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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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February 12, 2019 03:00 PM PST
Acquaintance (Aired December 26, 1948)
After a three episode trial run on The Pepsodent Program in September of 1947 with Van Hefflin in the title role, The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe premiered as a weekly series on September 26, 1948. It was well-produced, less introspective than the books or the previous series on NBC, but it had a secret weapon. Gerald Mohr excelled as Marlowe, and his snappy delivery, coupled with well-written stories and intriguing characters makes for entertaining listening. By 1949 the show was pulling the biggest audience on American radio, with a rating of 10.3 million listeners.In 1950, Radio and Television Life Magazine named Gerald Mohr as the Best Male Actor on radio. "And it had the best hard-boiled opening lines of any radio detectives series," according to faithful contributor and OTR fan Stewart Wright. "It has to be heard to be fully appreciated. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1948. CBS network. "The Old Acquaintance". Sustaining. A good action story about an escaped convict and the two women in his life. Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Raymond Chandler (creator), Roy Rowan (announcer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Edgar Barrier, David Ellis, Lou Krugman, Stan Waxman, Jeff Corey, Richard Aurandt (special music). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 12, 2019 05:00 AM PST
Aalias The Deacon (Aired August 7, 1944)
The Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) incorporated some thirty-plus exemplars from the This Is My Best canon into their own Frontline Theatre/Globe Theater syndicated transcriptions for service people overseas. For the Globe Theater run, Jimmy Wallington, Herbert Marshall, Jack Tierny and William Johnstone alternated as hosts of the denatured This Is My Best productions under the Globe Theater series designated H-5, the fifth such series to enter the growing number of AFRS offerings sent to American and Allied troops throughout World War II, and further, until the AFRS was folded into the Armed Forces Radio and Televistion Service in the 1949-1950 timeframe.

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February 12, 2019 12:00 AM PST
Black Figurine Of Death (Aired January 26, 1953)
We know that the series started as a different program altogether. It began at KALL in Salt Lake City in 1946 and lasted a year. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers who created a bare bones murder mystery drama with stories written or adapted by Robert Olson. But when Thorne and Greyson went separate ways, the series discontinued. Then in 1949, Thorne and Greyson happened to work at the same station again (WGN in Chicago) and the series resumed. This time, the focus was on supernatural horror with Richard Thorne writing or adapting the stories. The three dozen or so shows that survived appear to have been recorded for broadcast transcriptions. (A recorded scene from the climax is played at the beginning of the program as a teaser.) Richard Thorne is one of the main recurring actors. Hall of Fantasy didn't seem to have much of a budget. The actors weren't big names and the music and sound effects were sometimes lackluster. But the situations and original writing often made up for these shortcomings. It was similar in that way to another low budget but even more imaginative series, Quiet Please. THIS EPISODE: January 26, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Black Figurine Of Death". Sustaining. Uncle Amos and his little statuette have fun from beyond the grave. One of the announcements has possibly been deleted. . 24:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 11, 2019 07:00 PM PST
The Search For Asteroid X (Aired December 13, 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 13, 1952. ABC network. "The Search For Asteroid X". Sponsored by: Ralston cereals. Commander Corry and Cadet Happy are on the trail of the Saturn Syndicate with the help of a human computer. Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lyn Osborn, Mike Moser (creator), Norman Jolley, Lou Huston (writer). 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 11, 2019 02:00 PM PST
Dr. Conlon Quack (Aired January 19, 1951)
Gillespie, played to the limit by Barrymore, was enough for any show. But Dr. Carew, head of hospital administration, was a nut of the first order. Nurse Parker was a totally unbelievable old maid. Ted Osborne did what he could with Carew, and Virginia Gragg's fine talent was hopelessly lost in the chattering role of Parker. In the end, Ayres and Barrymore saved this series, providing some solid stories, especially when they ventured into the real world and got away from the dummies at Blair. Writing and directing were done on a freelance basis; music was by Walter Schumann. Actors contributing to Dr. Kildare included Stacy Harris, Isabel Jewell, Jay Novello, George Ellis, Paul Frees, Raymond Burr, and Jack Webb. (Show Notes From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group) THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1951. "Dr Conlon Quack" - Program #49. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. The story of Dr. Conlon, a quack. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Les Crutchfield (writer), Ted Osborne, Georgia Ellis, Edwin Max, Raymond Burr, Dick Joy (announcer), Sarah Selby, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 27:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 11, 2019 09:00 AM PST
A Car For Alice (Aired October 2, 1949)
Phil Harris was on the Jack Benny Show since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were hep in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show, and were both radio veterans when they decided, in the Benny tradition, to work together professionally, using their own show-biz personnas. Hey, Ozzie and Harriett had done well with it! This show isn't like Ozzie and Harriett. Beside fame and glamour, Phil and Alice had two big things in their life, their lovely daughters. Jeanine Roose played Alice Jr. and Anne Whitfield was little Phyllis. THIS EPISODE: October 2, 1949. "A Car For Alice" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. Phil sings, "Laurabelle Lee." Alice sings, "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy." Remley buys a car for $300; and what a car! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Elliott Lewis, Herb Vigran, Jeanine Roos, Paul Phillips (producer, director), Phil Harris, Ray Singer (writer), Robert North, Ruth Davis, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Griff Barnett (Rexall druggist). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 11, 2019 04:00 AM PST
The City Manager (Aired November 16, 1964)
With a broad mix of genres and some of Radio, Stage, Television and Film's finest guest stars, ABC's humble 21-minute scripts packed a lot of entertainment into a relatively small format. Timing is everything. ABC Radio missed the sweet spot of Radio Drama History by about 20 years. Nevertheless, this series competes well with the Golden Age Radio revival attempts that post-dated it, and, for a 30-minute drama, it certainly hits its target. Now that the Golden Age of Radio has come and gone, there's all the more reason to give this wonderful dramatic anthology another listen. Moreso, given its compact, but thoroughly developed 30-minute format. And let's not forget the chance to listen to wonderful Fred Foy's remarkable voice hosting the series. That's reason enough to give this series another listen. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1964. ABC network. "The City Manager". Commercials deleted. When it comes to city government, efficiency is everything! Robert Cenedella (writer), Ted Bell (director), Leon Janney, Owen Jordan, Charles Randall, Jack Hurdle, Marty Folia (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Edward A. Byron (executive producer), Fred Foy (announcer). 20:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 10, 2019 11:00 PM PST
Murder At Dandy's Dream (09-14-44)
Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a radio mystery series broadcast on Mutual in the mid-1940s. Based on the novels of Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), the 30-minute dramas were produced by Roger Bower and starred Walter Hampden as Leonidas Witherall, a New England boys' school instructor in Dalton, Massachusetts, a fictional Boston suburb. Witherall, who resembled William Shakespeare, is an amateur detective and the accomplished author of the "popular Lieutenant Hazeltine stories." His housekeeper Mrs. Mollett was played by Ethel Remey (1895-1979) and Jack MacBryde appeared as Police Sgt. McCloud. The announcer was Carl Caruso. Milton Kane supplied the music. The series began June 4, 1944 and continued until May 6, 1945. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1944. "Murder At Dandy's Dream" - Leonidas follows Mrs. Mollett to Dandy's Dream Resort for peaceful relaxarion. This, of course, results in another murder that requires the great man's detective talents. Walter Hampden, Howard Merrill (writer), Roger Bower (producer). 26:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 10, 2019 07:00 PM PST
Success Story (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. THIS EPISODE: ABC network. "Success Story". Not auditioned. The praogram is also known as, "Masters Of Mystery." "The story of a man who believes in making plans for his future. Plans that include even murder!" Don Dowd (host), Robert Foster (writer), Clark Andrews (producer). 20:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 10, 2019 12:00 PM PST
Anna Karenina (Aired December 9, 1949)
During the postwar years, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Tiffany of movie studios, successfully made the leap into the production and distribution of transcribed syndicated radio series, often capitalizing on their many long-running film series as inspiration for program ideas. "The Story of Dr. Kildare", "The Adventures of Maisie", "The Hardy Family", and "Crime Does Not Pay" were just a few of the offerings syndicated to individual radio stations - after being first run on New York’s WMGM, owned by Loew’s Incorporated and known in the business as "The Call Letters of the Stars." THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1949. Program #9. MGM syndication. "Anna Karenina". Commercials added locally. Love and heartbreak in old Russia. Howard Dietz (host), Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author), Marx B. Loeb (director), Raymond Katz (producer), Joel Herron (composer, conductor), Phillip Clarke, Welborn Kelly (adaptor), Marlene Dietrich, Arnold Moss, Ed Stokes (nnouncer). 54:49.

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