Bold Venture

1950s radio adventure series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
from archive.org

"Adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean."

Bold Venture was a transcribed syndication by Ziv Corporation. There were 78 thirty minute episodes produced for release with the premiere of 26 March 1951. This was the first radio program staring Humphrey Bogart who resisted doing live radio shows because of the time involved. Since this series was transcribed he accepted the offer.

Humphrey Bogart plays the part of Slate Shannon hotel owner and owner of a boat called the "Bold Venture". He was ready to rescue a friend in need or hunt down and enemy. The setting for the series is Havana, Cuba.

Other regular cast members include his wife Lauren Bacall, who plays the part of Sailor Duval, and Jester Hairson who plays the part of King Moses, a calypso singer. Music was supplied by David Rose and his Orchestra and scripts were written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. Each script was a pure Bogie and Baby script style.

Of the 78 episodes produced, Otter lists 57 that are in circulation today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some well produced radio from the 50's. From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. Deadly Merchandise (12.5Mb)
  2. Kuan Yin Statue (12.2Mb)
  3. Opium Smugglers and Young Girl (12.1Mb)
  4. Johnny Rice Story (12.1Mb)
  5. Treasure on Flamingo Cay (12.1Mb)
  6. He Who Laughs Last (24.4Mb)
  7. Espionage and Murder in San Toma (12.2Mb)
  8. A Muncie Murderess in Havana (12.3Mb)
  9. Fake American Passport (24.5Mb)
  10. Sailor Framed for Murder (24.6Mb)
  11. The Blue Moon (12.9Mb)
  12. The Tears Of Siva (12.3Mb)
  13. A Half Million Reasons to Find Gary (24.3Mb)
  14. The High Price of Treason (24.5Mb)
  15. Russian Roulette (11.9Mb)
  16. The Mystery of the Mary K (11.3Mb)
  17. Death At The Wedding (12.3Mb)
  18. A Twelve Year Promise (11.7Mb)
  19. Voodoo Vendetta (12.2Mb)
  20. The Search for Tommy Reed (24.3Mb)
  21. Sunken Treasure at 20 Fathoms (24.4Mb)
  22. The Ghost Ship (12.3Mb)
  23. Jenny Ward, Slate's Old Flame (23.9Mb)
  24. Terminal Key (24.1Mb)
  25. Out of Control (12.3Mb)
  26. Black Tie Affair (11.6Mb)
  27. Murder in the Yucatan Peninsula (24.6Mb)
  28. Slate Shannon, Sucker (24.4Mb)
  29. Slate Shannon Held for Ransom (24.4Mb)
  30. Camellias and a Ruby (12.2Mb)
  31. Passage for Mario Carada (12.3Mb)
  32. Darby and Joan Incorporated (12.3Mb)
  33. Mutineers of the SS Marino Victory (12.3Mb)
  34. Bold Venture Stolen (12.2Mb)
  35. Slate's Stolen Da Vinci (12.1Mb)
  36. Paolo Framed for Jewel Robbery (24.4Mb)
  37. Cruise To Batabano (12.2Mb)
  38. Slate's Stolen Identity (12.1Mb)
  39. Tabard Of Pizarro (12.1Mb)
  40. Escape From Guantanamo (12.1Mb)
  41. Crazy Old Carlo (12.2Mb)
  42. Innocence in Trujillo (12.2Mb)
  43. An Invitation to Death (12.3Mb)
  44. Background Shots Can Kill You (24.3Mb)
  45. Revenge Equals Murder Times Two (24.3Mb)
  46. A Backstabbing at Shannon's Place (24.7Mb)
  47. I'm Going To Die (12.1Mb)
  48. The One That Got Away (12Mb)
  49. Man From Sumatra (12.2Mb)
  50. The Big KO (12.1Mb)
  51. El Indio (24.5Mb)
  52. Diamond Fencing and Fisticuffs (12.4Mb)
  53. Revenge is Sweet (15.4Mb)
  54. Haven's Venezuelan Isle (24.6Mb)
  55. With Friends Like These (12.3Mb)
  56. Marriage And Murder (15.4Mb)
  57. Señor Rufio (12Mb)

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