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The Fat Man: Introduction

Series Description:

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
Type: Detective drama
Length: 30 minutes
Broadcast history on the ABC Network:

  • Jan. 21, 1946 - Jan. 06, 1947. Mondays at 8:30 PM.
  • From Jan. 10, 1947 until Dec. 29, 1950 on Fridays at 8 PM.
  • From Jan. 03, 1951 on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM until the end of the series.

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:

Episode Date Title
001 46/01/21 Nineteenth Pearl, The
001 46/01/21 19th Pearl, The [Not Actual Title]
004 46/02/11 Twice Told Secret, The
025 46/07/08 Black Angel, The
034 46/09/09 Crooked Horse, The
090 47/10/03 Window for Murder, A
102.1 47/xx/xx Murder Plays Hide and Seek
117 48/04/09 Murder Rents a Flat
168 49/04/01 Murder Wins the Draw
184 49/07/22 Murder is the Medium
253 51/01/17 Nightmare Murder, The
271 51/05/23 Order for Murder

To Continue:

The Fat Man: Introduction (current page)

The Fat Man: Episodes Listed by Date
The Fat Man: Episodes Listed by Title

The Fat Man: Episodes 001 - 100 (Jan 21, 1946 - Dec 12, 1947)
The Fat Man: Episodes 101 - 200 (Dec 19, 1947 - Nov 11, 1949)
The Fat Man: Episodes 201 - 289 (Nov 18, 1949 - Sep 26, 1951)

Or:

The Fat Man: All Episodes Together

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