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Twice Told Tale – The McCoy: Three Wayward Girls and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Starlet Matter

Once again, we take a look at an old time radio script that was recycled. In this case, the script was a pilot for a new radio series, The McCoy, and then was reused as an episode of Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.

The McCoy is called in by an agent who fears that one of his clients, a promising actress, will be murdered. While they’re talking, a phone call comes in and they learn she was strangled to death.

Originating in Hollywood

Audition date: April 24, 1951

Starring: Howard Duff as The McCoy; Sidney Miller; Sheldon Leonard; Cathy Lewis; Ed Max; Barton Yarborough

Johnny is sent to Hollywood because an agent fears his starlet client is going to be murdered. Johnny finds she’s already been strangled to death.

Originating in Hollywood

Original Air Date: January 16, 1953

Starring: John Lund as Yours Truly Johnny Dollar; Sidney Miller; Raymond Burr; Dick Ryan; John McIntire; Vic Perrin; Virginia Gregg; Jeanette Nolan

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Dragnet: The Big Escape (EP4328)

Today’s Mystery:

Joe Friday arrests an old army buddy for armed robbery.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 5, 1950

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Stacy Harris.

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Primrose Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4327)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny gets into Primrose Camp, where he suspects two robbers are hiding out with $100,000 and finds the owners living in fear and being pushed around by a phony nephew.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: October 10, 11, and 12, 1956

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Marvin Miller; Junius Matthews; Herb Ellis; D. J. Thompson; Herb Butterfield; Tony Barrett; Barbara Eiler

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Mr. Chameleon: The Case of the Target for Murder (EP4326)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

A woman wearing a fortune in jewels is murdered after leaving a night club.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 27, 1949

Originated from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Black Market in Jewels (EP4325)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve is sent to break up a black market founded on jewel thefts that is destabilizing the Mediterranean. In order to fight them, Steve plans to steal a necklace before the thief can.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 25, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Dan Riss; Hal Gerard; Betty Lou Gerson; Paul Dubov; Tony Barrett

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Primrose Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4324)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to Arizona in search of a gang of robbers who stole a $100,000 payroll and have already committed murder.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: October 8 and 9, 1956

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Marvin Miller; Junius Matthews; Herb Ellis; D. J. Thompson; Herb Butterfield; Tony Barrett; Barbara Eiler

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The Falcon: The Case of the Careless Client (EP4323)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

A woman hires The Falcon to protect her from a racketeer who wants to kill her, but she isn’t telling him the whole story.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 15, 1950

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon, Mandel Kramer

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Police Headquarters: KO’d and Infiltrating the Mob (EP4322s)

Today’s Episodes:

Episode 18:

A police captain takes in a night at the fights and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when the winning boxer drops dead.

Episode 20:

An officer goes undercover in hopes of recovering uncut diamonds stolen from a jewelry store.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: 1932

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Dragnet: The Roseland Roof Murders (EP4322)

Today’s Mystery:

Friday and Romero search for a trigger happy gang of hold-up men.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 29, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Picture Postcard Matter, Episodes Three, Four, and Five (EP4321)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny searches a quaint Swiss ski resort for $100,000 ski resort while trying to avoid being the next person murdered.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates:October 3,4, and 5, 1956

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Lucille Meredith; Vic Perrin; Forrest Lewis; Stan Jones; Ben Wright

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Mr. Chameleon: The Case of the Bewildering Bowery Body (EP4320)

Karl Swenson

Today’s Mystery:

A man is found in rags in the Bowery, but Chameleon finds evidence that the well-groomed man doesn’t belong there.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: April 20, 1949

Originating from New York City

Starring: Karl Swenson as Mister Chameleon

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Dangerous Assignment: Doctor Mitsuko Kidnapping (EP4319)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve goes to Tokyo to get to the bottom of the kidnapping of a prominent scientist by Americans claiming to be with the U.S. government.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: February 18, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner, Paul Frees, Paul Dubov, Peter Leeds, Rye Bilsbury, Sidney Miller

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Picture Postcard Matter, Episodes One and Two (EP4318)

Bob Bailey

Today’s Mystery:

Johnny goes to Zurich on the trail of $100,000 in stolen, uncut diamonds.

Original Radio Broadcast Dates: October 1 and 2, 1956

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar; Lucille Meredith; Vic Perrin; Forrest Lewis; Stan Jones; Ben Wright

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The Falcon: The Case of the Talented Twins (EP4317)

Les Damon

Today’s Mystery:

A woman hires Mike Waring to find a hit-and-run driver.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 1, 1950

Originating from New York

Starring: Les Damon as the Falcon; Ken Lynch as Sergeant Corbett; Mandel Kramer

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Dragnet: .22 Rifle for Christmas (EP4316)

Todays Mystery: A boy disappears before Christmas with his present – a .22 rifle.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: December 22, 1949

Originating from Hollywood

Starring: Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday; Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Herb Butterfield; Peggy Webber; William Johnstone

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