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Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we like to say it on RadioClassics, Happy Birthday, Jack!
This year, for Jack Benny’s birthday, we have 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 Theatre’s “Killer Kates” and stealing the show from Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone in a very creative episode of The Screen Guild Theatre.
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); composer Jerry Goldsmith (Frontier Gentleman, Suspense);
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 80th, Family Theatre’s 73rd and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’s 71st.
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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