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In the days prior to From Here To Eternity, Frank Sinatra's popularity was waning and this private eye show was an attempt to remedy that. In it, Frank played ROCKY FORTUNE, a "footloose and fancy-free young man," frequently unemployed, who took numerous, adventurous odd jobs. It was a relatively undistinguished series; definitely a "B grade" radio series, saved by Sinatra's charm and a tongue-in-cheek approach.
ROCKY FORTUNE appeared on NBC for only a short run of 25 or 26 shows. The lead character, who goes by the name of Rocky Fortune but whose real name is Rocko Fortunato, was played by Frank Sinatra.
Rocky, always ready with a wise remark, seems to be a magnet for trouble, most often with the variety of odd jobs he takes. There is frequently a beautiful woman involved, some good girls, some bad. Rocky's a tough guy who stays just inside of the law but we get an occasional glimpse of a soft heart beneath the hard exterior. It's a character that Mr. Sinatra plays nicely.
Employed or not, Rocky possesed a variety of skills. During the course of the series, he worked as a process server, museum tour guide, cabbie, bodyguard, chauffeur, truck driver, social director for a Catskills resort and a carny. He could also fake enough bass to play at weddings and bar-mitzvahs. For most of the series, Rocky received his job assignments from the Gridley Employment Agency, usually referred to as just "the agency".
The only recurring character, throughout the series, besides Rocky himself, is the long-suffering Sergeant Hamilton J. Finger - a solid, although not-too-bright cop who works out of what is frequently referred to as "the Irish clubhouse," who seemed to be constantly running into Rocky, whether he wanted to or not.
At about the same time, November 10, 1953 to July 9, 1954, Sinatra also starred in a musical show on NBC called To Be Perfectly Frank. And, no matter how you look at it, Rocky Fortune was really just another chance for the ever-ambitious Sinatra to be himself, and to promote his career. "From Here To Eternity" had opened that August, and Sinatra used the series to promote the film (and his Oscar nomination). As the series wound to a close and the date of the Academy Awards presentation drew near, it became a running gag that Rocky seemed to work the phrase "from here to eternity" into almost every show.
Fortunately for his career, his Oscar for his role in Eternity came and rescued him from all this.
26 weeks, 25 episodes
First broadcast: October 6, 1953
Last broadcast: March 30, 1954
Writers: George Lefferts, Norm Sickel, Robert Senadella (story), Ernest Kinoy, Doc Sanford
Directors: Andrew C. Love, Fred Weihe, Howard Wiley
Announcer: Eddie King
Starring Frank Sinatra as ROCKY FORTUNE
and Barney Phillips as Hamilton J. Finger
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53/10/06 1 Oyster Shucker
53/10/13 2 Steven in a Rest Home
53/10/20 3 Shipboard Jewel Robbery
53/10/27 4 Pintsized Payroll Bandit
53/11/10 5 Messenger for Murder
53/11/17 6 A Hepcat Kills the Canary
53/11/24 7 Murder on the Aisle
53/12/01 8 Murder Among the Statues
53/12/08 9 Carnival One Way
53/12/15 10 Companion to a Chimp
53/12/22 11 The Plot to Murder Santa Claus
53/12/29 12 Prize Fight Setup
54/01/05 13 On the Trail of a Killer
54/01/12 14 Rodeo Murder
54/01/19 15 The Museum Murder
54/01/26 16 Hauling Nitro
54/02/02 17 Football Fix
54/02/09 18 Catskills Cover-Up
54/02/16 19 Too Many Husbands
54/02/23 20 Decoy for Death
54/03/02 21 The Doctor's Dilemma
54/03/09 22 Incident in a Bar
54/03/16 23 Psychological Murder
54/03/23 24 Rocket Racket
54/03/30 25 Boarding House Doublecross
01 Rocky Fortune Intro
02 Frank Sinatra Biography