Adventure Shows - Bold Venture

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Humphrey Bogart was Slate Shannon, owner of a hotel in Havana, Cuba, who ran into mystery and intrigue for a half hour every week. His side-kick was his deceased best friend's daughter, Sailor Duval, played by Bogart's real-life wife Lauren Bacall. Jester Hairston played the part of King Moses, a calypso singer in Shannon's hotel. Many of the adventures involved Shannon's boat the Bold Venture, after which the show was named.

The show began in March of 1951 and was syndicated on radio stations around the country, being heard on about 500 different radio stations at it's peak. Fred Ziv produced the shows with a budget of $600,000 for the first year, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall receiving $5,000 for each week's episode. Mort Fine and Dave Friedkin wrote the scripts for $1,000 each, and the music for the shows was handled by David Rose and his orchestra. Radio stations were required to buy the full year's production, with small town stations being charged as little as $13 per episode, while large market stations were charged up to $750 for each episode.

Episodes of Bold Venture

Episode 1 - Deadly Merchandise >

Episode 2 - Kuan Yin Statue >

Episode 3 - Opium Smugglers and the Young Girl >

Episode 4 - The Johnny Rice Story >

Episode 5 - Treasure on Flamingo Cay >

Episode 6 - He Who Laughs Last >

Episode 7 - Espionage and Murder in San Toma >

Episode 8 - A Muncie Murderess in Havana >

Episode 9 - Fake American Passport >

Episode 10 - Sailor Framed for Murder >

Episode 11 - The Blue Moon >

Episode 12 - The Tears of Siva >

Episode 13 - A Half Million Reasons to find Gary >

Episode 14 - The High Price of Treason >

Episode 15 - Russian Roulette >

Episode 16 - Mystery of the Mary K >

Episode 17 - Death at the Wedding >

Episode 18 - A Twelve Year Promise >

Episode 19 - Voodoo Vendetta >

Episode 20 - The Search for Tommy Reed >

Episode 21 - Sunken Treasure of 20 Fathoms >

Episode 22 - The Ghost Ship >

Episode 23 - Jenny Ward, Slate's Old Flame >

Episode 24 - Terminal Key >

Episode 25 - Out of Control >

Episode 26 - Black Tie Affair >

Episode 27 - Murder in the Yucatan Peninsula >

Episode 28 - Slate Shannon, Sucker >

Episode 29 - Slate Shannon, Held for Ransom >

Episode 30 - Camellias and a Ruby >

Episode 31 - Passage of Mario Carada >

Episode 32 - Passage of Mario Carada >

Episode 33 - Mutineers of the S.S. Marino Victory >

Episode 34 - Stolen >

Episode 35 - Slate's Stolen DaVinci >

Episode 36 - Paolo Framed for Jewel Robbery >

Episode 37 - Cruise to Batabano >

Episode 38 - Slate's Stolen Identity >

Episode 39 - Tabard of Pizarro >

Episode 40 - Escape from Guantanamo >

Episode 41 - Crazy Old Carlo >

Episode 42 - Innocence in Trujillo >

Episode 43 - An Invitation to Death >

Episode 44 - Background Shots can Kill >

Episode 45 - Revenge Equals Murder Times Two >

Episode 46 - A Backstabbing at Shannon's Place >

Episode 47 - I'm Going To Die >

Episode 48 - The One That Got Away >

Episode 49 - The Man From Sumatra >

Episode 50 - The Big K-O >

Episode 51 - El Indio >

Episode 52 - Diamond Fencing and Fisticuffs >

Episode 53 - Revenge is Sweet >

Episode 54 - Haven's Veneuelan Isle >

Episode 55 - With Friends Like These >

Episode 56 - Marriage and Murder >