From February18, 1949 to September 30, 1962, Old Time Radio listeners enjoyed YoursTruly, Johnny Dollar, a drama featuring a fictional character known aseither a “private investigator” or “the man with the action-packed expenseaccount—America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." With eitherslant, he was always a strong shrewd detective, who tossed silver dollar tipsas easily as he teased with a wisecrack.
Voice actorsduring the twelve-year run included Dick Powel, Charles Russell, EdmundO’Brien, John Lund, Gerald Mohr, Bob Bailey, Bob Readick, and Mandel Kramer. Inaddition to a talented stock company, celebrity appearances included JayNovello, Hans Conried, Frank Nelson, Leon Belasco, William Conrad, EdgarBarrier, Gloria Blondell, and Billy Halop.
With arazor-sharp scrutiny that would have made Johnny Dollar proud, author John C.Abbott investigates each episode using material drawn from existing transcribedepisodes, as well as the KNX Los Angeles CBS affiliate radio station archivesthat are now in the KNX collection of the Thousand Oaks, California library.
His detailedcase analyses catalog each episode’s story, location, cast, expenses, writers,and directors, and he cross-references to programs that used the same scriptbut with a different name and cast. Also includes a listing of cases byinsurance company and the expenses for each of the six Johnny Dollars updatedto twenty-first century dollars.
Volumes 1-3cover all known episodes.
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