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.
For the third straight year we are offering up a Mardi Gras special as suggested by channel fan Donald from New Orleans. The two-hour block features four performers who served as King Bacchus for the annual Krewe Of Bacchus Parade. And this year we have episodes starring Danny Kaye (Bacchus I); Raymond Burr (Bacchus II); Phil Harris (Bacchus IV) and Bob Hope (Bacchus V).
A number of series debut anniversaries this week as we celebrate the quality Frank Lovejoy series Night Beat’s 68th with a first and final special. We have a double special celebrating 68th anniversary of the debut of Dangerous Assignment plus mark the birthday of lead actor, Brian Donlevy.
We mark the 82nd anniversary of the radio debut of The Green Hornet with three new to the channel episodes starring Al Hodge.
We mark the 60th anniversary of the debut of Frontier Gentleman starring John Dehner (plus an audition recording with Ben Wright).
The birthday tributes include ones for movie stars Randolph Scott, Ann Sothern and Dan Duryea as well as specials for writer Gwen Bagni (Night Beat, Escape, Suspense); author Somerset Maugham (his stories The Out Station and The Vessel Of Wrath as adapted for Escape); Wyllis Cooper (creator of Lights Out, Quiet Please); Portland Hoffa (Fred Allen’s wife and co-star); J. Carrol Naish (Life With Luigi); Florence Halop (Miss Duffy on Duffy’s Tavern).