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CompletedFirstLines: PatNovakForHire

Based on Otter Logs Dated Feb 11, 2004

EACH EPISODE STARTS OFF WITH A SOUND OF A FOG HORN,BOAT WHISTLES, SOMEONE WALKING AND THEN 'SURE, I'M PAT NOVAK....FOR HIRE."

Episode Number : 09
Available : YES
Date Aired : 46/11/24
Title/Plot/Host: Go Away Dixie Gilian
First Line : 'That's what the sign out in front of my office says, Pat Novak For Hire. Down in the waterfront in San Francisco, you'll always bite off more than you can chew. It's tough on your windpipe, but you don't go hungry.'

Episode Number : 45
Available : YES
Date Aired : 47/08/03
Title/Plot/Host: Johnny Brown Gambling Ring
First Line : "I got a couple of boats down on Pier 19 on the San Francisco waterfront. Sometimes I rent them out, but I found out it's easier to keep my budget healthy by risking my health in other ways."

Episode Number : 46
Available : YES
Date Aired : 47/08/10
Title/Plot/Host: Mysterious Set of Books
First Line : 'That's what the sign out in front of my office says - Pat Novak For Hire. That's about the only way to make a living down on the waterfront in San Francisco, 'cause if you ever tried to practice the 10 commandments, they'll steal 9 of them and frame you with the other one.'

Episode Number : 60
Available : YES
Date Aired : 47/11/23
Title/Plot/Host: The Lidia Reynolds Case
First Line : 'Down around the Embarcadero everyone's clawin' his neighbor for a quick buck and everybody knows it.'

Episode Number : 61
Available : YES
Date Aired : 47/11/30
Title/Plot/Host: Death in Herald Square
First Line : "Down on the San Francisco waterfront the only use they have for sentiment is they'll pick your pocket while you're saluting the flag."

Pat Novak For Hire was an old-time radio detective show which aired 64 episodes from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional program and 20 episodes in 1949 as a nationwide program for ABC. Episode numbers were resequenced for the national series.

Episode Number : 1
Available : - NO
Date Aired : 49/02/13
Title/Plot/Host: John Singer
First Line :

Episode Number : 2
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/02/20
Title/Plot/Host: Jack of Clubs
First Line : That's what the sign out in front of my shop says. Pat Novak for hire. Down here in the San Francisco waterfront it's gotta be that way. You gotta rob a few graves if you want cigarette money.

Episode Number : 3
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/02/27
Title/Plot/Host: Marcia Halpern
First Line : There's a sign out in front of my office reads that way. Pat Novak for hire. Oh, there's no way to dress it up. You're in business down in the San Francisco waterfront. Everything, but murder is a parlor trick.

Episode Number : 4
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/03/06
Title/Plot/Host: Fleet Lady
First Line : That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. You gotta put it in block letters because down on the waterfront in San Francisco there's a price tag on everything.

Episode Number : 5
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/03/13
Title/Plot/Host: Rubin Callaway's Pictures
First Line : That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. You don't get in the blue book that way but you don't embarrass your friends either.

Episode Number : 6
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/03/20
Title/Plot/Host: Rory Malone
First Line : That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Forhorn for hire. Oh, there are other ways to say it but down on the waterfront in San Francisco you gotta put your best foot forward.

Episode Number : 7
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/03/27
Title/Plot/Host: Joe Candono
AKA : Blackmail Pictures
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says - Pat Novak for Hire. It's an easy way to put it because if you're going to make a living down on the waterfront in San Francisco, you gotta do everything but run for office."

Episode Number : 8
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/04/02
Title/Plot/Host: Father Lahey
AKA : Joe Feldman
First Line : "That's what the sign in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. It's about the only way to say it. Oh, you can dress it up and tell how many shopping days there are 'til Christmas, but if you got yourself on the market, you can't waste time talking."

Episode Number : 9
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/04/09
Title/Plot/Host: Sam Tolliver
First Line :"That's what the sign in front of my place says. Pat Novak for hire. It's the easy way because down here on the waterfront in San Francisco you can't afford to wait your turn."

Episode Number : 10
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/04/16
Title/Plot/Host: Go Away Dixie Gillian
First Line : "That's what the sign outside in front of my office says, Pat Novak For Hire. Down on the waterfront in San Francisco, you'll always bite off more than you can chew. It's tough on your windpipe, but you don't go hungry."

Episode Number : 11
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/04/23
Title/Plot/Host: Rita Malloy
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. Down on the waterfront in San Francisco billing doesn't mean much, everybody's got the same act. They're all out to turn a fast buck and when you're in business down here everything but murder is a parlor trick."

Episode Number : 12
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/04/30
Title/Plot/Host: Wendy Morris
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. It's up there in block letters but down on the waterfront in San Francisco good printing doesn't mean a thing. You get that on a death certificate."

Episode Number : 13
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/05/07
Title/Plot/Host: Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. It's easy to rent yourself out and you make a few bucks but sooner or later you get burned."

Episode Number : 14
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/05/14
Title/Plot/Host: Geranium Plant
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. Oh, there are a lot of ways to put it, but it's easier if you let your slip show right from the beginning."

Episode Number : 15
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/05/21
Title/Plot/Host: Give Envelope to John St John
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. Down on the waterfront in San Francisco you don't get prizes for being subtle. You want to make a living down here, you gotta get your hand in the till any way you can."

Episode Number : 16
Available : -
Date Aired : 49/05/28
Title/Plot/Host: Lola Madden Killed on a Train
First Line :

Episode Number : 17
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/06/04
Title/Plot/Host: Agnes Bolton
First Line : "That's what the sign out in front of my shop says. Pat Novak for hire. It's about the only way to make a living down on the waterfront in San Francisco. Because around here a set of morals won't cause any more stir than Mother's Day in an orphanage."

Episode Number : 18
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/06/11
Title/Plot/Host: George Lampson
First Line : That's what the sign out in front of my office says. Pat Novak for hire. Oh, sure you can spell it fifty different ways but down on the waterfront in San Francisco it all means the same thing. You pay and I'll do and the customer's always right if he's got an open wallet.

Episode Number : 19
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/06/18
Title/Plot/Host:The Only Way to Make Friends Is to Die
First Line : "That's what the sign in out front of my office says, Pat Novak for hire. If you're trying to make a living down in the waterfront in San Fransisco, you've got to run things like a smorgasbord. You take a little of everything you can get your hands on. Even then its a bumpy ride because down here everybody tries to pad his part."

Episode Number : 20
Available : YES
Date Aired : 49/06/25
Title/Plot/Host: Little Jake Siegel
First Line : That's what the sign outside my office says. Pat Novak for hire. Oh, You can set it to music or put it up in neon but down here on the waterfront in San Francisco you're too busy staying alive to worry about the next guy unless he's pointing a gun.

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