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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod
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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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January 24, 2020 02:00 PM PST
Dead Men Talk (Aired September 24, 1939)
"The Shadow" - One of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1939. Mutual network. "Dead Men Talk". The first show of the season. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer), Jerry Devine (writer). 24:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2020 09:00 AM PST
Damsel In Distress (Aired August 20, 1950)
The Saint first appeared in Radio in 1940 over Radio Athlone in Ireland. Radio Athlone's powerful transmitters broadcast The Saint throught the United Kingdom, often being picked up in The Netherlands and France. British Stage actor Terence De Marney was Radio's first Simon Templar. It wasn't until 1945 that The Saint aired over American Radio. Two of the scripts from the Radio Athlone run were adapted for the Leslie Charteris-penned Brian Aherne run over CBS in the Summer of 1945. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1950. NBC network. "Damsel In Distress" AKA: Reflection On Murder". Sustaining. The Saint solves a theatrical and literary triple murder when a beautiful actress jumps into his taxi. Sidney Marshall (writer), Barbara Eiler, Frances Chaney, Eleanor Audley, Frank Gerstle, Stanley Farrar, Arthur Q. Bryan, Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (producer), Vincent Price, Helen Mack (director), Don Stanley (announcer), Leslie Charteris (creator). 28:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 24, 2020 04:00 AM PST
Blue Moon (Aired June 16, 1950)
The Hollywood husband and wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the Bold Venture radio series in early 1951. There were well over 400 stations that aired the program. Since thiswas syndicated * the starting date varied from station to station but Mar 26, 1951 was the official date of the first show. Humphrey Bogart portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a rundown Havana hotel, Shannon's Place. The action took place on land as well aboard Slate's boat, The Bold Venture, thus the title of the series. Lauren Bacall was his ward Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had willed her to Slate for her protection. Together the duo found adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1950. Program #11. ZIV Syndication. "Blue Moon". Commercials added locally. Mr. Cameron asks Slate Shannon to free his daughter from the clutches of Norton and his gambling ship, "The Blue Moon." Jester Hairston (singing transitions), Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, David Rose (composer, conductor), William Conrad, Gerald Mohr. 26:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 23, 2020 11:00 PM PST
Organ (Aired June 8, 1943)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1943. CBS network. "Organ". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast. The story of a strange summer house and its even stranger secrets. This is a network, sponsored version. The story is also known as, "Vacation With Death." The script was used previously on "Lights Out" on May 12, 1937. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 23, 2020 06:00 PM PST
The Star Studded Murder Case (Aired December 7, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. 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.

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January 23, 2020 02:45 PM PST
The Adventure Of The Night Crawler (Aired January 22, 1950)
Tom Collins relinquished the role of Frank Race to Paul Dubov at Episode No. 23. Dubov was one of Radio's most versatile and talented writers and actors. Tony Barrett, also one of Radio and Television's most durable, versatile character actors, writers and producers remained in the role of Marc Donovan for the run of the series. But Barrett is also heard in at least one or two other roles in almost every episode. Frank Race's scripts were adventures, as distinquished from 'cases' one might normally ascribe to detective or crime dramas. As such the overwhelming titles for the series are one form of adventure or another. There was no distinct contrast between Tom Collins' portrayals and those of Paul Dubov. Both of their voices were in about the same register. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1950. Program #39. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Night Crawler". Commercials added locally. Treachery in the live bait business. Race sees that the worm turns! Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Michael Ann Barrett, Dick Ryan, Hal March, Gunnar Peterson, Wilms Herbert, Bill Crawford. 25:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 23, 2020 09:00 AM PST
Bookends & Babies (Aired December 10, 1943)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed. Amos 'n' Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune's station WGN. Since the Tribune syndicated Sidney Smith's popular comic strip The Gumps, which had successfully introduced the concept of daily continuity, WGN executive Ben McCanna thought the notion of a serialized drama could also work on radio. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1943. NBC network. " Bookends & Babies" . Commercials deleted. Andy receives the gift of a pair of bookends. This leads to the big news that Brother Crawford and his wife are expecting! Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Ginger Rogers (guest). 31:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 23, 2020 04:00 AM PST
The Silks Bergen Murder Case (Aired August 18, 1949)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air. The series featured music by Robert Stringer, and scripts by Peter Lyon. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb (eventually succeeding him as producer). Bern Bennett was the original announcer. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton S. Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1949. CBS network. "The Silks Bergen Murder Case" - Sustaining. $100,000, a dead jockey and murderous bookies on Broadway. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Gordon T. Hughes (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 22, 2020 11:00 PM PST
The Deadly Doll (Aired November 23, 1948)
John Dunning called Big Town "perhaps the most famous series of reporter dramas." Premiering over CBS Radio, the early series (there were two) starred the Hollywood actor Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson along with Clair Trevor as his sidekick and Society editor, Lorelei Kilbourne. The show was initially created around these two actors, though Trevor was then a young budding actress appearing in movies as well as radio. Producer-Director-Writer Jerry McGill had been a newspaperman and wrote the series about a crusading managing editor of the Illustrated Press. McGill took his show to heart writing stories about juvenile delinquency, drunk driving and racism, though the show was at worst melodramatic at best poignant. Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1948. NBC network. "The Deadly Doll". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso. Steve and Lorelei find a corpse in a cheap hotel and a six-foot blonde murderess. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon. 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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January 22, 2020 06:00 PM PST
Lightning To Kill AKA: Perfect Murder (Aired December 8, 1948)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. THIS EPISODE: December 8, 1948. "Lightning To Kill" AKA: The Perfect Murder. Program #191. Mutual network origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. A scheming couple commit the "perfect murder" by using lightning to kill. Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, Henry Sylvern (organist), Jeanne Harrison (director). 24:00.

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