Saturday, January 3, 2015
January 3: Happy Birthday, Ray Milland
Ray Milland won an Oscar in 1946 for his work in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend. He also starred in Dial M For Murder, Close To My Heart, and Reap the Wild Wind.
But who are we kidding? You and I love Ray for his role in the CBS blockbuster radio program Meet Mr. McNutley. The series ran from '53-'54, and starred Ray Milland and Phyllis Avery. Mr. McNutley was, as his name might imply, a warm-hearted, perhaps absent-minded professor at Lynnhaven College for Women. The show ran simultaneously on the airwaves and the tube.
Plots include Peg buying a new outboard motor for Ray; Ray trying to divine the gender of a new parakeet; and an O. Henryesque miscue involving a mink coat.
Milland appeared as a guest on Lux Radio Theatre, Safari, Camel Screen Guild Theatre, and Suspense.