Pat Novak, for Hire is an old-time radio detective drama series which aired from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional program produced at KGO in San Francisco. In 1949, the show aired as a nationwide program for ABC. The regional version originally starred Jack Webb in the title role. When Webb moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to work on an extremely similar nationwide series, Johnny Madero, Pier 23, for the Mutual network, Webb was replaced by Ben Morris. In the later network version, Jack Webb resumed the role as Pat Novak and Raymond Burr appeared frequently as Inspector Hellman. The series is popular among fans for its fast-paced, hard-boiled dialogue and action and witty one-liners.
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