I needed them. Each episode would end with Johnny submitting his grand total of miscellaneous expenses. Sometimes Johnny would add a sardonic postscript under "Remarks," detailing the aftermath of the case. One case that especially disgusted Johnny ended abruptly with "Remarks — nil! In later seasons the program sometimes referred to itself, with other characters recognizing Dollar's voice from the radio.
Bob Bailey, unwilling to relocate, gave up the Johnny Dollar role. Bailey's last performance was in a script significantly[editorializing] titled "The Empty Threat Matter". This may have been[weasel words] writer Johnstone's editorial comment on CBS's intention to close the shop in California.
Former child actor Bob Readick took over the leading role in a manner reminiscent of the original Dollar, Charles Russell. After six months he was replaced by Mandel Kramer, who gave the role his own low-key interpretation. Many fans[who? Eastern Time on September 30, , followed immediately by the final broadcast of Suspense.
Edmond O'Brien Starred in - Episodes 35 - John Lund Starred in - Episodes - Bob Bailey Starred in - Episodes - Bob Readick Starred in - Episodes - Mandel Kramer Starred in - Episodes - Movie actor Charles Russell was the first Johnny Dollar during the season. With O'Brien at the microphone, Johnny Dollar began to lean towards a t ough-guy, almost hard-boiled persona. When O'Brien's movie career began to reignite in , another movie tough-guy, John Lund assumed the role until , when the series ended, temporarily.
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was too hot of a property to leave alone for long, and the radio network turned the reins of the show over to veteran producer Jack Johnstone. Having worked extensively in serial dramas like Buck Rogers and The Adventures of Superman , Johnstone began reformatting Johnny Dollar into a daily 15 minute program with week long story arcs.
Spoiler : Awesome show! Spoiler : My favorite radio program. Spoiler : I just love this series.. Spoiler : The description is not entirely accurate. The show ran from to not '62 , and was one of the last two shows from the golden age the other was Suspense.
For the bulk of its run, the format was 30 minutes one night a week. For two years in the late s, the format changed to 15 minutes every weeknight, but long before it ended in fact before Bob Bailey left the show it had reverted to the half hour format. Spoiler : I use these radio programs when I'm driving a considerable distance or have to wait for someone who's at a lengthy appointment. So yes I listen in one fell swoop and enjoy them immensely. Spoiler : Best show on Radio Classics. Love the marathons, all five episodes.
The opening is familiar among fans of Old Time Radio: "the man with the actionpacked expense account America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator.
The series starred Charles Russell as Johnny Dollar, the smart and tough detective, whose trademark it was to toss silver dollars as tips to busboys and bellhops. Johnny Dollar was heard each week flying off to a different town filled with danger and possibly murder as he tried to get to the bottom of insurance fraud. There were rarely any recurring characters except Dollar; despite sometimes romance and friends, the character was generally a loner.
These early episodes, however, tended to be flat and the character of Dollar too dry. The series during the O'Brien years improved with scripts by expert crime writer such as E.
The character took on the stereotype of the American detective developed by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Dollar was more hardboiled; his softer side rarely appeared. John Lund became Dollar number three on November 28, With Lund in the role, the character as developed by O'Brien remained. It was with Bailey that the series really blossomed. And Bailey's depiction of Dollar had shades of a gritty street fighter, yet bright and sensitive.
With a strong cast many of the same veteran radio actors appearing in different roles and excellent directing, the portrayals were much more real. But doing a daily show live was taxing, so by the end of , the series reverted to thirty minute, once-a-week episodes. But the power of the show continued, due a lot to the continued presence of both Bailey and Johnstone.
Bailey left the show when it moved to New York production studios and initially Bob Readick filled Johnny Dollar's shows beginning December 4, Beginning June 15, Mandel Kramer came to the role. He was perhaps the second best of the Dollar portrayals. Kramer's Dollar displayed more cynical humor than Bailey's.
Johnny Dollar remained sensitive yet tough and with Jack Johnstone continuing as producer, the series remained poignant right up to its demise. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar has the distinction of being the last dramatic radio series from the golden age of radio when it ceased broadcasting on September 30, Spoiler : My favorites are the 5-part shows.
The longer format offered much more storytelling potential. After first discovering the show with those the regular 30 minute single shows seem so much more predictable and simplistic. One day an eleven year old girl helped a poor man sell newspapers. Johnny is looking forward to the case and to meeting the girl who got this type of faith from the old man.
He discovers a trail of con jobs, thefts, and broken hearts and Johnny finds himself disillusioned about the young woman and humanity in general. He tracks her down to a hotel at the end of Part Four and finds her about to jump out of a building leading to a very intense and unforgettable Part Five with Bailey and Virginia Gregg turning in a spellbinding and intense performance.
The Valentine Matter is a beautifully tragic story. Johnny meets an old time bootlegger named Valentine at a hotel. The old guy has settled down to peaceful retirement and painting in New Orleans.
However, inexplicably there are attempts on his life and Johnny is on the case. The story really drives home the humanity and decency of Johnny Dollar as portrayed by Bailey. It relies on human drama and suspense rather than any sort of cleverness. Specialty Paper. Yarn and Fiber Crafts. Holiday Craft Supplies.
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