Bob Bailey, the quintessential voice of Johnny Dollar, moved to Hollywood in the early 1940's and made several movies for 20th Century-Fox. His first two films, which featured him prominently, were with Laurel and Hardy (The Jitterbugs, 1943 and The Dancing Masters, 1943) as well as a Government film called "Don't be a Sucker". Bob also played a supporting role in "A Wing and a Prayer" (1944), with Don Ameche. According to his daughter, Bob also appeared in "Tampico" (1943), "The Eve of St. Mark" (1944), "Ladies of Washington" (1944), and "Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944).

According to the International Movie Database (IMDB) Bob appeared in a number of movies and television programs both before and while he was playing Johnny Dollar. These include:

  • 1943 The Dancing Masters (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1943 Jitterbugs (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1943 Don't be a Sucker (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1944 Tampico (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1944 The Eve of St. Mark (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1944 Ladies of Washington (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1944 Wing and a Prayer (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1953 No Escape (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV series)- The Ungrateful Killer (uncredited)
  • 1955 Not as a Stranger (uncredited)(VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1957 The Lineup (TV series) - The Phoney Witness Case
  • 1958 The Lineup - character Staples (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1959 Tightrope (TV series) - Getaway Day (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1960 M Squad (TV series)- The Man with Frank's Face (1960)(VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1961 The Asphalt Jungle (TV series)- The Lady and the Lawyer
  • 1961 The Lawbreakers, Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • 1961 The Investigators (TV series) - Something for Charity
  • 1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV series) - New Orleans Trackdown
  • 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz (Reporter on Dock - uncredited) (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1962 87th Precinct (TV series) - New Man in the Precinct (VERIFIED)[see below]
  • 1964 A Tiger Walks (Disney Movie) - Reporter (VERIFIED)[see below]

Below are screen shots taken from several of the above movies and TV programs. As I find more, I will add them.


From The Dancing Masters- 1943

From "The Dancing Masters" - 1943

From The Dancing Masters - 1943

From "The Dancing Masters" - 1943
With Trudy Marshall

From Jitterbugs - 1943

From "Jitterbugs" - 1943

From Don't be a Sucker - 1943

From "Don't be a Sucker" - 1943

From The Eve of St Mark - 1944

From "The Eve of St Mark" - 1944

From Wing and a Prayer - 1944

From "Wing and a Prayer" - 1944

From Tampico - 1944

From "Tampico" - 1944

From Tampico - 1944

From "Tampico" - 1944

From Tampico - 1944

From "Tampico" - 1944

From Sunday Dinner for a Soldier - 1944

From Sunday Dinner for a Soldier" - 1944

From Ladies of Washington - 1944

From "Ladies of Washington" - 1944

From Ladies of Washington - 1944

From "Ladies of Washington" - 1944

From Ladies of Washington - 1944

From "Ladies of Washington" - 1944

From No Escape - 1953

From "No Escape" - 1953

From Not as a Stranger - 1955

From "Not as a Stranger" - 1955

From The Lineup - 1958

As "Staples" in "The Lineup" - 1958

From TightRope - 1959

From TightRope - 1959

From TightRope - 1959

From TightRope - 1959

Publicity Still - 1950s

Un-dated Publicity Photo - Probably Late 50's

M Squad - The Man with Frank's Face - 1960

From "M Squad - The Man with Frank's Face" - 1960

From Tightrope - 1959

From Tightrope - 1959

From Tightrope - 1959

From Tightrope - 1959

Birdman of Alcatraz - 1962

Birdman of Alcatraz -1962

Birdman of Alcatraz - 1962

Birdman of Alcatraz -1962

In Bob's final scene in Birdman, his character asks Burt Lancaster a question, but I do not think that the voice is Bob's. Click below to listen for yourself.

A Tiger Walks - 1964

A Tiger Walks - 1964

From Larry Hastings:
Bob Bailey had a small role in the 1964 Disney movie "A Tiger Walks". He played a reporter who came in to town to cover the tiger story; he did have a few lines and featured in some close-ish shots. The movie is available on DVD.

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