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Bold Venture

(update) with 27 additional episodes and better sound quality: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall appear in this great radio adventure

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Bogart & Bacall
Mystery/Adventure
(1951 - 52)

Starring Humphrey Bogart as Slate Shannon and Lauren Bacall as Sailor Duval

Bogart fashioning a beardBold VentureThere have been other Hollywood "Power Couples", but very few held as much sway as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

The first time the duo worked together was in Howard Hawk's film, To Have and To Have Not. Loosely based on the Hemingway novel, it's the story of an American drifter living in the Caribbean, the kind of person that trouble often finds, who becomes involved in intrigue as well as with a sultry young woman who seems so wrong but ends up so right for him.

Bogey and Bacall had a scandalous May- December romance that began during the film and blossomed into one of Hollywood's strongest marriages. Along with their movie projects, they came up with the radio treasure, Bold Venture. It was a formula that had worked very well for other movie couples, like Ronald and Benita Colman in Halls of Ivy.

The characters and situations of Bold Venture were similar to ones which had worked in Bogart films before, especially "To Have and Have Not." Slade Shannon is an amalgam of Bogey characters, Bogart Bacall Bold Ventureowner of a small hotel a la Rick in Casablanca, and a charter boat operator in the Caribbean a la To Have and Have Not and Key Largo. Playing Sailor Duvall on the radio, Lauren Bacall is just as sultry and alluring as she was on screen.

Bogart and Bacall sailing the seas.The show's producer, Frederick Ziv, won a bidding war to get the show, and he dived into the collaboration with the big stars with gusto.  He brought in such writing talent as Henry Hayward, who would later work on I Was a Communist For the FBI as well as the famed writing team of David Friedkin and Mort Fine, who had been part of the team on the great show Suspense and who would later produce I Spy.  Famed composer David Rose was responsible for the music.

To add some interesting context, production of this series straddled either side of the filming of the classic film African Queen.

Legend has it that the Bogarts used the proceeds from Bold Venture to fill their son Stephen's trust fund. However, money was more abundant in film, and whatever the couple's various motivational factors, they ultimately weren't interested, long-term, in the series.  Naturally, Ziv wanted them on until infinity, but they jumped ship after a season-and-a-half, with Bogey being the catalyst.  "I got tired of it," he'd later say.  "I never listened to it, but Betty did.  She liked to hear her voice."  We appreciate the honesty--it would've been easy for him to blame his 1952 Oscar for Best Actor (African Queen) and the myriad film roles that poured in as a result.  Whatever the case, the show was gone too soon.

Today,this radio adventure lives on as a cult classic.Pour another finger of rum into your Cuba Libre', sit under the slowly turning ceiling fan, and look out to sea while we wait for Bogey's boat, The Bold Venture.

See also Bogart Collection and Hardboiled Detectives.

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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 25 hours, 15 min
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    Volume 1 - 29 shows - total playtime 12 hours 50 minutes
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    1. BV 510326 01 Deadly Merchandise.mp3
    2. BV 510402 02 The Kuan Yin Statue.mp3
    3. BV 510409 03 White Envelope.mp3
    4. BV 510416 04 A Bullet for Shannon.mp3
    5. BV 510423 05 Spanish Gold.mp3
    6. BV 510430 06 He Who Laughs Last.mp3
    7. BV 510507 07 Atomic Espionage in San Thomas.mp3
    8. BV 510514 08 That Gun Will Kill You.mp3
    9. BV 510521 09 Fake American Passports.mp3
    10. BV 510528 10 Sailor Is Framed for Murder.mp3
    11. BV 510604 11 Blue Moon.mp3
    12. BV 510611 12 Tears of Siva.mp3
    13. BV 510618 13 We Want Cary Martin.mp3
    14. BV 510625 14 Sailor Framed for Treason and Murder.mp3
    15. BV 510702 15 Russian Roulette.mp3
    16. BV 510716 17 Death at the Wedding.mp3
    17. BV 510723 18 Twelve Year Old Promise.mp3
    18. BV 510730 20 Search for Tommy Reed.mp3
    19. BV 510813 21 Sunken Spanish Gold.mp3
    20. BV 510820 22 Ghost Ship.mp3
    21. BV 510827 23 Slate's Old Flame.mp3
    22. BV 510903 24 Terminal Key.mp3
    23. BV 510910 25 Out of Control.mp3
    24. BV 510917 26 Black Tie Affair.mp3
    25. BV 510924 27 Murder in the Yucatan.mp3
    26. BV 511001 28 Shannon's A Sucker.mp3
    27. BV 511008 29 Slate Gets the Hook.mp3
    28. BV 511015 30 Camelia for 'El Dobbin'.mp3
    29. BV 511022 31 Row at the Cannery.mp3
    Volume 2 - 28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 25 minutes
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    1. BV 511029 32 Darby and Joan Lonely Hearts, Inc.mp3
    2. BV 511105 33 Marino Victory Mutiny.mp3
    3. BV 511112 34 Bold Venture Is Stolen.mp3
    4. BV 511119 35 Bold Venture by Da Vinci.mp3
    5. BV 511126 36 Dead Men Leave No Prints.mp3
    6. BV 511203 37 Cruise to Bata Bano.mp3
    7. BV 511210 38 Voodoo Vendetta.mp3
    8. BV 511217 39 Tabard of Pizarro.mp3
    9. BV 511224 40 Paul Brewer Prison Break.mp3
    10. BV 511231 41 Crazy Old Carlos.mp3
    11. BV 520107 42 A Substitute Death.mp3
    12. BV 520114 43 Ella Wiley Makes People Die.mp3
    13. BV 520121 44 A Comeback Can Kill You.mp3
    14. BV 520128 45 Revenge Equals Murder Times Two.mp3
    15. BV 520204 46 Joe Norman the Laughing Sailor.mp3
    16. BV 520211 47 Isle of Pines.mp3
    17. BV 520218 48 The One That Got Away.mp3
    18. BV 520225 49 Welcome to Civilization Dead Man.mp3
    19. BV 520303 50 The Big KO.mp3
    20. BV 520310 51 Spectre of El Indio.mp3
    21. BV 520317 52 Deadly Diamonds.mp3
    22. BV 520324 53 Revenge Is Sweet.mp3
    23. BV 520331 54 Haven's Venezualen Isle.mp3
    24. BV 520407 55 With Friends Like These.mp3
    25. BV 520414 56 Marriage and Murder.mp3
    26. BV 520421 57 Mystery of the Mary K.mp3
    27. BV 520512 60 Señor Rufio's Legacy of Death.mp3
    28. BV 520714 69 Slate's Stolen Identity.mp3
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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 25 hours, 15 min
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    Volume 1 - 29 shows - total playtime 12 hours 50 minutes
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    1. BV 510326 01 Deadly Merchandise.mp3
    2. BV 510402 02 The Kuan Yin Statue.mp3
    3. BV 510409 03 White Envelope.mp3
    4. BV 510416 04 A Bullet for Shannon.mp3
    5. BV 510423 05 Spanish Gold.mp3
    6. BV 510430 06 He Who Laughs Last.mp3
    7. BV 510507 07 Atomic Espionage in San Thomas.mp3
    8. BV 510514 08 That Gun Will Kill You.mp3
    9. BV 510521 09 Fake American Passports.mp3
    10. BV 510528 10 Sailor Is Framed for Murder.mp3
    11. BV 510604 11 Blue Moon.mp3
    12. BV 510611 12 Tears of Siva.mp3
    13. BV 510618 13 We Want Cary Martin.mp3
    14. BV 510625 14 Sailor Framed for Treason and Murder.mp3
    15. BV 510702 15 Russian Roulette.mp3
    16. BV 510716 17 Death at the Wedding.mp3
    17. BV 510723 18 Twelve Year Old Promise.mp3
    18. BV 510730 20 Search for Tommy Reed.mp3
    19. BV 510813 21 Sunken Spanish Gold.mp3
    20. BV 510820 22 Ghost Ship.mp3
    21. BV 510827 23 Slate's Old Flame.mp3
    22. BV 510903 24 Terminal Key.mp3
    23. BV 510910 25 Out of Control.mp3
    24. BV 510917 26 Black Tie Affair.mp3
    25. BV 510924 27 Murder in the Yucatan.mp3
    26. BV 511001 28 Shannon's A Sucker.mp3
    27. BV 511008 29 Slate Gets the Hook.mp3
    28. BV 511015 30 Camelia for 'El Dobbin'.mp3
    29. BV 511022 31 Row at the Cannery.mp3
    Volume 2 - 28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 25 minutes
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    1. BV 511029 32 Darby and Joan Lonely Hearts, Inc.mp3
    2. BV 511105 33 Marino Victory Mutiny.mp3
    3. BV 511112 34 Bold Venture Is Stolen.mp3
    4. BV 511119 35 Bold Venture by Da Vinci.mp3
    5. BV 511126 36 Dead Men Leave No Prints.mp3
    6. BV 511203 37 Cruise to Bata Bano.mp3
    7. BV 511210 38 Voodoo Vendetta.mp3
    8. BV 511217 39 Tabard of Pizarro.mp3
    9. BV 511224 40 Paul Brewer Prison Break.mp3
    10. BV 511231 41 Crazy Old Carlos.mp3
    11. BV 520107 42 A Substitute Death.mp3
    12. BV 520114 43 Ella Wiley Makes People Die.mp3
    13. BV 520121 44 A Comeback Can Kill You.mp3
    14. BV 520128 45 Revenge Equals Murder Times Two.mp3
    15. BV 520204 46 Joe Norman the Laughing Sailor.mp3
    16. BV 520211 47 Isle of Pines.mp3
    17. BV 520218 48 The One That Got Away.mp3
    18. BV 520225 49 Welcome to Civilization Dead Man.mp3
    19. BV 520303 50 The Big KO.mp3
    20. BV 520310 51 Spectre of El Indio.mp3
    21. BV 520317 52 Deadly Diamonds.mp3
    22. BV 520324 53 Revenge Is Sweet.mp3
    23. BV 520331 54 Haven's Venezualen Isle.mp3
    24. BV 520407 55 With Friends Like These.mp3
    25. BV 520414 56 Marriage and Murder.mp3
    26. BV 520421 57 Mystery of the Mary K.mp3
    27. BV 520512 60 Señor Rufio's Legacy of Death.mp3
    28. BV 520714 69 Slate's Stolen Identity.mp3
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    57 recordings on 29 Audio CDs
    total playtime 25 hours, 15 min

    Disc A001

    1. BV 510326 01 Deadly Merchandise
    2. BV 510402 02 The Kuan Yin Statue

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    Disc A002

    1. BV 510409 03 White Envelope
    2. BV 510416 04 A Bullet for Shannon

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    Disc A003

    1. BV 510423 05 Spanish Gold
    2. BV 510430 06 He Who Laughs Last

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    Disc A004

    1. BV 510507 07 Atomic Espionage in San Thomas
    2. BV 510514 08 That Gun Will Kill You

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    Disc A005

    1. BV 510521 09 Fake American Passports
    2. BV 510528 10 Sailor Is Framed for Murder

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    Disc A006

    1. BV 510604 11 Blue Moon
    2. BV 510611 12 Tears of Siva

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    Disc A007

    1. BV 510618 13 We Want Cary Martin
    2. BV 510625 14 Sailor Framed for Treason and Murder

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    Disc A008

    1. BV 510702 15 Russian Roulette
    2. BV 510716 17 Death at the Wedding

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    Disc A009

    1. BV 510723 18 Twelve Year Old Promise
    2. BV 510730 20 Search for Tommy Reed

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    Disc A010

    1. BV 510813 21 Sunken Spanish Gold
    2. BV 510820 22 Ghost Ship

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    Disc A011

    1. BV 510827 23 Slate's Old Flame
    2. BV 510903 24 Terminal Key

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    Disc A012

    1. BV 510910 25 Out of Control
    2. BV 510917 26 Black Tie Affair

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    Disc A013

    1. BV 510924 27 Murder in the Yucatan
    2. BV 511001 28 Shannon's A Sucker

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    Disc A014

    1. BV 511008 29 Slate Gets the Hook
    2. BV 511015 30 Camelia for 'El Dobbin'

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    Disc A015

    1. BV 511022 31 Row at the Cannery
    2. BV 511029 32 Darby and Joan Lonely Hearts, Inc

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    Disc A016

    1. BV 511105 33 Marino Victory Mutiny
    2. BV 511112 34 Bold Venture Is Stolen

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    Disc A017

    1. BV 511119 35 Bold Venture by Da Vinci
    2. BV 511126 36 Dead Men Leave No Prints

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    Disc A018

    1. BV 511203 37 Cruise to Bata Bano
    2. BV 511210 38 Voodoo Vendetta

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    Disc A019

    1. BV 511217 39 Tabard of Pizarro
    2. BV 511224 40 Paul Brewer Prison Break

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    Disc A020

    1. BV 511231 41 Crazy Old Carlos
    2. BV 520107 42 A Substitute Death

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    Disc A021

    1. BV 520114 43 Ella Wiley Makes People Die
    2. BV 520121 44 A Comeback Can Kill You

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    Disc A022

    1. BV 520128 45 Revenge Equals Murder Times Two
    2. BV 520204 46 Joe Norman the Laughing Sailor

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    Disc A023

    1. BV 520211 47 Isle of Pines
    2. BV 520218 48 The One That Got Away

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    Disc A024

    1. BV 520225 49 Welcome to Civilization Dead Man
    2. BV 520303 50 The Big KO

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    Disc A025

    1. BV 520310 51 Spectre of El Indio
    2. BV 520317 52 Deadly Diamonds

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    Disc A026

    1. BV 520324 53 Revenge Is Sweet
    2. BV 520331 54 Haven's Venezualen Isle

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    Disc A027

    1. BV 520407 55 With Friends Like These
    2. BV 520414 56 Marriage and Murder

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    Disc A028

    1. BV 520421 57 Mystery of the Mary K
    2. BV 520512 60 Señor Rufio's Legacy of Death

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    Disc A029

    1. BV 520714 69 Slate's Stolen Identity

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