Candy Matson was no GIRL detective...she was all woman. Candy Matson was a response to all the hard-boiled detectives on the radio like Jeff Regan, Rocky Fortune, Pat Novak, and all those other detectives who were beaten up on a regular basis.

Old RadioCandy, played by Natalie Parks, was hard-boiled in her own way. She never compromised her femininity but she did know how to use a gun and didn't hesitate to use when it was necessary. She didn't take any guff from the guys--the good guys or the bad guys. With a snappy comeback, she could take anybody's head off. Candy was fearless, never hesitating to go wherever she needed to solve a case from the lowest dive to the classiest night club. Candy worked hard to get her goon.

Men orbited around her like she was the sun. Her best friend and partner in detection was Rembrandt Watson, a flamboyant photographer. All private detectives need a police detective foil and, in Candy's case, that Lt. Ray Mallard. It didn't hurt that Mallard was easy on the eyes (plus she and the good detective dated).

Candy Matson aired on NBC from 1949 until 1951 and was a regional success. Natalie Park Masters starred as Candy and her husband, Monty wrote the show.

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