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Two-Fisted Tuesday - Johnny Dollar in The London Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas KlaubaYours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of the police, Johnny wasn't necessarily a stickler for the strictest interpretation of the law. He was willing to let some things slide to satisfy his own sense of justice, as long as his employers were also protected.

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Special thanks to Scott from Dieselpunk Industries for tipping us to Johnny Dollar's radio adventures.

Boston Blackie's Chinese VentureBoston Blackie, enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend, was created by pulp author Jack Boyle. He appeared in Boyle's 1920 novel Boston Blackie, which was a compilation of his short stories "Boston Blackie's Mary" and "Fred the Count," published in Red Book Magazine in Nov. 1917 and Jan. 1918, respectively. Originally conceived as a jewel thief and safecracker in Boyle's stories, Blackie became a "reformed" criminal and private detective in later adaptions. Blackie made the jump to silent films treatments in the late teens and early twenties, eventually scoring big time in 1941 thanks to Columbia's Boston Blackie series.

In this week's picture, Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture, Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.

Watch Boston Blackie in Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)

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Comment by Ed Lacy on November 7, 2013 at 2:04pm

There was a Great blues man in Chicago called Johnny Dollar. I heard him play in a bunch of clubs when I lived there. The sensibilities are compatible, and now I wonder whether he heard the radio show.

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