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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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July 03, 2020 05:00 PM PDT
The Cape Or The Shroud (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
From 1949-1956 the Mutual Broadcasting System ran a series entitled John Steele, Adventurer. This was an anthology series, introduced by the title character, who has apparently had trouble keeping a job: he served at various times as ship's captain, baseball league president, county sheriff, State Department special agent in Turkey, etc. Each story is told from the point of view of the main character, a friend of Steele's. Steele himself makes cameo appearances in the series. The series featured Ted Mallie as the announcer (Mallie also announced for The Shadow and I Love A Mystery) and Don Douglas as John Steele, and was directed by Elliot Drake. It often promised “suspense and hard, fast action,” and nearly always delivered. It had excellent production values, and its plots that were often complex. The stories are reminiscent of pulp stories from magazines like Argosy or All-Story. They represent a wide variety of stories from sports stories to mountain climbing to western-flavored stories. One of the more interesting stories features a boy who is a deaf-mute under the heel of a proud and domineering farmer father. It was certainly ambitious to feature a character who cannot speak for himself. The producers used an echo chamber effect to represent the inner voice of the young man as he endlessly repeated the phrase "no one" signifying that he could rely on "no one." As John Steele would often say at the end of one of his stories, "A life of adventure is yours for the asking, but don't look for it; it may find you! Happy hunting!"

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July 03, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
No Sad Clowns For Me (Aired June 25, 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: June 25, 1950. CBS Pacific network. "No Sad Clowns For Me". Sustaining. 8:30 P.M. "When a little old man named Crackly comes in, don't take his case." Mr. Crackly wants to find a man named Bliss. A circus story. Frank Graham, Frank Nelson, Richard Aurandt (organist), Howard McNear, William Froug (writer), Gilbert Thomas (writer), Sterling Tracy (director), Bob Stevenson (announcer). 30:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 03, 2020 07:00 AM PDT
Goodbye 1938 (Aired January 1, 1939)
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville performer, but he became a national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1949 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run. With Canada Dry Ginger Ale as a sponsor, Benny came to radio on The Canada Dry Program, beginning May 2, 1932, on the NBC Blue Network and continuing there for six months until October 26, moving the show to CBS on October 30. With Ted Weems leading the band, Benny stayed on CBS until January 26, 1933. Arriving at NBC on March 17, Benny did The Chevrolet Program until April 1, 1934. He continued with sponsors General Tires, Jell-O and Grape Nuts. Lucky Strike was the radio sponsor from 1944 to the mid-1950s. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948-49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired reruns of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1939. "Goodbye 1938" - Red network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Jack blows his lines six minutes into the program and stops the show. Mary reads a New Year's poem. The show features the first performance of, "The New Tenant," which was to become an annual New Year's fantasy. Andy Devine, Don Wilson, Jack Benny, Kenny Baker, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris and His Orchestra, Eddie Anderson, Billy Gray (?), Harry Baldwin, Ed Beloin (writer, performer), Bill Morrow (writer). 29:10.

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July 03, 2020 02:00 AM PDT
Earthquake (Aired April 10, 1949)
The Damon Runyon Theater was a show series that was syndicated across the USA beginning in early 1949. Damon Runyon was a gifted sports writer in New York City as well as being a great journalist and great short story writer. His stories were humorous ones, written in the "dem" and "dose" vernacular of the city's loveable and not so loveable characters of Broadway, the prize ring and the underworld. His most famous collection of short stories, Guys and Dolls, was on Broadway and later made into a movie. Many of his stories were filmed including Sorrowful Jones, A Pocketful of Miracles, Lady for a Day, Blue Plate Special, The Lemon Drop Kid (twice) and Little Miss Marker (four times). In addition to this The Damon Runyon Theater was syndicated for television in the mid 1950s. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1949. Program #28. Mayfair syndication. "Earthquake". Commercials added locally. A cop trails a very strong killer all the way to South America, and then fails to return to the States with his prisoner! Damon Runyon (author), John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Frank Gallop (announcer). 27:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 02, 2020 09:00 PM PDT
All-American Fake (Aired October 17, 1949)
Crime Does Not Pay was an anthology radio crime drama series based on MGM's short film series. The films began in 1935 with Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot. For the most part, actors who appeared in B-films were featured, but occasionally, one of MGM's major stars would make an appearance. The radio series aired in New York on WMGM (October 10, 1949-October 10, 1951) and then moved to the Mutual network (January 7-December 22, 1952). Actors included Bela Lugosi, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, John Loder and Lionel Stander. THIS EPISODE: October 17, 1949. Program #2. MGM syndication. "All-American Fake". Commercials added locally. Taylor Dunn is a con-man who looks like football hero Kit Marlowe. He uses the resemblance to swindle people. Even his wife doesn't know that he's a phoney! The date above is the date of the first broadcast on WMGM, New York, from which this syndication version may have been taken. Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Sidney Blackmer, Marx B. Loeb (director), Ira Marion (writer), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 02, 2020 04:00 PM PDT
The Topaz Flower (Aired April 24, 1947)
Crime club literary selections were all the rage during the first half of the 20th century. Doubleday was the first to form a literary Crime Club in 1928. Doubleday's distinctive 'Crime man' (left sidebar) was strategically imprinted on their Doubleday Crime Club selections. The Collins Publishing House in England had their Collins Crime Club launched in 1930, issuing Agatha Christie's first novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, as one of their first selections. The Collins Crime Club imprint (left sidebar) announced its Crime Club selections as "The sign of a good detective novel." Eno Fruit Salts, and the Columbia Basic Network joined forces in 1931 to air the Eno Crime Club. The program ran for two years over the Columbia Basic Network and for three years over NBC's Blue Network. During April 1933, the program was renamed Eno Crime Clues. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1947. Mutual network. "The Topaz Flower". Sustaining. A murdered man's Topaz jewelry is missing but turns up the next day in a pawn shop. Charlotte Murray Russell (writer), Wyllis Cooper (adaptor), Raymond Edward Johnson, Julie Stevens. 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 02, 2020 11:28 AM PDT
The Case Of The Escaped Nazi Prisoners Of War (Aired April 27, 1945)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. THIS EPISODE: April 27, 1945. Blue Network. "The Case Of The Escaped Nazi Prisoners Of War". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. The story of "a peril to the nation." Frank Lovejoy (narrator), Paul Mann, Nathan Van Cleave (music director), Lawrence MacArthur (writer), Jerry Devine (producer), Carl Frank (announcer). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 02, 2020 06:00 AM PDT
Surprise Party AKA: Putting The Bite On Miss Brooks. (Aired October 24, 1948)
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: October 24, 1948. CBS network. "Surprise Party AKA: "Putting The Bite On Miss Brooks". Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Colgate Toothpowder, Lustre-Creme Shampoo. All of Miss Brooks' friends borrow money from her to keep her from buying a green alligator bag for herself. Lustre Creme Shampoo jingle contest. Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Gale Gordon, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Verne Smith (announcer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 02, 2020 01:00 AM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - More Than Kin (Aired December 13, 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. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1953. "More Than Kin" - NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Britt treads the boards in the service of the bard for P. T. Barnum himself. Basil Adlam (music), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Michael Ann Barrett, Tony Barrett, Dan O'Herlihy, Ted Bliss, Marvin Miller, Hal Gibney (announcer), Jimmy Stewart, Jack Johnstone (director). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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July 01, 2020 07:00 PM PDT
The Thing From The Sea (Aired November 28, 1941)
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942. Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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