"Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" - that was both the title and the closing phrase of each episode of this well-loved crime drama, which aired on CBS for over 800 episodes and 13 years. The setup was always a big insurance settlement that will have to be shelled out... unless "America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator" can crack the case open - which he invariable does.
Project Audion's transcribed-live episode recreates the fourth-ever show from March 11, 1949, before the more-familiar cliches of the series took over.
Charles Russell played Johnny Dollar 73 years ago, but OUR transcontinental cast includes:
JOHNNY DOLLAR: Kim Titus, TX
ANNOUNCER: Geoffrey Mark, CA
LOUISA PEPPER: Jan Welch, NC
MYRTLE PEPPER: Rhiannon McAfee, CA
SHANTY BRENNAN: Greg McAfee, CA
CARTER LACEY: Tom Konkle, CA
It was directed by Joe Mendell from England, and Production was by Larry Groebe in Dallas Texas