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 John Dehner Collection

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John Dehner
Other great radio actors seem to have been born to become great radio actors, but John Dehner is an exception. John Dehner was destined to be great, regardless of the field into which he put his efforts.

John DehnerJohn Dehner was an an atypical actor, working as an animator, WWII army publicist, disc jockey, and pianist before hitting the stage and the airwaves. He was born in Staton Island to an artist father and grew up in Europe. After returning to the US, he tried his hand at acting and worked like a horse, playing in up to seven movies a year.

Dehner was born John Forkum in 1915, Staten Island, NY. His father was an artist who took his family all over the world in search of work and inspiration. John attended grammar school in Norway and France, and high school in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He studied to be an artist at the University of California, but became an actor instead.

Dehner spent the last half of the 30's in New York pursuing a theater career, but there were few jobs as the Depression wound down. Realizing that as long as he was going to starve, he might as well starve in sunny California. There, his artistic training got him hired as an Assistant Animator (Dehner drew the Owl sequences in Bambi and the Beethoven sequence in Fantasia).

Dehner left Disney in answer to the Nation's call, and his skills with language and media made him more valuable in Army public relations than on the front lines. When he left the service, he wanted to be an actor instead of an artist. “So I went into radio” Dehner said. “Radio announcing, and drifted into radio news and was news editor of stations KMBC and KFWB and I left that because I just drifted back into acting.”

As an announcer, Dehner won a Peabody Award for his coverage of the first United Nations Conference, but it just was not as satisfying as acting. As a journeyman radio actor, John Dehner was everywhere, he appeared in the cast of nearly every network prime-time hit, as well as most of the low budget time-fillers. CBS producer/director Norman MacDonnell appreciated with Dehner's voice, and found a way to include on most of his projects, especially when Suspense or Escape took a trip to the Old West.

John DehnerThere was something in the voice of the man from Staten Island who grew up in Europe that brought to mind sagebrush and long days in the saddle. Dehner was MacDonnell's early choice to play Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. At the time, Dehner feared typecasting in Western radio roles. Although Dehner would appear in a huge variety of guest roles, he is most associated with his starring roles in a pair of Westerns.

Frontier Gentleman came to the air in 1958, a time when there were already plenty of Adult Westerns. The hook for Gentleman was Dehner's character, a disgraced British Army Officer who was on a personal exile in the West. J.B. Kendall had a sense of wonder at the expanse and beauty of the West, but tempered by melancholy for the way life has treated him and treats the Westerners he meets. Although remarkably well played and produced, Frontier Gentleman lasted only a single season; a victim of the growing dominance of TV.

That season ended a week before the radio premier of Have Gun, Will Travel. Some commenters consider Have Gun, Will Travel on the radio to be MacDonnell's “revenge” for having Gunsmoke “taken away” when it went to the small screen. Have Gun, Will Travel is unique as a program which started on TV before coming to radio. The first seasons used stories from Gene Roddenberry's TV scripts, heavily adapted for radio. The later radio episodes were original stories, some of which filled the the back-story of the character Paladin.

Paladin was played on TV by Richard Boone, and in many ways, Paladin was Richard Boone. Dehner made it a point to pay little attention to Boone's Paladin, knowing that any sense of imitation would harm the radio version. More than a few critics find Dehner's Paladin superior.

However, radio's Have Gun, Will Travel was a victim of the same purge known as "the Day The Radio Soap Opera Died"; the last episode aired two days after CBS canceled their remaining daytime soaps. The Golden Age of Radio would come to an official close on Sept 30, 1962, One of Dehner's movies, Terror at Midnightbut John Dehner would continue to work in film and TV, nearly until the time of his death in 1992.

Dehner found himself a character actor on radio westerns. Included are this collection are episodes of him playing the bad guy on Gunsmoke and Paladin on Have Gun, Will Travel. John appeared in some of the greatest old time radio shows of yesteryear including Escape, Let George Do It, NBC University Theater, Phillip Marlowe, Rogers of the Gazette, Suspense and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, just to name a few. In all those years and all those parts, John Dehner used to say, with a laugh, that as an actor he never kissed or won a girl.

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Volume 1 - 60 shows - total playtime 28 hours 28 minutes
Baker'S Theater Of Stars 530412 08 The New Man
Black Book 520217 (1) On Schedule
Emotion 490706 Jetatura
Escape 480718 047 Habit
Escape 480815 049 The Fugitive
Escape 480822 050 Ss San Pedro
Escape 480905 052 Dream Of Armageddon
Escape 490212 055 The Lost Special
Escape 490219 056 The Orient Express
Escape 490416 067 The General Died At Dawn
Escape 490423 068 The Great Impersonation
Escape 500214 098 Two If By Sea
Escape 500228 100 The Man Who Won The War
Escape 500310 101 Port Royal
Escape 500407 105 Ambassador Of Poker
Escape 500421 107 Shanghai Document
Escape 500623 116 Sundown
Escape 500714 119 Shark Bait
Escape 500721 120 Yellow Wake
Escape 501006 126 Sleeping Draught
Escape 501013 127 Roulette
Escape 501105 131 Earth Abides 1o2
Escape 501112 132 Earth Abides 2o2
Escape 501210 136 A Passenger To Bali

Escape 501217 137 Wild Jack Rett
Escape 501224 138 The Cave
Escape 510114 141 A Bullet For Mr Smith
Escape 510216 142 Killer Mine
Escape 510725 146 The Earthman
Escape 510815 149 Rough Shoot
Escape 521116 157 Loup Garou
Escape 521214 161 Four Went Home
Escape 530208 169 Jetsam
Escape 530315 174 The Man With The Steel Teeth
Escape 530503 181 Lili And The Colonel
Escape 530531 185 Good Thing A
Escape 530614 187 Clear For Action
Escape 530726 193 The Notebook
Escape 530802 194 The Red Forest
Escape 530927 202 The Untouchable
Escape 531004 203 Zero Hour
Escape 540311 205 Bird Of Paradise
Escape 540325 207 The Second Shot
Escape 540408 209 The Scarlet Plague
Escape 540415 210 Affair At Mandrake
Escape 540506 211 The Adversary
Escape 540610 226 Benchillina And The Fisherman
Volume 2 - 63 shows - total playtime 38 hours 45 minutes

Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540103 34 Tom Mix
Let George Do It 480726 Arnold Lumas Case
Let George Do It 491031 Every Shot Counts
Let George Do It 491219 Follow That Train
Let George Do It 500109 The Silent Waterfall
Let George Do It 500710 Isl& In The Desert
Let George Do It 510129 Christmas In January
Let George Do It 510226 See Me Once & You'Ve Seen Me Twice
Let George Do It 510326 No Escape From The Jungle
Lux 530831 845 One Last September (Afrs)
Man Called X 520219 72 Half Penny Stamp
Nbcut 481010 011 An American Tragedy
Nbcut 481107 015 Arrowsmith
Nbcut 490102 022 Main Street
Nbcut 490109 023 The Grapes Of Wrath
Nbcut 490116 024 All The King'S Men
Nbcut 490320 032 The Marble Fawn
Nbcut 490410 035 Moby Dick
Nbcut 490508 039 Red Badge Of Courage
Nbcut 490716 049 Point Of No Return
Nbcut 490730 051 This Side Of Paradise
Nbcut 491113 064 Babylon Revisited
Nbcut 491127 066 Point Of No Return
Nbcut 500205 074 Track Of The Cat
Nbcut 500709 096 The Time Of Man
Philip Marlowe 481024 B05 Heart Of Gold
Philip Marlowe 490108 B15 The Restless Day
Philip Marlowe 490402 B27 Last Laugh
Philip Marlowe 490423 B30 Cloak Of Kamehameha
Philip Marlowe 490514 B33 Promise To Pay
Philip Marlowe 490827 B47 The Eager Witnes
Philip Marlowe 491001 B52 Tale Of The Mermaid
Philip Marlowe 500307 B74 The Monkey'S Uncle

Philip Marlowe 500411 B79 Anniversary Gift
Philip Marlowe 500606 B87 The Uneasy Head
Philip Marlowe 500628 B90 Pelican'S Roost
Philip Marlowe 500922 B102 The White Carnation
Philip Marlowe 500929 B103 Big Book
Philip Marlowe 510707 B104 Seasidesabbatical
Richard Diamond 500830 064 Bigfoot Grafton
Richard Diamond 520208 123 Eddie Burke Case
Richard Diamond 530628 147 Mr Heiden Gun Maker
Rogers Of The Gazette 530708 01 Newspaper Takeover
Rogers Of The Gazette 530722 000 Partisan Politics (Dress Rehearsal)
Rogers Of The Gazette 530722 03 Dirty Politics
Rogers Of The Gazette 530916 11 Illyria Box Supper
Rogers Of The Gazette 530923 12 Farm Sale Day
Rogers Of The Gazette 531008 13 Leahs Eudora Notes
Rogers Of The Gazette 531015 14 Maggie & Barbara
Rogers Of The Gazette 531029 16 Old Cornet
Rogers Of The Gazette 531105 17 Toast Of Vienna
Rogers Of The Gazette 531111 18 Town Clock
Rogers Of The Gazette 531118 19 Do It Now
Rogers Of The Gazette 531125 20 The Princess Theatre Reopens
Rogers Of The Gazette 540120 27 Last Show Something'S Troubling Will
Romance 500704 03 Germelshausen
Romance 510716 03 China Run
Screen Dir P'House 490515 019 Hold Back The Dawn
Screen Dir P'House 491118 043 The Uninvited (Alt)
Screen Dir P'House 491125 044 Spiral Staircase
Screen Dir P'House 491230 49 One Way Passage
Screen Dir P'House 500331 062 The Dark Mirror
Screen Dir P'House 501214 081 The Lady Gambles
Volume 3 - 52 shows - total playtime 24 hours 15 minutes
Silent Men 520402 21 Trouble At Suez
Stars Over Hollywood 540130 109 Just For You
Stars Over Hollywood 540227 113 Hundred Dollar Bill
Suspense 491124 360 The Long Wait
Suspense 491201 361 Mission Completed
Suspense 491229 365 The Bullet
Suspense 500316 376 Motive For Murder
Suspense 500504 383 Statement Of Mary
Suspense 501019 399 The Wages Of Sin
Suspense 510614 433 The Truth About Jerry Baxter
Suspense 530126 497 The Spencer Brothers
Suspense 531102 524 Ordeal In Donner Pass
Suspense 531214 530 Mystery Of The Marie Roqet
Suspense 540315 543 The Girl In Car 32
Suspense 540426 549 The Bertillion Method
Suspense 540720 561 Telling Anthony Ellis
Suspense 540727 562 Destruction
Suspense 541014 567 Lost
Suspense 541104 570 The Last Letter O
Suspense 541125 573 Shooting Star
Suspense 541202 574 The Shot
Suspense 541223 577 Premonition
Vsq 47100915 Tattooed Beaver & Baby Food For
Vsq 471203 22 The Green Tourist & The Temple
Vsq 480107 27 The Derelict And The Wandering
Whistler 481121 338 The Lovely Look
Whistler 500507 414 Fatal Error

Whistler 500611 419 The Sucessful Marriage
Whistler 500625 421 The Manhunt
Whistler 500730 426 With My Own Eyes
Whistler 501105 440 Just Like A Man
Whistler 501203 444 Lady & The Knife
Whistler 501210 445 Clock On The Tower
Whistler 510311 458 High Death
Whistler 510506 466 Two And One Makes Murder
Whistler 510708 475 The Witness
Whistler 520106 501 Episode At Thunder Mountain
Whistler 531129 598 Lady On A Yacht
Wild Bill Hickok 520328 065 Wild Miller Of Payute Falls
Wild Bill Hickok 520530 083 Whine Of The Saw
Ytjd 490821 016 Out Of The Fire Into The Frying
Ytjd 491126 027 Skull Canyon Mine
Ytjd 491203 028 Bodyguard To Anne Connelly
Ytjd 500203 035 The Loyal B. Martin Matter Aka Death Takes
Ytjd 500224 038 The Archeologist
Ytjd 500418 046 The Story Of Thr Tenoeight
Ytjd 500523 051 Earl Chadwick Matter
Ytjd 500713 058 The Calgary Matter
Ytjd 500930 066 Howard Caldwell Matter
Ytjd 501021 069 The Jack Madi
Ytjd 501118 073 Nora Faulkner Matter
Ytjd 501216 076 Leland Blackburn Matter
Volume 4 - 80 shows - total playtime 35 hours 55 minutes

Gunsmoke 520607 007 Buffalo Hunters
Gunsmoke 520816 017 The Lynching
Gunsmoke 520830 019 The Juniper Tree
Gunsmoke 520913 021 Home Surgery
Gunsmoke 520927 023 The Railroad Rehearsal
Gunsmoke 521010 025 Hinkado
Gunsmoke 521107 029 Tara
Gunsmoke 521129 032 Kitty
Gunsmoke 521206 033 I Don'T Know
Gunsmoke 521220 035 Christmas Story
Gunsmoke 521227 036 The Cabin
Gunsmoke 530103 037 Westbound
Gunsmoke 530110 038 Word Of Honor
Gunsmoke 530124 040 The Old Lady
Gunsmoke 530221 044 Meshougah
Gunsmoke 530228 045 Trojan War
Gunsmoke 530307 046 Absalom
Gunsmoke 530321 048 Pussycats
Gunsmoke 530411 051 Gonif
Gunsmoke 530418 052 Bum'S Rush
Gunsmoke 530509 055 The Buffalo Hunter
Gunsmoke 530523 057 Print Asper
Gunsmoke 530530 058 Fall Semester
Gunsmoke 530606 059 Sundown
Gunsmoke 530613 060 Spring Term
Gunsmoke 530620 061 Wind
Gunsmoke 530718 065 Wild West
Gunsmoke 530725 066 Hickock
Gunsmoke 530801 067 Boy
Gunsmoke 530808 068 Sky
Gunsmoke 530815 069 Moon
Gunsmoke 530822 070 Gone Straight
Gunsmoke 530829 071 Jessie
Gunsmoke 530905 072 The Sutler
Gunsmoke 530912 073 Prairie Happy
Gunsmoke 530919 074 There Was Never A Horse
Gunsmoke 530926 075 Fawn
Gunsmoke 531003 076 How To Kill A Friend
Gunsmoke 531010 077 How To Die For Nothing
Gunsmoke 531017 078 Yorky
Gunsmoke 531024 079 Buffalo Hunters
Gunsmoke 531031 080 How To Kill A Woman

Gunsmoke 531114 082 Professor Lute Bone
Gunsmoke 531121 083 Custer
Gunsmoke 531226 088 The Guitar
Gunsmoke 540102 089 Stage Holdup
Gunsmoke 540109 090 The Jokes On Us
Gunsmoke 540116 091 The Bear [Low Volume]
Gunsmoke 540130 093 Gun Smuggler
Gunsmoke 540206 094 Big Broad
Gunsmoke 540220 096 Last Fling
Gunsmoke 540227 097 Bad Boy
Gunsmoke 540306 098 The Gentleman
Gunsmoke 540320 100 Old Friend
Gunsmoke 540327 101 Blood Money
Gunsmoke 540403 102 Mr And Mrs Amber
Gunsmoke 540410 103 Greater Love
Gunsmoke 540417 104 What The Whiskey Drummer Heard
Gunsmoke 540424 105 Murder Warrant
Gunsmoke 540508 107 The Constable
Gunsmoke 540515 108 Indian Horse
Gunsmoke 540529 110 Feud
Gunsmoke 540605 111 Blacksmith
Gunsmoke 540619 113 Going Bad
Gunsmoke 540626 114 Claustrophobia
Gunsmoke 540705 116 Hack Prine
Gunsmoke 540712 117 Texas Cowboys
Gunsmoke 540802 120 No Indians
Gunsmoke 540809 121 Joe Phy
Gunsmoke 540816 122 Mavis Mccloud
Gunsmoke 540823 123 Young Man With A Gun
Gunsmoke 540906 125 Handcuffs
Gunsmoke 540920 127 The F U
Gunsmoke 540927 128 Helping Hand
Gunsmoke 541002 129 Matt Gets It
Gunsmoke 541009 130 Love Of A Good Woman
Gunsmoke 541016 131 Kitty Caught
Gunsmoke 541113 135 Wrong Man
Gunsmoke 541127 137 Cooter
Gunsmoke 541211 139 Bone Hunters

Volume 5: Frontier Gentleman
42 shows - total playtime 23 hours 30 minutes

FG580130 00 The Shelton Brothers (audition)
FG580202 01 The Shelton Brothers
FG580209 02 Charlie Meeker
FG580216 03 Honky Tonkers
FG580223 04 Kendall's Last Stand
FG580302 05 The Lost Mine
FG580309 06 The Claim Jumpers
FG580316 07 Big Sam for Governor
FG580323 08 The Actress
FG580330 09 Gentle Virtue
FG580404 10 Powder River Kid
FG580413 11 The Trial
FG580420 12 Aces and Eights
FG580427 13 Random Notes
FG580504 14 Daddy Buckbucks
FG580511 15 The Cannibal
FG580518 16 Advice To The Lovelorn
FG580525 17 The Cowboy
FG580601 18 School Days
FG580608 19 The Bellboy's Prisoner
FG580615 20 The Well
FG580629 21 Gambling Lady

FG580706 22 Education of Kid Yancey
FG580713 23 Justice of the Peace
FG580720 24 Jesse James part1
FG580727 25 Jesse James part2
FG580803 26 Nebraska Jack
FG580810 27 The Cat Man
FG580817 28 Wonder Boy
FG580824 29 Belle Siddon's Encore
FG580831 30 Belle Siddon Strikes Back
FG580907 31 The Last of Belle Siddon
FG580914 32 A Horse For Kendall
FG580921 33 Indian Lover
FG580928 34 The Gold Digger
FG581005 35 The Librarian
FG581012 36 Aces and Eights
FG581019 37 The Preacher
FG581026 38 The Rainmaker
FG581102 39 Nasty People
FG581109 40 Holiday
FG581116 41 Random Notes


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