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Now here's a role --Jack London story

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Now here's a role --Jack London story Reply with quote

In researching and reading as many books of this genre that I could get a hold of (last days of working sail), I discovered this old tv series based on the stories by Jack London (1911):

Captain David Grief (adventure) starring Maxwell Reed
(Syndicated, 1956; Re-issued, 1957 as "Jack London Stories")

The genre is Action - Adventure.

A thinly-produced syndie distributed by Guild Films, shot
on location in Mexico and was the first TV series based upon stories by famed author Jack London.

In the show (as in the book) Captain Grief, an intrepid mariner, roamed the South Seas in a schooner aptly called "The Rattler"; with his native female COMPANION!!!! named Anura who was played by Maureen Hingart.

(I don't know that he has a female companion all the time with him, since I haven't read the entire book yet and only saw 4 random episodes put on dvd. It doesn't mean he can't or doesn't....iand I think it's a pretty good idea I think. A little bit of the 8th Doc and Charlie can't hurt one bit.

So, why not a new Captain Grief series? Wouldn't PMG be so perfect for the roving English/American schooner captain having adventures in the South Seas????

Oh, man!! It's pretty perfect stuff. Paul sailing around on a schooner. Paul tans nicely too. (Nice tan in HH-M&R)
They can even include some environmental issues, which at the time it was written and set, around the turn of the nineteenth century was certainly a factor along sea coasts everywhere, with the move from sail to diesel and petrol vessels, from agriculture and natural fishing towards modernization and trawleres scouring the seabeds, pollution, machines...etc... even in the South Seas. It would be a very cool series. They could film it in and around Mexico again if they like that location.

In the prologue to the book by Jack London he describes the character David Grief:


"How many millions David Grief was worth no man in the Solomons knew, for his holdings and adventures were everywhere in the great South Pacific. He owned atolls so remote and tiny that his smallest schooners and ketches visited the solitary agents but once a year...

He preferred always to be on the go among the islands, nosing out new investments, inspecting and shaking up on old ones, and rubbing shoulders with fun and adventure in thousands of strange guises.

He bought the wreck of the great steamship Gavonne for a song, and in salvaging it achieved the impossible and cleaned up a quarter of a million.

His own vessels recreuited his contract labor. His keels plowed all ocean stretches. He owned three steamers on regular island runs, though he rarely elected to travel in them, preferring the wilder and more primitive way of wind and sail.

At least forty years of age, he looked no more than thirty. Yet beachcombers remembered his advent among the islands a score of years before. Unlike other white men in the tropics, he was there because he liked it. He had been born to the sun. Other white men were pervious. But David Grief was a true son of the sun, and he flourished in all its ways. He merely became browner with the passing of the years, though in the brown was the hint of golden tint that glows in the skin of the Polynesian. Yet his blue eyes retained their blue and the lines of his face were those which had persisted through the centuries in his English race.

English he was in blood, yet those that thought they knew contended he was at least American born. Unlike them, he had not come out to the South Seas seeking hearth and saddle of his own. In fact, he had brought hearth and saddle with him.

He arrived on board a tiny schooner yacht, master and owner, a youth questing romance and adventure along the sun-washed path of the tropics. He also arrived in a hurricane, the giant waves of which deposited him and yacht and all in the thick of a coconut grove three hundred yards beyond the surf. Six months later he was rescued by a peraling cutter. But the sun had got into his blood. At Tahiti, instead of taking a steamer home, he bought a schooner, outfitted her with trade-goods and divers, and went for a cruise through the Dangerous Archipelago.

As the golden tint burned into his face it poured molten out of the ends of his fingers. His was the golden touch, but he played the game, not for gold, but for the game's sake.

It was a man's game, the rough contacts and fierce give and take of the adventures of his own blood and of half the bloods of Europe and the rest of the world, and it was a good game; but over and beyond was his love of all the other things that go to make up a South Seas rover's life--the smell of the reef; the infinate exquisiteness of the shoals of living coral in the mirror-surfaced lagoons; the crashing sunrises of raw colors spread with lawless cunning; the palm-tufted islets set in turquoise deeps; the tonic wine of the trade winds; the heave and send of the orderly, crested seas; the moving deck beneath his feet, the straining canvas overhead; the flow-garlanded, golden-glowing men and maids of Polynesia, half children and half-gods; and even the howling savages of Melanesia--head hunters and man-eaters." - ---- Jack London, 1911

So, if we had any money to produce we could get this adventure series going. Smile Imagine how beautiful such a series could be -- so gorgeously cinematic -- our ruggedly handsome schooner captain with the stubblies, his mysterious Liverpool accent --nobody really knows where he hailed from, having adventures with his female companion and crew in the tropics. But alas, we will have to settle for a fantasy. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooo, I'm liking this! I can certainly see paul as the intrepid sailor, tanning nicely with (me) lounging on the deck beside him. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There isn't ONE tv adventure series on tv, on USA tv that I am aware of.
I guess LOST has to count for the single one.
The next closest thing would be Science Fiction, on the sci fi channel and then there's the criminal procedurals. But really!!! That's not adventure.
That's not going up against nature and doing battle with it for survival, or fighting bad guys to fight the good fight.

Today's lack of imagination is so pathetic.
It's like, they don't think people want adventure, to imagine adventure.

Back in the earlier days of tv, there were so many action adventure series where these characters traveled from place to place having adventures. That's so cool!!!!
An On the Road kind of thing. Road trip.
Could be a historical road trip--Swamp Patrol, Pioneers and westerns and undersea stories, and flipper stories.
Or, a Rt 66 road trip, or Then Came Bronsen road trip story. To see new places and meet all kinds of people...discovering new truths and different ways of looking at life--asking all those questions that need to be re-asked and re-evaluated by new generations.

It doesn't hurt to have a bit of bare knuckle between good guys and bad guys and damsels in distress and some romance, and then it's back on the road or the seas for new horizons. What's wrong with that?

Boy, tv used to be real good.

There used to be a variety of shows for everyone. What's the matter with the creators of shows today? So hung up on the money. No wonder they have lost so many viewers, especially men.

Today's tv shows are so locked down to being in one place that they exude a sense of confinement and are claustrophobic and narrow minded. Even Lost...young folks being stuck on an island, qualifies under that definition. Confined and claustrophobic. They could be stuck in a supermarket in the middle of Ohio and it would be the same thing.

An adventure series, filmed outdoors on a sailing vessel would be a literal breath of fresh air and I bet a lot of people would tune in to let their imaginations soar with Captain Grief to new horizons.

Paul would be terrific as the roving English sailor, the man with the golden touch in search for romance and adventure. Just thinking about it makes me feel all glowy.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TV is so boring these days....There's too much reality TV and not enough adventure.

What a great idea Maddy!

Picture this.....Paul the dashing captain, seeking adventure and danger, standing on deck, a bit of stubble on his tanned cheeks, wearing a frilly shirt during his trip to the south seas or a cable knit sweater while traveling the north for me! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A world wide traveler in his schooner, I sure can imagine that too.

This pulp seafaring adventure trailer would go something like this:

Veteran actor Paul McGann stars as the fearless two fisted schooner captain with the golden touch who carved an empire from Samoa to New Guinea....

From Barbados to Baffin Bay, the remote coastal villages of Chile to the gorgeous waters of British Columbia...

It took as much brains as brawn to build an empire...

Sail with the captain as he tangles with ruthless gangs of modern day pirates in man sized tales.... he seeks romance and adventure over vast horizons ...

Battling tropical hurricanes and whining trade winds in his full-masted schooner...

Join a sea-bronzed Paul McGann as Captain Greif as he swings athletically and masterfully along the deck of the two masted schooner Rattler, with his shoulders square and muscled and carries an air of panther like strength about him, and in his face --where the rugged experience of years' world-wandering and hazardous living at sea left him with an accumilation of life's philosophy in the determined set of his jaw and chin, the resolute lines of his mouth and the sophisticated expression in his calm and brilliantly blue eyes....

Stride along with Captain Grief who loved the way of sail and wind ...

Take your wanderlust along with you when you ship aboard with Paul Mcgann as the ever hopeful captain Grief and his handsome crew of sailors...

and one female companion....

...outwitting gold hunters from the coasts of the Canadian wilderness

to the sultry waters of the Carribbean in these exciting tales of action and adventure.

Paul McGann, as captain of this adventure will take you on a sea going daredevil's life!

Sail along with Paul McGann as the swashbuckling David Grief...

amidst the savage, palm tufted isles of the South Pacific...the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea...

in Jack London's full blooded tales of adventrue thrills and romance

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my! That is so good! Could you tell me where the eighth one down is from? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is from the feature film :
Rehovot Ha'Etmol (1989)

Streets of Yesterday
Director:Yehuda Ne'eman
Writers:Rahel Habien (writer)
Jim Hawkins (writer)
Loosely adapted from a Joseph Conrad Story.

Synopsis from IMDB

"Dealing in the same emotional territory of personal/political betrayal as The Third Man but in the topical setting of Israel and Berlin this film from 1989 holds up well. Strong performances, good direction and an interesting use of varied locations make for a well-above-average thriller marred slightly by the flashback structure and a slightly muffled ending.

The tensions that destroy relations between Palestinians and Israelis and the forces that drive both sides to acts of political terrorism and personal betrayal underpin the movie.

It won't change minds (nor should it) but it confronts the issues clearly and without prejudice to either side. Probably therefore it will be deeply unpopular with both sides of the political spectrum - which is a measure of its success."
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the info! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW! Shocked Cool
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