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Hey folks hope you summer is treating you well. Wanted to first thank again all the fans who joined me on the 7th Annual Radio Spirits Sea Cruise, and want to let you know it’s never too soon to start thinking about joining me on the next one. We sail the Western Caribbean from June 28th to July 5th 2020 and you can learn more (plus see photos and videos from past cruises) at the following website http://www.cruisingwithgregbell.com/
On to the highlights:
Topping the birthday celebrations is our annual two-hour special for famed thriller director Alfred Hitchcock. We have three of his motion pictures as adapted for radio: Lux Radio Theatre’s version of “Strangers On A Train”, Mystery In The Air’s “The Lodger” (with Peter Lorre, Agnes Moorehead and Harry Morgan) and The Screen Guild Players take on “Rebecca”, Hitch’s only best picture Oscar winner.
We also celebrate movie star Maureen O’Hara (Suspense’s “The White Rose Murders”); Mae West (Chase & Sanborn Hour); John Beal (Suspense’s “Deadline At Dawn”); Gloria Blondell (The Saint, Philip Marlowe & The Screen Director’s Playhouse version of “Yellow Sky”); Eddie Green (Duffy’s Tavern), film director and Lux Radio host Cecil B. DeMille; and The Cowardly Lion himself, Bert Lahr (a special guest on The Fred Allen Show).
Speaking of The Wizard Of Oz, that motion picture was released 80 years ago this month, so on the 25th I will present Lux Radio Theatre’s version of it starring Judy Garland. But in the same block this week as Bert Lahr, we also have episodes hosted by the Tin Man (Jack Haley in The Wonder Show) as well as The Scarecrow (The Ray Bolger Show).
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