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30 July: Restrengthening the Dollar

Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, re-invigorating the should-have-been-exhausted character. (Photo: CBS.)

Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar, re-invigorating the should-have-been-exhausted character. (Photo: CBS.)

His early life isn’t much known or recorded. But Bob Bailey, yet another alumnus of Chicago’s fertile 1930s radio community, went from “born in a trunk” (as most sketchy biographies of the actor phrase it) to “the man with the action packed expense account” at a time when Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar needed either a shot in the head or a kick in the ass to deliver it from the near-banality in which it was mired since its uncertain birth in 1949.

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