Rocky Fortune (Starring Frank Sinatra) - Rocket Racket (03-23-54)


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Rocket Racket (Aired March 23, 1954)
Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had been expressing more of an interest in dramatic work. Perhaps Sinatra's managers were simply hedging their bets. Sinatra's greatest initial dramatic role in From Here To Eternity was released October 19, 1953, just weeks after Rocky Fortune began its 26-week run on NBC. As we all know now, From Here to Eternity was a box-office smash, propelling Sinatra into a whole new career in Film. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1954. NBC network. "Rocket Racket". Sustaining. Rocky gets a job that pays $10,000 to ride a rocket to the moon! This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Howard Culver, Don Diamond, George Lefferts (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Dan Riss, Edith Terry, William Oyler. 23:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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