The Story Behind Frank Sinatra's Rocky Fortune and To Be Perfectly Frank


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This audio is a section from BW - EP85: From Hoboken to Eternity—Frank Sinatra's Radio Career (1935-1955) ____ Thanks to “From Here to Eternity,” Sinatra was again on the rise. He was, however, still broke. NBC radio presented two new radio opportunities to Frank. On October 6th, 1953, at Radio City West on Sunset and Vine, Frank Sinatra taped the first episode of a new detective series called Rocky Fortune. The show premiered that Tuesday evening at 9:30. Sinatra played the title character, anglicized from Rocco Fortunato. It was hard-boiled in the vein of Pat Novak, For Hire. Each week Fortune went out on a new job assignment from the Gridley Employment Agency. Over the show’s twenty-five week run, Rocky would find work as a process server, museum tour guide, oyster schucker, cabbie, bodyguard, the social director for a Catskills resort, and even Santa Claus. He chased skirts, got himself knocked out, helped kids in need, and somehow always managed to come through relatively unscathed.

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