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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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February 24, 2018 08:00 PM PST
The Case Of The Dear Dead Lady (Aired November 3, 1950)
Wolf drinks beer throughout the day and is a glutton. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. Instead, his leg work is done by another live-in employee, Archie Goodwin. While both Wolfe and Goodwin are licensed detectives, Goodwin is more of the classic fictional gumshoe, tough, wise-cracking, and skirt-chasing. He tells the stories in a breezy first-person narrative that is semi-hard-boiled in style. THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1950. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Dear, Dead, Lady". A religious fanatic has committed murder...or was it the Shakespearean actor? Sydney Greenstreet, Cathy Lewis, Lawrence Dobkin, Herb Ellis, Barney Phillips, Jerry Hausner, Rex Stout (creator). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 24, 2018 03:00 PM PST
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover (Aired July 6, 1951)
Very few writers have managed to combine the hard boiled detective novel and comedy. Jonathan Latimer succeeded with Bill Crane and Craig Rice did it with JOHN J. MALONE, her ne'er-do-well bibulous attorney. Despite being billed as "Chicago's noisiest and most noted criminal lawyer," Malone acts more like a private eye than a member of the court. And a particularly hard-drinking private eye, at that. Despite a rep for courtroom pyrotechniques, he's far more likely to be found at Joe the Angel's City Hall Bar than in any court. Along with his boozing buddies, Jake and Helene Justus, an affable young couple, he drank his way through a whole slew of novels and short stories, not to mention later film, radio and television appearances. Seemingly inept and irresponsible, he nevertheless somehow (luck of the Irish?) managed to crack the case everytime. Even if his methods were a wee bit, uh, unorthodox, and his interpretation of the law rather imaginative. Malone always seems less interested in going to trial than in playing P.I. Show Notes From ThrillingDetective.com THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1951. NBC network. "Never Judge A Book By Its Cover". Sustaining. Connie Burton has been murdered, after her husband falls in love with a woman he's been hired to find. George Petrie, Larry Haines, Craig Rice (creator), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Fred Collins (announcer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 24, 2018 10:00 AM PST
The Diamond Quartet (Aired August 14, 1948)
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 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 version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. Both versions were 30 minutes, but the day and time slot changed several times. A total of 29 episodes from this series are in trading currency. THIS EPISODE: August 14, 1948. CBS network. "The Diamond Quartetnd". Sustaining. Jeff's assignment to return a valuable necklace invariably leads to a double murder. One of the characters is a shameless imitation of Sydney Greenstreet in "The Maltese Falcon." Berry Kroeger, Cliff Howell (director), E. Jack Neuman (writer), Eve McVeagh, Gordon T. Hughes (producer), Jack Webb, Lurene Tuttle, Wilms Herbert. 28:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 24, 2018 05:00 AM PST
The Cake Contest (Aired September 17, 1946)
The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the Cat, but without the lispy spray. (Blanc's voice can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver.) THIS EPISODE: September 17, 1946. "The Cake Contest" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Hollywood origination. Mel bakes a cake which is so pretty, it's going to represent the YWCA at the fair, but Mel used putty in the dough! Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Earle Ross, Leora Thatcher, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 23:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 23, 2018 11:00 PM PST
The Ultimate Threshold (Aired March 31, 1986)
The 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.

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February 23, 2018 06:31 PM PST
Steven In A Rest Home (Aired October 13, 1953)
Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had been expressing more of an interest in dramatic work. Perhaps Sinatra's managers were simply hedging their bets. Sinatra's greatest initial dramatic role in From Here To Eternity was released October 19, 1953, just weeks after Rocky Fortune began its 26-week run on NBC. As we all know now, From Here to Eternity was a box-office smash, propelling Sinatra into a whole new career in Film. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1953. "Steven In A Rest Home" - NBC network. Sustaining. Rocky's job as a chauffeur in a tenement district leads him to a new identity as a mental patient in Denver! This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Jack Mather, Herb Ellis, Francis Urey, Maurice Hart, Stanley Frazer, Lynn Allen, Andrew C. Love (director), Edward King (announcer), Stephen Chase. 25:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 23, 2018 01:00 PM PST
The Sins Of Prince Saradin (Aired February 14, 1986)
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.

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February 23, 2018 08:00 AM PST
Going Skiing (aka-Skis In The Classroom) Aired February 25, 1951
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1951. "Going Skiing (aka-Skis In The Classroom) - Program #111. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Denton Ski Claw". Miss Brooks decides to try on a pair of skis, and trouble goes down the hill with her! "The Denton Claw" is sure to help. Eve Arden, Al Lewis (writer, director), Jane Morgan, Bob Lemond (announcer), Richard Crenna, Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan, Gale Gordon, Wilbur Hatch (music), Larry Berns (producer), Joe Quillan (writer). 34:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 23, 2018 03:00 AM PST
Man In The Middle (Aired August 25, 1945)
Lights Out, featuring "tales of the supernatural and the supernormal", was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. A character might be buried or eaten or skinned alive, vaporized in a ladle of white-hot steel, absorbed by a giant slurping amoeba, have his arm torn off by a robot, tortured or decapitated -- always with the appropriate blood-curdling acting and sound effects.

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February 22, 2018 09:00 PM PST
The Cheat (Aired February 6, 1949)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "The Cheat". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A man needs $35,000 to achieve independence. How to get the money from his wealthy, scatter-brained wife? Well, there's always George Turner! Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music), John Hoyt, Sarah Selby, Bernard Gerard (writer). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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