We lost a favorite classic icon this week and there has been no shortage of tributes. But I didn’t want to ignore the passing of one of my favorites, a woman of substance – Lauren Bacall.
“Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.”
When the news of Lauren Bacall’s passing flooded social media earlier this week the reaction of fans across the globe was consistent, at 89 we lost her far too soon, one of the last remaining true icons of classic Hollywood. We will never forget Bacall’s screen performances, her unforgettable looks with that distinct Bacall “look,” and her incredible voice – a sultry mix of sexiness, smarts and strength.
And, needless to say, she was half of what was arguably the greatest, most iconic screen couple of all time. Bogie and Bacall sizzle in all four of their films together – a chemistry that will never grow old and that translated quite well to the medium of radio.
Many years ago I received a box set of old-time radio shows from a friend that includes several episodes of BOLD VENTURE, a radio action/adventure series the Bogarts starred in from 1951 to 1952.
In BOLD VENTURE Bogart stars as Slate Shannon, a seafarer who owns a hotel in Cuba that harbors a different shady character each week. Along to assist Shannon for the ride and each week’s adventure is Sailor Duval (Bacall). The premise of BOLD VENTURE and most of the featured stories are reminiscent of the Bogie/Bacall film collaborations, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT in particular, which all but cemented the series’ popularity by capitalizing on the couple’s greatest films. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy these programs if you’re a Bogie and Bacall fan because both the magic of Bogie and the allure of Bacall shine through in each episode of the impressively produced series.
So without further ado, here are a few episodes of BOLD VENTURE offered in tribute to a legend:
The premiere episode of BOLD VENTURE, “Deadly Merchandise”
“Sailer’s Dead Husband”
“Fake american Passports”
Bonus radio clips:
Here is a rare excerpt from a 1952 show in which Bogie sings “The Bold Fisherman” to Baby’s horror. Starring Bing Crosby, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart:
And as a special treat here’s a short but entertaining radio tidbit – from January 5, 1947 when Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart are guests on THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM:
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”
TCM Tribute Alert:
Turner Classic Movies who released the touching tribute video honoring Lauren Bacall this week, “TCM Remembers: Lauren Bacall” will also dedicate an entire day of programming to the legend on September 15-16. The marathon will include all four films in which Bacall co-starred with Humphrey Bogart and a rebroadcast of the TCM original Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall from 2005. Here is the planned schedule as noted on the TCM Press Release:
Monday, Sept. 15
8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
9 p.m. – To Have and Have Not (1944)
11 p.m. – The Big Sleep (1946)
1 a.m. – How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
2:45 a.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
3:45 a.m. – Harper (1966)
Tuesday, Sept. 16
6 a.m. – Bright Leaf (1950)
8 a.m. – Young Man with a Horn (1950)
10 a.m. – Dark Passage (1947)
Noon – Key Largo (1948)
2 p.m. – Blood Alley (1955)
4 p.m. – Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
6 p.m. – Designing Woman (1957)
For further details be sure to visit TCM.
This is for you, Slim. A true original. In any medium.