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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
A Feature of W.P.N.M Radio
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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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December 07, 2019 01:00 AM PST
The Man Who Hated Scenes (Aired September 29, 1973)
Vincent Price personalized every episode with either first-person asides or through the fictional artifice of portraying the story of the evening as having a personal connection to his past. Price, and the producers, recognized the almost universal connection between Price and the macabre dramas that preceded The Price of Fear. While it's clear that the personal connection was contrived for the series, there was just enough of Vincent Price's own multidisciplinary past included in each expository narrative to make each episode all the more personally compelling for the listener. It was a brilliant stroke to interweave Price's own history of dramatic portrayals of the macabre in creating a more personal connection with the audience. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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December 06, 2019 08:00 PM PST
Strange Identity (Aired December 27, 1948)
Radio City Playhouse was one of the last of a long series of premium Drama productions NBC offered as flagship, sustaining productions over the years. As with it's previous premium dramatic and Classic music productions, NBC spared no apparent expense to mount these flagship efforts. And it shows. NBC, yet again, brings the greatest voice talent, writing, and technical direction to this anthology of wonderful, popular modern dramas. NBC's previous dramatic sustaining productions consisted of either the pure Classics, or Modern Stage Plays from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This series of three seasons tended to feature a delightful mix of both contemporary original radio plays and classic dramas, backed by the very finest voice talent on contract with NBC. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1948. Program #21. NBC network. "Strange Identify". Sustaining. A good story about a woman who sees her husband on a New York City bus. However, he's been dead for five years! A very well written story of the supernatural. Harry W. Junkin (writer, director). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2019 03:00 PM PST
The Brotherly Murder Case (Aired August 30, 1949)
The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 30, 1949. Program #60. ZIV Syndication. "The Brotherly Murder Case". Commercials added locally. A false brother joins a real one to try to inherit $250,000 from the estate of the deceased father. Philo breaks into a brotherly fight, saying, "I am Philo Vance," to which the reply is made (quite rightly), "I don't care if you're Dick Tracy!" A confusing plot! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2019 10:00 AM PST
It All Comes Back To Me Now (Aired April 26, 1950)
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. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1950. CBS Pacific network. "It All Comes Back To Me Now". Sustaining. 9:00 P.M. Miss "Smith" can't remember her name. Miss Smith also had a loaded .32 calibre Smith and Wesson in her purse. Paul Dubov (substituting for Frank Graham), Frank Nelson, Richard Aurandt (organist), William Froug (writer), Sterling Tracy (producer, director), Lurene Tuttle (doubles), Lawrence Dobkin, Ted Osborne, Arthur Q. Bryan, Anne Morrison (doubles). 30:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2019 05:00 AM PST
Leroy's Paper Route (Aired September 14, 1941)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. THIS EPISODE: September 14, 1941. NBC network. "Leroy's Paper Route" - Sponsored by: Kraft, Parkay. Leroy gets a job delivering newspapers, which lands Gildersleeve in police court. Harold Peary. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 06, 2019 12:00 AM PST
If The Shoe Fits (Aired April 28, 1945)
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. 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]. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1945. Program #6. NBC syndication, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "If The Shoe Fits". Sustaining. Syndicated rebroadcast date: October 25, 1974. Herbert Wood (producer, director), Rosa Rio (organist), Tilden Brown (sound effects), George Stewart (recording supervisor), Steve Carlin (script supervisor), Berry Kroeger (narrator). 24:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2019 07:00 PM PST
Chinese Bowl Of Temple Fire Red (Aired March 11, 1957)
A mystery/detective drama, first broadcast in August of 1956, It’s a Crime Mr. Collins cast Mandel Kramer as Greg Collins, the "infamous private eye" of San Francisco. Collins was a handsome and popular sleuth who traveled all over the world solving crimes – from an island in Florida to the French Riviera and beyond. Collins traveled with his wife, Gail, who was the narrator telling of the exploits of her famous crime-fighting husband. She tells the story to her Uncle Jack, supposedly offering insights that only a wife would know. Mandel Kramer previously played Lieutenant Tragg in radio’s Perry Mason, and Gail Collins is the name of the actress who plays her namesake in the series, Gail Collins. Each week, Gail is described as "the gumshoe’s gorgeous spouse – with green-eyed predilections emerging as curvaceous damsels in distress frequently petitioned her husband – shared his investigative exploits with her Uncle Jack and thereby the listeners at home." Gail has to ward off women from her handsome husband everywhere they travel and it’s obvious that she grows weary of seeing her husband dodge bullets, collect fans from fan dancers and finding herself unable to interest him in romance even when she wears her best perfume. Show Notes From RUSC Old Time Radio.

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December 05, 2019 02:00 PM PST
The Wee Willie Baines Case (Aired August 20, 1951)
A 30-minute crime drama starring Dan Duryea as Lou Dana, a tough police lieutenant with a tendency to beat information out of suspects. Dana's catch phrase was, "I don't like killers." Bill Bouchey was Inspector Sherman and music was by Basic Adams. His sniveling, deliberately taunting demeanor and snarling flat, nasal tones set Dan Duryea apart from other slimeball villains of the 1940s and 1950s. From his very first picture--the highly acclaimed The Little Foxes (1941) in which he played the snotty, avaricious nephew Leo who would easily sell his own mother down the river for spare change--lean and mean Duryea had film audiences admitting his vile characters were guilty pleasures, particularly in film noir, melodramas and westerns. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1951. ABC network. Sustaining. "The Wee Willie Baines Case" has been shot in the back of the head. He's now on a slab in the morgue. Lieutenant Dana decides to question Mr. Schuyler, but he's shot shortly after the cops arrive. Dan Duryea, Basil Adlam (music), Louis Vittes (writer), Dwight Hauser (director), Lawrence Dobkin, Anne Diamond, Jay Novello, Joe Forte, Orval Anderson (announcer). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2019 09:00 AM PST
The Lives Of Harry Lime (The Third Man) - Clay Pigeon (Aired August 17, 1951)
The Third Man (The Lives of Harry Lime) was a old-time radio adventure series that ran in 1951 and 1952. It was based on the 1949 film of the same name. Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime, a perpetually broke confidence man, smuggler, and general scoundrel. He will participate in virtually any criminal activity to make a fast buck, but uses his wits rather than a gun. He draws the line short of murder, blackmail, or drugs. Even so, Harry is an endearing character and listeners love to hear of his one-step-ahead-of-the-law misadventures as he hops around the globe looking for his next pigeon. The zither music of Anton Karas adds a wonderful Viennese ambience to each episode and really makes this show special. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1951. Program #8. Lang-Worth syndication. "Rogue's Holiday". Commercials added locally. Harry's on crossing the Atlantic on the Princess Ann, planning to swindle to Lady Barbara Follet. However, what about her lovely companion? Orson Welles, Anton Karas (zither), Harry Alan Towers (producer), Tig Roe (director). 28:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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December 05, 2019 04:00 AM PST
Luigi's First Citizenship Papers (Aired January 10, 1950)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1950. " Luigi's First Citizenship Papers"CBS net. Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum (one commercial apparently deleted). It's time for Luigi to get his first citizenship papers. J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer), Mac Benoff (writer, director), Lou Derman (writer), Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Alger Mackey (Deputy Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization, speaking from Washington, D. C.), Jody Gilbert, Sara Berner, Lud Gluskin (music director, Bob Stevenson (announcer). 289:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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