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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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May 20, 2019 01:58 PM PDT
Statement In Full (Aired January 15, 1951)
The Hollywood Star Playhouse , well written and performed, presented many original plays and popular Hollywood stars. Some of those who accepted roles in this great series included Jimmy Stewart, William Conrad, Deborah Kerr, Vincent Price, Harry Bartell and Betty Lou Gerson. Highlights included an episode entitled The Six Shooter and which later became it’s own series staring James Stewart. In 1952, Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on The Hollywood Star Playhouse. This 30 minute anthology program was heard over three different networks during its three seasons. Many leading Hollywood stars appeared before the microphones for this programs original scripts. Marilyn Monroe made her radio debut on the 08/31/52 broadcast. Several programs were intended to become new series. On 04/13/52, the broadcast # 99 of The Six Shooter w/James Stewart did indeed become a new NBC series The Six Shooter in 1953, while the broadcast of 05/18/52 Safari w/Ray Milland failed to make it. There was a title change to this series. During the third network change to NBC the series picked up the sponsorship of the American Bakers and the series was called Baker’s Theater Of Stars. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1951. CBS network. "Statement In Full". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. "If you could get away with murder, would you?" Joan Crawford, Herbert Rawlinson (host), Norman Brokenshire (commercial spokesman), Donald Woods, Harry Bartell, John McIntire, Paul McVey, Jeanette Nolan, Maurice Zim (writer), Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Jack Johnstone (director), Dick Haymes (recorded preview of next week's story). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 20, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
Henry's Engagement (Aired October 10, 1939)
The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), is remembered first and foremost for its unforgettable introduction: awkward teen Henry's mother calling, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" A top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth (in 1941, the showm carried a 33.4 Crossley rating, landing it solidly alongside Jack Benny and Bob Hope), the show is considered a prototype for teen-oriented situation comedies to follow on radio and television and is a favourite if dated find for old-time radio collectors today. The Aldrich Family as a separate radio show was born as a summer replacement for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O---which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1939 - "Henry's Engagement" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Postum. Trying to get Doris Townsend jealous, Henry's parents naturally conclude that Henry's engaged. The date is approximate. The system cue has been deleted. Ezra Stone, Clifford Goldsmith (writer), Harry Von Zell (announcer), Jack Miller (composer, conductor). 30:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 20, 2019 04:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Wild Bill Hickock" - The Dukane Revenge (Aired June 4, 1952)
The show is in the tradition of the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison starred as Bill with Andy Devine as his sidekick, Jingles. (Now there’s a name you want to go through Hollywood with.) This Wild Bill Hickock was quick with his fists and a quip, but Jingles (dear god that nickname) got all his glory by using his immense girth to fight the bad guys. Jingles if you couldn’t tell was the comedic element in the series. And what is it with overweight sidekicks in westerns? See Cisco Kid’s partner, the jolly and rotund Pancho. Give the horses a break. The radio program lasted until 1954. The television show was started at the same time in 1951 and lasted until 1958. Also Wild Bill was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, The Plainsman. Wild Bill has shown up in various other movies and television shows, most recently in the show Deadwood on HBO. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1952. Program #84. Mutual network. "The Duquesne Revenge". Sponsored by: Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops. Lance Duquesne has a burr under his saddle. Oliver Goldin is the lawyer representing young Lance, but he's involved in a scheme to steal the best two ranches in the valley. The system cue is added live. Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Charles Lyon (announcer), Larry Hayes (writer), David Hire (producer), Paul Pierce (director), Richard Aurandt (music), Tony Barrett, Frank Gerstle, Curley Bradley, Tyler McVey, Jack Moyles. 24:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2019 11:00 PM PDT
Lucky Night (Aired December 17, 1945)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "Lucky Night". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A couple who are obsessed with greed finds a wad of bills on a corpse. While they go off the deep end, their mysterious boarder provides interesting counterpoint. Marvin Miller (announcer), George W. Allen (producer), Russell Hughes (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2019 06:00 PM PDT
Case Of The Bayou Monster (Aired November 6, 1948)
Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1948 - Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "The Case Of The Bayou Monster". Commercials added locally. A werewolf stalks the Louisiana swamps. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, Brett Halliday (creator), William P. Rousseau (host, director), Bob Wright (writer), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2019 01:00 PM PDT
Treason Comes In Cans (Aired December 17, 1952)
I Was a Communist for the FBI was an American espionage thriller radio series with 78 episodes syndicated by Ziv to more than 600 stations in 1952-54. Made without FBI cooperation, the series was adapted from the book by undercover agent Matt Cvetic, who was portrayed by Dana Andrews.The series was crafted to warn people about the threat of Communist subversion of American society. The tone of the show is very jingoistic and ultra-patriotic. Communists are evil incarnate and the FBI can do no wrong. As a relic of the Joe McCarthy era, this show is a time capsule of American society during the Second Red Scare. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1952. Program #35. ZIV Syndication. "Treason Comes In Cans". Commercials added locally. Secret Communist plans are hidden in a case of tuna fish and dumped into the harbor. Dana Andrews, Olan Soule, David Rose (composer, conductor), Olan Soule, Barney Phillips, Gerald Mohr, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director). 26:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2019 08:00 AM PDT
Runaway Justice (Aired January 12, 1956)
NBC show. American Adventure (1955 - 1956) deals with the soul of America as a living organism. The best understanding of America begins with the realization that this nation is young yet. That she is still new and unfinished. That even now America is man’s greatest adventure in time and space. A study of man in the new world. The shows were produced by the communications center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a lot of the tales are performed by the faculty, students, and townspeople from the University of North Carolina who do an outstanding job of acting. The scripts are written by John Eely, who also performs in the stories, and directed by John Clayton. The stories range from tales on a Southern Plantation in the early 1800's to building a house during The Great Depression in the 1930's. One tale is by author Sarah Randolph, grand-daughter of Jefferson. These are stories you surely will enjoy. THIS EPISODE: January 12, 1956. Program #23. NBC network, WPTF, Raleigh, North Carolina origination. "Runaway Justice". Sustaining. John Eely (writer, performer), John Clayton (director), John Bonnets, Charles Kuralt, Joe Young, Eulitz Lancaster. 24:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 19, 2019 03:00 AM PDT
A Job For Lou's Girlfriend (Aired October 4, 1945)
Abbott and Costello William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular teams in the history of comedy. Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"---whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines---the team are also the only comedians known to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1945. "A Job For Lou's Girlfriend" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco. The first show of the season. The boys have just returned from New York. Lou has claimed to be the owner of NBC and has promised to get Lena Genster (say it fast) into the movies. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ken Niles (announcer), Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Dick Mack (director), Connie Haines. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2019 10:00 PM PDT
The Case Of The Fall (Aired October 27, 1953)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of DRAGNET. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1953. "Case Of The Fall" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A captured burglar accuses a policeman of stealing his loot. Everett Sloane, John Ives (producer), Stanley Niss (writer, director). 26:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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May 18, 2019 05:00 PM PDT
Psychological Murder (Aired March 16, 1954)
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: March 16, 1954. "Psychological Murder" - NBC network. Sustaining. Rocky witnesses the execution of the will of a wealthy woman who thinks that she's going insane. In a plot shamelessly stolen from the film, "Gaslight," the wife believes that she's going to kill her husband. This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Andrew C. Love (director), Maurice Hart, Frank Gerstle, Betty Lou Gerson, Marvin Miller, Norm Sickle (writer). 23:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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