Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Singles Bob Bailey 30 MIin. Eps

(4.9 stars; 14 reviews)

THESE ARE THE 30 MINUTE BOB BAILEY EPISODES 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.



561111 511 The Big Scoop Matter 24:51
561118 512 The Markham Matter 30:00
561125 513 The Royal Street Matter 30:02
561209 514 The Burning Carr Matter 30:00
561216 515 The Rasmussen Matter 29:39
561223 516 The Missing Mouse Matter 29:52
561230 517 The Squared Circle Matter 24:38
570106 518 The Ellen Dear Matter [AFRTS] 29:45
570113 519 The Desalles Matter [AFRTS] 29:32
570120 520 The Blooming Blossom Matter [AFRTS] 29:33
570127 521 The Mad Hatter Matter [AFRTS] (1) 29:18
570203 522 The Kirbey Will Matter[AFRTS] 29:50
570210 523 The Templeton Matter [AFRTS] 29:49
570303 525 The Meek Memorial Matter [AFRTS] 28:57
570310 526 The Suntan Oil Matter [AFRTS] 29:37
570317 527 The Clever Chemist Matter [AFRTS] 29:37
570414 530 The Ming Toy Murphy Matter 24:56
570428 532 The Melancholy Memory Matter 28:37
570505 533 The Peerless Fire Matter 28:58
570519 535 The Michael Meany Mirage Matter [AFRTS] 28:30
570526 536 The Wayward Truck Matter [AFRTS] 29:13
570602 537 The Loss of Memory Matter [AFRTS] 29:40
570609 538 The Mason-Dixon Mismatch Matter [AFRTS] 29:20
570616 539 The Dixon Murder Matter [AFRTS] 29:38
570623 540 The Parley Barron Matter [AFRTS] 29:37
570630 541 The Funny Money Matter [AFRTS] 29:32
570707 542 The Felicity Feline Matter 29:39
570714 543 The Heatherstone Players Matter 29:18
570721 544 The Yours Truly Matter 28:59
570728 545 The Confederate Coinage Matter [AFRTS] 29:47
570804 546 The Wayward Widow Matter [AFRTS] 29:41
570811 547 The Killer's Brand Matter 27:13
570825 549 The Smoky Sleeper Matter 28:02
570901 550 The Poor Little Rich Girl Matter [AFRTS] 29:29
570908 551 The Charmona Matter 24:39
570915 552 The J. P. D. Matter 24:31
570922 553 The Ideal Vacation Matter [AFRTS] 20:12
570929 554 The Doubtful Dairy Matter [AFRTS] 25:02
571006 555 The Bum Steer Matter [AFRTS] 25:07
571013 556 The Silver Belle Matter [AFRTS] 24:25
571020 557 The Mary Grace Matter [AFRTS] 21:10
571027 558 The Three Sisters Matter [AFRTS] 19:25
571103 559 The Model Picture Matter 21:02
571110 560 The Alkali Mike Matter 19:08
571117 561 The Shy Beneficiary Matter [AFRTS] 22:57
571124 562 The Hope to Die Matter 20:16
571201 563 The Sunny Dream Matter [AFRTS] 24:45
571208 564 The Hapless Hunter Matter [AFRTS] 18:35
571215 565 The Happy Family Matter [AFRTS] 23:41
571222 566 The Carmen Kringle Matter 19:16
571229 567 The Latin Lovely Matter 24:16
580105 568 The Ingenuous Jeweler Matter [AFRTS] 20:18
580112 569 The Boron 112 Matter 19:58
580119 570 The Eleven O'Clock Matter [AFRTS] 24:28
580202 572 The Price of Fame Matter [AFRTS] 21:35
580209 573 The Sick Chick Matter 23:54
580216 574 The Time and Tide Matter [AFRTS] 24:05
580223 575 The Durango Laramie Matter [AFRTS] 25:12
580302 576 The Diamond Dilemma Matter [AFRTS] 21:02
580309 577 The Wayward Moth Matter [AFRTS] (1) 21:01
580316 578 The Salkoff Sequel Matter [AFRTS] 20:24
580323 579 The Denver Disbursal Matter [AFRTS] 23:54
580330 580 The Killer's List Matter [AFRTS] 20:29
580406 581 The EasternWestern Matter [AFRTS] 23:58
580413 582 The Wayward Money Matter [AFRTS] (1) 20:36
580420 583 The Wayward Trout Matter [AFRTS] 25:01
580427 584 The Village of Virtue Matter [AFRTS] 24:37
580504 585 The Carson Arson Matter [AFRTS] 25:32
580511 586 The Rolling Stone Matter [AFRTS] 24:42
580518 587 The Ghost to Ghost Matter [AFRTS] (1) 24:31
580525 588 The Midnite Sun Matter [AFRTS] 26:28
580608 590 The Wayward River Matter [AFRTS] 26:01
580615 591 The Delectable Damsel Matter 24:34
580622 592 The Virtuous Mobster Matter [AFRTS] 24:47
580629 593 The Ugly Pattern Matter [AFRTS] (1) 22:07
580706 594 The Blinker Matter [AFRTS] (1) 21:58
580713 595 The Mojave Red Matter [AFRTS] 25:28
580720 596 The Mojave Red Sequel [AFRTS] 25:03
580727 597 The Wayward Killer Matter [AFRTS] 22:25
580803 598 The Lucky 4 Matter 22:42
580810 599 The Two Faced Matter 23:40
580824 600 The Noxious Needle Matter 23:58
580907 602 The Malibu Mystery Matter [AFRTS] 24:01
580914 603 The Wayward Diamonds Matter [AFRTS] 24:30
580921 604 The Johnson Payroll Matter [AFRTS] 24:18
580928 605 The Gruesome Spectacle Matter [AFRTS] 24:16
581116 612 The Double Trouble Matter [AFRTS] 23:38
581130 614 The Hair Raising Matter 20:49
590104 618 The Hollywood Mystery Matter 20:24
590111 619 The Deadly Doubt Matter 20:03
590125 621 The Doting Dowager Matter 20:15
590208 623 The Date with Death Matter [AFRTS] (1) 19:40
590215 624 The Shankar Diamond Matter [AFRTS] 23:18
590222 625 The Blue Madonna Matter [AFRTS] (1) 19:59
590308 627 The Net of Circumstance Matter [AFRTS] (1) 23:31
590315 628 The Baldero Matter 24:01
590322 629 The Lake Mead Mystery Matter 24:43
590329 630 The Jimmy Carter Matter 24:26
590405 631 The Frisco Fire Matter (clipped opening) 24:12
590412 632 The Fairweather Friend Matter 25:50
590419 633 The Cautious Celibate Matter 19:27
590426 634 The Winsome Widow Matter 23:17
590510 636 The Fatal Filet Matter 24:54
590517 637 The Twin Trouble Matter 18:44
590524 638 The Casque of Death Matter [AFRTS] 19:31
590531 639 The Big H Matter 19:40
590607 640 The Wayward Heiress Matter 20:10
590614 641 The Wayward Sculptor Matter (opening cut) 20:04
590621 642 The Life at Stake Matter 19:39
590628 643 The Mei-Ling Buddha Matter 18:55
590705 644 The Only One Butt Matter 18:12
590712 645 The Frantic Fisherman Matter 19:28
590719 646 The Will and a Way Matter 19:59
590726 647 The Bolt out of the Blue Matter 19:39
590802 648 The Deadly Chain Matter 19:15
590809 649 The Lost by a Hair Matter 19:23
590816 650 The Night in Paris Matter 19:04
590823 651 The Embarcadero Matter 19:55
590830 652 The Really Gone Matter 20:03
590906 653 The Backfire That Backfired Matter 20:24
590913 654 The Leumas Matter 19:05
590920 655 The Little Man Who Was There Matter [AFRTS] 24:01
591004 657 The Buffalo Matter 20:29
591011 658 The Further Buffalo Matter 19:29
YTJD 1959-10-18 659 The Double Identity Matter 23:15
YTJD 1959-10-25 660 The Missing Missile Matter 28:44
591101 661 The Hand of Providential Matter 25:07
591108 662 The Larson Arson Matter 24:59
591115 663 The Bayou Body Matter 25:00
591122 664 The Fancy Bridgework Matter 25:22
591129 665 The Wrong Man Matter [AFRTS] 20:59
591206 666 The Hired Homicide Matter 20:24
591213 667 The Sudden Wealth Matter 25:00
591220 668 The Red Mystery Matter 24:59
591227 669 The Burning Desire Matter 24:59
600103 670 The Hapless Ham Matter 24:28
600110 671 The Unholy Two Matter 23:29
600117 672 The Evaporated Clue Matter 25:00
600124 673 The Nuclear Goof Matter 24:59
600131 674 The Merry-Go-Round Matter 24:58
600207 675 The Sidewinder Matter 22:59
600214 676 The P.O. Matter 25:00
600221 677 The Alvin's Alfred Matter 24:50
600228 678 The Look Before The Leap Matter 24:34
600306 679 The Moonshine Matter 24:57
600313 680 The Deep Down Matter 25:00
600320 681 The Saturday Night Matter 24:59
600327 682 The False Alarm Matter 24:29
600403 683 The Double Exposure Matter 24:59
600417 684 The Deadly Swamp Matter 25:14
600424 685 The Silver Queen Matter [AFRTS] 23:11
600501 686 The Fatal Switch Matter 21:37
600508 687 The Phony Phone Matter 24:03
600515 688 The Mystery Gal Matter 24:19
600522 689 The Man Who Waits Matter 21:44
600529 690 The Red Rock Matter 23:59
600605 691 The Canned Canary Matter 24:16
600612 692 The Harried Heiress Matter 25:32
600619 693 The Flask of Death Matter 18:43
600626 694 The Wholly Unexpected Matter [AFRTS] 24:53
600703 695 The Collector's Matter [AFRTS] 25:28
600717 696 The Back to the Back Matter [AFRTS] 24:49
600731 697 The Rhymer Collection Matter [AFRTS] 20:49
600814 699 The Paradise Lost Matter [AFRTS] 20:59
600821 700 The Twisted Twin Matter 22:19
600828 701 The Deadly Debt Matter [AFRTS] 25:05
600904 702 The Killer Kin Matter 20:52
600911 703 The Too Much Money Matter 22:02
600918 704 The Real Smokey Matter [AFRTS] 22:52
600925 705 The Five Down Matter 30:33
601002 706 The Stope Of Death Matter 24:27
601009 707 The Recompense Matter [AFRTS] 24:46
601016 708 The Twins of Tahoe Matter 24:23
601023 709 The Unworthy Kin Matter 24:27
601030 710 The What Goes Matter 24:02
601106 711 The Super Salesman Matter 24:30
601113 712 The Bad One Matter 24:25
601120 713 The Double Deal Matter 23:05
601127 714 The Empty Threat Matter 23:38


Bob Bailey is the Best... of a Great Radio Show

(5 stars)

I agree with the other reviewers... great quality, great show. Bob Bailey was so totally believable in his ever-perfect acting on this show, I feel like I know Johnny Dollar personally! I heard the broadcasts back in Dothan, Alabama when Bailey was doing work on the "dying medium" of network radio drama. Sad that TV killed radio. Wonderful that we can re-live those "thrilling days of yesteryear..." here at Support this great source if you appreciate culture kept for us all. Back to Bailey. He is so perfect in his character, and never gets a line wrong, of course it was transcribed, but I mean, pitch perfect, no matter what he was doing, in any of his adventures. Cool too is that characters know of him as that guy on the radio... yes, breaking the fourth wall of drama realism.. and often, as said in the other review, the mood is very complex or witty... due to two things... three... perfect production values, great scripts and direction by Jack Johnstone... and the best actors in late-radio, as noted by our other reviewer. Virginia Gregg was wonderful. And of course, let's enjoy all that Bob Bailey did...

A step up in radio drama.

(5 stars)

I am from England and was aged 2 when bob bailey made the first of these brilliant episodes. I have always been a fan of American radio and the way that the stations broadcast such amazing shows. I rate this series as the number one and my favourite radio series. It took about 4 episodes to formulate this view but then I heard the Rasmussen matter and knew that the series was the acme of its kind. The script of this episode was both dramatic and heartbreakingly sad. Virginia Gregg is so believable in her role. One of the best episodes in the history of radio half hour drama. If you are not sure about this series I would recommend you to this episode. You will be hooked. And then if you don't know this - there is an earlier series called let george do it that is well worth a listen. You lucky person.


(5 stars)

I was tipped off by my cousin, Charlie Heinz, to these Bob Bailey half hour shows. As a show biz maven, I love to hear these shows in superb quality audio. I love the production music cues from the old MUTEL library from which the opening theme came and the incidental music. Nobody knows who composed the music. But it sounds a lot like Paul Sawtell. For those into this genre and those who wonder who the voices were. Some familiar ones are Parley Baer, Howard McNear and Larry Dobkin, who were, respectively, Chester, Doc and various villains, on radio's GUNSMOKE. Bob Bruce was the narrator for Disney cartoons and wrote a book called FOURTH BANANA about his life in the voice work biz. Those are a few of the voices. Bob Bailey had a major role in the Laurel & Hardy comedy JITTERBUGS, which can be seen on YouTube. ###


(5 stars)

How can people say that the writer of Johnny Dollar was really not that good? I just finished listening to the Rasmussen Matter. What a tour de force that was. The writing, the acting, were tremendous. Virginia Gregg was one of the best actresses of all time. She could be convincing in any role. And of course Bob Bailey gave so much soul to the character of Johnny Dollar. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy these works of art in a world where quality generally takes a back seat to popularity. Thank you, Internet Archive, for giving us such a precious gift. I hope everyone will answer your call for donations to support your worthiest of endeavors.

Thanks for sharing!

(0 stars)

The 15 minute Bob Bailey Johnny Dollar serial run was the absolute best of OTR detective series, imo, but I'm not crazy about the switch to the 30 minute format. Jack Johnstone just wasn't a very good writer, I'm afraid, and economic circumstances resulted in him writing the vast majority of the scripts. There are some good episodes here though. My favorite episode: The Mason-Dixon Mismatch Matter (06-09-57) A few others that I liked: The Model Picture Matter (11.03.57) The Meek Memorial Matter (03.03.57) The Killer's List (03.30.58) The Blinker Matter (07.06.58) The Doting Dowager Matter (01.25.59)

Double recommendation

(5 stars)

I just finished listening to The Rasmussen Matter and was preparing to leave a review when I read the review posted on July 2018. This is an amazing episode! So much realistic drama! How did they manage to do it in 30 minutes?!! The story is great and the actors are all superb.

Files Updated!

(0 stars)

FYI: Replaced files on this page from the Version 2 Release. For the full OTRR Release, see the OTRR Certified page: <a href="" rel="nofollow">OTRR Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar</a> - Old Time Radio Researchers Group


(5 stars)

This compilation is by far THE BEST SOUND QUALITY!