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Author: Hollywood 360 Narrator: Jack Webb, Ben Morris, various performers Publisher: Black Eye Entertainment Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Classic Radio Collection Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781504708135
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These twelve exciting episodes take you to the San Francisco waterfront as you follow Pat Novak as he solves some shady crimes.

Pat Novak, for Hire is set on the San Francisco waterfront and depicts the city as a dark, tough-as-nails jungle where the main goal is survival. Not a detective by trade, Novak owns a boat shop on Pier 19 where he rents out boats and does odd jobs to earn money while dishing out sarcasm and colorful metaphors.

The set up begins with an unknown person asking Novak to perform an unusual or risky job. In need of money, Novak reluctantly accepts and soon finds himself in hot water, usually involving a dead body and a femme fatale. Then Police Inspector Hellman, played by Raymond Burr, is called to the case. Hellman hates Novak and badly wants to lock him up and throw away the key. While solving the crime, Novak usually relies on the help of his friend, drunken ex-doctor Jocko Madigan, played by Tudor Owen.

Pat Novak, for Hire began in 1946 as a regional radio show produced at KGO in San Francisco and starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by Webb’s friend Richard L. Breen. When Webb moved to Los Angeles in 1947, Ben Morris replaced Webb as Novak. In a later network version, Jack Webb resumed the role, along with Breen as scriptwriter. Pat Novak, for Hire lasted until 1949, when Jack Webb turned his attention to the series that would make him a star, Dragnet.

The twelve episodes in this collection, with the actor in the role of Pat Novak and the date of its broadcast, are the following:

“John Brown Gambling Ring” with Ben Morris (3 August 1947), “The Mysterious Set of Books” with Ben Morris (10 August 1947), “Death in Herald Square” with Ben Morris (30 November 1947), “The Jack of Clubs” with Jack Webb (20 February 1949), “Marcia Halpern” with Jack Webb (27 February 1949), “Reuben Callaway’s Pictures” with Jack Webb (13 March 1949), “Rory Malone” with Jack Webb (20 March 1949), “Joe Candano” with Jack Webb (27 March 1949), “Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry” with Jack Webb (9 April 1949), “Sam Tolliver” with Jack Webb (23 April 1949), “Rita Malloy” with Jack Webb (1 May 1949), “Geranium Plant” with Jack Webb (15 May 1949).

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About the Author

Hollywood 360 is a syndicated radio show heard every Saturday evening on radio stations throughout the United States. Hollywood 360 showcases a wide variety of audio entertainment, from the golden age of Hollywood to today’s most current headlines.

About the Narrators

Jack Webb (1920–1982) was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter. He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. He first achieved success in the entertainment industry playing the title character in the radio show Pat Novak, Private Eye. His greatest success, however, came from the beloved show Dragnet, which ran for many years on both radio and television.

Ben Morris (1921–1982) was an actor, known for his role in the movie Kiss Me Deadly and especially for his role in the television series Dragnet as well as parts in other television series, including Wagon Train, The Rifleman, M Squad, Mike Hammer, and Wanted Dead of Alive.

NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer of news, talk, music, and entertainment programs with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. Since 1971, NPR and its journalists and programs have won hundreds of awards, including some of the most prestigious honors in journalism.