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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". 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. 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.
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. 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, , after a hiatus of over a year, the show came back with a vengeance. 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. 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, 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 — 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, when the series again reverted to a once a week, thirty minute format. 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 — most frequently, by Larry Dobkin. When I've shifted gears for the last time Wrap me high up on a hill so I can see Those big rigs rollin' by blowin' black smoke to the sky Let those wheels yeah big wheels Lordy let them big wheels sing for me.
Now all my times been spent out on the highway While momma and the kids sit home and wait for me I've gotta make some pay so it's drivin' night and day But tonight we're headed for Nashville Tennessee. We've hauled them longhorned steers way down in Texas And in California them big ole redwood trees It's lobster up in Maine and wheat on the Kansas plain But when I go you've got to promise me.
When I've shifted gears for the last time Wrap me high up on a hill so I can see Those big rigs rollin' by blowin' black smoke to the sky Let those wheels big wheels lordy let them big wheels sing for me Let those wheels those big wheels lordy let them big wheels sing for me.
Loneliness has been my life's companion I've spent more time with her than my family It's a hard ole life I'm livin' not much gettin' but a whole lotta givin' And when I'm through you've got to promise me. He left Johnny Dollar in , the same year his three year marriage ended in divorce. He died in For more on Mr. He retired to San Diego in and enjoyed a 39 year marriage. Most weeks, Gerald Mohr character did it. Of course, his radio career was not all mayhem and mystery. It was on radio that Bailey had his greatest success.
In , he played a bit part in the Bird Man of Alcatraz. In his later years, Readick became a Soap Opera star. Podcast: Play in new window Download. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Following this he played with the Light Crust Doughboys , but soon returned to Dallas, where he began performing in the nascent style of rockabilly. Working with promoter Ed McLemore and songwriter Jack Rhodes , he recorded a number of songs, but they were never issued, and Dollar soon left music, taking up work as an insurance salesman in Oklahoma.
In , he met Ray Price , and this encounter led to a contract with Columbia Records. Country No. Billboard Country Albums chart.Dec 12, · Johnny Dollar "Big Rig Rollin' Man" by wilburscott. Everybody's Got to Be Somewhere by Johnny Dollar - Topic. JOHNNY DOLLAR - .