Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar takes a turn towards the hardboiled as film-noir favorite Edmond O'Brien takes over the role of America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator. His gritty, driven performance is well worth rediscovering.
O'Brien's harder, more cynical Dollar brought him harder and more cynical clients…and adversaries. In this collection of original radio episodes from 1950-52, Johnny finds more than his quota of murder, mystery, and malfeasance.
Includes a Program Guide by radio historian Elizabeth McLeod.
Episodes Include: Death Takes a Working Day (The Loyal B. Martin Matter) 02-03-50; Bodyguard to The Late Robert W. Perry 03-03-50; The Man Who Wrote Himself to Death (Raw Recording) 03-21-50; The Story of the Big Red Schoolhouse (Raw Recording) 04-04-50; The Story of the Ten-O-Eight (Raw Recording) 04-18-50; The Able Tackitt Matter (Raw Recording) 05-02-50; The Harold Trandem Matter 05-09-50; The Sidney Rykoff Matter (Raw Recording) 05-16-50; The Caligio Diamond Matter 06-08-50; The Arrowcraft Matter 06-15-50; The Barbara James Matter 06-29-50; The Belo-Horizonte Railroad 07-06-50; The Calgary Matter 07-13-50; The Henry J. Unger Matter 07-20-50; The Hartford Alliance Matter 08-10-50; The Trans-Pacific Export Matter 08-24-50
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I like all westerns all PIs and most of comedians especially Jack Benny Phil Harris and Alice Fae and George and Gracie and suspense if a mystery and newspaper
FINALLY! A 'Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar' collection dedicated to my favorite 'JD'; Edmond O`Brien! O`Brien was the second actor to portray 'Dollar', and his episodes are dripping with Crime Noir (well, as much as Radio can offer, anyway) Previously , Radio Spirits has released collections mainly with Bob Bailey (the longest-running 'Dollar'), and a few montage collections with a few stories each of every actor in the role. It was about time that Edmond O`Brien had a dedicated collection, as he was arguably the biggest name talent to take on the role...and a classic actor at that! Frankly, I wish Radio Spirits would put out a dedicated collection for 'Dollar' #1; Charles Russell... But more Edmond O`Brien would be welcome ! This is an excellent collection, with solid stories--some are so-called 'Raw' recordings, with none of the incidental music cues added. Strangely, this actually ADDS to the 'feel' of the stories by giving them more of a sense of grittiness. I heartily recommend this collection for any Johnny Dollar fan, and I THANK YOU, RADIO SPIRITS, for making my enjoyment of this possible.
Too bad there are not more Johnny Dollars available. I have all of them so far as well as Harry Nile, hoping someday others will become available if there are others??
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The content and sound of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was great. Edmond O'Brien was a great gumshoe.