Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Singles Edmond O'Brien


(5 stars; 2 reviews)

THESE ARE THE EDMOND O'BRIEN EPISODES 02-03-1950 - 09-03-1952 YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR - EDMOND O'BRIEN 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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500203 034 Death Takes a Working Day (The Loyal B Martin Matter; How to Take a … 30:07
500210 035 The S.S. Malay Trader Ship 30:09
YTJD_1950-02-17_036_The_Gravediggers_Spades_Mr_&_Mrs_Arbuthnel_Trump 30:18
500224 037 The Archeologist (The Disappearance of Bruce Lambert) 30:40
500303 038 Bodyguard to the Late Robert W Perry 29:08
YTJD_1950-03-07_039_Alec_Jefferson,_The_Youthful_Millionaire_Rebel_Wildcatters 29:40
500314 040 The Eighty-Five Little Minks 30:07
YTJD_1950-03-21_041_The_Man_Who_Wrote_Himself_to_Death_Stuart_Palmer,_Writer_Un… 26:39
500328 042 The Village Scene Matter (The Missing Masterpiece) 30:07
500404 043 The Story of the Big Red Schoolhouse 30:08
500411 044 The Dead First-Helpers 29:32
500418 045 The Story of the Ten-O-Eight (Unedited Drama Portions) 30:09
500425 046 Pearl Carrasa 30:07
500502 047 The Able Tackitt Matter (Unedited Drama Portions) 28:37
500509 048 The Harold Trandem Matter 30:06
500516 049 The Sidney Rykoff Matter (Unedited Drama Portions) 27:05
500523 050 The Earl Chadwick Matter 29:46
500530 051 The Port-au-Prince Matter 29:49
500608 052 The Caligio Diamond Matter 30:07
500615 053 The Arrowcraft Matter 30:02
500622 054 The London Matter 30:07
500629 055 The Barbara James Matter 30:06
500706 056 The Belo-Horizonte Railroad 30:06
500713 057 The Calgary Matter 29:35
500720 058 The Henry J Unger Matter 30:07
500803 060 The Blood River Matter 30:06
500810 061 The Hartford Alliance Matter 31:44
500817 062 The Mickey McQueen Matter 30:07
YTJD_1950-08-24_063_The_Trans-Pacific_Import_Export_Company,_South_China_Branch… 29:40
500831 064 The Virginia Beach Matter 29:39
500930 065 The Howard Caldwell Matter 28:57
501007 066 The Richard Splain Matter 30:57
501014 067 The Yankee Pride Matter 30:04
501021 068 The Jack Madigan Matter 30:07
501028 069 The Joan Sebastian Matter 29:30
501104 070 The Queen Anne Pistols Matter 30:06
501111 071 The Adam Kegg Matter 28:48
501118 072 The Nora Falkner Matter 30:04
YTJD_1950-11-25_073_The_Woodward,_Manila,_Matter 30:45
501216 074 The Leland Blackburn Matter 28:27
510113 078 The Port-O-Call Matter 30:43
510120 079 The David Rockey Matter 30:05
510224 084 The Jarvis Wilder Matter 30:07
510303 085 The Celia Woodstock Matter 30:04
510310 086 The Stanley Springs Matter 30:02
510324 088 The Byron Hayes Matter 30:00
510331 089 The Jackie Cleaver Matter 30:55
510407 090 The Edward French Matter 25:02
510414 091 The Mickey McQueen Matter 25:09
510421 092 The Willard South Matter 25:02
510428 093 The Month-End Raid Matter 25:00
510505 094 The Virginia Towne Matter 24:49
510526 097 The Lillis Bond Matter (Unedited Drama Portions) (recorded 510517) 29:02
YTJD_1951-06-02_098_The_Soderbury,_Maine_Matter_Unedited_Drama_Portions_recorde… 23:00
510609 099 The George Farmer Matter 25:02
510616 100 The Arthur Boldrick Matter 25:00
YTJD_1951-06-20_101_The_Malcolm_Wish,_M.D._Matter 30:02
510627 102 The Hatchet House Theft Matter 30:00
510704 103 The Alonzo Chapman Matter 30:02
510711 104 The Fair-Way Matter 30:00
510718 105 The Neal Breer Matter 29:43
510801 107 The Horace Lockhart Matter 30:02
510815 109 The Lucky Costa Matter 30:00
510829 111 The Leland Case Matter (Unedited Drama Portions) (recorded 510822) 29:02
510919 113 The Cuban Jewel Matter 30:00
510926 114 The Protection Matter 30:02
511006 115 The Douglas Taylor Matter 30:00
511013 116 The Millard Ward Matter 27:29
511027 118 The Tolhurst Theft Matter 30:02
511103 119 The Hannibal Murphy Matter 30:00
511110 120 The Birdy Baskerville Matter 30:06
511117 121 The Merrill Kent Matter 30:27
511208 122 The Youngstown Credit Group Matter 30:04
YTJD_1951-12-22_124_The_Maynard_Collins_Matter_[Partial] 25:39
511229 125 The Alma Scott Matter 28:06
520105 126 The Glen English Matter 27:05
520702 128 The Amelia Harwell Matter 30:06

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(5 stars)

very well read and gentle interesting story lines.