective Rex Saunders. Leon Janney's rendition of Saunders' assistant, Alec, complements Harrison's delivery of his Saunders characterization. Not the typical stooge assistant, nor quite as clever as Nero Wolfe's Archie, Leon Janney's Alec is given the same latitude as some of Radio's other more helpful detective assistants. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: August 1, 1951. NBC network. "When They Track Down...The Human Game". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. The system cue has been deleted. Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer), Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Leon Janney, Lesley Woods. 28:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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August 20, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
The Secret Of The Mausoleum (Aired February 1, 1965)
The Creaking Door was South African Radio's attempt to create a compelling program of highly suspenseful, dramatic thrillers with a supernatural bent for their sponsor, State Express Cigarettes. Some commentators insist it was conceived as a spin-off of the already successful Inner Sanctum episodes that had been syndicated for broadcast in Australia and South Africa during the 1950s. Given the format, one can see the inference, but in fact The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. The etymology of the name, The Creaking Door, bears some reflection. When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Carter didn't care for the name, so on the spur of the moment Hi Brown suggested Inner Sanctum as an alternative, and voila, Radio history was made. The emphasis on high production values is perhaps the very reason that several early, morally challenged Radio traders felt they could get away with interspersing many of the Creaking Door episodes with their Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, and Strange Dr. Weird offerings to a still naive community of radio recording collectors. Although somewhat left-handed, it's still a compliment to both SABC and Springbok Radio that those early 'otr hooligans' managed to get away with the practice for well over 20 years. That takes nothing away from this excellent series in its own right. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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