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Pat Novak for Hire
Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb.

Classic old time radio showing starring Jack Webb (1946, 1949) and Ben Morris (1947-48) as Pat Novak, a street wise guy who rents boats and anything else a good man pays a bad one to do.

Novak is always getting into scrapes when taking on jobs for hire or occassionally as a favor to a friend. When he does, he goes to see "The Only Honest Guy I Know" an ex-Doctor and a boozer named Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owens). Novak's nemesis is Lieutenant Hellman of Homicide (played by Raymond Burr and others) who's constantly trying to get Novak sent to the gas chamber.

The show is formulaic, but it's a work of art, with fantastic poetry. From Novak's fantastic similies and brilliant descriptions of the Femme Fatales to Jocko Madigan's philisophical drunekn speeches, and the verbal (and sometimes phyiscal) fisticuffs between Novak and Hellman, Pat Novak for Hire is memorable from start to finish.

  1. Pat Novak for Hire 46-11-24 (09) Dixie Gillian (5.1Mb)
  2. Pat Novak for Hire 47-08-03 (45) John Brown Gambling Ring (6.6Mb)
  3. Pat Novak for Hire 47-08-10 (46) Mysterious Set of Books (6.6Mb)
  4. Pat Novak for Hire 47-11-23 (60) Lydia Reynolds Case (7Mb)
  5. Pat Novak for Hire 47-11-30 (61) Death in Herald Square (7Mb)
  6. Pat Novak for Hire 49-02-20 (02) Jack of Clubs (6.8Mb)
  7. Pat Novak for Hire 49-02-27 (03) Marcia Halpern (6.3Mb)
  8. Pat Novak for Hire 49-03-06 (04) Fleet Lady (6.8Mb)
  9. Pat Novak for Hire 49-03-13 (05) Reuben Callaway's Pictures (6.8Mb)
  10. Pat Novak for Hire 49-03-20 (06) Rory Malone (6.7Mb)
  11. Pat Novak for Hire 49-03-27 (07) Joe Condano (6.6Mb)
  12. Pat Novak for Hire 49-04-02 (08) Father Leahy (6.7Mb)
  13. Pat Novak for Hire 49-04-09 (09) Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry (6.3Mb)
  14. Pat Novak for Hire 49-04-16 (10) Dixie Gillian (5.1Mb)
  15. Pat Novak for Hire 49-04-23 (11) Sam Tolliver (6.9Mb)
  16. Pat Novak for Hire 49-05-01 (12) Rita Malloy (7Mb)
  17. Pat Novak for Hire 49-05-08 (13) Wendy Morris (5.2Mb)
  18. Pat Novak for Hire 49-05-15 (14) Geranium Plant (6.8Mb)
  19. Pat Novak for Hire 49-05-22 (15) Give Envelope to John St. John (6.8Mb)
  20. Pat Novak for Hire 49-06-05 (17) Agnes Bolton (6.7Mb)
  21. Pat Novak for Hire 49-06-12 (18) Georgie Lampson (6.8Mb)
  22. Pat Novak for Hire 49-06-19 (19) The Only Way to Make Friends Is to Die (5.1Mb)
  23. Pat Novak for Hire 49-06-26 (20) Little Jake Siegel (6.5Mb)

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