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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod originates from the 'Heart Of Historic Germantown," Philadelphia, Pa. Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006. From 2006 through 2009, in addition to the top ranked Boxcars711 show at Podomatic and Libsyn, "Humphrey/Camardella Media Productions" commanded a top ten slot at Podshow (1.5 million downloads per month), a top 10 ranking at Libsyn (1.7 million downloads per month) and top rankings, which continue to date, in the Kids & Family section at I-Tunes. For the last several years, and to date (2013), his podcast here at Podomatic generates over 5 million downloads a year and continues to grow. Prior to the onset of podcasting, he hosted WPNM Internet Radio, broadcasting a combination of talk, easy listening and early rock and from his hometown in Philadelphia, Pa. Bob was writer and bass singer for a popular 60's rock group with 6 releases on the Twist & Algonquin (EMI) labels. He's a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In his early 20's, Bob Attended Philadelphia Community College for Photography and the Antinelli School of Photography soon launching Robert Joseph Studios. specializing in portraits and weddings.

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod originates from the 'Heart Of Historic Germantown," Philadelphia, Pa. Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006. From 2006 through 2009, in addition to the top ranked Boxcars711 show at Podomatic and Libsyn, "Humphrey/Camardella Media Productions" commanded a top ten slot at Podshow (1.5 million downloads per month), a top 10 ranking at Libsyn (1.7 million downloads per month) and top rankings, which continue to date, in the Kids & Family section at I-Tunes. For the last several years, and to date (2013), his podcast here at Podomatic generates over 5 million downloads a year and continues to grow. Prior to the onset of podcasting, he hosted WPNM Internet Radio, broadcasting a combination of talk, easy listening and early rock and from his hometown in Philadelphia, Pa. Bob was writer and bass singer for a popular 60's rock group with 6 releases on the Twist & Algonquin (EMI) labels. He's a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In his early 20's, Bob Attended Philadelphia Community College for Photography and the Antinelli School of Photography soon launching Robert Joseph Studios. specializing in portraits and weddings.

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Love these old shows. Thanks so much for doing this podcast.

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I’m blind and love your podcast thanks keep up the good work

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128 Ratings
Average Ratings
67
23
13
14
11

Thanks

By Trilolight - Jul 28 2018
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Love these old shows. Thanks so much for doing this podcast.

Love your podcast

By zombie creep 61 - Jun 08 2018
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I’m blind and love your podcast thanks keep up the good work

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod originates from the 'Heart Of Historic Germantown," Philadelphia, Pa. Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006. From 2006 through 2009, in addition to the top ranked Boxcars711 show at Podomatic and Libsyn, "Humphrey/Camardella Media Productions" commanded a top ten slot at Podshow (1.5 million downloads per month), a top 10 ranking at Libsyn (1.7 million downloads per month) and top rankings, which continue to date, in the Kids & Family section at I-Tunes. For the last several years, and to date (2013), his podcast here at Podomatic generates over 5 million downloads a year and continues to grow. Prior to the onset of podcasting, he hosted WPNM Internet Radio, broadcasting a combination of talk, easy listening and early rock and from his hometown in Philadelphia, Pa. Bob was writer and bass singer for a popular 60's rock group with 6 releases on the Twist & Algonquin (EMI) labels. He's a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In his early 20's, Bob Attended Philadelphia Community College for Photography and the Antinelli School of Photography soon launching Robert Joseph Studios. specializing in portraits and weddings.

Agatha Christie Presents Hercule Poirot - Murder On The Links - Show One of Three (06-21-89)

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Murder On The Links - Show One (Aired June 21, 1989) Hercule Poirot is a fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Along with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters: he appeared in 39 novels and 50 short stories. Poirot has been portrayed on screen, for films and TV, by various actors including Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina and, most recently, and famously, David Suchet. Poirot was apparently born in Spa, Belgium and, based on the conjecture that he was thirty at the time of his retirement from the Belgian police force at the time of the outbreak of the First World War, it is suggested that he was born in the mid 1880s. This is all extremely vague, as Poirot is thought to be an old man in his dotage even in the early Poirot novels, and in An Autobiography Christie admitted that she already imagined him to be an old man in 1920. (At the time, of course, she had no idea she would be going on writing Poirot books for many decades to come.)

Jul 12 2018

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The New Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The Camberwell Poison (02-18-46)

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The Camberwell Poison (Aired February 18, 1946) . According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man". THIS EPISODE: February 18, 1946. Mutual network. "The Camberwell Poison". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. A family of four cousins is certain that cousin Gerald is going to murder them all and keep the inheritance. Cousin Gerald, however, is the one who's found murdered! A good story! The story is based on, "The Five Orange Pips" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Dean Fosler (music), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Edna Best (producer). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 20 2018

29mins

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Agatha Christie Presents Miss Marple - A Pocket Full Of Rye (Pt. 1 of 2) 11-09-53

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A Pocket Full Of Rye (Pt. 1 of 2) November 9, 1953 Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in twelve of Agatha Christie's crime novels. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who acts as an amateur detective, and lives in the village of St. Mary Mead. She is one of the most famous of Christie's characters and has been portrayed numerous times on screen. Her first published appearance was in issue 350 of The Royal Magazine for December 1927 with the first printing of the short story "The Tuesday Night Club" which later became the first chapter of The Thirteen Problems (1932). Her first appearance in a full-length novel was in The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930. THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1953. "A Pocket Full Of Rye" - When a upper middle class Rex Fortescue dies while having black tea, the police are shocked. Mr. Fortescue died during his morning tea in his office and the diagnosis was that a poison, taxine - a poison found as a mixture of cardiotoxic diterpenes in the leaves, but not the berries (arils), of the European yew tree - had killed him. His wife was the main suspect in the murder, until she also was murdered, after she drank tea laced with cyanide. Her lover, Vivian Dubois, was the suspect next, as well as just about everyone that knew the family.

Jul 05 2018

44mins

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The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Feminine Touch (05-07-49)

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The Feminine Touch (Aired May 7, 1949) The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: May 7, 1949. Program #32. CBS network. "The Feminine Touch". Sustaining. Murder on a motorcycle, as Marlowe goes to work for a millionaire trying to protect his daughter. Gerald Mohr, Barbara Eiler, Paul Dubov, David Ellis, Theodore Von Eltz, Virginia Gregg, Wilms Herbert, Roy Rowan (announcer), Peter Proust, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (music). 29:42 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 07 2018

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The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The East End Strangler (02-28-49)

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The East End Strangler (Aired February 28, 1949) According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man". THIS EPISODE: February 28, 1949. Mutual network. "The Adventure Of The East End Strangler". Sponsored by: Clipper Craft Clothes. John Stanley, George Spelvin (a name traditionally used by actors who wish to remain anonymous), Cy Harrice (announcer), Basil Loughrane (producer, director), Albert Buhrman (music), Max Ehrlich (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (creator), Ian Martin. 24:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jun 20 2018

24mins

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Agatha Christie Presents Miss Marple - A Pocket Full Of Rye (Pt. 2 of 2) 11-09-53

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A Pocket Full Of Rye (Pt. 2 of 2) Aired November 9, 1953 Miss Marple is able to solve difficult crimes not only because of her shrewd intelligence, but because St. Mary Mead, over her lifetime, has given her seemingly infinite examples of the negative side of human nature. No crime can arise without reminding Miss Marple of some parallel incident in the history of her time. Miss Marple's acquaintances are sometimes bored by her frequent analogies to people and events from St. Mary Mead, but these analogies often lead Miss Marple to a deeper realization about the true nature of a crime. Although she looks like a sweet, frail old woman, Miss Marple is not afraid of dead bodies and is not easily intimidated. She also has a remarkable ability to latch onto a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand. Miss Marple has never worked for her living and is of independent means, although she benefits in her old age from the financial support of Raymond West, her nephew (A Caribbean Mystery,1964).

Jul 05 2018

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Dragnet - The Spring Street Gang (12-01-49)

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The Spring Street Gang (Aired December 1, 1949) Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. THIS EPISODE: December 1, 1949. "The Spring Street Gang" - Program #27. NBC net. Sponsored by: Fatima, Grainger Pipe Tobacco. A gang of juveniles is hanging out on Spring Street. One of the gang members has been wounded, another is shot by a night watchman while committing a robbery. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 21 2018

29mins

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The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Rowdy Dowser Caper (04-20-51)

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The Rowdy Dowser Caper (Aired April 20, 1951) On the radio, Sam Spade was played by Bogart in a 1943 Screen Guild Theater production and a 1946 Academy Award Theater production. He was also played by Edward G. Robinson in a 1943 Lux Radio Theatre production. A 1946-1951 radio show called The Adventures of Sam Spade (on ABC, CBS, and NBC) starred Howard Duff (and later Steve Dunne) as "Sam Spade" and Lurene Tuttle as Spade's devoted secretary "Effie Perrine", and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character. George Segal played Sam Spade, Jr., son of the original, in the film spoof, The Black Bird (1975). The Black Bird was panned by both critics and audiences alike. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1951. NBC network. "The Rowdy Dowser Caper". Sustaining. Spade travels to North Tacaloma to find $53,000 that has disappeared. Mr. Purse Snatcher is the suspect. Steve Dunne, Lurene Tuttle, William Spier (producer, director, editor), Harold Swanton (writer, who ought to be ashamed of himself), Peggy Webber, Verna Felton, Sidney Miller, Alice Wellman, Charles Smith, Nestor Paiva, Lud Gluskin (scoring), Robert Armbruster (conductor). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jun 22 2018

29mins

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My Favorite Husband - The Portrait Artist (08-06-48)

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The Portrait Artist (Aired August 6, 1948) My Favorite Husband began as a radio sitcom on CBS Radio. The show starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper (Liz and George Cugat in early episodes). The couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the ficticious city of Sheridan Falls, and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was Jell-O, and an average of 3 "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode. The program ran from 1948 through 1951, throughout which 124 episodes were aired. The program initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife. Shortly into the show's run, three new writers, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer took over the scripting tasks, and the characterization of the couple was altered somewhat. Along with the change of the couple's last name to Cooper, the couple was also portrayed as being more middle-class, and thus more accessible to the average listener. When Lucille Ball was asked to do a television version of the show (with Jell-O remaining as sponsor), CBS insisted on Richard Denning continuing as her co-star. However, she said that she would not do a husband-and-wife sitcom without her real-life husband Desi Arnaz being the husband.

Jul 01 2018

30mins

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The Great Gildersleeve - Leila's Returning (09-19-43)

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Leila's Returning (Aired September 19, 1943) The Great Gildersleeve (1941–1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, 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 19, 1943. " Leila's Returning" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Dinner. Leila Ransom is coming back to Summerfield. Gildersleeve sings, "Speak To Me Of Love." Claude Sweeten (music), Earle Ross, Harold Peary, John Whedon (writer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Richard LeGrand, Sam Moore (writer), Shirley Mitchell, Walter Tetley. 31:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jun 24 2018

29mins

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Father Knows Best - The Missing Salesman (05-03-51)

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The Missing Salesman (Aired May 3, 1951) Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

Jul 30 2018

31mins

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Whitehall 1212 - The Case Of The Strange Bondfire (06-08-52)

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The Case Of The Strange Bondfire (Aired June 8, 1952) There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. There were 44 episodes in the series and all but one are in circulation. None of the prorgrams were titled and as they appeared on the scene, were given names by those who collected them. For that reason there are variations of titles, some with incorrect spellings; an attempt has been made to correct this. Some of the shows had "case numbers" and when they were announced, are noted below. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1952. "The Case Of The Strange Bondfire" - NBC network. Sustaining. A broken and heat-fused lock from an automobile is an exhibit in the "Black Museum." A hatless man is seen running from a burning car, strangely close to Guy Fawkes' Day. Part of the final public service announcement and the system cue have been deleted. Percy Hoskins (research), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Lester Fletcher, Harvey Hayes, Jared Burke, Gordon Stern, Francois Grimar, Basil Langton, Patricia Courtley, Beulah Garrick, Victor Chapin. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 30 2018

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Arch Oboler's Plays - Immortal Gentleman (06-17-39)

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Immortal Gentleman (Aired June 17, 1939) Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

Jul 30 2018

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Confession - The Esther Phillips Case (08-02-53)

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The Esther Phillips Case (Aired August 2, 1953) NBC 30 minutes Sunday at 9:30PM.Cast Paul Frees, James Edwards, Jester Hairston, Jay Loughlin, Jonathan Hole, Mady Norman, Don Brinkley (writer), Michael Samoge (? music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). Had a texture and sound not unlike Dragnet, indeed the influence was realized throughout the show. These were true stories of Crime and Punishment, the obvious difference that Dragnet began with the crime while Confession unfolded in reverse order, from the end. Confession was less noisy, it's theme was played on a single piano, but there was still the deadpan dialogue, the thief or killer giving his confession with an air of resignation and defeat. The criminal thus became a stream-of-consciousness narrator, with the action frequently cutting away into drama. "Names were changed to protect the legal rights of the subject" THIS EPISODE: August 2, 1953. NBC network. "The Esther Phillips Case". Sustaining. 9:30 P. M. Transcribed statements of actual crimes. Esther Phillips confesses to a string of robberies. The program opening and system cue are slightly upcut. The telephone-type recording beep heard throughout the show is very unneccessary. Paul Frees, Joel Davis, Les Tremayne, Alice Reinheart, George Pirrone, Charlotte Lawrence, Vivi Janis, Lou Rusoff (writer), Michael Samoge (music), Warren Lewis (script supervisor), Homer Canfield (director), John Wald (announcer). 29:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 29 2018

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Dangerous Assignment - Raiders On A Rubber Plantation (02-03-51)

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Raiders On A Rubber Plantation (Aired February 3, 1951) The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Of the two foreign intrigue anthologies, NBC seemed to continue to favor the Herbert Marshall drama, The Man Called X. Whether in deference to Marshall's seniority, its former high ratings between 1944 and 1948, or simply out of perceived popularity, Dangerous Assignment, while airing ahead of The Man Called X, never seemed to get the buildup that The Man Called X invariably received. It may well have been as simple as a lack of sponsorship. For much of 1950 and 1951, both Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X remained either network sustained or shared the sponsorship of Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, and RCA Victor. Wheaties sponsored virtually the entire weekday, nighttime NBC line-up for three months, but Dangerous Assignment ran for the most part, network sustained for over half of its entire run. NBC transcribed Dangerous Assignment for syndication via its NBC Orthacoustic Transcription Series.

Jul 29 2018

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Zero Hour - Once A Thief (06-05-74)

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Once A Thief (Aired June 5, 2974) Rod Serling is known to most people as the TV host (and some times writer) for The Twilight Zone. A decade later, he returned to TV to host the spooky Night Gallery series. The series was sold to the networks on Serling's name and reputation, but in reality, he had signed away creative control. A few of his scripts were produced, but others were rejected for being "too thoughtful." (We can't have any of that on television, can we?) He was banned from the casting sessions and had no real say on the show. Despite the shabby treatment by hot shot execs, Serling grit his teeth and did his duty. He continued to lead TV viewers through a darkened museum every week, looking at paintings with even darker themes. (It was very similar to the role Orson Welles served two decades earlier as the host to The Black Museum.) When Night Gallery was canceled in 1972, Serling was probably happy to retire from TV and move to upstate New York. He taught at Ithaca College, not far from where he grew up.

Jul 29 2018

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21st Precinct - Doctor's Daughter Missing (04-20-55)

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Doctor's Daughter Missing (Aired April 20, 1955) 21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of Dragnet. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21st Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "Twenty-first Precinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York." Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1955. "Doctor's Daughter Missing" - CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The system cue and music fill have been deleted. Announced as the last program of the current series. Everett Sloane, Stanley Niss (writer, director), Ken Lynch, Harold Stone, Lola Peyser, Jan Miner, Les Damon, Frank Campanella, George Bryan (announcer). 28:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 29 2018

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The Adventures Of Archie Andrews - The Big Dance (09-04-48)

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The Big Dance (Aired September 4, 1948) Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: September 4, 1948. "The Big Dance" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie is going to a dance and Dad is trying to take a bath, not at all as easy as it sounds. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Ian Martin, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 29 2018

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The Sealed Book - Welcome Home (05-20-45)

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Welcome Home (Aired May 20, 1945) As with The Mysterious Traveler that preceded it, The Sealed Book was an anthology of supernatural drama, produced and directed by Jock MacGregor for the Mutual network, and written by the extraordinary team of Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Indeed this same entire team of network, director, and writers were responsible for the entire run of The Mysterious Traveler. Going even further, The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. And in yet another similarity, Philip Clarke performed as an actor in five of the original Mysterious Traveler episodes. Where the series' differed was in the 'hook' or novelty intro to each week's new episode. With the Mysterious Traveler, the atmospheric element was the mournful whistle of the train, and Maurice Tarplin's equally exaggerated exposition at the beginning of each episode. THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1945. Program #10. Mutual network. "Welcome Home". Sustaining. A man returns home to find his family isn't exactly glad to see him. This program has also been dated July 22, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 28 2018

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Case Dismissed - Liability For Minors (03-27-54)

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Liability For Minors (Aired March 27, 1954) Thus with the pounding of the gavel, the fate of men and women have been decided by the judge. This is the story of our legal rights, the battle to preserve and protect them, and how easily they can be lost. The program shows us just how fragile liberty and justice can be. These stories of everyday events are still interesting, even after 50 years. Stories of criminal liability, legal wills, buying on installment, and leasing an apartment. Each story is well written, and the acting, though dated and a bit hokey by today’s standards, still manages to achieve the desired effect. Not much information is available for this series, it was apparently broadcast on a limited basis, and originated on WMAQ Chicago, an NBC station. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1954. "Liability For Minors" - NBC network, WMAQ, Chicago origination. Sustaining. The program is produced in co-operation with the Chicago Bar Association. John C. Fitzgerald (host, Dean of the Law School, Loyola University), Robert Carmen (writer), Meg Hahn, Charles Flynn, Carlton KaDell, Jack Lester, Harry Elders, Bruce Lindgren, Betty Ross (producer), Herbert Littow (director), Tom Evans (sound effects), Harold Witteberry (engineer), Lee Bennett (announcer). 28:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 28 2018

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Casey Crime Photopher - The Twenty Minute Alibi (02-20-47)

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The Twenty Minute Alibi (Aired February 20, 1947) Two months into the Television run, CBS re-cast Casey and Ethelbert, substituting young Darren McGavin as Jack Casey. The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1947. CBS network. "Twenty-Minute Alibi". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A man commits suicide while on the phone with his insurance agent, but Casey suspects murder. Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson, Tony Marvin (announcer), John Dietz (director), Robert Sloane (writer), Archie Bleyer (original music), Lesley Woods, George Harmon Coxe (creator). 33:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 28 2018

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The Man From Homicide - The Ice Pick Murder (09-16-50)

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The Ice Pick Murder (Aired September 16, 1950) 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: September 16, 1950. "The Ice Pick Murder" - ABC network. Sustaining. A dead man has been found in a ditch, killed by an ice pick. Then, Harold Winthrop is killed by a gun. The corpse wore silk socks. Lieutenant Dana is one tough cop! Good radio. The system cue has been deleted. Charles McGraw, Louis Vittes (writer), Robert Armbruster (composer, conductor), Jim Backus, Joan Banks, Lawrence Dobkin, Lamont Johnson, Tom Tully, Helen Mack (producer, director), Arthur Q. Bryan, Maggie Morely. 28:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 28 2018

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The NBC University Theater - The Track Of The Cat (02-05-50)

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The Track Of The Cat (Aired February 5, 1950) Launched as an experiment in July, 1948, The following is a quote taken from the Peabody Award web site: The response to the first five performances, which included "A Farewell To Arms," by Ernest Hemingway, "Noon Wine," by Katherine Anne Porter, and "Main Street," by Sinclair Lewis, was so vociferous that the network pocketed any misgivings it may have had, moved the show to a more desirable hour, and found the actors and the funds to sustain a series of absorbing and skillfully adapted programs. Unfortunately, the "University" in the title kept listeners away for fear of the shows being to "high brow". NBC attempted to change this view by removing the "University" from the title for a short time. THIS EPISODE: February 5, 1950. NBC network. "The Track Of The Cat". Sustaining. A story of family conflict, complicated by a murderous black panther. Andrew C. Love (director), Andrew C. Love (President and Editor of The New Republic and New York correspondent of The Manchester Guardian), Don Randolph, Don Stanley (announcer), George Lefferts (writer), John Dehner, Lee Miller, Lynn Milland, Lynn Whitney, Noreen Gammill, Ralph Moody, Steven Chase, Walter Van Tilber Clark (author). 59:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 28 2018

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Best Plays - On Borrowed Time (06-15-52)

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On Borrowed Time (Aired June 15, 1952) Best Plays presents theatrical paramounts of excellence. It's hosted by the drama critic of New York’s Daily News, John Chapman. Dramatic and comedic performances outshine other theater radio shows, greatly performed by such greats as Boris Karloff and Alfred Drake. In This Episode, On Borrowed Time a 1939 film about the role death plays in life, and how we cannot live without it. It is adapted from Paul Osborn's 1938 Broadway play, which was a smash hit. The play, based on a novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin, has been revived twice on Broadway since its original run. Set in a more innocent time in small-town America, the film stars Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and Cedric Hardwicke. THIS EPISODE: June 15, 1952. NBC network. "On Borrowed Time". Sustaining. A delightful story about an old man who gets the Devil up a tree...literally! Parker Fennelly, Mildred Natwick, David Anderson, Peter Capell, William Griffis, Agnes Young, Teri Keane, Luis Van Rooten, Karl Weber, John Chapman (host), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Paul Osborn (author), George Lefferts (adaptor). 59:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 27 2018

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The Abbott & Costello Show - The Merchant Marines (01-25-50)

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The Merchant Marines (Aired January 25, 1945) The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. The show went through several orchestras during its radio life, including those of Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Jack Meaking, Will Osborne, Freddie Rich, Leith Stevens, and Peter van Steeden. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1945. "The Merchant Marines" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert. Costello plans to join the Merchant Marine. This is a network, sponsored version. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Connie Haines, Ken Niles (announcer), Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 27 2018

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Killer (02-13-54)

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - The Killer (Aired February 13, 1954) The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1954. CBS network. "The Killer". Sustaining. Crego is a cowardly killer who's very particular about whom he shoots. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on May 19, 1956. William Conrad, John Meston (writer), Lawrence Dobkin, Howard Culver, Vic Perrin, Richard Deacon, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), George Walsh (announcer). 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 27 2018

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The Adventures Of Maisie - Murderous Poet (10-04-51)

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Murderous Poet (Aired October 4, 1951) Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Ann Sothern and Lucille Ball, like many performers in Hollywood, had not one but two careers - one in motion pictures and one on radio. MGM Studios had created the series of ten motion pictures based on a brash blonde with a heart "of spun gold." Maisie, the first in 1939, was from the book "Dark Dame" by the writer Wilson Collison, who did decades of scripting for the silver screen along with Broadway plays and magazine fiction. From the first, MGM wanted Ann Sothern to play Maisie. THIS EPISODE: October 4, 1951. Program #68. "Murderous Poet" - MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie becomes a wrestling manager after she meets Killer Diller, the poet, in a boxcar. The program has also been identified as program #80. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Sheldon Leonard, Ted de Corsia, John L. Green (writer), Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Peter Leeds, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 28:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 27 2018

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X Minus One - Shanghaied (09-01-55)

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Shanghaied (Aired September 1, 1955) X MINUS ONE was an NBC science fiction series that was an extension, or revival, of NBC's earlier science fiction series, Dimension X. which ran from Apr. 8, 1950 through Sept. 29, 1951. Both are remembered for bringing really first rate science fiction to the air. The first X Minus One shows used scripts from Dimension X, but soon created new shows from storied from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. A total of 125 programs were broadcast, some repeats or remakes, until the last show of Jan. 9, 1958. There was a one-program revival attempt in 1973, shown at the end of the log. THIS EPISODE: September 1, 1955. NBC network. "Shanghaied". Sustaining. A young man finds himself a crewman on a spaceship just before his wedding. Part of the program closing has been deleted, the story is unaffected. The script was previously used on "Dimension X" on November 12, 1950. Bill Rippe (announcer), Ernest Kinoy (writer), Ivor Francis, Jack Grimes, Jack Hartley, James Dukas, Luis Van Rooten, Lyle Sudrow, Robert Dryden, Ross Martin, Sid Raymond, William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director). 22:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 27 2018

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Crime Club - Death Deals A Diamond (07-17-47)

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Death Deals A Diamond (Aired July 17, 1947) Crime Club's premiere presentation was adapted from a Doubleday Crime Club selection from 1935 titled, Death Blew Out the Match, by Kathleen Moore Knight, from her Elisha Macomber series. The second selection of the series was For The Hangman, by John Stephen Strange, first published as a 1934 Doubleday Crime Club selection. Mr. Smith's Hat, Crime Club's 9th episode was a Doubleday Crime Club selection from 1936, by Helen Kiernan Reilly, part of her Inspector McKee series. If you see a pattern developing here, it might appear that there was a tie-in between the Doubleday Crime Club and Mutual's Crime Club radio program. While there was never an explicit tie-in to the Doubleday Crime Club, it becomes clear that the selections employed throughout the series were predominately from the Doubleday Crime Club imprint canon. Crime Club's selections weren't all of 1930s vintage. Episode No. 10, Murder Goes Astray, was a 1943 selection of the Doubleday Crime Club, by Mary Violet Heberden. Nor were all of the Crime Club episodes from the Doubleday Crime Club canon. Several of the Crime Club scripts were original stories penned by Stedman Coles, the adapter and scriptwriter for the series. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1947. Mutual network. "Death Deals A Diamond". Sustaining. A great diamond thief, just out of prison, is framed for another robbery. Stedman Coles (writer), Roger Bower (producer, director), Larry Haines, Charlotte Lawrence, Maurice Franklin, Reese Taylor, Joan Tompkins, King Calder. 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 26 2018

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Screen Director's Playhouse - Criss Cross (Starring Burt Lancaster) 10-10-49

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Criss Cross (Starring Burt Lancaster) Aired October 10, 1949 The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Ray Milland, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1949. NBC network. "Criss Cross". Sustaining. A good gangster story about a planned armored car holdup and a double-double-cross. Screen director Robert Siodmak appears by transcription. Burt Lancaster, Betty Lou Gerson, Jeff Corey, Betty Morgan, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Robert Siodmak. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

Jul 26 2018

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