Bold Venture

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For the racehorse see Bold Venture (horse).
Slate (Humphrey Bogart) and Sailor (Lauren Bacall) cruise the Caribbean aboard the Bold Venture. (Bogart and Bacall pictured here on their private yacht Santana.)

Bold Venture was a syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall that aired from 1951 to 1952. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions.

Synopsis[edit]

Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean."

Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music for the series was by David Rose.

The series combined elements of a number of past Bogart/Bacall film collaborations, most notably To Have and Have Not which also cast Bogart as a boat owner in the Caribbean who reluctantly becomes involved in intrigue while romancing Bacall. The relationship between Shannon and King Moses, and his ownership of an inn, is strongly reminiscent of the dynamic between Rick Blaine and Sam in Casablanca.

Production[edit]

Beginning in March of 1951, the Frederic W. Ziv Company syndicated 78 episodes. Some sources have claimed that the 78 episodes include reruns, and that there were only around 30 episodes but more than 50 shows have now come to light. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

57 episodes are now known to exist, some are known by more than one title which can make it appear that there are more.

Radio episode guide[edit]

  • 12 Year Promise (aka Oil Wells)
  • A Backstabbing at Shannon's Place (aka Joe Norman, The Laughing Sailor)
  • A Bullet For Shannon (aka Thugs And Slugs/Johnny Price Story)
  • Alice Ramsey's Husband (aka Poison Darts/Voodoo Vendetta)
  • A Muncie Murderess in Havana
  • An Invitation To Death
  • Background Shots Can Kill You
  • Blue Moon
  • Camellias and a Ruby
  • Carlos & Juan Story (aka Crazy Old Carlos)
  • The Chaney Wedding (aka Death At The Wedding)
  • Cruise To Batabano (aka Emelio Lopez Story)
  • Darby and Joan Incorporated
  • Death By A Fighting Bird (aka Deadly Merchandise/Smuggling Arms)
  • Death Of Rudy Keijon (aka With Friends Like These/Bob Yancy arrests Slate for murder)
  • Diamond Smuggling
  • El Indio
  • Espionage & Murder in San Tomas
  • False American Passports
  • Ghost Ship
  • Half Million Reasons to Find Cary Martin (aka We Want Cary Martin)
  • Haven's Venezuelan Island (aka Gene Moore's wife/Claudia)
  • Innocent in Trujillo
  • Isle Of Pines (aka I'm Going To Die/Rhoda Gonzalez)
  • Jennie Ward, Slate's Old Flame
  • Kwan Yen Statue (aka Quam Yi Statue)
  • Louis Gaspar Case (aka Slate's Stolen Identity/Bring Me The Body of Slate Shannon)
  • Murder in the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Murder Of Franny Lane (aka He Who Laughs Last/Murder Is No Joke/Slate Shannon accused of murder)
  • Mutineers of the S.S. Marino Victory
  • Mystery Of The Mary K
  • Passage for Mario Carada
  • Paul Brewer Story (aka Escape From Guantanamo)
  • Paolo Framed for Jewel Robbery (aka Supapo's Greed)
  • Revenge Equals Murder Times Two
  • Robbery By Joe Ralston (aka Revenge Is Sweet/The Big Road)
  • Russian Roulette
  • Ruthie Ryan's Father (aka The Big K.O.)
  • Sailor Framed For Murder
  • Sailor's Dead Husband (aka Marriage And Murder/Freddie Naye)
  • Search For Tommy Reed
  • Senor Rufio
  • Six Crates of Apples, White Envelope (aka Bill Of Lading/Dope Smugglers)
  • Slate Framed for Refinery Robbery
  • Slate Shannon Held for Ransom (aka Danger at Tina's Parakeet)
  • Slate Shannon Sucker
  • Slate's Stolen DaVinci
  • Slate's Tuxedo Pocket (aka Black Tie Affair)
  • Spanish Gold (aka Treasure On Flamingo Cay)
  • Suicide or Murder (aka Out Of Control/Phyllis Calvert murder)
  • Sunken Treasure at 20 Fathoms (aka Sunken Spanish Gold)
  • Tabard of Pizarro (aka Alice Markel poisoning)
  • The Dead Matt Jefferies (aka The One That Got Away)
  • The High Price of Treason
  • The Key To Death
  • The Tears of Siva (aka Star of Sheba)
  • Welcome Back to Civilization, Dead Man (aka Man From Sumatra/George Carson Killed)

Television[edit]

Ziv brought Bold Venture to television in 1959 with 39 episodes directed by William Conrad. The series starred Dane Clark as Slate Shannon, Joan Marshall as Sailor Duval and Bernie Gozier as King Moses. However, because of unstable conditions in Cuba, the setting was changed to Trinidad. Locations included the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, California.

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