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Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 8 - 6 hours [Download] #RA089D
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 8

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Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Volume 8
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“America's action packed insurance investigator”
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar debuted on CBS as a fairly typical slam-bang half-hour detective series on February 11, 1949, featuring Charles Russell in the title role as “America’s action packed insurance investigator”. Over the next few years, several actors played the part - including Edmond O’Brien and John Lund - but, though consistently well written and acted, the series was never really unique or substantial enough to capture a large and enthusiastic audience. Though the show was, at one point, sponsored by Wrigley’s Gum, the network often simply carried it as a sustaining feature - a creative time-filler for the enjoyment of a radio audience rapidly migrating to television.
In the fall of 1955, however, long-time radio veteran Bob Bailey, fresh from the Mutual network detective series Let George Do It, took over the title role. Even though he would leave the show in 1960 and other actors would, as before, play Johnny, Bailey’s tenure as the character is considered by and far to be the most popular and the reason the show not only survived to be the last radio drama on the air, but is still considered one of the best radio shows ever by fans today.
In 1956, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar returned to its previous thirty minute format. Even though the shows were shorter and now self contained instead of divided into five chapters as they had been for over a year, the producers and Bailey did not hold back on various innovations. In particular, it’s this period of shows that took Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar to a new level, strongly establishing the fact that Johnny’s adventures were real and being performed each week as the radio show itself. Johnny would often hear from people he ran into about listening to him on the radio and would reference the show himself. Show staff, such as director and writer Jack Johnstone, were often name dropped in various episodes and even, at times, made an integral part of the story.
In the twelve episodes featured in this collection, listeners tag along with Johnny as he painstakingly pursues each case to its conclusion. Even though the stories are only thirty minute self contained episodes, the extensive research that has obviously gone into each script is evident; the action always takes place in real locations, complete with real street names, and landmarks are frequently noted throughout the shows. Local stations that broadcast Johnny Dollar are often mentioned, as well as the actual names of their personnel -- an interesting and amusing way to sustain interest in the show among network radio affiliates. This also added to the meta feeling the producers wanted fans to experience, that the adventures in the show were real. And the performers, including such radio veterans as Virginia Gregg, Peter Leeds, Hy Averback, Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, John Dehner, Paul Dubov, Parley Baer, Marvin Miller, Jack Moyles, Lillian Buyeff, and Betty Lou Gerson, demonstrate their diverse talents in a series of realistic and textured characterizations.
Discover why Bob Bailey is considered the ultimate Johnny Dollar in these twelve thirty minute episodes. Radio Archives is proud to share with you these twelve classic episodes restored to sparkling audio quality in Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Volume 8.
#579 The Wayward Moth Matter
Sunday, March 9, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#580 The Salkoff Sequel Matter
Sunday, March 16, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#581 The Denver Dispersal Matter
Sunday, March 23, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#582 The Killer's List Matter
Sunday, March 30, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#583 The Eastern-Western Matter
Sunday, April 6, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#584 The Wayward Money Matter
Sunday, April 13, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#585 The Wayward Trout Matter
Sunday, April 20, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#586 The Village of Virtue Matter
Sunday, April 27, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#587 The Carson Arson Matter
Sunday, May 4, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#588 The Rolling Stone Matter
Sunday, May 11, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#589 The Ghost to Ghost Matter
Sunday, May 18, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS
#590 The Midnight Sun Matter
Sunday, May 25, 1958 - 30:00 - AFRS

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4 of 5 Johnny and the Ads October 18, 2020
Reviewer: Mr J Hosha Esq from Harwich, MA United States  
I enjoy the shows and the quality is very good, but the relentless ads are interrupting, distracting and annoying. These and the ads on other shows may be a deal breaker. I may not purchase any more shows with ads. It's a shame they can't be edited out of the programs during the restoration process.

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5 of 5 February 27, 2020
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5 of 5 December 31, 2019
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5 of 5 No one better than Johnny Dollar! December 16, 2019
Reviewer: Bruce Glazer from Mansfield, MA United States  
Love the shows, and the download, on-sale price makes the experience even better!

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5 of 5 Great audio ... but "foiled again" by PayPal December 16, 2019
Reviewer: Greg M. from State College, PA United States  
I haven't yet listened to every episode, but the ones I've checked were very good, as always.  It's interesting to note that the noise level can vary between episodes, but these probably came from different transcriptions.  In any case, this sounds almost like an original broadcast ... REALLY EXCELLENT considering these are around 60 years old!

First time around I tried to use PayPal for my purchase.  That put me in a world of frustration.  I could *not* get it to work.  Fortunately, Tom (at RA) helped me out, as he has in the past, and then everything went smoothly.  Excellent customer service and communication!  (PayPal is occasionally troublesome with eBay or Amazon, too, so I'm sure the problem is *not* Radio Archives.)

All in all, great quality recordings, great price.  Keep up the good work, I hope to be a customer for years to come.

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