This week we mark President’s Day/Washington’s Birthday with a creative block: The CBS Radio Workshop’s “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”; Ronald Reagan playing Ulysses S. Grant on The Cavalcade Of America, and A Washington’s Birthday episode of Fibber McGee & Molly.
Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we like to say it on RadioClassics, Happy Birthday, Jack!
This year, for Jack’s 125th, 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.
Some series debut anniversaries this week as we celebrate the quality Frank Lovejoy series Night Beat’s 69th with a First and Finale special. Plus we have a double special celebrating 69th anniversary of the debut of Dangerous Assignment and also mark the birthday of lead actor, Brian Donlevy.
We mark the 83rd anniversary of the radio debut of The Green Hornet with three episodes starring Al Hodge, Robert Hall and then Jack McCarthy.
The birthday tributes include ones for movie stars Randolph Scott and Ann Sothern as well as specials for writer Gwen Bagni (Night Beat, Escape, Suspense); Wyllis Cooper (creator of Lights Out, Quiet Please); Portland Hoffa (Fred Allen’s wife and co-star); J. Carrol Naish (Life With Luigi, Suspense) and Florence Halop (Miss Duffy on Duffy’s Tavern).