In The Bold Venture old time radio show, Bogie and Bacall were open to a venture, and that was radio syndication. From an informal recording studio, they could do a radio series in a few months and have it syndicated over time by the Frederic W. Ziv Company. With Bacall, it was a package deal that was worthy of Slate Shannon, Bogie's alter ego in this series.Shannon is the owner and proprietor of a dubious Havana hotel, and Bacall is Sailor Duval, his sulty, wisecracking sidekick, whose exact status is questionable. Jester Hairston plays the calypso-singing aide-de-camp King Moses, whose witty rhymes comment on the plot as it whips along. Shannon's hotel attracts cutthroats, gamblers, and other denizens of the deep to its nautical watering hole, so Shannon is ready to do what it takes to keep the peace, or get a piece of the action.
Bogie was a well-known seadog in real life who liked to get away from it all by boat in order to fish and make bottles empty for messages. This show is like a fun-house mirror of real life (and reel life), with the requisite toughs, quips and plots as knotted as ropes on a well-used dock. Music by the stalwart David Rose adds to a quality cast of Hollywood radio talent.
Bold Venture may not be all that bold in terms of the history of radio adventure, but for Bogart and Bacall, it was a venture that promised easy treasure for minimum digging. By the time it went into radio syndication, Bogie was in Africa working with another beauty on another boat called "The African Queen." Click here to read more about Bold-venture
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Please enjoy these 61 old time radio episodes:
+ A young woman named Judith Harper wanders into Shannon's Place during a storm...and she has a gun...
|N/A||slates stolen davinci||
+ The Bold Venture is stolen and used as a getaway in a robbery at the Tomosino Refinery. The follow...
|03.26.1951||bold venture deadly merchandise aka gun runner ep 1||
+ Bogart plays Slate Shannon who owns a hotel in Havana and gets involved in intrigue with his beau...
|04.02.1951||the kuan yen statue||
+ A beautiful Chinese girl is killed to get an idol she has smuggled into Havana. Transitions and p...
|04.09.1951||bold venture opium smugglers and young girl ep 3 1951 4 9||
+ Two tough opium smugglers are up against a young girl, until Slate evens the odds. + It’s Satur...
|04.16.1951||a bullet for shannon||
+ Tough Johnny Rice gets what he wants, including the death of Slate Shannon! + Mr Bullock had hire...
|04.23.1951||treasure on flamingo cay||
+ Pontiac. Sailor and Shannon go on a treasure hunt for Spanish gold with some unsavory companions. ...
|04.30.1951||bold venture he who laughs last aka dixon an ep 6||
+ Franny Lane, a comic's partner, has been murdered. Slate Shannon is framed for the killing. The ...
|05.07.1951||espionage and murder in san toma|
|05.14.1951||a muncie murderess in havana|
|05.21.1951||false american passports||
+ A printer named Sanchez has been beaten up. Slate and Sailor solve a case of counterfeit passport...
|05.28.1951||sailor framed for murder||
+ Franny Lane, a comic's partner, has been murdered. Slate Shannon is framed for the killing. The s...
|06.04.1951||bold venture blue moon 1951 6 4||
+ Mr. Cameron asks Slate Shannon to free his daughter from the clutches of Norton and his gambling ...
|06.11.1951||tears of siva||
+ "The Tears Of Siva" are stolen from a friend of Slate's named Joe Bishop. The star sapphires are ...
|06.18.1951||half million reasons to find gary martin|
|07.09.1951||espionage and murder in san tomas|
|07.16.1951||death at the wedding||
+ A man is poisoned in Shannon's Place, a private detective is killed on the beach. A pair of newly...
|N/A||diamond fencing and fisticuffs|
|N/A||slate shannon held for ransom|
|N/A||the high price of treason|
|N/A||background shots can kill you|