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Fat Man, The Old Time Radio Program

The Fat Man
½ hour detective show

The Fat Man, a popular radio show during the 1940s and early 1950s was a detective drama based on characters by Dashiell Hammett. It starred J. Scott Smart in the title role.
Broadcast from the studios of WJZ in New York, the series premiered on the ABC Radio Network on Monday, January 21, 1946, at 8:30pm, as part of a block of four new programs (I Deal in Crime, Forever Tops, and Jimmy Gleason's Diner). Based on Dashiell Hammett's fiction, The Fat Man was further developed by producer, E.J. ("Mannie") Rosenberg. The program was directed by Clark Andrews, creator of Big Town, and Charles Powers. The main writer was Richard Ellington, with other scripts by Robert Sloane and Lawrence Klee.
The veteran character actor Ed Begley co-starred as Sgt. O'Hara, and the supporting cast included Betty Garde, Paul Stewart, Linda Watkins, Mary Patton as Lila North and Vicki Vola, who was also the female lead in Mr. District Attorney. Amzie Strickland played Runyon's girlfriend Cathy Evans, and Nell Harrison was Runyon's mother during the early episodes. The cast also included Dan Ocko, Rolly Bester (wife of science fiction writer Alfred Bester) and Robert Dryden. An 11-piece orchestra was directed by Bernard Green, who also wrote the program's theme. The sound effects were by Ed Blaney, and the announcers were Charles Irving and sportscaster Gene Kirby (1909-1985).
The success of the radio series led to a movie, The Fat Man (1951), directed by William Castle with a flashback-within-a-flashback storyline. Smart retained his role as detective Brad Runyon, investigating the murder of a Los Angeles dentist with an assist from Bill Norton (Clinton Sundberg).
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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can download them.
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Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.



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  • To open a zip file you need software to "unzip" it. Your computer may already have unzip software, if this is the case, just click on the file and your software will automatically open up and you can unzip the files. If your computer doesn't have an unzip program, you can get one from the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (, however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its pretty good, easy to use, and free. (
  • The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
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The Fat Man episode list
48 episodes:
46-01-21 American The 19th Pearl.mp3
46-02-00 American The Twice-Told Secret.mp3
46-07-08 American The Black Angel.mp3
46-09-09 American The Crooked Horse.mp3
47-10-03 American Window for Murder.mp3
49-04-01 American Murder Wins the Draw.mp3
49-07-22 American Murder is the Medium.mp3
51-01-17 American Nightmare Murder.mp3
51-09-15 American Order for Murder.mp3
xx-xx-xx American Murder Plays Hide & Seek.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder and the Peacock.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Appears Out of the Past.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder by Mail.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Calls the Undertaker.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Finds a Coffin.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder for Sale.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Forecasts Death.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder from the Past.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder in the Dark.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder is Forecast.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Made Stylish.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes a Black Moon.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes a Broken Heart.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes a Ham.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes a Silent Partner.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes a Statue.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes Music.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes the King's Coffee.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Makes the Payoff.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Meets an Uncertain Lady.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Pays the Dividends.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Plays the Horses.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Repeats Itself.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Rides a Wheelchair.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Rings the Bell.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Runs a Want Ad.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Seeks a Lost Penny.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Sends a Christmas Card.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Shows a Card.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Shows a Phantom Face.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Shows an Unfamiliar Face.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Shows Eyes in the Dark.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Squares the Triangle.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Stalks the Dead.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Takes a Picture.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Through a Crystal.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Wears a Fake Face.mp3
xx-xx-xx Australian Murder Writes a Story.mp3

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