Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday's Favorite OTR

The Fat Man: "Nightmare Murder" 1/17/51

Supposedly, overweight private eye Brad Runyon was based on the writings of Dashiell Hammett (whose unnamed Continental Op character packed a few extra pounds). But Hammett's name was really just used for publicity--Runyon and the Op really didn't have that much in common.

But that's fine, because it was still a good show. J. Scott Smart played Runyon and managed to make him sound fat. And the mysteries he solved were generally well-constructed.

"Nightmare Murder," for instance, has Runyon being hired by a guy in the alcoholic ward. No one believes the guy when he says he committed a murder, so he wants Runyon to prove he is a killer.

Runyon soon tracks down the supposedly dead girl, proving the guy is hallucinating. Or is he? The chubby P.I. soon finds evidence that something fishy is going on.

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