Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Singles Bob Bailey 15 Min. Eps


(4.9 stars; 6 reviews)

THESE ARE THE 15 MINUTE BOB BAILEY SERIALS YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR - BOB BAILEY For over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, Americaâs fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar". Terry Salomonson in his authoritative "A Radio Broadcast Log of the Drama Program Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar", notes that the original working title was "Yours Truly, Lloyd London". Salomonson writes "Lloyd London was scratched out of the body of (the Dick Powell) audition script and Johnny Dollar was written in. Thus the show was re-titled on this script and the main character was renamed. Why this was done was unclear â possibly to prevent a legal run-in with Lloydâs of London Insurance Company." Although based in Hartford, Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, freelancer Johnny Dollar managed to get around quite a bit â his adventures taking him all over the world. There were some unusual devices used in the show that help set it apart from other shows. There was no partner, assistant, or secretary for Johnny. The character closest to a continuing role was that of Pat McCracken of the Universal Adjustment Bureau, who assigned Johnny many of his cases. Another atypical aspect gave the show additional credibility â frequently, characters on the show would mention that they had heard about Johnnyâs cases on the radio. Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case. No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogueâs Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Charles Russell, the first to play the role, would throw silver dollars to bellboys and waiters. Luckily, this trite gimmick did not survive long. On October 3, 1955, after a hiatus of over a year, the show came back with a vengeance. A new production team, including director/writer Jack Johnstone, a new star, Bob Bailey, from the radio series Let George Do It , and a new format would set the series apart from its competitors. Johnny's cases were now a continuing serial, five days a week, for fifteen minutes each evening. With 75 minutes of airtime, minus commercials and openings and closings, there was sufficient time to develop good storylines and interesting characters. During this time, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character â tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. But Bailey's Johnny Dollar was also human. His character would get emotionally involved in a number of his cases. He had a streak of impatience, and would occasionally not fully listen to a witness and rush off on a tangent before realizing his mistake. The weekday serialized episodes are generally acknowledged as some of the finest radio detective shows ever produced. There were fifty six multi-part shows in all: fifty four five-part shows, one six-part show, and one nine-part show. The serialized episodes continued until November 2, 1956 when the series again reverted to a once a week, thirty minute format. Bob Bailey continued in the lead, until "The Empty Threat Matter" of November 27, 1960, when the Hollywood run ended. The guest stars and supporting casts were always first rate, attracting the best radio actors in both Los Angeles and New York. Pat McCracken was played by several actors â most frequently, by Larry Dobkin. Particularly noteworthy was the work of Virginia Gregg, who played many roles, including Johnny's girlfriend Betty Lewis. Harry Bartell was also a frequent guest, who did many of the Spanish dialect roles when Johnny went to a Latin American country. Other frequent guest performers were Parley Baer, Tony Barrett, John Dehner, Don Diamond, Sam Edwards, Herb Ellis, Frank Gerstle, Stacy Harris, Jack Kruschen, Forrest Lewis, Howard McNear, Marvin Miller, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Jean Tatum, Russell Thomson, Ben Wright, and Will Wright. Vincent Price co-starred as himself in "The Price of Fame Matter" and went to Europe with Johnny on the case. In December 1960, the show moved to New York. Robert Readick started the New York run as Dollar, but only lasted a short while. Jack Johnstone continued to write for the show and submitted scripts from California. Johnstone wrote about 350 Johnny Dollar scripts under his own name and his pen names Sam Dawson and Jonathan Bundy. Johnstone wrote the last episodes of both Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and Suspense . He used the Bundy pen name when writing the last Suspense episode, "Devilstone". And so, an era passed. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was the last continuing detective series of the Golden Age of Radio. Mandel Kramer was the last Johnny Dollar, and a close second in popularity to Bailey, when the final episode, "The Tip-Off Matter", was aired on September 30, 1962. Material for this description was prepared by Stewart Wright. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.


This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

551003 231 The Macormack Matter - Ep 1 14:37
551004 232 The Macormack Matter - Ep 2 14:35
551005 233 The Macormack Matter - Ep 3 14:36
551006 234 The Macormack Matter - Ep 4 14:32
551007 235 The Macormack Matter - Ep 5 14:34
551010 236 The Molly K Matter - Ep 1 14:34
551011 237 The Molly K Matter - Ep 2 14:36
551012 238 The Molly K Matter - Ep 3 14:35
551013 239 The Molly K Matter - Ep 4 14:34
551014 240 The Molly K Matter - Ep 5 14:32
551017 241 The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Ep 1 14:42
551018 242 The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Ep 2 14:33
551019 243 The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Ep 3 14:39
551020 244 The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Ep 4 14:34
551021 245 The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Ep 5 14:34
551024 246 The Alvin Summers Matter - Ep 1 14:34
551025 247 The Alvin Summers Matter - Ep 2 14:31
551026 248 The Alvin Summers Matter - Ep 3 14:35
551027 249 The Alvin Summers Matter - Ep 4 14:35
551028 250 The Alvin Summers Matter - Ep 5 14:31
551031 251 The Valentine Matter - Ep 1 14:34
551101 252 The Valentine Matter - Ep 2 14:37
551102 253 The Valentine Matter - Ep 3 14:34
551103 254 The Valentine Matter - Ep 4 14:35
551104 255 The Valentine Matter - Ep 5 14:37
551107 256 The Lorko Diamonds Matter - Ep 1 14:37
551108 257 The Lorko Diamonds Matter - Ep 2 14:39
551109 258 The Lorko Diamonds Matter - Ep 3 14:33
551110 259 The Lorko Diamonds Matter - Ep 4 14:38
551111 260 The Lorko Diamonds Matter - Ep 5 14:34
551114 261 The Broderick Matter - Ep 1 14:37
551115 262 The Broderick Matter - Ep 2 14:40
551116 263 The Broderick Matter - Ep 3 14:36
551117 264 The Broderick Matter - Ep 4 14:33
551118 265 The Broderick Matter - Ep 5 14:33
551121 266 The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Ep 1 14:42
551122 267 The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Ep 2 14:35
551123 268 The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Ep 3 14:44
551124 269 The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Ep 4 14:35
551125 270 The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Ep 5 14:36
551128 271 The Henderson Matter - Ep 1 14:35
551129 272 The Henderson Matter - Ep 2 14:36
551130 273 The Henderson Matter - Ep 3 14:32
551201 274 The Henderson Matter - Ep 4 14:35
551202 275 The Henderson Matter - Ep 5 14:34
551205 276 The Cronin Matter - Ep 1 14:36
551206 277 The Cronin Matter - Ep 2 14:35
551207 278 The Cronin Matter - Ep 3 14:36
551208 279 The Cronin Matter - Ep 4 14:36
551209 280 The Cronin Matter - Ep 5 14:34
551212 281 The Lansing Fraud Matter - Ep 1 14:34
551213 282 The Lansing Fraud Matter - Ep 2 14:34
551214 283 The Lansing Fraud Matter - Ep 3 14:36
551215 284 The Lansing Fraud Matter - Ep 4 14:33
551216 285 The Lansing Fraud Matter - Ep 5 14:36
551219 286 The Nick Shurn Matter - Ep 1 14:33
551220 287 The Nick Shurn Matter - Ep 2 14:34
551221 288 The Nick Shurn Matter - Ep 3 14:35
551222 289 The Nick Shurn Matter - Ep 4 14:34
551223 290 The Nick Shurn Matter - Ep 5 14:33
551226 291 The Forbes Matter - Ep 1 14:34
551227 292 The Forbes Matter - Ep 2 14:34
551228 293 The Forbes Matter - Ep 3 14:33
551229 294 The Forbes Matter - Ep 4 14:34
551230 295 The Forbes Matter - Ep 5 14:33
560102 296 The Caylin Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560103 297 The Caylin Matter - Ep 2 14:33
560104 298 The Caylin Matter - Ep 3 14:33
560105 299 The Caylin Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560106 300 The Caylin Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560109 301 The Todd Matter - Ep 1 14:32
560110 302 The Todd Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560111 303 The Todd Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560112 304 The Todd Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560113 305 The Todd Matter - Ep 5 14:38
560116 306 The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560117 307 The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Ep 2 14:34
560118 308 The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560119 309 The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Ep 4 14:38
560120 310 The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Ep 5 14:40
560123 311 The Duke Red Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560124 312 The Duke Red Matter - Ep 2 14:34
560125 313 The Duke Red Matter - Ep 3 14:32
560126 314 The Duke Red Matter - Ep 4 14:37
560127 315 The Duke Red Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560130 316 The Flight Six Matter - Ep 1 14:32
560131 317 The Flight Six Matter - Ep 2 14:31
560201 318 The Flight Six Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560202 319 The Flight Six Matter - Ep 4 14:39
560203 320 The Flight Six Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560206 321 The McClain Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560207 322 The McClain Matter - Ep 2 14:41
560209 324 The McClain Matter - Ep 4 14:31
560210 325 The McClain Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560213 326 The Cui Bono Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560214 327 The Cui Bono Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560215 328 The Cui Bono Matter - Ep 3 14:36
560216 329 The Cui Bono Matter - Ep 4 14:32
560217 330 The Cui Bono Matter - Ep 5 14:33
560220 331 The Bennet Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560221 332 The Bennet Matter - Ep 2 14:37
560222 333 The Bennet Matter - Ep 3 14:34
560223 334 The Bennet Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560224 335 The Bennet Matter - Ep 5 14:40
560227 336 The Fathom-Five Matter - Ep 1 14:39
560228 337 The Fathom-Five Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560229 338 The Fathom-Five Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560301 339 The Fathom-Five Matter - Ep 4 14:38
560302 340 The Fathom-Five Matter - Ep 5 14:32
560305 341 The Plantagent Matter - Ep 1 14:33
560306 342 The Plantagent Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560307 343 The Plantagent Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560308 344 The Plantagent Matter - Ep 4 14:37
560309 345 The Plantagent Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560312 346 The Clinton Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560313 347 The Clinton Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560314 348 The Clinton Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560315 349 The Clinton Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560316 350 The Clinton Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560319 351 The Jolly Roger Fraud Matter - Ep 1 14:38
560320 352 The Jolly Roger Fraud Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560321 353 The Jolly Roger Fraud Matter - Ep 3 14:34
560322 354 The Jolly Roger Fraud Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560323 355 The Jolly Roger Fraud Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560326 356 The LaMarr Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560327 357 The LaMarr Matter - Ep 2 14:34
560328 358 The LaMarr Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560329 359 The LaMarr Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560330 360 The LaMarr Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560402 361 The Salt City Matter - Ep 1 14:47
560404 363 The Salt City Matter - Ep 3 14:45
560405 364 The Salt City Matter - Ep 4 14:40
560406 365 The Salt City Matter - Ep 5 14:40
560409 366 The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Ep 1 14:27
560410 367 The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Ep 2 14:38
560411 368 The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560412 369 The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560413 370 The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Ep 5 14:33
560416 371 The Shepherd Matter - Ep 1 14:37
560417 372 The Shepherd Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560418 373 The Shepherd Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560419 374 The Shepherd Matter - Ep 4 14:37
560420 375 The Shepherd Matter - Ep 5 14:38
560423 376 The Lonely Hearts Matter - Ep 1 14:58
560424 377 The Lonely Hearts Matter - Ep 2 14:50
560425 378 The Lonely Hearts Matter - Ep 3 14:55
560427 380 The Lonely Hearts Matter - Ep 5 14:49
560430 381 The Callicles Matter - Ep 1 14:37
560501 382 The Callicles Matter - Ep 2 14:38
560502 383 The Callicles Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560503 384 The Callicles Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560504 385 The Callicles Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560507 386 The Silver Blue Matter - Ep 1 14:38
560508 387 The Silver Blue Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560509 388 The Silver Blue Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560510 389 The Silver Blue Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560511 390 The Silver Blue Matter - Ep 5 14:36
YTJD_1956-05-14_391_The_Matter_of_the_Medium,_Well_Done_-_Ep_1 14:39
YTJD_1956-05-15_392_The_Matter_of_the_Medium,_Well_Done_-_Ep_2 14:36
YTJD_1956-05-16_393_The_Matter_of_the_Medium,_Well_Done_-_Ep_3 14:38
YTJD_1956-05-17_394_The_Matter_of_the_Medium,_Well_Done_-_Ep_4 14:35
YTJD_1956-05-18_395_The_Matter_of_the_Medium,_Well_Done_-_Ep_5 14:38
560521 396 The Tears of Night Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560522 397 The Tears of Night Matter - Ep 2 14:38
560523 398 The Tears of Night Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560524 399 The Tears of Night Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560525 400 The Tears of Night Matter - Ep 5 14:39
560528 401 The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Ep 1 14:41
560529 402 The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Ep 2 14:45
560530 403 The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Ep 3 14:39
560531 404 The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Ep 4 14:41
560601 405 The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Ep 5 14:37
560604 406 The Indestructible Mike Matter - Ep 1 14:39
560605 407 The Indestructible Mike Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560606 408 The Indestructible Mike Matter - Ep 3 14:36
560607 409 The Indestructible Mike Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560608 410 The Indestructible Mike Matter - Ep 5 14:38
560611 411 The Laughing Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560612 412 The Laughing Matter - Ep 2 14:39
560613 413 The Laughing Matter - Ep 3 14:38
560614 414 The Laughing Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560615 415 The Laughing Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560618 416 The Pearling Matter - Ep 1 14:40
560619 417 The Pearling Matter - Ep 2 14:37
560620 418 The Pearling Matter - Ep 3 14:36
560621 419 The Pearling Matter - Ep 4 14:34
560622 420 The Pearling Matter - Ep 5 14:37
560625 421 The Long Shot Matter - Ep 1 14:37
560626 422 The Long Shot Matter - Ep 2 14:32
560627 423 The Long Shot Matter - Ep 3 14:36
560628 424 The Long Shot Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560629 425 The Long Shot Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560702 426 The Midas Touch Matter - Ep 1 14:36
560703 427 The Midas Touch Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560704 428 The Midas Touch Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560705 429 The Midas Touch Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560706 430 The Midas Touch Matter - Ep 5 14:38
560709 431 The Shady Lane Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560710 432 The Shady Lane Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560711 433 The Shady Lane Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560712 434 The Shady Lane Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560713 435 The Shady Lane Matter - Ep 5 14:32
560716 436 The Star of Capetown Matter - Ep 1 14:34
560717 437 The Star of Capetown Matter - Ep 2 14:32
560718 438 The Star of Capetown Matter - Ep 3 14:39
560719 439 The Star of Capetown Matter - Ep 4 14:39
560720 440 The Star of Capetown Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560723 441 The Open Town Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560724 442 The Open Town Matter - Ep 2 14:36
560725 443 The Open Town Matter - Ep 3 14:37
560726 444 The Open Town Matter - Ep 4 14:35
560727 445 The Open Town Matter - Ep 5 14:36
560730 446 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 1 14:56
560731 447 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 2 14:59
560801 448 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 3 14:58
560802 449 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 4 14:59
560803 450 The Sea Legs Matter - Ep 5 15:10
560806 451 The Alder Matter - Ep 1 14:37
560807 452 The Alder Matter - Ep 2 14:35
560808 453 The Alder Matter - Ep 3 14:34
560809 454 The Alder Matter - Ep 4 14:36
560810 455 The Alder Matter - Ep 5 14:36
560813 456 The Crystal Lake Matter - Ep 1 14:36
560814 457 The Crystal Lake Matter - Ep 2 14:34
560815 458 The Crystal Lake Matter - Ep 3 14:35
560816 459 The Crystal Lake Matter - Ep 4 14:35
560817 460 The Crystal Lake Matter - Ep 5 14:30
560824 461 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 1 (1st of 6) 14:39
560827 462 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 1A (according to script) (2nd of 6) 14:27
560828 463 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 2 (3rd of 6) 14:32
560829 464 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 3 (4th of 6) 14:28
560830 465 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 4 (5th of 6) 14:33
560831 466 The Kranesburg Matter - Ep 5 (6th of 6) 14:58
560903 467 The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Ep 1 14:35
560904 468 The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Ep 2 14:33
560905 469 The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Ep 3 14:36
560906 470 The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Ep 4 14:38
560907 471 The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Ep 5 14:35
560910 472 The Confidential Matter - Ep 1 14:39
560911 473 The Confidential Matter - Ep 2 14:39
560912 474 The Confidential Matter - Ep 3 14:34
560913 475 The Confidential Matter - Ep 4 14:38
560914 476 The Confidential Matter - Ep 5 14:34
560917 477 The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Ep 1 14:55
560919 479 The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Ep 3 14:53
560920 480 The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Ep 4 14:58
560921 481 The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Ep 5 14:56
560924 482 The Meg's Palace Matter - Ep 1 14:33
560925 483 The Meg's Palace Matter - Ep 2 14:33
560926 484 The Meg's Palace Matter - Ep 3 14:33
560927 485 The Meg's Palace Matter - Ep 4 14:33
560928 486 The Meg's Palace Matter - Ep 5 14:33
561001 487 The Picture Postcard Matter - Ep 1 14:34
561002 488 The Picture Postcard Matter - Ep 2 14:34
561003 489 The Picture Postcard Matter - Ep 3 14:33
561004 490 The Picture Postcard Matter - Ep 4 14:34
561005 491 The Picture Postcard Matter - Ep 5 14:34
561008 492 The Primrose Matter - Ep 1 14:33
561009 493 The Primrose Matter - Ep 2 14:33
561010 494 The Primrose Matter - Ep 3 14:33
561011 495 The Primrose Matter - Ep 4 14:33
561012 496 The Primrose Matter - Ep 5 14:33
561015 497 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 1 (1st of 9) 14:33
561016 498 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 2 (2nd of 9) 14:33
561017 499 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 3 (3rd of 9) 14:32
561018 500 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 4 (4th of 9) 14:33
561019 501 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 5 (5th of 9) 14:33
561022 502 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 6 (6th of 9) 14:35
YTJD_1956-10-24_503_The_Phantom_Chase_Matter_-_Ep_8_no_script_#7_produced_7th_o… 14:33
561025 504 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 9 (8th of 9) 14:33
561026 505 The Phantom Chase Matter - Ep 10 (9th of 9) 14:33
561029 506 The Silent Queen Matter - Ep 1 14:56
561030 507 The Silent Queen Matter - Ep 2 14:53
561031 508 The Silent Queen Matter - Ep 3 14:58
561101 509 The Silent Queen Matter - Ep 4 14:54
561102 510 The Silent Queen Matter - Ep 5 15:00

Reviews

Fantastic

(5 stars)

These 15 minute episodes were simply fantastic. Great writing, non stop action and great acting makes these episodes a treasure to add to any OTR collection.

The Best detective show there is

(5 stars)

I love all the Bob Bailey shows but The Time he spent as Johnny Dollar is the best