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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 Academy Award Theatre’s “Shadow Of A Doubt” with Joseph Cotten.
We have a Siodmak Siblings Celebration which marks the birthdays of brothers Robert and Curt Siodmak. It begins with a half-hour version of the Robert Siodmak (born August 8th, 1900) directed motion picture thriller, “The Spiral Staircase” as presented on The Screen Director’s Playhouse. Then it’s an hour long version 1948 Suspense and “Donovan’s Brain”, based on a novel by younger brother Curt Siodmak (born August 10th, 1902). It stars John McIntire, Wally Maher and Jeannette Nolan, and is hosted by Robert Montgomery.
We also celebrate movie stars: John Beal (Suspense’s “Deadline At Dawn”, The Whistler); Jane Wyatt (Dark Fantasy); Bert Lahr (guest on Bergen & McCarthy); Jack Haley (The Wonder Show); Esther Williams (Duffy’s Tavern); Lloyd Nolan (Suspense); and Gene Raymond (Stars Over Hollywood).
Plus film director and Lux Radio host Cecil B. DeMille; Jeff Corey (Escape’s “Mars Is Heaven” plus as Lt. Ybarra on The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe); announcer Ed Herlihy (The Falcon) and bandleader Skinnay Ennis (Bob Hope Show).
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