Murder On The Aisle (Aired November 24, 1953)
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.
November 24, 1953. NBC network. "Murder On The Aisle"
. Sustaining. Rocky is hired to guard the life of a drunken, hated drama critic. He fails. This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Arnold Moss, Elaine Rost, Ernest Kinoy (writer), Roger De Koven, Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Staats Cotsworth, Elaine Rost, James Monks, William Zuckert. 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.