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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.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Harry Essex (screenplay), Leonard Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Scott Smart ... Brad Runyan
Julie London ... Pat Boyd
Rock Hudson ... Roy Clark
Clinton Sundberg ... Bill Norton
Jayne Meadows ... Jane Adams
John Russell ... Gene Gordon
Jerome Cowan ... Police Lieutenant Stark
Emmett Kelly ... Ed Deets
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Lola Gordon
Robert Osterloh ... Fletcher
Harry Lewis ... Happy Stevens
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Shifty
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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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DANGER UNDER THE BIG TOP! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre gordo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As Jane Adams (Jayne 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 »

Soundtracks

A Dream Ago
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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The FLat Man
24 February 2013 | by LobotomousMonkSee all my reviews

I might get into some hot water here because the value of film adaptations from popular radio serials are held high for many. I am admittedly not familiar with the radio show to which this Castle film was based. In all honesty, I am quite convinced that it played better without the visual component. There are too many flashbacks that slog and mire the plot progression. The effect is an instability of mood throughout the film. Castle's direction is plodding and does little to compensate. There are some good moments of mobile framing and blocking/staging, however, most often Castle relies on simple short pan reframes and frontality in his staging. Not only does this strategy limit auteurship but also prevents provocative psychological portrayals of the characters. This film is carried literally and figuratively on the weight of the reputation of the titular character. The fat man has his moments - corny, quaint and digressive. That being said, his dancing number should become a contemporary viral meme - hashmark Twinkle Toes. Clown of renown, Emmett Kelly makes an appearance and the climax of the film is set around the circus grounds. You might think fun times but don't forget that impressionable Kelly hobo long face.


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