Category Archives for "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar"

59. Gunsmoke: “The Wake” & Other Old Time Radio Programs

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Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Wake   ~   Frontier Gentleman:  The Well   ~   Our Miss Brooks: Student Government Day   ~   Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Open Town Matter Episodes 4 & 5

This week's Gunsmoke offering is aptly named The Wake --- and it is one the truly iconic episodes to be featured on this adult Western.  

Gus Mathers has come to Dodge City to bury his friend and partner, Orson Boggs.  He says that it was Orson's last request to have a proper wake.  And Gus throws a real hum-dinger with free drinks for everyone.

Along the way, however, Matt and Chester begin to question how Orson died.  Their investigation takes leads them to Orson Boggs' widow and a few very unique twists and turns.  Soon Matt begins to realize there is much more to the puzzle than meets the eye.

This story is warm, funny, touching and filled with surprises all along the way.  No wonder The Wake is one of my favorite episodes of Gunsmoke.  Enjoy!

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58. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: “The Open Town Matter” & Other OTR Programs

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Open Town Matter

Listen to These Programs:  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar:  The Open Town Matter Ep #3   ~  Frontier Gentleman: The Actress   ~   Our Miss Brooks:  The Wrong Mrs Boynton  ~   Gunsmoke: Cooter

In this episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Ralph Kerns, administrator with Great Plains Guaranty, is eager to reach Johnny Dollar. The subject is one Edgar Blake, Chief of Police in Greensport, Missouri --- a town Kerns says is best described as "wide open."

Kern's problem is that Blake has been murdered.  Furthermore, the main suspect is the chief's very young and vivacious widow --- who is demanding to be paid the death benefit on a fairly recent $50,000 life insurance policy issued by Great Plains.  So Johnny is off to Missouri where he uncovers a web crime, deception and intrigue.

This is part 3 of a 5-part serial.  The four additional episodes are played respectively in other shows.

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57. Gunsmoke: “How To Kill A Woman” & Other OTR Programs

Gunsmoke on Radio - How to Kill A Woman

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: How to Kill A Woman   ~   Frontier Gentleman: Advice to the Lovelorn   ~   Our Miss Brooks:  The Clay City English Teacher   ~   Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar:  The Open Town Matter, Ep #2

In this intriguing episode of Gunsmoke  Matt tries to determine who the gunman is that harassing station master Jesse Daggett by killing his passengers in cold blood.  And why is he doing it?

Things really heat up when a female passenger is shot and killed. As you listen to this episode (in outstanding sound quality, by the way) you will be guessing whodunit right up to the exciting final climax!  

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56. Our Miss Brooks: “The Football Game at Clay City” & Other OTR Programs

Our Miss Brooks - Football Game at Clay City

Listen to These Programs:  Our Miss Brooks - Football Game at Clay City;  Frontier Gentleman - Nasty Family;  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Open Town Matter; Gunsmoke - The Wrong Man

Many of the nations high school’s football teams were invited to played in post-season junior bowl games last week. Madison High School, where our Miss Brooks teaches English, also received a bowl bid -- to the Cereal Bowl!

Because Mister Boynton will be attending the game, Connie is desperate to find a way to go. The only way she can attend, however, is if Mr. Conklin assigns her to be a chaperone on one of the team busses.  He's promised to give the assignment to either Miss Brooks or Miss Enright --- Connie's rival for the affections of the handsome Biology teacher.

Only one of the teachers will get the plum assignment --- and with it the chance to be with Mr. Boynton at the dance after the game.

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46: For The Love Of A Good Woman & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Love of a Good Woman  ~  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Virtuous Mobster Matter  ~  I Love a Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona episodes 14 & 15  ~  Our Miss Brooks: Bye Bye Boynton

When a nurse who worked with Doc in the East arrives in Dodge City, the two begin to rekindle old feelings for one another.  When a mysterious gunslinger rides into town around the same time, however, we begin to question the real motive of the mysterious nurse. This early episode of Gunsmoke first aired in 1954.

Johnny heads South when he learns an old friend named Joe sold policies to a number of gangsters who own and operate a plantation in the town of Virtue. When an ex-mobster comes on the scene, Joe goes missing and Johnny fears the worse.  Good episode with memorable characters and lots of twists and turns typical of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

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45. The Missing Mouse Matter & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Missing Mouse Matter  ~  I Love A Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona ep 13  ~  Our Miss Brooks: Marriage Madness  ~  Gunsmoke: Matt Gets It

Right before Christmas, Johnny agrees to meet with an eccentric millionaire who has a problem only the best investigator can solve.  When Johnny arrives on the scene, however, he is surprised to learn he has been summoned to find a missing mouse!   

In Our Miss Brooks Connie solicits the help of Mister Boynton to help her break up a romance  Mrs. Davis is having with a man Connie suspects is a con artist.

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44. The Mysterious Lady In White & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  I Love a Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona Ep 12 (The Mysterious Lady in White)   ~   Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Big Scoop Matter   ~    Our Miss Brooks: Woman Driver   ~   Gunsmoke: Helping Hand

How is it that Walter Denton ends up giving Mr. Conklin a traffic ticket?  Is it possible that Matt Dillon will live to regret giving a promising young man a second chance?

Why is an insurance company trying to hire Johnny Dollar as a bodyguard for a newspaper reporter? And who is the mysterious lady in white that has Jack, Doc and Reggie so upset?  

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43. The Fatal Filet & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Fatal Filet Matter  ~  I Love a Mystery: Bury Your Dead, Arizona Ep 11   ~  Our Miss Brooks: School on Saturday  ~   Gunsmoke: F.U.

Mr. Conklin wants the students of Madison High to go to school on Saturday --- and the response is not pretty!   Johnny Dollar must find out who was responsible for feeding him a "killer steak".  

Jack, Doc & Reggie try to find who stole their $25,000 money belt.  And Matt Dillon must figure out why anyone would want to kill poor defenseless old Oney Becker.    

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7. Key Largo & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Lux Radio Theater: Key Largo   ~   Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Star of Capetown Matter 

Lux Radio Theater presented an outstanding radio adaptation of the 1948 Warner Brothers film noir, Key Largo, directed by John Huston.  We feature it in our Show #7.  

The radio adaptation, like the film, centers on Frank McCloud, a World War II vet who has come to Key Largo to pay his respects to the family of his late war buddy -- including his widow, Nora and his father, James.

The family operates a hotel in Key Largo, and McCloud soon realizes that mobsters, led by the infamous Johnny Rocco, are hotel guests. The conflict begins when circumstances dictate the criminals take over the establishment.  

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