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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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March 23, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - The Capture Of Stacy Gault (Aired November 1, 1953)
The theme of The Six Shooter wasn't the only aspect of the production that created a buzz throughout during the Fall and Winter of 1953-54. The term 'adult western,' when it was first coined in the late 1940s, referred to the overlaying of contemporary psychological themes onto the western genre of literature, Radio and Film. Just as in noir crime fiction in print, film noir and radio noir had ushered in a new perspective on traditional fiction; the overlaying of contemporary values, psychological themes and sophisticated social interactions between characters of a story. The adult western transformed the traditional 'black hat'-'white hat' type of shoot'em up cowboy opera format into a form that examined the deeper motivations of its characters and how those psychological themes informed the plot--but in a period western setting. Adult westerns first appeared in Film with big screen hits like Sam Fuller's classic I Shot Jesse James (1949), Winchester '73 (1950), High Noon (1952), and Shane (1953). THIS EPISODE: November 1, 1953. "The Capture Of Stacy Gault" - NBC network. Sustaining. Britt forces the sheriff to go after a robber, even though the wounded crook may be the sheriff's son. This is a network, sponsored version. James McCallion is given air credit on this broadcast instead of Bert Holland. Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director), Basil Adlam (music), Parley Baer, Herb Vigran, William Conrad, Frank Burt (writer, creator), Hal Gibney (announcer), James McCallion. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 22, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
Criminal Liability (Aired January 30, 1954)
The Host, John Fitzgerald, would dissect the legal issues involved in the script, point listeners to the right source of legal information--for the State of Illinois, in any case--and suggest alternate scenarios, as time permitted, to further illustrate the larger issues behind that week's topic. As a local presentation, WMAQ's production of Case Dismissed acquitted itself very well indeed. With few exceptions, the enacted legal issues were realistically depicted, thoroughly explored, and informatively resolved. The exposition for and resolution of these programs was never preachy, overly complicated, nor left unresolved. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 30, 1954. "Criminal Liability" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. A man listens to bad advice and ignores a summons, which winds up costing him $25,000! The moral: see a lawyer. A program about criminal liability. Fern Persons, Patricia Crain, Jack Lester, John Galvaro, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Latow (director), Phillip Lord, Tom Evans (sound), Harry Elders. 27:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 22, 2017 04:27 PM PDT
Murder On The Train (Aired October 8, 1944)
The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a radio mystery series broadcast on Mutual in the mid-1940s. Based on the novels of Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), the 30-minute dramas were produced by Roger Bower and starred Walter Hampden as Leonidas Witherall, a New England boys' school instructor in Dalton, Massachusetts, a fictional Boston suburb. Witherall, who resembled William Shakespeare, is an amateur detective and the accomplished author of the "popular Lieutenant Hazeltine stories." His housekeeper Mrs. Mollett was played by Ethel Remey (1895-1979) and Jack MacBryde appeared as Police Sgt. McCloud. The announcer was Carl Caruso. Milton Kane supplied the music. The series began June 4, 1944 and continued until May 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: October 8, 1944. Mutual network. "Murder On The Train" Sustaining. 7:00 P. M. Leonidas finds that someone has switched corpses on a train to Chicago. Walter Hampden, Ethel Remey, Alice Tilton (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Roger Bower (director). 27:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 22, 2017 12:07 PM PDT
The Ma Vie Perfume Co. (Aired June 8, 1949)
On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1949. "The Ma Vie Perfume Co." - Program #217. Mutual net origination, Ziv syndication. Sponsored by: Champagne Velvet Beer (of Indiana). Blackie breaks up a gang that specializes in a phoney perfume racket with a sideline of murder. Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin. 29:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 22, 2017 07:13 AM PDT
Lipton Talent Scouts (05-15-50)
Godfrey's morning show was supplemented by a primetime variety show, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts broadcasting from the CBS Studio Building at 49 East 52nd Street where he had his main office. This variety show, a showcase for rising young performers, was a slight variation of CBS's successful Original Amateur Hour. Some of the performers had made public appearances in their home towns and were recommended to Godfrey by friends or colleagues. These "sponsors" would accompany the performers to the broadcast and introduce them to Godfrey on the air. Two acts from the same 1948 broadcast were Wally Cox and The Chordettes. Both were big hits that night, and both were signed to recording contracts. Godfrey took special interest in The Chordettes, who sang his kind of barbershop-quartet harmony, and he soon made them part of his broadcasting and recording "family."

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March 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
Note On Danger B (Aired June 6, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1949. Program #41. NBC network. "Note On Danger B". Sustaining. The FS-2 aircraft is designed to go 1500 m.p.h. and encounter "Danger B," traveling backward in time. A good example of early radio sci-fi. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." John Larkin, Bill Lipton, Horace Braham, Paul Mann, Roy Shield (music), Gerald Kersh (author), Harry W. Junkin (adaptor, director, host), Fred Collins (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 21, 2017 07:22 PM PDT
Family Album (Aired June 13, 1883)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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March 21, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
Pittsburgh Lil (Aired October 19, 1937)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1937. CBS network. Sponsored by: Rinso. The first show of the series. Steve Wilson is portrayed as a throughly unpleasant scandal-monger who decides to reveal that Mrs. Radsmith, a noted socialite in Big Town, is really "Pittsburgh Lil" from Alaska. Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Hanley Stafford, Paula Winslowe, Bill Wright, Carlton KaDell (announcer). 28:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 21, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
The Cuckoo Clock (Aired January 13, 1951)
My Favorite Husband began as a radio sitcom on CBS Radio. The show starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper (Liz and George Cugat in early episodes). The couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the ficticious city of Sheridan Falls, and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was Jell-O, and an average of 3 "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode. The program ran from 1948 through 1951, throughout which 124 episodes were aired. The program initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife. Shortly into the show's run, three new writers, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer took over the scripting tasks, and the characterization of the couple was altered somewhat. Along with the change of the couple's last name to Cooper, the couple was also portrayed as being more middle-class, and thus more accessible to the average listener. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1951. "The Cuckoo Clock" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Jello, Sanka. The case of the stolen cuckoo clock. It's a long, long story. Bob Lemond misreads Hans Conried's credit at the end of the program. Bea Benaderet, Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Hans Conried, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Jess Oppenheimer (writer, producer, director), Ken Christy, Lucille Ball, Madelyn Pugh (writer), Marlin Skiles (composer), Richard Denning, Ruth Perrott, Wilbur Hatch (music). 28:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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March 21, 2017 04:00 AM PDT
The Things We Have (Aired May 26, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: May 26, 1939. CBS network. "The Things We Have" ("American Cavalcade"). Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. An original and moving drama by Orson Welles about a young immigrant who discovers what makes America unique. Moving! Orson Welles and Cornelia Otis Skinner each play five different roles! Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, Frank Readick, Howard Smith, Kenny Delmar, Kingsley Colton, Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator), William Harrigan. 56:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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