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Welcome to Down These Mean Streets, a weekly trip back to the Golden Age of Radio where we rub elbows with the era's greatest private eyes, cops, and crime-fighters. Since 2013, I've been podcasting everything from cozy mysteries to police procedurals, spotlighting characters ranging from hard boiled gumshoes to amateur sleuths. 

Be sure to tune in each Sunday for adventures of a radio detective and the behind-the-scenes stories of their shows. Join me as we spend time with Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Sgt. Joe Friday, and more!

Sep 11, 2016

Edmond O’Brien puts the “action” in the “action-packed expense account” of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. The Academy Award-winning actor starred as the freelance insurance investigator from 1950 until 1952. O’Brien’s tough style – honed in film noir performances – brought a hard edge to Dollar, a character that had been decidedly lighter in the hands of Charles Russell. His run as Johnny Dollar has cemented Edmond O’Brien as a fan favorite of the many actors to play the gumshoe. We’ll hear O’Brien as Dollar in “The Caligio Diamond Matter” (originally aired on CBS on June 8, 1950) and “The Calgary Matter” (originally aired on CBS on July 13, 1950).