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Our birthday tributes this week are headlined by the great William Conrad. He’ll be featured in two different two-hour specials. One is all about Gunsmoke (four episodes in a row) whereas the other has him starring in Escape and The Whistler plus narrating a couple episodes of The CBS Radio Workshop.
Other birthday specials for the following folks among others: Mickey Rooney (Lux Radio Theatre’s “Strike Up The Band”, Screen Director’s “The Human Comedy”); George Raft (as Rocky Jordan, and as a guest on both The Bob Hope Show plus Martin & Lewis); Barbara Britton (Mr. & Mrs. North) and author F. Scott Fitzgerald (Escape’s “Diamond As Big As The Ritz”).
As well as Virginia Bruce (Suspense); Greer Garson (Guest on Bergen & McCarthy); Doris Singleton (The Whistler); Ted de Corsia (Pursuit, Escape, The Whistler); Edmund Gwenn (Suspense); Ed Sullivan (Guest on The Jack Benny Program); Richard Lockeridge (co-creator of Mr. and Mrs. North); and Cy Howard (the creator of My Friend Irma and Life With Luigi).
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