F Scott Fitzgerald - The Pat Hobby Stories

Episodes

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01Afternoon Reading
01Afternoon Reading20110830 (BBC7)
20160108 (BBC7)

Pat has secret information about a film script idea. Can he make some dollars out of it?

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adapted by Archie Scottney.

Alfred Molina reads F. Scott Fitzgerald's brilliant stories of late 1930s Hollywood, directed by Martin Jarvis. Since the advent of the talkies, hack screen writer Pat Hobby has fallen on hard times and hard liquor.

Now, desperately in need of a studio writing job, he pursues a drunken movie director and obtains some secret information about a crucial film script idea. Producer Banizon is prepared to buy the idea from Pat, because the knowledge could save his next movie. So can Pat Hobby, at last, hold the studio up to ransom before spilling the beans? Maybe. But death and desperation make things even more problematic than usual for Pat.

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Afternoon Reading
02Afternoon Reading20110831 (BBC7)
20160111 (BBC7)

Pat has the chance of a shared screen credit with a British writer on a ballet picture.

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adapted by Archie Scottney.

Studio head Jack Berners calls hack writer Pat Hobby into his office. Surprisingly he has a writing job for him. Pat seems ready for it. Berners teams him with British writer, Rene Wilcox. It's ballet picture. As Pat leaves the office Berners calls him back and puts some dollars in his hand. 'Get a new hat,' he says, 'You used to be quite a boy around the secretaries in the old days. Don't give up at forty-nine!' But over in the Writers' Building Pat discovers that Wilcox has never written for the cinema before, and doesn't want to collaborate. Can Hobby survive? Will he have to do some proper writing at last?

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Afternoon Reading
03Afternoon Reading20110901 (BBC7)
20160112 (BBC7)

It's difficult to borrow money from an actor on a set during the shooting of a movie.

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adapted by Archie Scottney.

It is a difficult business, in Hollywood, to borrow money from an actor on a set during the shooting of a moving picture. But Pat Hobby is desperate.

It's the stiffest chore Pat has ever undertaken but he's doing it to save his car. His old jalopy might not seem worth saving but, because of Hollywood's great distances, it's an indispensable tool of the writer's trade. But what Pat doesn't foresee is that, because of this financial arrangement, his whole life in pictures is about to change.

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.