Monday, March 17, 2014

The Second Best Matter

When a role is played by multiple actors, there's typically spirited debate among fans about who did it best. Whether the debate is about Sean Connery vs. Roger Moore (or, perhaps, Daniel Craig) or Tom Baker vs. David Tennant (personally, I prefer Christopher Eccleston), the only consensus is that each actor's partisans are confident that the others' are wrong. Johnny Dollar is different, because there is virtually no dissent that Bob Bailey played him best. Where things get interesting is the conversation about who was second best. As you can see from the clip below, three different interviewees each offered different opinions on the matter.


  1. Interesting edit-blend! I still stand by my choice! Edmund O'Brien as second best.

    1. Thank you, Jim. Right now, I'm just sketching out ideas of how certain "expense account items" will work in the larger piece, especially since I still have some more interviews to do. I liked your rationale for O'Brien (and expect to use more of it down the road), but what I thought was interesting is how much Kramer came up.

  2. You've got Ed Walker? Host of the Big Broadcast? That's where I first listened to Johnny Dollar! Awesome!

    This is tough. Kramer had a difficult task of following Bailey. Edmund O'Brien set a dark tenor, sure, but Kramer wrapped the show up and that's an unenviable task. I think he wins by a nose.