The Four C's Matter (Aired September 9, 1962)
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. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. 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.
September 9, 1962. CBS network. "The Four C's Matter"
. Sponsored by: No Doz, Kent. A man's two partners have each threatened to kill him. The murder takes place while Johnny's still at the Los Angeles airport. The man's widow is delighted that he's dead...and she restores old cars! The widow plays poker too, but a wrench throws a wrench into her plans. Mandel Kramer, Fred Hendrickson (producer, director), Mercer McLeod, Robert Dryden, Ethel Huber (music supervisor), Art Hannes (announcer), Walter Otto (sound patterns), Jack Johnstone (writer), Grace Matthews, Fred Turner (technical supervisor), Frank Milano, Walter Kinsella, Joseph Boland, Larry Robinson, Vivian Smolen, Barbara Wipple. 24:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.