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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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April 07, 2020 09:00 AM PDT
The Covered Bridge (Aired January 14, 1950)
Philip Marlowe continued to find limited success in the movies and television in America and England after his radio career ended. Several quality presentations of Chandler's character were produced by the BBC in the 1990's. But the death of Chandler's wife pulled him into severe depression and put an end any effective writing. His last unfinished book, Poodle Springs, was finished by Robert B. Parker, a good friend who tried to remain faithful to the Chandler style. Unfortunately, the critics did not agree. Philip Marlowe, the gritty, no nonsense American detective lived and vanished from the quill of a writer raised in Europe. He will remain a classic buried in the modern world of fighting crime with technology. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1950. CBS network. "The Covered Bridge". Sustaining. While being kidnapped to Mexico, Marlowe comes upon an escaped convict hiding in a deserted farmhouse. Barney Phillips, Ben Wright, Gene Levitt (writer), Gerald Mohr, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Raymond Chandler (creator), Richard Aurandt (music), Robert Mitchell (writer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Vivi Janis, Wilms Herbert. 32:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 07, 2020 04:00 AM PDT
The Fur Coat (Aired June 13, 1947)
My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films and television, while Howard scored with another radio comedy hit, Life with Luigi. Dependable and level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis) narrated the misadventures of her innocent and bewildered roommate, Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson), a dim-bulb stenographer. Wilson portrayed the character on radio, in two films and a TV series. The successful radio series with Marie Wilson ran on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954. The TV version, seen on CBS from January 8, 1952 until June 25, 1954, was the first series telecast from the CBS Television City facility in Hollywood. THIS EPISODE: June 13, 1947. CBS network. "The Fur Coat". Sustaining. Irma's fur coat. Easy come, easy go! Alan Reed, Cathy Lewis, Cy Howard (writer, producer, director), Hans Conried, Irene Tedrow, John Brown, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Marie Wilson, Maurie Webster (announcer), Parke Levy (writer), Stanley Adams (writer), Terry O'Sullivan, The Sportsmen. 28:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 06, 2020 11:00 PM PDT
The Space Shark (Aired December 6, 1952)
The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite different in radio versus TV incarnations. Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures. THIS EPISODE: December 6, 1952. ABC network. "The Space Shark". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals. While attempting to rescue Tonga from food poisoners, Commander Corry and Cadet Happy are nearly fried by heat mirrors on Venus. Later, Commander Corry dodges a guided missile through the rings of Saturn! Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Huston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Moser (creator), Nina Bara. 28:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 06, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
The Diary Of Sophronia Winters (Aired April 27, 1943)
Suspense was actually spawned from another series called Forecast. The 1940 horror show was entitled Suspense and it was based on the Marie Belloc Lowndes' short Jack-the-Ripper novella, The Lodger. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who had made a 1926 silent film based on the same story (Grams, 1997, 3). Its subtle ending generated a large volume of mail which convinced CBS executives that they had a strong market. Two years later, Suspense was aired. It became one of radio's longest lasting shows, surviving twenty years of consistent success. Show Notes From Radio Horror Hosts. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1943. CBS network. "The Diary Of Saphronia Winters". Sustaining. A great horror story about a new bride, a madman, and an hotel with 125 deserted rooms! The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on August 17, 1944 and on August 10, 1958. Lucille Fletcher (writer), Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, William Spier (producer), Ted Bliss (director), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (composer), Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"). 29:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 06, 2020 02:13 PM PDT
Contract On The Saint (Aired July 9, 1950)
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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: July 9, 1950. NBC network. "Contract On The Saint" aka: "The Problem Of The Peculiar Payoff". Sustaining. The program is preceded by a Korean War news bulletin. Who wants "The Saint" killed, and was he given $15,000? Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), Jerome Epstein (writer), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Theodore Von Eltz, Don Stanley (announcer), Frances Robinson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Donald Woods. 27:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 06, 2020 07:00 AM PDT
The Voice Of The Ivy Vine (Aired February 20, 1952)
The Halls of Ivy was an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1950-1952. It was created by Fibber McGee & Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee & Molly. The audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon (then co-starring in Our Miss Brooks) and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman and Benita Hume. The Colmans had shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late 1940s, and they landed the title roles in the new show. 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 Clarence Wellman, Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as John Merriweather, and Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid.

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April 06, 2020 02:00 AM PDT
The Old Man's Bride (Aired July 30, 1953)
General Electric Theater featured a mix of romance, comedy, adventure, tragedy, fantasy and variety music. Occupying the Sunday evening spot on CBS following the Toast of the Town/Ed Sullivan Show from 1 February 1953 to 27 May 1962, the General Electric Theater presented top Hollywood and Broadway stars in dramatic roles calculated to deliver company voice advertising to the largest possible audience. Despite a long technical and practical experience with television production, GE's previous attempts to establish a Sunday evening company program had fared poorly. In the fall of 1948 GE entered commercial television for the first time with the Dennis James Carnival, a variety show dropped after one performance. THIS EPISODE: July 30, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Old Man's Bride". A wealthy Texas Colonel sends his assistant to New Orleans to fetch him a bride. Complications ensue when the messenger falls for the girl himself. AFRTS program name: "Playhouse 25." Van Johnson, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Hett Manheim (editorial supervisor), Jaime del Valle (transcriber). 29:30. <>I>Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 05, 2020 09:00 PM PDT
My Adventure In Norfork (1957) *The Exact Date Is Unknown,
ABC Mystery Time was hosted by Don Dowd and starred Sir Laurence Olivier. Great special effects will grab your attention, accented by creepy organ rips. Stories are offered such as death gathered round a card table at a local chapter of The Suicide Club, or a man who desperately tries to hire a 24 hour bodyguard all the while trying to make himself the victim of a murder, and other baffling peculiar tales of yore. Also known as Mystery Time and Mystery Time Classics, this one is sure to excite and mystify. Unfortunately this is an old time radio show with few surviving episodes in existence. THIS EPISODE: 1957. ABC network. "My Adventure In Norfolk". The program is also known as, "Mystery Time Classics" and "Masters Of Mystery." The date is approximate. Ralph Richardson, A. J. Allen (writer), Don Dowd (host). 24:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 05, 2020 04:00 PM PDT
Whiskers And Black Eye (Aired March 24, 1955)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real. THIS EPISODE: March 24, 1955. "Whiskers And Black Eye" - CBS network. Sustaining. 8:30 P. M. The first call is about a little girl that has been crying. Her cat is in the washer! Donn Reed (police recorder), W. N. Hildebrand (Chief of Police), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Jim Headlock (producer), Ron Perkins (technical adviser). 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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April 05, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
The Nightmare Murder Case (Aired November 22, 1949)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." THIS EPISODE: November 22, 1949. Program #72. ZIV Syndication. "The Nightmare Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A woman tells Vance that she's had two dreams, both of which came true! Her third dream is that she's going to kill a man! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander (doubles), Mandel Kramer, Ian Martin (doubles), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), George Petrie, S. S. Van Dine (creator). 25:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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