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The Fat Man (1951)

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

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Cast

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Pat Boyd
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Roy Clark
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Bill Norton
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Jane Adams
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Gene Gordon
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Police Lieutenant Stark
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Lola Gordon
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Storyline

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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19 May 1951 (USA)  »

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El hombre gordo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Shooting for this film overlapped with shooting on The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and Emmett Kelly's shots in the de Mille film had to be done when his schedule on "The Fat Man" permitted. 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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Media Crossover
12 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

When I was growing up, pre-television, we used to listen to many radio shows. One of these was The Fat Man, starring J. Scott Smart. This, as with some other radio shows, was made into a movie. The casting of Smart in the title role was good, since he looked the part and the sound was identical to the radio program.

In virtually every radio show, Bradford Runyan is hired to solve a crime; the film carries on the tradition. However, the radio program lasted for only a half hour, and even though there was a "time compression" effect, there was time to do significantly more in the film. As an example, Runyan asks a lady to dance, and when she accepts, he acquits himself well. That could never have worked on the radio program, to be sure.

For those of us who remember the program, there's a lot of nostalgia in the film. For those who never heard the show (such as my wife), it's still okay, but probably not as valued.


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