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The Fat Man (1951)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery  -  19 May 1951 (USA)
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A dentist's murder is investigated by hefty sleuth Brad Runyan.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Scott Smart ...
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Roy Clark
Clinton Sundberg ...
Bill Norton
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Jane Adams
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Gene Gordon
Jerome Cowan ...
Police Lieutenant Stark
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Ed Deets
Lucille Barkley ...
Lola Gordon
Robert Osterloh ...
Fletcher
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Happy Stevens
Teddy Hart ...
Shifty
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An innocent dentist is murdered, the only apparent motive to steal a set of dental x-rays. To the police it looks like an accident, so Jane Adams, loyal dental assistant, consults massive private eye Brad Runyan (of radio fame); he's skeptical until he finds that Jane is being followed. The mystery deepens as Brad's search for missing dental patient Roy Clark reveals many ramifications and loose ends... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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RADIO'S FAMOUS FAT MAN SOLVES HIS BIGGEST CASE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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19 May 1951 (USA)  »

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As Jane Adams (Jane Meadows) is searching the files for a dental record, she passes an index card bearing the name Ray Chandler, an inside reference to the detective-story writer Raymond Chandler. See more »

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A Dream Ago
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Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Not a Sydney Greenstreet film
6 September 2001 | by (Chantilly, VA) – See all my reviews

Curiosity picture mainly because it is one of Rock Hudson's earlier films. I won't bother going over the film's many faults except to note the awkward humor. For example, after the nurse was killed, I couldn't believe the joking around. Also, why was she killed in the first place? It was never explained. This bummed me out because she was very attractive even if she couldn't act. It was obvious that this supposed to the first of a series of "Fat Man" detective movies, ala the "Thin Man" movies, but fortunately we are still waiting for the second one.


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