Thursday, July 23, 2015

Expense Account Item Number One

In some ways, I've tried to approach this documentary the way the show's title character would approach a case. In general, this meant far less punching, shooting of a different sort and a budget lower than some of Johnny's expense accounts. One bit of detective work I'm very happy with was a 1970s radio interview with Mandel Kramer - recorded for a radio station in Hartford of all places - in which he gives a concise summary of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Using this as the first "expense account item" might seem a bit obvious, but obvious isn't necessarily the enemy of right and proper. You be the judge.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The By Any Other Name Matter

Before Johnny Dollar, there was Lloyd London. Even if Dick Powell had continued in the title role beyond the first audition show, I'm not sure that "Yours Truly, Lloyd London" would have gained the same purchase in radio fans' hearts.