What famous detective was a pretty good detective, but an absolute genius in padding his expenses account?
Who always got his person, without coarse language, swearing or COMMERCIALS (at least on the Old Time Radio Foundation’s posting).
I thought I would discuss a show on this posting from my tens of thousands of radio episodes from old time radio.
“Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” was not as popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s as it is now. Johnny Dollar is an absolutely great detective series of long ago. There were many lead stars, approximately five, who mastered the tempo of the show.
Never, ever, even in the midst of finding bad people, as he was paid to do, did it lead to much indignation on his part, and never any animus. He was as white bread and mayonnaise as you can get.
Why, though? Because old time radio shows across the board were meant to be family fun, family entertainment. Think about it. Television was only released in approximately 1947, but not for distribution at affordable costs until the mid to late 1950’s.
Continuing: We all have etched in our psyche the imagery of the family around the big wooden radio. This was when even the children would be required to use their brain. Of course, there were very little commercial interruptions, sexual innuendo, no politics, and no disrespect to others (which must have been very hard for the detective series, but not, i.e., drama, comedy or news broadcasts. There was no racism (not even the Amos ‘n Andy show was seen as racist, although many, including the Foundation, would vehemently disagree.)
“Johnny Dollar” was known for padding his expenses to the insurance companies that would f
hire him. Adam Graham, my friend and guru of the detective genre, on his show “Great Detectives of Old Time Radio”, actually offers, at no additional cost to the traveler, a discount for travel.
Why travel? Because Johnny Dollar who was based in Hartford, Connecticut, the hub of all insurance companies in America even today, would travel the country. What a great potential for someone to pad the bill. He actually put on his expense statement ten cents for a telephone call, or charged the insurance company the price of tickets for which he previously paid and was unable to attend because of the need to travel RIGHT NOW. This was, maybe, a legitimate expense, maybe not.
I know in my dealings with insurance companies for nearly 20 years, they would have told me: Sell the tickets or give them to a friend. No way could I ever try to pull a fast one like this, all at the risk of losing a client.
Needless to say, Johnny always, I mean always, found his person/persons/animals, whatever was the focus of the investigation.
I listen to the many episodes with much interest. Certainly, anyone who listens only once will be hooked on a very friendly, family-oriented medium of communication; a historical masterpiece.
We have many “Johnny Dollar” episodes on the MP3 players which we vend to individuals outside residential facility, among many other genre, i.e., drama, news, comedy, theater; too many to list here.
Additionally, we offer tablets of many sizes (7” – 18.4”) for the viewing of movies and the ability to watch movies, radio shows AND make telephone calls. You do not need an expensive cell phone in today’s technological world. We have many thousands of movies by actor, genre (theme), color, black & white. We can mix the genres, i.e., comedy, drama, era news. We also offer TV shows from the mid-‘50s.
In addition, we gift Android phones to the unsighted community which has the Siri-like voice command feature. In conjunction with braille.com, we have developed a booklet for the unsighted user to read in braille what shows are pre-loaded on the Android device.
Also, for the bed-ridden patients, we gift, with a sponsor for a private residential center, portable speakers. It is bad enough this bed-ridden brother/sister has to lay there immobilized, usually with a very sharp mind, but unfortunately, a very disabled anatomy. This patient would not want to have a cushioned headset which we provide to non-bedridden patients.
Stay tuned for a synopsis/review of many more shows. This was fun for me to write; I hope fun for you to read.