Leading the birthday tributes this time is a former child actress still with us and turning 81. Anne Whitfield played youngest daughter Phyllis on the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, and in addition to a couple episodes from that popular comedy series, she also takes on a dramatic role working alongside John Lund in an offering from Suspense.
The Wizard Of Oz first came to theatre’s 80 years ago (national theatrical release August 25th, 1939) and to celebrate that, I am bringing back Lux Radio Theatre’s 1950 adaptation of that famed family fantasy/musical film. Judy Garland returns in the role of Dorothy with some top radio voices as The Scarecrow (Hans Conried), The Tim Man (Herb Vigran), and The Cowardly Lion (Ed Max).
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.
Headlining the list this week is a two-hour “Love For Lucy” special marking Lucille Ball’s birthday. In addition to a couple episodes of My Favorite Husband plus her appearance on The Screen Director’s Playhouse, I will once again share some of my 2014 visit with Turner Classic Movies host, the late Robert Osborne. He knew Lucy quite well and he told me some wonderful stories about her. In a second special, we have Lucy hosting The Family Theatre plus getting all dramatic in a couple episodes of Suspense.
Hey folks, happy be be returning from the 7th Annual Radio Spirits sea cruise with channel fans, and hope all of you back here enjoyed the 17th Annual Christmas In July Week.