Pat Novak, for Hire

Old-time radio detective drama series
from archive.org

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. Dixie Gillian (5.1Mb)
  2. John Brown Gambling Ring (6.6Mb)
  3. Mysterious Set of Books (6.6Mb)
  4. Lydia Reynolds Case (7Mb)
  5. Death in Herald Square (7Mb)
  6. Jack of Clubs (6.8Mb)
  7. Marcia Halpern (6.3Mb)
  8. Fleet Lady (6.8Mb)
  9. Reuben Callaway's Pictures (6.8Mb)
  10. Rory Malone (6.7Mb)
  11. Joe Condano (6.6Mb)
  12. Father Leahy (6.7Mb)
  13. Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry (6.3Mb)
  14. Dixie Gillian (5.1Mb)
  15. Sam Tolliver (6.9Mb)
  16. Rita Malloy (7Mb)
  17. Wendy Morris (5.2Mb)
  18. Geranium Plant (6.8Mb)
  19. Give Envelope to John St. John (6.8Mb)
  20. Agnes Bolton (6.7Mb)
  21. Georgie Lampson (6.8Mb)
  22. The Only Way to Make Friends is to Die (5.1Mb)
  23. Little Jake Siegel (6.5Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.