While Bob Bailey, is the quintessential voice of Johnny Dollar, he was not the first Johnny Dollar. That role, setting aside an audition by Dick Powell, was filled by Charles Russell

According to the International Movie Database (IMDB) Charlie appeared in a number of 1940s "B" movies before he played Johnny Dollar. These include:

  • 1950 Breakthrough - uncredited
  • 1949 Chinatown at Midnight - Fred Morgan
  • 1949 Mary Ryan, Detective - Baker
  • 1949 Tucson - Gregg Johnson
  • 1948 Trouble Preferred - Lt. Rod Brooks
  • 1948 Inner Sanctum - Harold Dunlap (verified - available on Archive.org)
  • 1948 Night Wind - Ralph Benson
  • 1948 Canon City - Tolley
  • 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway - Arthur Waldron Jr. (as Charlie Russell)
  • 1947 Beyond Our Own (Short)
  • 1947 The Late George Apley - Howard Boulder
  • 1946 Wake Up and Dream - Lieutenant Coles
  • 1946 Johnny Comes Flying Home - Miles Carey
  • 1946 Behind Green Lights - Arthur Templeton (verified - available on Archive.org)
  • 1945 Captain Eddie - Sgt. Jim Reynolds
  • 1944 The Purple Heart - Lt. Kenneth Bayforth (verified - available on Netflix)
  • 1943 Bombardier - Instructor
  • 1943 Ladies' Day - Ball Player (uncredited)

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

The Purple Heart - 1944

From "The Purple Heart - 1944

The Purple Heart - 1944

From "The Purple Heart - 1944

The Purple Heart - 1944

From "The Purple Heart - 1944

Behind Green Lights - 1946

From "Behind Green Lights - 1946

Behind Green Lights - 1946

From "Behind Green Lights - 1946

Inner Sanctum - 1948

From "Inner Sanctum - 1948"


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