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For the third straight year we are offering up a Mardi Gras special as suggested by channel fan Donald from New Orleans. The two-hour block features four performers who served as King Bacchus for the annual Krewe Of Bacchus Parade. And this year we have episodes starring Danny Kaye (Bacchus I); Raymond Burr (Bacchus II); Phil Harris (Bacchus IV) and Bob Hope (Bacchus V).
Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we like to say it on RadioClassics, Happy Birthday, Jack!
This year Jack Benny is honored with two different specials: the first features a two-hour block with four episodes from his long running comedy series The Jack Benny Program. Whereas the second special finds Benny working with Gail Patrick in Lux Radio Theater’s “Killer Kates” and stealing the show from Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone in a very creative episode of The Screen Guild Theater.
And it’s not all about Jack – we also have a birthday celebrations for the following folks: Mary Jane Croft (Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat); Joseph Kearns (The Whistler, Suspense, Broadway’s My Beat and others); Edgar Bergen (four Bergen & McCarthy episodes plus hour long broadcasts of The Chase & Sanborn Hour and the New Edgar Bergen Hour); Cesar Romero (Guest On Burns & Allen Show); Staats Cotsworth (Casey Crime Photographer & CBS Radio Workshop); Mary Lee Robb (Marjorie on The Great Gildersleeve); and presidential daughter Margaret Truman (co-starring with Jimmy Stewart in a radio version of the comedy “Jackpot” plus appearing on The Dennis Day Show).
Speaking of White House residents: we offer up our annual tribute to the 16th US President with Abraham Lincoln themed episodes of Crime Classics, American Portraits, Suspense and The Academy Award Theater’s version of the 1939 motion picture “Young Mr. Lincoln” starring Henry Fonda.
We also mark radio series debut anniversaries; Superman’s 78th; The Family Theater’s 71st and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’s 69th.
In addition to some Valentine’s Day comedy, we also once again celebrate George Valentine’s Day with three Let George Do It episodes starring Bob Bailey as a private detective named, yes, Valentine.
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