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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! Update: two additional episodes + sound upgrades

25 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 23 min)
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1 MP3 CD
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13 Audio CDs


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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 Novack 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.



    25 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 23 min
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      25 shows - total playtime 12 hours 23 minutes
      1. Pat Novak For Hire 461013 09 John St. John.mp3
      2. Pat Novak For Hire 461124 15 Dixie Gillian.mp3
      3. Pat Novak For Hire 470803 51 Johnny Brown Gambling Ring.mp3
      4. Pat Novak For Hire 470810 52 Mysterious Set Of Books.mp3
      5. Pat Novak For Hire 471123 66 Lydia Reynolds Case.mp3
      6. Pat Novak For Hire 471130 67 Death In Herald Square.mp3
      7. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack Of Clubs Better Encode.mp3
      8. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack of Clubs.mp3
      9. Pat Novak For Hire 490227 03 Dont Tell Hilda.mp3
      10. Pat Novak For Hire 490306 04 Fleet Lady.mp3
      11. Pat Novak For Hire 490313 05 Rubin Callaways Pictures.mp3
      12. Pat Novak For Hire 490320 06 Rory Malone.mp3
      13. Pat Novak For Hire 490327 07 Joe Candono Blackmail Pictures.mp3
      14. Pat Novak For Hire 490402 08 Father Leahy Joe Feldman.mp3
      15. Pat Novak For Hire 490409 09 Sam Tolliver.mp3
      16. Pat Novak For Hire 490416 10 Go Away Dixie Gillian.mp3
      17. Pat Novak For Hire 490423 11 Rita Malloy.mp3
      18. Pat Novak For Hire 490430 12 Wendy Morris.mp3
      19. Pat Novak For Hire 490507 13 Shirt Mixup At Laundry.mp3
      20. Pat Novak For Hire 490514 14 Geranium Plant.mp3
      21. Pat Novak For Hire 490521 15 Give Envelope To John St John.mp3
      22. Pat Novak For Hire 490604 17 Agnes Bolton.mp3
      23. Pat Novak For Hire 490611 18 Georgie Lampson.mp3
      24. Pat Novak For Hire 490618 19 Only Way Make Friends Die.mp3
      25. Pat Novak For Hire 490625 20 Little Jake Siegel.mp3
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    25 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 23 min
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      25 shows - total playtime 12 hours 23 minutes
      1. Pat Novak For Hire 461013 09 John St. John.mp3
      2. Pat Novak For Hire 461124 15 Dixie Gillian.mp3
      3. Pat Novak For Hire 470803 51 Johnny Brown Gambling Ring.mp3
      4. Pat Novak For Hire 470810 52 Mysterious Set Of Books.mp3
      5. Pat Novak For Hire 471123 66 Lydia Reynolds Case.mp3
      6. Pat Novak For Hire 471130 67 Death In Herald Square.mp3
      7. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack Of Clubs Better Encode.mp3
      8. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack of Clubs.mp3
      9. Pat Novak For Hire 490227 03 Dont Tell Hilda.mp3
      10. Pat Novak For Hire 490306 04 Fleet Lady.mp3
      11. Pat Novak For Hire 490313 05 Rubin Callaways Pictures.mp3
      12. Pat Novak For Hire 490320 06 Rory Malone.mp3
      13. Pat Novak For Hire 490327 07 Joe Candono Blackmail Pictures.mp3
      14. Pat Novak For Hire 490402 08 Father Leahy Joe Feldman.mp3
      15. Pat Novak For Hire 490409 09 Sam Tolliver.mp3
      16. Pat Novak For Hire 490416 10 Go Away Dixie Gillian.mp3
      17. Pat Novak For Hire 490423 11 Rita Malloy.mp3
      18. Pat Novak For Hire 490430 12 Wendy Morris.mp3
      19. Pat Novak For Hire 490507 13 Shirt Mixup At Laundry.mp3
      20. Pat Novak For Hire 490514 14 Geranium Plant.mp3
      21. Pat Novak For Hire 490521 15 Give Envelope To John St John.mp3
      22. Pat Novak For Hire 490604 17 Agnes Bolton.mp3
      23. Pat Novak For Hire 490611 18 Georgie Lampson.mp3
      24. Pat Novak For Hire 490618 19 Only Way Make Friends Die.mp3
      25. Pat Novak For Hire 490625 20 Little Jake Siegel.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



    25 recordings on 13 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 23 min

    Disc A001

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 461013 09 John St. John
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 461124 15 Dixie Gillian

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    Disc A002

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 470803 51 Johnny Brown Gambling Ring
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 470810 52 Mysterious Set Of Books

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    Disc A003

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 471123 66 Lydia Reynolds Case
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 471130 67 Death In Herald Square

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    Disc A004

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack Of Clubs Better Encode
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490220 02 Jack of Clubs

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    Disc A005

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490227 03 Dont Tell Hilda
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490306 04 Fleet Lady

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    Disc A006

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490313 05 Rubin Callaways Pictures
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490320 06 Rory Malone

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    Disc A007

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490327 07 Joe Candono Blackmail Pictures
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490402 08 Father Leahy Joe Feldman

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    Disc A008

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490409 09 Sam Tolliver
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490416 10 Go Away Dixie Gillian

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    Disc A009

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490423 11 Rita Malloy
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490430 12 Wendy Morris

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    Disc A010

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490507 13 Shirt Mixup At Laundry
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490514 14 Geranium Plant

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    Disc A011

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490521 15 Give Envelope To John St John
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490604 17 Agnes Bolton

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    Disc A012

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490611 18 Georgie Lampson
    2. Pat Novak For Hire 490618 19 Only Way Make Friends Die

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    Disc A013

    1. Pat Novak For Hire 490625 20 Little Jake Siegel

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