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Bold Venture

Lauren Bacall at last. To be honest, I thought she was older than 89.

Not long before her death, she said something like “I suppose my obituary will be all about Bogart.” With some resignation, I assume — he’s been dead for 57 years.

I’m no different. I’m going to mark her passing with a recommendation that you listen to Bold Venture, a series of radio plays they did together in 1951 (audio links at the bottom). No one is sure how many episodes there are in total, but upwards of fifty have come to light.

I like Old Time Radio plays. They’re usually entertaining and often well-written, and there are a bajillion serieseses out there to download for free. I have a little OTR dingus on my Android tablet and I used to listen to Bold Venture in the bathtub, which just felt right.

Oh, and yes…nanny1 takes the dick! I believe this is the second dick for nanny1 (you know the drill; you gots to send me your address again).

I’m painfully aware how far behind I’ve gotten with my dick duties. If you’re waiting for one, I do apologize. I’m’onna have to build some drawing time into my everyday, or I’m’a start to lose skills.

So, meet me back here Friday, 6WBT. Dead Pool Round 68!

p.s. RIP Robin Williams, too. Not a fan, but there are corners of the internet where people are losing their freaking minds, so…


Comment from iamfelix
Time: August 13, 2014, 10:43 pm

Thx for the link – I love the radio plays, too. I hear lots on SXM at work. I think I’ll watch “To Have and Have Not” for the squillionth time in her honor.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 13, 2014, 10:48 pm

I had no idea Bacall was even alive. She was decent looking enough, but I hardly remember any notable roles. Maybe she should have gone into music or architecture if she didn’t want to be known as Bogie’s arm candy.

After Mrs. Doubtfire, I simply refused to see anything with Robin Williams in it. Well, except Death to Smoochy, where he plays a washed-up, alcoholic, murderous kiddie-show-host. Sort of like real life, only with midgets.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 13, 2014, 11:57 pm

I had long been in love with Lauren Bacall. She’s the kind of woman that I enjoy spending time with. Pretty damn smart and not afraid for you to know it. Tough enough to take care of herself, but always a lady. A woman with a sense of style more than truly beautiful. Sigh.

Comment from Nina
Time: August 14, 2014, 12:15 am

So…being behind on the dicks and all…if I was to lie and claim Stoaty owes me one and just hadn’t done it yet…think she’d fall for it?

(I’m really wanting a dick before that elephant paper runs out…)

Lauren Bacall is one of the reasons I like the name Lauren, actually. A classy dame if there ever was one.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 14, 2014, 2:26 am

She was married to Jason Robards as well, who I always really liked as an actor.

Robin Williams was very good in One Hour Photo, but most of his roles consisted of him playing Robin Williams. I am unable to fully forgive him for Patch Adams, among the most emetic cinematic offerings of the past half century (James Lileks did a masterfully brutal hatchet job on Adams many years ago – the man is more horrendous than even the movie suggests).

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 14, 2014, 1:38 pm

Lauren Bacall did Broadway as well as movies: Applause, in the early ’70s (the musical version of All About Eve), and earlier, Cactus Flower (the original of the recent Adam Sandler/Jen Aniston/Nicole Kidman farce Just Go With It). So she had some stage acting chops too.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: August 14, 2014, 2:31 pm

Screw Bogie (sorry pal), Lauren Bacall- Hubba Hubba! She was always my standard of feminine beauty- silk over the steel underneath. Nothing since, compares to her.

Comment from mojo
Time: August 14, 2014, 2:51 pm

Imagine being pretty much REQUIRED to be that manic/funny guy all the time, when you’re broken inside and nothing is funny to you.

Suicide is NOT painless.

Comment from drew458
Time: August 14, 2014, 3:48 pm

You and Uncle B are going to go see the two Lancasters, right?

Check your inbox.

Comment from MikeW
Time: August 14, 2014, 3:49 pm

p.s. RIP Robin Williams, too. Not a fan, but there are corners of the internet where people are losing their freaking minds, so…

Agreed as regards his politics. On reflection though, I really couldn’t expect anyone as ‘sensitive’ as he was to be anything other than well Left.

What has really amazed me about the coverage on him is the incredible number of really good movies he was in which I had mostly forgotten. Yeah, yeah, Mork. Good Mor-r-r-ning Vietnam! Duh. But there were so many movies that I think are long overdue for a re-viewing.

Here’s an interesting anecdote about him on a Mil blog that’ll make you miss him a bit more:

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: August 14, 2014, 6:19 pm

Enjoyed William on Mork, but other than that he seemed to be a Jonathon Winters clone – no OFF button, public or private, and 1 skit away from a straight jacket.
Lauren Bacall = rara avis.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 14, 2014, 9:35 pm

Drew, we saw articles about them flying together. Are they coming to the Airborn show in Eastbourne?

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 14, 2014, 9:53 pm

Lauren Bacall was wonderful, a sassy beauty, she always seemed like someone any guy would love to be with.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: August 15, 2014, 12:46 am

I was at a charity event with my mum, I was about 12 or 13. Lauren Bacall was there. I knew who she was as I loved old movies. She was considered ‘mature’ at this point and one would expect that she show up in a gown fitting her ‘age.’ Well she had on a long, sleek black dress that had see through panels going from the arm pit down to the floor. You could see she had no underdrawers on!! I was shocked I tells ya, shocked!!!

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 15, 2014, 4:04 am

It appears that Robin Williams had the beginnings of Parkinson’s and was pretty much broke. Not very wise spending money apparently.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: August 15, 2014, 4:36 pm

William was like the little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. Three of his movies I treasure; the rest do nothing for me.

Comment from drew458
Time: August 16, 2014, 1:50 am

Lancs – looks like Eastborne is today and tomorrow.

http://www.visiteastbourne.com/airbourne/ – says “now confirmed for all 4 days of show”, but there’s only tomorrow and Sunday left at this point.

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