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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).

Based in 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 to revolutionaries.

Bold Venture TV Ad - TV GUIDE 1959

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 between 1951-53.

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 as 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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