RARA-AVIS: RE: The Fat Man on TV

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@adelphia.net)
Date: 18 Jan 2005

  Bill Crider wrote:

Kevin: Being a really old guy, I saw THE FAT MAN when it first came out. I was already a big fan of the radio program, which also starred J. Scott Smart as Brad Runyon. I have to admit that the movie's no classic, but it's

worth watching just for the curiosity value. William Castle went on to become more famous for his publicity stunts than for his directing, but he was good at crime movies. And besides J. Scott Smart, the movie stars Rock Hudson in one of his earliest roles, along with Emmett Kelly and Julie London (!).

To put the finishing touch to The Fat Man, a TV pilot was made in 1966 titled "The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli." Writers were Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts who were, I think, connected to both
"Mannix" and "Mission Impossible." Show was hour-long, black and white, with Robert Middleton in the lead. This Fat Man was a private detective named Lucius Crane, a harpsichord-playing gourmet with a thin fast talking young assistant. It seemed to combine the Fat Man radio show with elements of Nero Wolfe. Show was competently made and Middleton was able to be both tough and effete. No mention of Hammett.

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