Bold Venture - Sixty-two foot sloop owned by Slate Shannon (Dane Clark) an
American expatriate cruising the islands of the Caribbean on the
maritime adventure BOLD VENTURE/SYN/1959 Slate traveled with his
beautiful 20-year-old ward, Sailor Duval (Joan Marshall).
Trinidad (moored at Prince George Docks), the Bold Venture featured
an all girl crew played by Jerri Bender, Joyce Taylor, Barbara
Wilson and Narda Onyx.
According to Time magazine (02/16/59), "Where Highway
Patrol's Broderick Crawford roars about in a squad car and
Whirlybirds' Ken Toby and Craig Hill soar through the sky in a
helicopter, actor Dane Clark as Shannon plows through the
waves in a 62-ft. sloop." Shannon routinely was involved with all
sorts of shady, anti-establishment characters from treasure hunters
Shannon's beautiful female sidekick, Sailor Duval is described as a
"lovely, whimsical, gay, arrant broad in love with a virile guy—only
he doesn't want to get married."
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall previously
starred in a syndicated
radio version of the series that broadcast
Bogart played Shannon, the owner of a run-down Havana, Cuba hotel who sought "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the
sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the
Caribbean." (per the show's opening narration).
The radio series continued the chemistry between Bogey and Bacall
first seen in the movie To Have and Have Not (1944) where
Bogart played Harry Steve Morgan who hired out a boat with the help
of his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie (played by Walter Brennan).
The film is famous for Bacall's classic line as Slim who says
"You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to
say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh,
maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You
just put your lips together and...blow."
Both the radio and TV series featured a character named King
Moses (Bernie Gozier on TV/Jester Hairston on Radio) who played
Calypso music that help set the mood of the series.
TRIVIA NOTE: During WWII, the 3222
gross ton ship
Bold Venture was sunk by German U-Boat U-553 on October 16,
1941. Formerly registered as the Alssund (a Danish
ship), the Panamanian Bold Venture left Sydney in convoy
SC-48 on the 5th of October bound for Liverpool and Glasgow. The ship
sank within ten minutes of the attack. Its surviving crew was
rescued by the H.M.C.S. Wetaskiwin.
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