The Rattler - Two-masted trading schooner on the maritime adventure
CAPTAIN DAVID GRIEF/SYN/1956-57. Skippered by Captain David Grief
(Maxwell Reed), the Rattler ("that can sail with the best of
them") plied the South Seas around Melanesia (near Australia) in search of adventure.
Crew members were Mickey Simpson as Boley the Bosun; Mel
Prestige as Jackie the deck hand. Tudor Owen costarred as David's
partner, Elihu Snow and Maureen Hingart costarred as Anuna, a
beatutiful native girl
and Grief's companion on the Rattler.
The TV series was loosely based on
characters created by Jack London (1876-1916) in his book "A
Son of the Sun: The Adventures of Captain David Grief." It was
shot on location in Mexico and produced by Guild Films, Inc. / Pathe Pictures, Inc.
The program's 39 episodes were reissued in 1957 as JACK LONDON
Captain David Grief TV Ad Illustration
In the book, London's character Captain David Grief is a South
Pacific tycoon who owns plantations and trading stations from New
Guinea to Samoa, as well as pearling fisheries in the Paumotus,
rubber acreages in the Louisiades and a fleet of steamers that ply
the South Seas.
The stories in his book were inspired by Jack London's own
travels in the South Seas on a leaky yacht called
William Snow played David Grief on 22 episodes of the Australian
remake TALES OF THE SOUTH SEAS that aired on Network 10.
Photo of the SS Jack London (named for the author)
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