GenreCrime, Drama, Film-Noir Duration CountryUnited States
WriterHarry Essex, Dashiell Hammett, Leonard Lee, Leonard Lee Release dateMay 19, 1951 Music directorHans J. Salter, Frank Skinner CastJ. Scott Smart (Brad Runyan), Julie London (Pat Boyd), Rock Hudson (Roy Clark), Clinton Sundberg (Bill Norton), Jayne Meadows (Nurse Jane Adams), John Russell (Gene Gordon) Similar moviesSatan Met a Lady, The Maltese Falcon, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Black Bird, 8MM, The Big Sleep
TaglineDANGER UNDER THE BIG TOP!
Rock hudson the fat man 1951
The Fat Man is a 1951 crime film noir directed by William Castle. It is based on a radio drama of the same name, with J. Scott Smart reprising his role as Runyan, a detective.
The cast includes Rock Hudson and Julie London. Originally released by Universal Pictures, the film is now in the public domain.
The fat man
Portly hard-boiled private detective Runyan is hired by dental nurse Adams to investigate the unexplained murder of her boss. Suspicion falls on disappeared patient Clark, who had been helped by probable gangster Gordon. Runyan finds Boyd, Clark’s former lover and briefly his wife, who reveals that Clark had done time in jail. The police tell Runyan it was for robbery of half a million unrecovered dollars. In jail, Clark had a cellmate Deets, with whom he shared everything. On release, Deets had claimed Clark’s share of the loot from Gordon and had promised to eliminate Clark, whose corpse he left in a burnt-out truck. When he realised Clark had been having dental treatment, so his teeth could be identified, he killed first the unfortunate dentist and then the nurse as well. Runyan tracks him down and in a final shoot-out he meets his end.
J. Scott Smart as Brad Runyan
Julie London as Pat Boyd
Rock Hudson as Roy Clark
Clinton Sundberg as Bill Norton
Jayne Meadows as Nurse Jane Adams
John Russell as Gene Gordon
Jerome Cowan as Det. Lt. Stark
Emmett Kelly as Ed Deets
Lucille Barkley as Lola Gordon
Robert Osterloh as "Fletch" Fletcher
Harry Lewis as Happy Stevens
Teddy Hart as Shifty
"A Dream Ago" (Music by Milton Rosen, lyrics by Everett Carter)