|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
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.
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