EP1306: Pat Novak: Rita Malloy

Jack Webb

A gunsel steals a boat from Pat Novak, and winds up dead, and when Novak goes to the Hotel he finds a nightclub singer dead. As usual, Hellman’s ready to pin the crime on Novak.

Original Air Date: May 1, 1949

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  1 comment for “EP1306: Pat Novak: Rita Malloy”

  1. timbabwe
    July 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Wiktionary has a good definition
    (and proper spelling) of gunsel.


    Hammett slipped an innocent sounding
    but actually quite filthy Yiddish word past his editors.

    Both meanings applied to Wilmer, Gutmann’s henchman,
    in the novel and as played by Elisha Cook, Jr in the film
    of The Maltese Falcon.

    The milder sense of ‘gun-toting accomplice’ has moved
    from secondary to the primary dictionary meaning.

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