The Pat Hobby Stories

Five brilliantly observed tales by F Scott Fitzgerald, written at the end of the 1930s.

Pat Hobby is a Hollywood hack desperately hanging on to his dignity and screen-writing career after the advent of the talkies.

Read by Alfred Molina.

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01Afternoon Reading2011083020131020

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 & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Afternoon Reading2011083120131027

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 & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

03 LASTAfternoon Reading2011090120131103

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 & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

0101A Man In The Way2006061220070624

Five brilliantly observed tales by F Scott Fitzgerald, written at the end of the 1930s.

Pat Hobby is a Hollywood hack desperately hanging on to his dignity and screen-writing career after the advent of the talkies.

Read by Alfred Molina. Pat advises an attractive young writer and tries to steal her latest idea.

Read by Alfred Molina

0102Boil Some Water - Lots Of It2006061320070701

Pat attempts to fascinate a new Red Cross nurse over lunch at the studio Big Table - with surprising results.

0103Pat Hobby And Orson Welles2006061420070708

Pat is convinced that the young Orson Welles is stealing his thunder at the studio and gets literally taken for a ride.

Read by Alfred Molina

0104The Homes Of The Stars2006061520070715

To earn a little cash, Pat agrees to take some out-of-towners on a trip to the Hollywood homes of Ronald Colman, Shirley Temple and Clark Gable

Five stories by F Scott Fitzgerald about Hollywood hack Pat Hobby.

4/5. The Homes of the Stars

Read by Alfred Molina.

0105 LASTPat Hobby's Preview2006061620070722

Pat has finally secured a writing credit on a new movie, but is in danger of losing what dignity he has left.

Stories by F Scott Fitzgerald about Hollywood hack Pat Hobby.

5/5. Pat Hobby's Preview

Read by Alfred Molina.

0201Pat Hobby's Secret2011083020131020

Written by F.

Scott Fitzgerald.

Adapted by Archie Scottney.

Alfred Molina returns with a new series of 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 & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Pat has secret information about a film script idea.

Can he make some dollars out of it?

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.

0202Teamed With Genius2011083120131027

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.

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?

0203 LASTPat Hobby Does His Bit2011090120131103

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 & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

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.