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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 16, 2019 08:00 PM PST
Love Is Not All (Aired January 31, 1951)
Crime Does Not Pay was a series based on short films of the same name produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was similar to Gangbusters, having a moralistic message about the law and lawbreaker. It was first heard over WMGM (NYC), hosted by Donald Buka. The last original show aired on Apr. 11, 1951. The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. Repeats were not uncommon. THIS EPISODE: January 31, 1951. Program #68. MGM syndication. "Love Is Not All". Commercials added locally. A fraud operating a Lonely Hearts Union cheats a woman out of $20,000 to start a nationwide fencing operation. He learns that C. D. N. P. The date above is the date of the first broadcast of this program on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Ralph Forbes, Marx B. Loeb (director), Ira Marion (writer), Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Bob Williams (announcer). 1/2 hour. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2019 03:00 PM PST
The Peeping Tom Murder Case (Aired November 5, 1946)
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 5, 1946. Mutual network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Peeping Tom Murder Case". A peeping Tom turned murderer plagues a college campus. Who is it that kills with lacing from a football? Wally Maher, Cathy Lewis, Howard McNear, Leonard St. Clair (writer), Michael Raffetto (director), Brett Halliday (creator), Len Salvo (composer, conductor), Charles Arlington (announcer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2019 10:00 AM PST
The Killers (Aired June 5, 1949)
From 01/09/49 to 09/28/51 this series was greatly enjoyed by the radio listening audience. It opened as NBC Theater and was also known as The Screen Director’s Guild and The Screen Director’s Assignment. But most people remember it simply as Screen Director’s Playhouse. Many of the Hollywood elite were heard recreating their screen roles over the radio. John Wayne in his rare radio appearances, Cary Grant, Edward G. Robinson, Lucille Ball, Claire Trevor, Tallulah Bankhead and many others were on the air week after week during these broadcasts. Many of Hollywood’s directors were also heard in the recreation of their movies. The President of the Screen Director’s Guild appeared on 02/13/49, and Violinist Isaac Stern supplied the music for the 04/19/51 broadcast. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1949. NBC network. "The Killers". Sustaining. Screen director Robert Siodmak appears. After a $200,000 robbery, a gangster just out of jail double crosses the gang and is double crossed in turn. Burt Lancaster, Dan Riss, Frank Barton (announcer), Frank Gerstle, Gwen Delano, Milton Geiger (adaptor), Robert Siodmak (guest screen director), Sam Edwards, Shelley Winters, Tony Barrett, William Conrad. 32:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2019 05:00 AM PST
Father's Birthday (Aired August 1, 1944)
A Date with Judy began as a summer replacement in 1941 but quickly became popular as listeners followed the growing pains of Judy and her friends and the exasperation of Judy's parents. Teenagers could relate to Judy and her problems with school, boyfriends and parental rules and adults enjoyed remembering their youth as seen through the eyes of a typical teenager. A delighful comedy that ended in 1950, A Date with Judy remains a favorite even today as we realize that teenagers will always face the same problems growing up as Judy and her friends did. THIS EPISODE: August 1, 1944. "Father's Birthday" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Tums. It's Mr. Foster's birthday; Judy wants him to have a "perfect day." Aleen Leslie (creator, writer), Louise Erickson, Helen Mack (producer, director), Dix Davis, Charles Cornell (composer, conductor), John Brown, Doug Gorlay (announcer). 28:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 16, 2019 12:00 AM PST
The Line Is Busy (Aired July 5, 1953)
Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations, including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running from April 23, 1952 to October 14, 1953. Each episode ended with Dana Andrew's well-remembered words, ""I was a Communist for the FBI. I walk alone". The show had a budget of $12,000 a week, a very high cost to produce a radio show at the time. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1953. Program #67. ZIV Syndication. "The Line Is Busy". Commercials added locally. Cvetic is told to rent an apartment in the same building in which lives an important American atomic scientist. The Party plans to tap his phone for any secrets he might accidentally divulge! Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 27:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2019 07:00 PM PST
Breaking The Sound Barrier (Aired October 19, 1953)
The Hollywood Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network, 1934-1935; CBS 1935-1955), adapted first Broadway stage and then (and especially) films to hour-long live radio presentations and became the standard by which future radio and early television anthologies would be judged. Cecil B. DeMille was the host of the series each Monday evening from June 1, 1936 until January 22, 1945. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1953. Program #95. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Breaking The Sound Barrier". A British drama about brave test pilots starting the age of jet planes. AFRS program name: "Hollywood Radio Theatre." Robert Newton, Dorothy McGuire, Lamont Johnson, Irving Cummings (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), Lamont Johnson, Michael Pate, Herb Butterfield, Ellen Morgan, Alastair Duncan, Terence Rattigan (screenwriter), Earl Ebi (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 54:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2019 02:00 PM PST
Red Ryan's Prison Break (Aired June 21, 1936)
In the Name of the Law was a True Crime radio show from 1936. It says "In the name of the law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files. "In the name of the Law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files."Two home invaders pick the wrong house and force the home owner (John Snyder) to take them to the targeted neighbors, two elderly brothers who were rumored to have cash and bonds. During the hold up, one of the brothers was shot to death. An angry town insisted on immediate results. The State Police joined the local Sherif and the search was on. THIS EPISODE: June 21, 1936. Program #7. Syndicated. "Red Ryan's Prison Break". Commercials added locally. Red Ryan and his fellow convicts break out of Portsmouth prison. Bank robberies in Canada soon follow. Essentially the same program was heard as "True Detective Mysteries" . The date is subject to correction. . 25:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2019 09:00 AM PST
The Case Of The Silent Butler (Aired August 21, 1952)
This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick; He also had a role on the detective drama "Staccato" (1959) Actor McGraw (whose birth name was Charles Butters) met an unfortunate death in real life when he fell through a shower glass door in 1980 at his home in Studio City, CA. THIS EPISODE: August 21, 1952. NBC network. "The Case Of The Silent Butler". Sustaining. Michael Waring is flown to Lisbon by Army Intelligence. A woman is "playing fast and loose with Uncle Sammy's secrets." The system cue is added live. Les Damon, Drexel Drake (creator), Fred Collins (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer, transcriber), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Bryna Raeburn. 29:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 15, 2019 04:00 AM PST
The Absent Minded Professor (Aired January 1, 1939)
Opened for the Butterfield Theaters chain in 1968, the Wayside was designed by Louis Wiltse and could seat just over 1000. The Wayside's most famous feature was its enormous screen, measuring 56' by 24', at the time the largest indoor screen in the US. The lobby was designed to resemble a comfortable (albeit with late 60s style decor) living room, with sofas, end tables, lamps and artwork. In 1984, the auditorium was twinned, after Butterfield sold the Wayside to Illinois-based Kerasotes Theatres. In the five years that Kerasotes ran the Wayside, it was notorious for being poorly run. Kerasotes closed the theater in 1989. A year later, plans were announced to convert the twin into a brew-n-view style venue, called the Wayside Cinema & Drafthouse, but this fell through. In late 1991, the theater was gutted and reopened as the Wayside Whirly Ball amusement center. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1939. WBBM, Chicago. "The Adventure Of The Absent Minded Professor". Sponsored by: The Chicago Motor Club. The ultimate absent minded professor story...as the chemistry building explodes! Olan Soule, Patricia Dunlap, Addison Simmons (writer), Verne Smith (announcer), Bill Bouchey, Reese Taylor, Frank Dane, Herb Butterfield, Lesley Woods, Forrest Lewis. 32:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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February 14, 2019 11:00 PM PST
Treasure Hunt (Aired January 21, 1946)
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: January 21, 1946. CBS Pacific network. "Treasure Hunt". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. Grandpa Randolph hid $200,000 before he died, leaving behind a clue as to its location. Announcer Marvin Miller assures listeners that Signal Oil "re-arranges atoms" to make better gasoline. Signal does not split them for atomic bombs! Russell Hughes (writer), Mandel Kramer, Marvin Miller (announcer), Gerald Mohr, George W. Allen (director). 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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