It’s Christmas time and this week’s podcast is a special one! Staying in the vein of our detective theme, I present a variation on Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” with the puckish Dick Powell in his Richard Diamond hat.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
A bit outside the regular “detective” stories, this episode from the Campbell Playhouse (Mercury Theater on the Air) takes Dash Hammett’s (right) story about power and corruption rolls one character into a “detective” mold and comes up with “The Glass Key.” This one is well done.
This one is a bit longer than normal due to the length of the episode.
A look at Edith Meiser (right), who was responsible for first bringing Sherlock Holmes to radio. Meiser adapted almost all the Holmes canon for radio beginning in the early thirties until 1945. She later wrote the text for a comic stripe of Holmes in the fifties. An accomplished actress, who also wrote books, films and radio plays. You’ll hear a rare Holmes radio play from 1934.
The final actor to portray Johnny Dollar is featured this week. Mandel Kramer (right) was the last Dollar and also the last featured star of a dramatic radio serial from its Golden Age. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar had the sad distinction of being the final dramatic radio program when it ended in September 1962.
When Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was moved from Hollywood to New York City, Bob Bailey chose not to move with it and left the show. His long running stint as Dollar came to an end. New York actor Robert Readick became the new Johnny Dollar.
A look at how the new series changed yet again.
We’re nearing the end of our run of Johnny Dollar actors. This week a look at probably the best known and one of the most popular radio Johnny Dollar’s among radio fans – Bob Bailey (right).
Bailey is not well-known outside of his role although he was on a number of other series, mostly in minor roles. His story is a somewhat sad one as Bailey was a victim of his life as a radio actor.
Music under is fantasia by Duke Ellington.
Nearing the end, a look at Johnny Dollar #5 and another one that was never heard over radio. Veteran radio and television actor Gerald Mohr – the voice of Philip Marlowe (right) – did an audition recording of the revival of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar after it left the air the previous year.
Music under is “Blue in Rain” by kosaito from the Podshow Music Network.
We’re now at the 4th Johnny Dollar actor in my continuing run on this well known radio detective. John Lund (right) was the fourth actor to portray the famous insurance investigator. Like Edmond O’Brien, his portrayal was a darker one, but flatter than O’Brien’s. He was my least favorite of the Dollar’s perhaps, but consideration will be given to his acting.
Music under is is “Forty-Eight” by Whispering Johnson from the Podsafe Music Network.
We’re now at part 3 of our look at Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. This week I’ll focus on the portrayal of the detective by actor Edmond O’Brien. This run of the series takes on a much darker less whimsical tone as created by the new producer Jaime De Valle.
Continuing the look at the history of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. I’ll be looking at the first serial Johnny Dollar – actor Charles Russell (right) and how he approached the character. I’ll also look at how he differed from Dick Powell’s portrayal that was heard in the previous podcast.
Music under is “Evansessence” by Anne Farnsworth from the Podshow Music Network.