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Pat Novak for Hire

one of Jack Webb's earliest successful attempts at crime drama with enough hard-boiled metaphors to sink a ship!

23 old time radio show recordings
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"Joe Candono Blackmail"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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"Down in the waterfront, in San Francisco, you always bite off more than
you can chew. It's tough on your windpipe, but you don't go hungry."

Jack WebbPat Novak for Hire is one of Jack Webb's earliest successful attempts at the genre for which he is best know: crime drama.  Unlike Dragnet, in Pat Novak for Hire is a gritty hardboiled detective-type

The character Pat Novak is based in San Francisco, CA and owned a boat repair/rental shop on the pier during the day and fought crime during the night, but still had time for clever quips:

Inspector Hellman is played by Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) who often arrests Pat Novak for the crime in each episode.  Sidekick, former doctor, and drunk Jocko is called in to help Pat Novak not only prove his innocence but find the guilty party. 

The conversation between characters is archetypical hardboiled detective dialogue with enough metaphors to sink a ship!  The show is well written with plenty of memorable one-liners and gritty dialogue:

"She stood leaning there for a minute, sort of a girl who moves when she stands still. She had blonde hair. She was kind of pretty, except you could see somebody had used her badly, like a dictionary in a stupid family." 

Ben Morris also appeared in the role of Pat Novack several episodes. The show has a strikingly similar premise to Johnny Modero, Pier 23 also starring Jack Webb as a boat shop owner.  The cast of Johnny Modero, Pier 23 includes two radio giants: Gale Gordon as Father Leahy and William Conrad as Officer Warchek.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    23 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 25 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 11 hours 25 minutes
      1. Pat Novak 461124 009 Dixie Gilian [w Jack Webb].mp3
      2. Pat Novak 470803 045 John Brown Gambling Ring [w Ben Morris].mp3
      3. Pat Novak 470810 046 Mysterious Set Of Books [w Ben Morris].mp3
      4. Pat Novak 471123 060 Lydia Reynolds [w Ben Morris].mp3
      5. Pat Novak 471130 061 Death In Herold Square [w Ben Morris].mp3
      6. Pat Novak 490220 002 Jack Of Clubs [w Jack Webb].mp3
      7. Pat Novak 490227 003 Dont Tell Hilda Akamarcia Halpern.mp3
      8. Pat Novak 490306 004 Fleet Lady.mp3
      9. Pat Novak 490313 005 Rubin Calloways Pictures.mp3
      10. Pat Novak 490320 006 Rory Malone.mp3
      11. Pat Novak 490327 007 Joe Candono Blackmail.mp3
      12. Pat Novak 490402 008 Father Lahey [Escape From Prison].mp3
      13. Pat Novak 490409 009 Sam Tolliver.mp3
      14. Pat Novak 490416 010 Go Away Dixie Gillian.mp3
      15. Pat Novak 490423 011 Rita Malloy [pats Boat Missing.mp3
      16. Pat Novak 490430 012 Wendy Morris [afrs].mp3
      17. Pat Novak 490507 013 Shirt Mix Up At Laundry.mp3
      18. Pat Novak 490514 014 Geranium Plant.mp3
      19. Pat Novak 490521 015 Give Envelope to John St John.mp3
      20. Pat Novak 490604 017 Agnes Bolton.mp3
      21. Pat Novak 490611 018 George Lampson.mp3
      22. Pat Novak 490618 019 Only Way To Make Friends Is To Die.mp3
      23. Pat Novak 490625 020 Little Jake Siegel [poor].mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    23 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 25 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 11 hours 25 minutes
      1. Pat Novak 461124 009 Dixie Gilian [w Jack Webb].mp3
      2. Pat Novak 470803 045 John Brown Gambling Ring [w Ben Morris].mp3
      3. Pat Novak 470810 046 Mysterious Set Of Books [w Ben Morris].mp3
      4. Pat Novak 471123 060 Lydia Reynolds [w Ben Morris].mp3
      5. Pat Novak 471130 061 Death In Herold Square [w Ben Morris].mp3
      6. Pat Novak 490220 002 Jack Of Clubs [w Jack Webb].mp3
      7. Pat Novak 490227 003 Dont Tell Hilda Akamarcia Halpern.mp3
      8. Pat Novak 490306 004 Fleet Lady.mp3
      9. Pat Novak 490313 005 Rubin Calloways Pictures.mp3
      10. Pat Novak 490320 006 Rory Malone.mp3
      11. Pat Novak 490327 007 Joe Candono Blackmail.mp3
      12. Pat Novak 490402 008 Father Lahey [Escape From Prison].mp3
      13. Pat Novak 490409 009 Sam Tolliver.mp3
      14. Pat Novak 490416 010 Go Away Dixie Gillian.mp3
      15. Pat Novak 490423 011 Rita Malloy [pats Boat Missing.mp3
      16. Pat Novak 490430 012 Wendy Morris [afrs].mp3
      17. Pat Novak 490507 013 Shirt Mix Up At Laundry.mp3
      18. Pat Novak 490514 014 Geranium Plant.mp3
      19. Pat Novak 490521 015 Give Envelope to John St John.mp3
      20. Pat Novak 490604 017 Agnes Bolton.mp3
      21. Pat Novak 490611 018 George Lampson.mp3
      22. Pat Novak 490618 019 Only Way To Make Friends Is To Die.mp3
      23. Pat Novak 490625 020 Little Jake Siegel [poor].mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    23 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 25 min

    Disc A001

    1. Pat Novak 461124 009 Dixie Gilian [w Jack Webb]
    2. Pat Novak 470803 045 John Brown Gambling Ring [w Ben Morris]

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    Disc A002

    1. Pat Novak 470810 046 Mysterious Set Of Books [w Ben Morris]
    2. Pat Novak 471123 060 Lydia Reynolds [w Ben Morris]

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    Disc A003

    1. Pat Novak 471130 061 Death In Herold Square [w Ben Morris]
    2. Pat Novak 490220 002 Jack Of Clubs [w Jack Webb]

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    Disc A004

    1. Pat Novak 490227 003 Dont Tell Hilda Akamarcia Halpern
    2. Pat Novak 490306 004 Fleet Lady

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    Disc A005

    1. Pat Novak 490313 005 Rubin Calloways Pictures
    2. Pat Novak 490320 006 Rory Malone

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    Disc A006

    1. Pat Novak 490327 007 Joe Candono Blackmail
    2. Pat Novak 490402 008 Father Lahey [Escape From Prison]

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    Disc A007

    1. Pat Novak 490409 009 Sam Tolliver
    2. Pat Novak 490416 010 Go Away Dixie Gillian

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    Disc A008

    1. Pat Novak 490423 011 Rita Malloy [pats Boat Missing
    2. Pat Novak 490430 012 Wendy Morris [afrs]

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    Disc A009

    1. Pat Novak 490507 013 Shirt Mix Up At Laundry
    2. Pat Novak 490514 014 Geranium Plant

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    Disc A010

    1. Pat Novak 490521 015 Give Envelope to John St John
    2. Pat Novak 490604 017 Agnes Bolton

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    Disc A011

    1. Pat Novak 490611 018 George Lampson
    2. Pat Novak 490618 019 Only Way To Make Friends Is To Die

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    Disc A012

    1. Pat Novak 490625 020 Little Jake Siegel [poor]

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