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Adventures in Paradise (TV series)

Adventures in Paradise is an American television series created by James Michener which ran on ABC from 1959 until 1962, starring Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of the schooner Tiki III, which sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and adventure. USA Network aired reruns of this series between 1984 and 1988. The plots deal with the romantic and detective adventures of Korean War veteran Troy. The supporting cast, varying from season to season, features George Tobias, Guy Stockwell, and Linda Lawson.[1][2][3][4][5]

Adventures in Paradise
Gardner McKay Susan Oliver Guy Stockwell Adventures in Paradise 1961.JPG
Gardner McKay, guest star Susan Oliver, and Guy Stockwell (1961)
Also known as James A. Michener's Adventures in Paradise
Genre Adventure
Created by James Michener
Starring Gardner McKay
Weaver Levy
George Tobias
James Holden
Guy Stockwell
Lani Kai
Theme music composer Lionel Newman
Composer(s) Max Steiner
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 91
Executive producer(s) Martin Manulis
William Self
Producer(s) Richard Goldstone
William Froug
Gene Levitt
Art Wallace
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Martin Manulis Productions, Inc.
Marjay Productions, Inc.
Distributor 20th Television
Original network ABC
Picture format Black and white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 5, 1959 – April 1, 1962


Cast and charactersEdit

Linda Lawson as Renee.
  • Gardner McKay as Capt. Adam Troy, 91 episodes
  • Weaver Levy as Oliver Lee (Season 1–2)
  • George Tobias as Trader Penrose (Season 1–2)
  • James Holden as Clay Baker (Season 2–3, 62 episodes)
  • Lani Kai as Kelly (Season 2–3)
  • Sondi Sodsai as Sondi (Season 2)
  • Henry Slate as Bulldog Lovey (Season 2)
  • Linda Lawson as Renee (Season 2)
  • Guy Stockwell as Chris Parker (Season 3, 26 episodes)
  • Marcel Hillaire as Inspector Bouchard (Season 3)

Guest starsEdit

Musical themeEdit

"Theme from Adventures in Paradise" was composed by Lionel Newman. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including Arthur Lyman, Santo & Johnny, Rob E. G., The Atlantics, and Johnnie Spence and his Orchestra.[6] Newman was a senior music director for Twentieth Century Fox Films and was conductor and music supervisor for the Adventures in Paradise series.[7]

Lyrics to the theme were written by Dorcas Cochran, and are heard on the version recorded by Bing Crosby. Cochran is also credited as writer alongside Newman on some instrumental recordings.

A 45 rpm single of "Theme from Adventures in Paradise" by Jerry Byrd and his Steel Guitar charted in the United States, peaking in August 1960 at No. 97 in Billboard magazine [8] and No. 80 in Cash Box [9]


  1. ^ "Adventures in Paradise (1959–1962)". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Adventures in Paradise". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, John. "Gardner McKay, 69, TV Heartthrob Who Turned to Writing". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Adventures in Paradise – The Television Series [Author-Signed Edition] (Revised Edition)". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "OVERVIEW [A] | TELEVISION HEAVEN SHORT REVIEWS". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ See, for example, singles listed at, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Adventures in Paradise: full cast and crew list at Internet Movie Database, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Pop chart data 1890-2011, spreadsheet from Billboard magazine sources, downloadable from, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Cash Box chart for August 20, 1960 retrieved November 14, 2014.

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