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Next on the Program is Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Bold Venture February 28, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> Next on the Program, >> Radio Drama.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made four movies together – To Have and Have Not in 1944, The Big Sleep in 1946, Dark Passage in 1947, and Key Largo in 1948. Their onscreen relationship was intense, dramatic, humorous, and punctuated with double and triple entendre.

Their radio show was no different.

From 1951-1952, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall sailed in to and out of trouble in Bold Venture. Slate Shannon (Bogart) and Sailor Duval (Bacall) were looking for “adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean.”

Shannon owned a hotel in Cuba with all manner of shady guests. Duval was his sidekick and ward. Bacall used the same torchy voice she had in their screen roles. Together they ran into every imaginable sea- and land-based character in and around Havana.

The title of the episodes were grand: Deadly Merchandise; He Who Laughs Last; Out of Control; Thugs And Slugs; Voodoo Vendetta; I’m Going To Die; Revenge Is Sweet; and Marriage and Murder.

But even better was the interplay between Bogart and Bacall. Perhaps there is no finer, or shorter, example of their ability to deliver double and triple entendres than the beginning of Crazy Old Carlos (December 31, 1954) when Bacall’s character says to Bogart:

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SAILOR:  We ought to do this more often Slate . . .

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Is it getting warm in here?

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