As per usuals, we have a number of Memorial Day Week offerings in addition to Norman Corwin’s On A Note of Triumph V-E Day Celebration which once again includes my past visits with both Corwin and radio actor and WWII vet, Cliff Carpenter, additional Memorial Day specials are also airing. They include episodes of multiple episodes of Words At War plus Lux Radio Theater’s adaptation of the WWII era motion picture, “Pride Of The Marines”.
Topping the list of birthdays this week is a centennial celebration for Raymond Burr. Best known for his decades of work on television as attorney Perry Mason and police detective Ironside, Burr was also a radio theater veteran. We will mark his 100th birthday with him as Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie and police inspector Hellman on the Jack Webb series, Pat Novak For Hire.
We begin the week with Mother’s Day (and four appropriately themed episodes from Harris & Faye, The Red Skelton Show, The Life Of Riley, Our Miss Brooks. This year we also have a two-hour special featuring 8 episodes of the long running radio soap opera Ma Perkins starring Virginia Payne.
A number of movie star birthdays this week including the following: Katharine Hepburn (Lux Radio Theater’s “Undercurrent”); Gary Cooper (Lux Radio Theater’s “The Virginian”), Anne Baxter (Suspense, Martin & Lewis Show); Margo (Suspense) and Fred Astaire (Screen Director’s “The Sky’s The Limit”, guest on Burns & Allen plus The Bob Hope Show).
A very busy birthday week on RadioClassics (heck the entire month of May is crammed with radio star’s birthdays)!