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Plenty of birthday specials this week, but first let’s talk about a series debut anniversary.
Father Know Best first came to radio 72 years ago on August 25th, 1949 (moved to television on October 3rd, 1954). We celebrate it’s anniversary with an hour of episodes which also functions as a centennial celebration for actress June Whitley (Aug 26th, 1921 – May 5th, 2006).
We also have a special marking the anniversary of the nationwide theatrical release of “The Wizard Of Oz” (August 25th, 1939). We bring back the hour long Lux Radio Theatre 1950 adaptation with Judy Garland back as Dorothy.
As to those birthdays? Well we have specials for both movie stars and radio performers:
Ingrid Bergman (Lux Radio Theatre’s version of “Jane Eyre”); Gene Kelly (Screen Guild Players “For Me and My Gal” and two from Suspense); Charles Boyer (Cavalcade Of America, Screen Director’s Playhouse); Larry Thor (Broadway Is My Beat, Suspense, Escape); Willard Waterman (The Great Gildersleeve, The Whistler); Anne Whitfield (Harris & Faye Show); Lurene Tuttle (The Whistler, CBS Radio Workshop, Mutual Radio Theatre); Jack McCarthy (The Green Hornet); Van Johnson (Suspense, Jimmy Durante Show); bandleader Bob Crosby (Jack Benny Program); singer and dancer Peggy Ryan (guest on The Bob Hope Show); Bobby Ellis (The Aldrich Family) and announcer Hal Gibney (The Six Shooter, Tales Of The Texas Rangers, Dragnet).
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