The Fat Man: Introduction
A detective series based on a character created by Dashiell Hammett in the novel "The Maltese Falcon." The witty, charming, lady pleasing character of the radio series had little in common with the brooding "Fat Man" character of the novel. Dashiell Hammett was a popular author of the period and the show's producers took advantage of his name. A typical show of the times, it relied heavily on action and adventure with logic running a distant third. The "Fat Man" vanished from the air when Hammett was associated with the "red scare" of the McCarthy era.
In the US episodes, J (Jack) Scott Smart set the tone for Brad Runyon as a fat man playing the Fat Man. He weighed in at over 270 pounds, while the Fat Man's weight on the broadcasts varied between 237 and 247 pounds. Smart brought a great radio voice and acting skills to the part. Some of the best parts of the shows are the philosophical bits he does to lead into the show, and the one he does after the show to preview next week's episode.
Title: The Fat Man
Sponsored by Pepto Bismol from 1947 - 1950. Sponsored by Chicle in 1951.
Cast: J. Scott (Jack) Smart as Brad Runyon, Ed Begley as Sgt. O'Hara, Mary Patton as Lila North, Amzie Strickland as Cathy Evans, Betty Garde, Linda Watkins, Paul Stewart, Alice Frost, Vicki Vola, Robert Dryden, Jimmy McCallion, Sarah Burton. Announcer: Charles Irving (for most of the series); Don Lowe; Gene Kirby.
Source: John Dunning's On The Air.
The Eleven Known Existing "Fat Man" Episodes:
The Fat Man: Introduction (current page)
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