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  • "The last and best of the radio dete..."

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    Bob Bailey had a great voice with just a touch of Rod Sterling thrown in. His delivery was great, lighter than his noir predecessors, but still tough. On the other hand he was thoughtful and sensitive at times as well. Through his narrative gimmick of the chronology of his expense account entries, he told some of the best detective stories ever told. The series also had great music, leading actors and supporting casts. Part of the literary lineage of insurance investigators from Double Indemnity to Johnny Dollar to V.I. Warshawski. If, like me, you never thought you could cheer for the insurance dicks you are in for a real treat. The five part series is also the best format, allowing for longer, more complex stories. With the last broadcast of Johnny Dollar, the golden age of radio ended (as per Greg Bell of Radio Classics on XM). I can hardly wait for the rest of the volumes to come out.

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    Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Volume 1: Classic Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey, full cast
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    First heard on network radio in 1948, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar chronicled the adventures of freelance insurance investigator Johnny Dollar, "the man with the action-packed expense account."

    For 14 years, it was one of the most popular detective shows on the air, lasting until the final days of network radio drama in 1962. Each story started with a phone call from an insurance executive calling on Johnny Dollar to investigate an unusual claim. His investigations usually required him to travel to distant locales and often involved murder.

    Woo! Woo! says: "The last and best of the radio detectives"
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    Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Agnes Moorehead, Margot Stevenson, Marjorie Andersen, Grace Matthews

    The Shadow: Knight of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others
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    Radio Spirits is very pleased to present radio's greatest crime fighter, The Shadow, in this new collection of 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes selected from the classic series. Featuring Orson Welles, William Johnstone and Bret Morrison each in the title role, this set also includes the first release of two newly discovered and previously lost episodes starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston and The Shadow - "The Old People" and "The Vocie of the Trumpet".

    Ken says: "amazing"
  • A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Howard Duff
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    This Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, contains two complete, 30 minute,Sam Spade radio shows. Each episode is introduced by old radio aficionado and collector Bill Mills, who shares interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and informative facts about the program and its stars.

  • Gunsmoke, Vol. 7  by Gunsmoke

    Gunsmoke, Vol. 7

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gunsmoke
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    Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot. This collection features five episodes: Chester's Murder, Bloody Hands, Gypsum Hills Feud, Tap Day for Kitty, and Innocent Broad.

  • The Power of the Mind  by The Shadow Narrated by Orson Welles

    The Power of the Mind

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By The Shadow
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on July 3, 1938.