From the show called ”the best of the best of radio’s golden age” come these six suspenseful episodes of Johnny Dollar’s far-flung private investigations, starring Bob Bailey in thirty quarter-hour episodes.
First heard on network radio in 1948, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar chronicled the adventures of freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar, ”the man with the action-packed expense account.” For fifteen years, it was one of the most popular detective shows on the air, lasting until the final days of network radio drama in 1962.
Each story started with a phone call from an insurance executive calling on Johnny Dollar to investigate an unusual claim. His investigations usually required Dollar to travel to distant locales and often involved murder. The stories were recounted in flashback, as Dollar listed each line item from his expense account: ”Item one, $3.75 cab fare to the airport.”
Over the years, many actors portrayed Johnny Dollar, but in 1955, Bob Bailey, took over as the series was switching to a new format in fifteen-minute installments Monday through Friday. While other radio shows were waning in the mid 1950s, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was at its peak.
The episodes presented here and their dates of broadcast are:
The Medium Well Done Matter (14 – 18 May 1956)
The Tears of Night Matter (21 – 25 May 1956)
The Reasonable Doubt Matter (28 May – 1 Jun 1956)
The Indestructible Mike Matter (4 – 8 Jun 1956)
The Laughing Matter (11 – 15 Jun 1956)
The Pearling Matter (18 – 22 Jun 1956)