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Fat, Overweight, and Dieting in Old Time Radio

The $70 billion Weight Loss industry claims that we should be skinny, but it is more important to be healthy and happy.

Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR

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"Day Sinatra Got Fat"



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Fat Man

The Diet and Weight Loss business is worth $70 billion. An industry generating that much money should be filled with success stories, but even the most attractive "Before and After" photo layouts should be taken with a grain of salt.

Everyone from movie stars to talk show hosts to your mother will assure you that becoming slender is the secret to being attractive, healthy, and happy, and the Weight Loss Industry promises those very results. Truth be told, the Industry makes its fortune on the promise rather than the results.

Theoretically, weight loss is simple: it is just a matter of eating fewer calories than your body burns. The Weight Loss Industry has countless schemes to set up that condition, usually through a calorie-restrictive diet, although some companies focus on increased exercise regimes to change the calories-consumed/calories-burned equation. The programs which seem the healthiest combine diet and exercise routines, although their success rate is nothing to brag about.

There is mounting evidence that people who live in modern societies eat too much, and usually the wrong things. Also, because of cars and televisions, not getting a proper amount of exercise can be difficult. There is an increasing body of scientific evidence which indicates that the demands of a slenderness-obsessed society are creating as many health problems as it claims to fix.

Men Don't be Fat

Genetics may have as much to do with whether a person is skinny or large. This is not to say that a healthy diet and a sensible exercise routine will not make even the largest person healthier, but they may not make him or her skinny. And, in the long run, that is OK. We cannot all be skinny anymore than we can all be movie stars, but keep in mind that healthy people do not die as often.

Which is a good reason to skip that bag of potato chips, put on some headphones playing a fun OTR program, and go for a refreshing walk.

  • Fibber McGee and Molly, November 4, 1947. The bathroom scales at 79 Wistful Vista must be on the fritz, there is no way a svelte guy like Fibber could weigh 177 pounds! This calls for a trip to the drug store to put a penny into their scales. However, Fibber's penny won't work so he assaults the machine because no one keeps a cool head like McGee.
  • Suspense, January 10, 1948, "The Kandy Tooth". Howard Duff appears as Sam Spade in an apparent sequel to "The Maltese Falcon". The action opens with a telegram from fat man Kaspar Gutman, a baddy played by Sidney Greenstreet in Bogart's version of the movie. The script was used in a two-parter on "The Adventures of Sam Spade".
  • Cigarette DietingMy Favorite Husband, May 6, 1949. An evening of home movies inspires Liz and Iris to go on a diet that is harmless enough until their husbands bet $5 a pound on their weight loss.
  • Bold Venture, January 14, 1952, "Four Invitations To Death". After a fat man collapses in Slade's place he and Sailor put him in Slade's bed. A few hours later, the fat man is shot to death, but it seems that Slade was the actual target because of misadventure six years ago in a liferaft.
  • Dragnet, January 11, 1955, "The Big Complex". A junior high school has been broken into and vandalized several times, school supplies have been stolen but a bigger clue seems to be that the cafeteria has been ransacked. Friday catches the thief during a stakeout of the school and finds a kid who is suffering from an inferiority complex because of his weight. Further investigation shows that the complex is due to parental neglect.
  • Lights Out/Arch Oboler's Plays, October 24, 1964, "The Day Sinatra Got Fat". The newlyweds discover that they don't like each other all that much, as well as the fact that they are snowed in. There is green stuff on the snow that has fallen from outer space, and the green stuff is making everyone grow as fat as pigs. Eventually (but too late), they realize that they are being fattened up for the people fatten their pigs.

See also: Nero WolfeThe Fat Man and Big Guy.

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    61 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00. Total playtime 28 hours, 57 min
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    Volume 1 - 47 shows - total playtime 21 hours 41 minutes
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    1. Adventures Of Frank Race 490821 Fat Mans Loot.mp3
    2. Arch Obolers Plays 641024 04 Day Sinatra Got Fat.mp3
    3. Bold Venture 520114 An Invitation To Death.mp3
    4. Broadway Is My Beat 530530 Ruth Shay Murder Case.mp3
    5. Calling All Cars 341225 Human Side Of Cop.mp3
    6. Calling All Detectives 481213 328 Dead Man Found Health Spa.mp3
    7. Challenge Of Yukon 490209 Sergeant Preston Faces Death.mp3
    8. Chick Carter Boy Detective 44 0000 Pursuit Fat Man.mp3
    9. Cowboy Hit Parade 480604 Cowboy Has To Sing.mp3
    10. Damon Runyon Theater 490000 Piece Of Pie Audition.mp3
    11. Damon Runyon Theater 490220 Princess Ohara.mp3
    12. Dragnet 550111 Big Complex.mp3
    13. Fat Man 18 Murder Makes A Statute.mp3
    14. Fat Man 24 Murder Finds a Coffin.mp3
    15. Fat Man 34 Murder Makes a Phantom Face.mp3
    16. Fat Man 45 Murder In The Dark.mp3
    17. Fibber 471104 0526 Fibber Gets Weighed.mp3
    18. Fibber 550112 1072 Weight-Losing Contest.mp3
    19. Fred Allen Show 460512 070 Cairo.mp3
    20. Gang Busters 530926 0809 Case Of Well Traveled Ring.mp3
    21. GG 520813 459 Gildy Goes On Diet.mp3
    22. Great Gildersleeve 420104 019 Gildy Goes On Diet.mp3
    23. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class.mp3
    24. Great Gildersleeve 501018 376 Weight Problems.mp3
    25. Green Hornet 460629 Man Of Many Words.mp3
    26. Gunsmoke 540206 Big Broad.mp3
    27. I Love Mystery 491208 Bury Your Dead Arizona Ep14of15.mp3
    28. Indictment 581102 Seeds Of Death.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 411207 Island Of Death.mp3
    30. Its Higgins Sir 510911 11 Vegetarian.mp3
    31. Iwcf 520611 08 American Kremlin.mp3
    32. Jack Benny Program 471207 633 Violin Lessons Goes To Vault.mp3
    33. Jack Benny Program 480201 641 Jack Mary See Colmans Movie.mp3
    34. Jeff Regan Investigator 481204 22 Lawyer Lady Jeff Regan.mp3
    35. John Charles Thomas 451209 00 Tell Me You Love Me Tonight.mp3
    36. Jumbo Fire Chief Show 351210 07 An Old Fashioned Show.mp3
    37. Life With Luigi 490410 030 Rosa Must Lose Weight.mp3
    38. Life With Luigi 520415 169 Luigi Cant Sleep.mp3
    39. Magnificent Montague 510318 19 Diet.mp3
    40. Matthew Slade Private Investigator 03 Day Of Phoenix Part 2.mp3
    41. My Favorite Husband 490506 043 Overweight.mp3
    42. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris And Lizs Easter.mp3
    43. Nbc University Theater 500129 073 Flowering Judas.mp3
    44. New Life Movement 470000 05 Hardest Decision.mp3
    45. Radio City Playhouse 490207 26 Machine.mp3
    46. Rocky Jordan 481031 001 Bartered Bridegroom.mp3
    47. Scarlet Queen 470807 White Cargo Act And Ah Sin.mp3
    Volume 2 - 14 shows - total playtime 7 hours 16 minutes
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    1. Scarlet Queen 471002 Fat Trader And Sword Of Apokaezhan.mp3
    2. Scarlet Queen 480218 34 Queen Anne Pistols Dealer.mp3
    3. Stars Over Hollywood 520809 39 For Arts Sake.mp3
    4. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper.mp3
    5. Suspense 500126 Mr Diogenes.mp3
    6. Suspense 501109 Blood On Trumpet.mp3
    7. Suspense 620610 Formula For Death.mp3
    8. Tales Of Texas Rangers 500729 04 Trigger Man.mp3
    9. Taos 451101 1152 Atom Man Pt 17.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 431003 Terribly Strange Bed.mp3
    11. Western Stars 460910 Guest Sally Foster.mp3
    12. Whispering Streets 580000 Ghost Writer.mp3
    13. Wild Bill Hickok 540526 238 Long Shadow.mp3
    14. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490724 Who Took Taxis For Ride.mp3
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    1. Adventures Of Frank Race 490821 Fat Mans Loot.mp3
    2. Arch Obolers Plays 641024 04 Day Sinatra Got Fat.mp3
    3. Bold Venture 520114 An Invitation To Death.mp3
    4. Broadway Is My Beat 530530 Ruth Shay Murder Case.mp3
    5. Calling All Cars 341225 Human Side Of Cop.mp3
    6. Calling All Detectives 481213 328 Dead Man Found Health Spa.mp3
    7. Challenge Of Yukon 490209 Sergeant Preston Faces Death.mp3
    8. Chick Carter Boy Detective 44 0000 Pursuit Fat Man.mp3
    9. Cowboy Hit Parade 480604 Cowboy Has To Sing.mp3
    10. Damon Runyon Theater 490000 Piece Of Pie Audition.mp3
    11. Damon Runyon Theater 490220 Princess Ohara.mp3
    12. Dragnet 550111 Big Complex.mp3
    13. Fat Man 18 Murder Makes A Statute.mp3
    14. Fat Man 24 Murder Finds a Coffin.mp3
    15. Fat Man 34 Murder Makes a Phantom Face.mp3
    16. Fat Man 45 Murder In The Dark.mp3
    17. Fibber 471104 0526 Fibber Gets Weighed.mp3
    18. Fibber 550112 1072 Weight-Losing Contest.mp3
    19. Fred Allen Show 460512 070 Cairo.mp3
    20. Gang Busters 530926 0809 Case Of Well Traveled Ring.mp3
    21. GG 520813 459 Gildy Goes On Diet.mp3
    22. Great Gildersleeve 420104 019 Gildy Goes On Diet.mp3
    23. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class.mp3
    24. Great Gildersleeve 501018 376 Weight Problems.mp3
    25. Green Hornet 460629 Man Of Many Words.mp3
    26. Gunsmoke 540206 Big Broad.mp3
    27. I Love Mystery 491208 Bury Your Dead Arizona Ep14of15.mp3
    28. Indictment 581102 Seeds Of Death.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 411207 Island Of Death.mp3
    30. Its Higgins Sir 510911 11 Vegetarian.mp3
    31. Iwcf 520611 08 American Kremlin.mp3
    32. Jack Benny Program 471207 633 Violin Lessons Goes To Vault.mp3
    33. Jack Benny Program 480201 641 Jack Mary See Colmans Movie.mp3
    34. Jeff Regan Investigator 481204 22 Lawyer Lady Jeff Regan.mp3
    35. John Charles Thomas 451209 00 Tell Me You Love Me Tonight.mp3
    36. Jumbo Fire Chief Show 351210 07 An Old Fashioned Show.mp3
    37. Life With Luigi 490410 030 Rosa Must Lose Weight.mp3
    38. Life With Luigi 520415 169 Luigi Cant Sleep.mp3
    39. Magnificent Montague 510318 19 Diet.mp3
    40. Matthew Slade Private Investigator 03 Day Of Phoenix Part 2.mp3
    41. My Favorite Husband 490506 043 Overweight.mp3
    42. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris And Lizs Easter.mp3
    43. Nbc University Theater 500129 073 Flowering Judas.mp3
    44. New Life Movement 470000 05 Hardest Decision.mp3
    45. Radio City Playhouse 490207 26 Machine.mp3
    46. Rocky Jordan 481031 001 Bartered Bridegroom.mp3
    47. Scarlet Queen 470807 White Cargo Act And Ah Sin.mp3
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    1. Scarlet Queen 471002 Fat Trader And Sword Of Apokaezhan.mp3
    2. Scarlet Queen 480218 34 Queen Anne Pistols Dealer.mp3
    3. Stars Over Hollywood 520809 39 For Arts Sake.mp3
    4. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper.mp3
    5. Suspense 500126 Mr Diogenes.mp3
    6. Suspense 501109 Blood On Trumpet.mp3
    7. Suspense 620610 Formula For Death.mp3
    8. Tales Of Texas Rangers 500729 04 Trigger Man.mp3
    9. Taos 451101 1152 Atom Man Pt 17.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 431003 Terribly Strange Bed.mp3
    11. Western Stars 460910 Guest Sally Foster.mp3
    12. Whispering Streets 580000 Ghost Writer.mp3
    13. Wild Bill Hickok 540526 238 Long Shadow.mp3
    14. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490724 Who Took Taxis For Ride.mp3
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    61 recordings on 29 Audio CDs. Total playtime 27 hours, 44 min
    61 recordings on 29 Audio CDs
    total playtime 27 hours, 44 min

    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A001

    1. Chick Carter Boy Detective 44 0000 Pursuit Fat Man
    2. Fat Man 18 Murder Makes A Statute
    3. Fat Man 24 Murder Finds a Coffin

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A002

    1. Fat Man 34 Murder Makes a Phantom Face
    2. Fat Man 45 Murder In The Dark

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A003

    1. Matthew Slade Private Investigator 03 Day Of Phoenix Part 2
    2. Calling All Cars 341225 Human Side Of Cop

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A004

    1. Jumbo Fire Chief Show 351210 07 An Old Fashioned Show
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 411207 Island Of Death

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A005

    1. Great Gildersleeve 420104 019 Gildy Goes On Diet
    2. Weird Circle 431003 Terribly Strange Bed
    3. Taos 451101 1152 Atom Man Pt 17

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A006

    1. John Charles Thomas 451209 00 Tell Me You Love Me Tonight
    2. Fred Allen Show 460512 070 Cairo

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A007

    1. Green Hornet 460629 Man Of Many Words
    2. New Life Movement 470000 05 Hardest Decision
    3. Scarlet Queen 470807 White Cargo Act And Ah Sin

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A008

    1. Scarlet Queen 471002 Fat Trader And Sword Of Apokaezhan
    2. Fibber 471104 0526 Fibber Gets Weighed

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A009

    1. Jack Benny Program 471207 633 Violin Lessons Goes To Vault

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A010

    1. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A011

    1. Jack Benny Program 480201 641 Jack Mary See Colmans Movie
    2. Scarlet Queen 480218 34 Queen Anne Pistols Dealer

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A012

    1. Cowboy Hit Parade 480604 Cowboy Has To Sing

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A013

    1. Rocky Jordan 481031 001 Bartered Bridegroom
    2. Jeff Regan Investigator 481204 22 Lawyer Lady Jeff Regan
    3. Calling All Detectives 481213 328 Dead Man Found Health Spa

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A014

    1. Damon Runyon Theater 490000 Piece Of Pie Audition
    2. Radio City Playhouse 490207 26 Machine

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A015

    1. Challenge Of Yukon 490209 Sergeant Preston Faces Death
    2. Damon Runyon Theater 490220 Princess Ohara

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A016

    1. Life With Luigi 490410 030 Rosa Must Lose Weight
    2. My Favorite Husband 490506 043 Overweight

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A017

    1. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490724 Who Took Taxis For Ride

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A018

    1. Adventures Of Frank Race 490821 Fat Mans Loot
    2. I Love Mystery 491208 Bury Your Dead Arizona Ep14of15
    3. Suspense 500126 Mr Diogenes

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A019

    1. Nbc University Theater 500129 073 Flowering Judas

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A020

    1. Tales Of Texas Rangers 500729 04 Trigger Man
    2. Great Gildersleeve 501018 376 Weight Problems

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A021

    1. Suspense 501109 Blood On Trumpet
    2. Magnificent Montague 510318 19 Diet

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A022

    1. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris And Lizs Easter
    2. Its Higgins Sir 510911 11 Vegetarian

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A023

    1. Bold Venture 520114 An Invitation To Death
    2. Life With Luigi 520415 169 Luigi Cant Sleep

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A024

    1. Iwcf 520611 08 American Kremlin
    2. Stars Over Hollywood 520809 39 For Arts Sake

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A025

    1. GG 520813 459 Gildy Goes On Diet
    2. Broadway Is My Beat 530530 Ruth Shay Murder Case

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A026

    1. Gang Busters 530926 0809 Case Of Well Traveled Ring
    2. Gunsmoke 540206 Big Broad

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A027

    1. Wild Bill Hickok 540526 238 Long Shadow
    2. Dragnet 550111 Big Complex
    3. Fibber 550112 1072 Weight-Losing Contest

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A028

    1. Whispering Streets 580000 Ghost Writer
    2. Indictment 581102 Seeds Of Death

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    Fat Overweight and Dieting in OTR Disc A029

    1. Suspense 620610 Formula For Death
    2. Arch Obolers Plays 641024 04 Day Sinatra Got Fat

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