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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,

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 asJames A. Michener's Adventures in Paradise
GenreAdventure
Created byJames Michener
StarringGardner McKay
Weaver Levy
George Tobias
James Holden
Guy Stockwell
Lani Kai
Theme music composerLionel Newman
Composer(s)Max Steiner
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes91
Production
Executive producer(s)Martin Manulis
William Self
Producer(s)Richard Goldstone
William Froug
Gene Levitt
Art Wallace
CinematographyLloyd Ahern
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Martin Manulis Productions, Inc.
Marjay Productions, Inc.
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
(1962-1963)
20th Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack and white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1959 –
April 1, 1962

PremiseEdit

The program starred Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of the schooner Tiki III, which sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and adventure. The plots deal with the romantic and detective adventures of Korean War veteran Troy. The supporting cast, varying from season to season, featured George Tobias, Guy Stockwell, and Linda Lawson.[1][2][3]. Jacques Tourneur has directed in 1962 one famous[according to whom?] episode, A Bride for the Captain.

RerunsEdit

USA Network aired reruns of this series between 1984 and 1988.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

 
Linda Lawson as Renee

RecurringEdit

  • Weaver Levy as Oliver Lee (season 1)
  • George Tobias as Trader Penrose (season 2)
  • Lani Kai as Kelly (seasons 2–3)
  • Marcel Hillaire as Inspector Bouchard (seasons 2–3)

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1959–60)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"The Pit of Silence"Paul StanleyJohn KneubuhlOctober 5, 1959 (1959-10-05)3506
22"The Black Pearl"Robert AldrichThelma SchneeOctober 12, 1959 (1959-10-12)3501
33"Paradise Lost"Josef LeytesGene LevittOctober 26, 1959 (1959-10-26)3509
44"Lady from South Chicago"Paul StanleyKen KolbNovember 2, 1959 (1959-11-02)3508
55"The Derelict"Roy Del RuthJohn McGreeveyNovember 9, 1959 (1959-11-09)3511
66"Safari at Sea"Robert AldrichBill BarnettNovember 16, 1959 (1959-11-16)3504
77"Mission to Manila"Bernard GirardRichard LandauNovember 23, 1959 (1959-11-23)3507
88"The Raft"Josef LeytesJohn McGreeveyNovember 30, 1959 (1959-11-30)3515
99"Peril at Pitcairn"Roy Del RuthAlvin SapinsleyDecember 7, 1959 (1959-12-07)3513
1010"The Bamboo Curtain"Josef LeytesGene LevittDecember 14, 1959 (1959-12-14)3514
1111"Haunted"Paul StanleyGeorge Worthing YatesDecember 21, 1959 (1959-12-21)3518
1212"Somewhere South of Suva"Gerald MayerHarry MuheimDecember 28, 1959 (1959-12-28)3512
1313"Castaways"Gerald MayerRobert DillonJanuary 4, 1960 (1960-01-04)3516
1414"The Archer's Ring"Bernard GirardDaniel MainwaringJanuary 11, 1960 (1960-01-11)3503
1515"Nightmare on Napuka"Josef LeytesAlvin SapinsleyJanuary 18, 1960 (1960-01-18)3519
1616"Walk Through the Night"Paul StanleyRichard LandauJanuary 25, 1960 (1960-01-25)3520
1717"Judith"Paul StanleyStanford WhitmoreFebruary 1, 1960 (1960-02-01)3510
1818"The Color of Venom"James NeilsonWilliam FrougFebruary 8, 1960 (1960-02-08)3521
1919"Isle of Eden"Gerald OswaldTeleplay by: Marion Parsonnet
Story by: Ken Kolb
February 22, 1960 (1960-02-22)3517
2020"Prisoner in Paradise"Josef LeytesJohn KneubuhlFebruary 29, 1960 (1960-02-29)3522
2121"The Siege of Troy"Gerald MayerTeleplay by: George Worthing Yates
Story by: Talbot Jennings
March 7, 1960 (1960-03-07)3523
2222"There is an Island"James NeilsonAlvin SapinsleyMarch 14, 1960 (1960-03-14)3524
2323"The Amazon"Josef LeytesWilliam FrougMarch 21, 1960 (1960-03-21)3525
2424"The Violent Journey"Charles RondeauRichard LandauMarch 28, 1960 (1960-03-28)3526
2525"The Forbidden Sea"Bernard GirardAlvin SapinsleyApril 4, 1960 (1960-04-04)3502
2626"Passage to Tua"James NeilsonTeleplay by: Max Lamb
Story by: Stanford Whitmore
April 11, 1960 (1960-04-11)3527
2727"Heads You Lose"Josef LeytesMichael PertweeApril 18, 1960 (1960-04-18)3528
2828"The Death-Divers"Felix FeistTeleplay by: Marion Parsonnet
Story by: Arnold Belgard
April 25, 1960 (1960-04-25)3529
2929"Beached"James NeilsonJohn McGreeveyMay 2, 1960 (1960-05-02)3530
3030"Whip Fight"Felix FeistDaniel MainwaringMay 9, 1960 (1960-05-09)3531

Season 2 (1960–61)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
311"Open for Diving"Felix FeistBen MasselinkOctober 3, 1960 (1960-10-03)4504
322"The Intruders"Boris SagalJohn KneubuhlOctober 10, 1960 (1960-10-10)4506
333"Once Around the Circuit"Felix FeistFred FreibergerOctober 17, 1960 (1960-10-17)4510
344"Away From It All"Justus AddissWilliam FrougOctober 24, 1960 (1960-10-24)4502
355"The Krismen"Justus AddissTeleplay by: George Worthing Yates & Rolf Bayer
Story by: Rolf Bayer
October 31, 1960 (1960-10-31)4508
366"A Whale of a Tale"Felix FeistGene LevittNovember 7, 1960 (1960-11-07)4501
377"Hangman's Island"Boris SagalRichard Alan SimmondsNovember 21, 1960 (1960-11-21)4503
388"One Little Pearl"Robert FloreyWilliam FrougNovember 28, 1960 (1960-11-28)4511
399"The Big Surf"Josef LeytesFrank ChaseDecember 5, 1960 (1960-12-05)4505
4010"Daughter of Illusion"Felix FeistGeorge W. George & Judy GeorgeDecember 12, 1960 (1960-12-12)4507
4111"Sink or Swim"Bud TownsendWilliam FrougDecember 19, 1960 (1960-12-19)4509
4212"Incident in Suva"Felix FeistGeorge W. George & Judy GeorgeDecember 26, 1960 (1960-12-26)4513
4313"Treasure Hunt"Robert FloreyMichael PertweeJanuary 9, 1961 (1961-01-09)4514
4414"The Perils of Penrose"Boris SagalJohn KneubuhlJanuary 16, 1961 (1961-01-16)4512
4515"Mr. Flotsam"Felix FeistGene LevittJanuary 23, 1961 (1961-01-23)4515
4616"The Good Killing"John PeyserJohn KneubuhlJanuary 30, 1961 (1961-01-30)4516
4717"Man Eater"Felix FeistTeleplay by: Michael Pertwee
Story by: John Kruse
February 6, 1961 (1961-02-06)4517
4818"Act of Privacy"Tom GriesCyril HumeFebruary 13, 1961 (1961-02-13)4518
4919"Captain Butcher"Felix FeistTBAFebruary 20, 1961 (1961-02-20)4519
5020"The Feather Cloak"Charles F. HaasFred FreibergerFebruary 27, 1961 (1961-02-27)4520
5121"Angel of Death"Robert FloreyWilliam FrougMarch 6, 1961 (1961-03-06)4521
5222"Who is Silvia?"Felix FeistSam M. Hill & Max LambMarch 13, 1961 (1961-03-13)4522
5323"The Wonderful Nightingale"Tom GriesJohn Tucker BattleMarch 27, 1961 (1961-03-27)4523
5424"The Jonah Stone"Gilbert L. KayJay SimmsApril 3, 1961 (1961-04-03)4524
5525"A Touch of Genius"Boris SagalJohn KneubuhlApril 10, 1961 (1961-04-10)4525
5626"The Serpent in the Garden"Felix FeistJuarez RobertsApril 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)4526
5727"A Penny a Day"Robert FloreyFred FreibergerApril 24, 1961 (1961-04-24)4527
5828"Wild Mangoes"Alvin GanzerWilliam FrougMay 1, 1961 (1961-05-01)4528
5929"Adam San"Felix FeistGene LevittMay 8, 1961 (1961-05-08)4529
6030"Hill of Ghosts"Robert FloreyDevallon ScottMay 15, 1961 (1961-05-15)4530
6131"Flamin' Lady"Justus AddissJohn Tucker BattleMay 22, 1961 (1961-05-22)4531
6232"Errand of Mercy"Felix FeistTeleplay by: Jay Simms
Story by: Robert Mintz & Allen Balter
May 29, 1961 (1961-05-29)4532
6333"Command at Sea"Stuart RosenbergWilliam FrougJune 5, 1961 (1961-06-05)4533
6434"Beachhead"Felix FeistIrwin Winehouse & A. Sanford WolfeJune 12, 1961 (1961-06-12)4534
6535"Nightmare in the Sun"Sutton RoleyDon MullallyJune 19, 1961 (1961-06-19)4535

Season 3 (1961–62)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
661"Appointment at Tara-Bi"Felix FeistIrwin Winehouse & A. Sanford WolfeOctober 1, 1961 (1961-10-01)5504
672"The Reluctant Hero"Norman FosterCarey WilberOctober 8, 1961 (1961-10-08)5506
683"Vendetta"TBATBAOctober 15, 1961 (1961-10-15)5505
694"Queens Back to Back"Justus AddissTeleplay by: Richard Neil Morgan
Story by: Austin Peterson
October 22, 1961 (1961-10-22)5508
705"The Closing Circle"Felix FeistTeleplay by: Mel Goldberg & Abram S. Ginnes
Story by: Michael Pertwee
October 29, 1961 (1961-10-29)5507
716"Show Me a Hero"Mitchell LeisenWilliam Link & Richard LevinsonNovember 5, 1961 (1961-11-05)5510
727"The Pretender"Robert FloreyTeleplay by: George Bellak & Louis Vittes
Story by: Louis Vittes
November 12, 1961 (1961-11-12)5509
738"The Fires of Kanau"Justus AddissEdward J. LaskoNovember 19, 1961 (1961-11-19)5502
749"The Assassins"Robert FloreyFred FreibergerNovember 26, 1961 (1961-11-26)5511
7510"One Way Ticket"James B. ClarkSam RossDecember 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)5513
7611"The Trial of Adam Troy"Justus AddissHerman Epstein & Frank RayDecember 17, 1961 (1961-12-17)5514
7712"The Inheritance"Ronald WeymanSam RossDecember 24, 1961 (1961-12-24)5503
7813"Survival"David Orrick McDearmonFred FreibergerDecember 31, 1961 (1961-12-31)5501
7914"Hurricane Audrey"James B. ClarkTeleplay by: Meyer Dolinsky & William Link & Richard Levinson
Story by: Meyer Dolinsky
January 7, 1962 (1962-01-07)5516
8015"Once There Was a Princess"James B. ClarkJudy George & George W. GeorgeJanuary 14, 1962 (1962-01-14)5519
8116"The Velvet Trap"Mitchell LeisenRik VollaertsJanuary 21, 1962 (1962-01-21)5512
8217"Policeman's Holiday"Robert FloreyCarey Wilber & Pat Falken SmithJanuary 28, 1962 (1962-01-28)5517
8318"Please Believe Me"Don MedfordGene WangFebruary 4, 1962 (1962-02-04)5515
8419"The Quest of Ambrose Feather"Sutton RoleyGene LevittFebruary 11, 1962 (1962-02-11)5518
8520"Build My Gallows Low"Sutton RoleyTeleplay by: Edward J. Lasko
Story by: Gene Levitt
February 18, 1962 (1962-02-18)5520
8621"The Secret Place"James B. ClarkWilliam Froug & Peter BarryFebruary 25, 1962 (1962-02-25)5521
8722"The Beach at Belle Anse"TBATBAMarch 4, 1962 (1962-03-04)5522
8823"A Bride for the Captain"Jacques TourneurJean HollowayMarch 11, 1962 (1962-03-11)5523
8924"The Dream Merchant"Sutton RoleyEdward J. LaksoMarch 18, 1962 (1962-03-18)5524
9025"The Baby Sitters"Richard L. BareJean HollowayMarch 25, 1962 (1962-03-25)5525
9126"Blueprint for Paradise"Francis D. LyonIrwin Winehouse & A. Sanford WolfeApril 1, 1962 (1962-04-01)5526

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.[4] Newman was a senior music director for Twentieth Century Fox Films and was conductor and music supervisor for the Adventures in Paradise series.[5]

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 [6] and No. 80 in Cash Box [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sullivan, John. "Gardner McKay, 69, TV Heartthrob Who Turned to Writing". nytimes.com. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Adventures in Paradise – The Television Series [Author-Signed Edition] (Revised Edition)". oldies.com. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "OVERVIEW [A] | TELEVISION HEAVEN SHORT REVIEWS". televisionheaven.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2013-08-08. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  4. ^ See, for example, singles listed at 45cat.com, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Adventures in Paradise: full cast and crew list at Internet Movie Database, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Pop chart data 1890-2011, spreadsheet from Billboard magazine sources, downloadable from Bullfrogspond.com, retrieved November 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Cash Box chart for August 20, 1960 retrieved November 14, 2014.

External linksEdit