CTVA UK "Sailor Of Fortune" (1955-56) starring Lorne Greene

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - UK Adventure series
 Michael Sadlier-Ted Holliday Productions:-

Sailor of Fortune (1955-56)The Adventures of Aggie (1956-57) 

The Forest Rangers (1963-65) - Seaway (1965-66)

Lorne Greene Series:-
Sailor of Fortune (1955-56)  Bonanza (1959-73)  - Griff (1973-74)  -  Code Red (1981-82)
Sailor of Fortune (1955-56)
   Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions from:
Geoff Phillips (Durham UK)
Alan Keeling (Warley, West Midlands, UK)
D.W. McGregor (Sunderland, UK) Tom Alger
Dinosaur TV - Save Our Forgotten British Heritage (David Moore)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://www.us.imdb.com)

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SAILOR OF FORTUNE
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Mid Ocean Films (Canadian company)
A Michael Sadlier production
Filmed at Elstree Studios, England
Associate Producer Ted Holliday
Written by Lindsay Galloway

UK Adventure series 1955-56  26 episodes x 30 min bw
(US syndication 1957) plus 5 unaired episodes
starring
Lorne Greene
as  Grant "Mitch" Mitchell
with
Rupert Davies as Alphonso #2, (except 4 pilot episodes)  (Italian inventor / Ship's Engineer)
Michael Balfour as Alphonso #1 (4 pilot episodes)
Jack MacGowran as Sean (Irish deckhand)
Paul Carpenter as Johnny (4 pilot episodes, 1 ep of series)

Premise:
The adventures of Grant Mitchell, Captain of the American motor
freighter the "Shipwreck" who sails in the Mediterranean and
Middle East waters and deals in cargoes that are 'only mildly illegal'.

Lorne Greene became more famous for his next role as
Ben Cartwright in 'Bonanza' 1959-73 - a staggering 430 episodes.
Later came 'Griff' a police series in 1974 - pilot + 12 episodes
and then 'Battlestar Gallactica' in 1978 - 24 episodes.

Michael Sadlier also produced
"The Adventures of Aggie" (1956-57) and "Seaway" (1965)

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1.1 [--] Sailor of Fortune: CARGO: DYNAMITE (one of 4 pilot episodes)
filmed circa 1955
26May57 ATV London, Sun 9:30pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
(no guest cast details/ no synopsis)

1.2 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE GOLDEN HEAD OF KHARFRE  (one of 4 pilot episodes)
filmed circa 1955
27Jul57 ATV LOndon, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Director of Photography, Geoffrey Faithfull / Film Editor, Ann Barker
Music by Ronald Binge
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
with: Paul Carpenter (as Johnny)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean)
Guest Cast:
Lisa Gastoni ........... Lucille
Anna Valentina ......... Contesse
Marne Maitland ......... El Karish
Bruno Barnabe .......... Peters
Harry Baird ............ policeman in kasbah
Stunts by, Gordon Petrie & Harry Baird
Synopsis:
"The Golden Head of Kafre" has been stolen from an Egyptian museum, and a
big reward is offered to the finder. Mitch nearly loses his life in tough
Algiers in trying to win the reward for the recovery of the head of the
stolen statue.
(17Feb58 Granada UK)(27Feb58 A-R London UK)

1.3 [--] Sailor of Fortune: TANGIER (one of 4 pilot episodes)
filmed circa 1955
15Jun57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Script by Ernest Borneman
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
With: Paul Carpenter (as Johnny)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean)
Michael Balfour (as Alfonso)
Guest Cast:
Michael Goodliffe ...... Lieutenant Tiffany
Alec Mango ............. Marmion
Harry Baird
Alan Gifford

1.4 [--] Sailor of Fortune: A CASE FOR MURDER (one of 4 pilot episodes)
filmed circa 1955
13Jul57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
With: Paul Carpenter (as Johnny) / Jack MacGowran (as Sean)
Guest Cast:
Frederick Valk ...... Zakhari
Philip Leaver ....... Varga
Sheila Burrell ...... Ariette
(no synopsis available)

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The above pilot episodes were each compiled into
two separate theatrical films each comprising 2 episodes.
[--] DUST AND GOLD
(compilation of 2 episodes of "Sailor of Fortune")
Eros Films 1955
("The Golden Head" and "Angelina's Adventure")

[--] DOUBLE JEOPARDY
(compilation 0f 2 episodes of "Sailor of Fortune")
Eros Films 1955
("Tangier" and "A Case for Murder")

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1.5 [--] Sailor of Fortune: IT STARTED IN PARIS
1955-56
Written by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Sandra Francis .......... Lisetta
Martin Miller ........... Hotel keeper
Larry Cross ............. Meredith
Oscar Quitak ............ Amelotti
George Pravda ........... Caesar
Synopsis:
Mitch is captain of the "Shipwreck", with an ill-assorted but loyal crew.
It all started in Paris when a man carrying secret papers was found
stabbed at the Gare du Lyons Station - and Mitch became mixed up in
interantional intrigue.
(29Jun60 Tyne-Tees UK)

1.6 [--] Sailor of Fortune: PORT JEOPARDY
22Jun57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Philip Leaver ......... Saiyad Bey
Lois Maxwell .......... Judith
Earl Cameron .......... Domani
Bruno Barnabe ......... Kleber
(no synopsis available)

1.7 [--] Sailor of Fortune: CRETE STORY
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Esmond Knight ......... Bishop
Olivier Irving ........ Flissa
Peter Illing .......... Michaeli
Anthony Baird ......... Andreas
Christopher Rhodes .... Iorgos
Victor Brooks ......... Flias
(no synopsis available)

1.8 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE COUNTERFEIT CIGARS
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Russell Napier ......... Flint
Stanley van Beers ...... General Manzini
Sydney Bromley ......... Paddy
Mila Parely ............ Lola
Ewen Solon ............. Muroni
Synopsis:
They look like ordinary boxes of cheap cigars, yet the shopkeeper in a Naples
back street is anxious to pay a thousand dollars for each of the six boxes.
Mitch is content to ask no questions until circumstances force him to save
the life of a friend.

1.9 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE DESERT HOSTAGES
16Dec56 Sun 9:30pm ATV London
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Screenplay by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Guest Cast:
Peter Dyneley .......... Darre
Betty McDowall ......... Paulette
Martin Benson .......... El Saiyid
Christopher Lee ........ Yusif
Bernard Goldman ........ Pelange
Oscar Quitak ........... Erart
Barbara Cavan .......... Mme Manque
Robert Rietty .......... Ginalopulous
Keith Pyott ............ prefect
(no synopsis available)

1.10 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE FINAL BARGAIN
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Rupert Davies or Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Carl Jaffe ............ Ludwig
Michael Goodliffe ..... Levin
Maureen Connell ....... Aurora
Paul Whitsun-Jones .... patron
(no synopsis available)

1.11 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE KING'S FOUR WIVES
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Wendy Williams ......... Micheline
Paul Whitsun-Jones ..... Abd-el-Hassani
Harry Towb ............. George Bradley
Minehart Maur .......... General Achmed Huda
Bruno Barnabe .......... brigadier
Synopsis:
His Majesty King abd-el-Hassani has four beutiful wives. Unfortunately he
overlooks them in the confusion of his forced abdication and flight. Mitch
gets the job of returning the wives to the King. Hoevever he soon begins
to wonder if the King's forgetfulness might not have been just a little
deliberate.

1.12 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE DESERTED YACHT
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ (NOT Jack MacGowran or Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Jill Melford .......... Karen
Philip Stainton ....... Hannibal
Tutte Lemkow .......... Pepe
John Longdon .......... vice-admiral
John Horsley .......... John Lt-Cmdr Phillips
(no synopsis available)

1.13 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE DEAD PARATROOPER
1955-56
10Aug57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Directed by Wolf Rilla
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
(no guest cast details/ no synopsis)

1.14 [--] Sailor of Fortune: STRANGER IN DANGER
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Written by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Guest Cast:
Esmond Knight ....... El Kadir
Philip Leaver ....... Akram
Christopher Lee ..... Carnot
Lisa Daniely ........ Vicki
Gordon Needham ...... Hassin
Humphrey Heathcote .. Sgt. Major
Synopsis:
When Mitchell ('Mitch') walks into Bab-Esh-Shaul he walks into a load of
trouble in the shape of El Kadir, the Sheik. Mitch is looking for Bon
Curtis who has disappeared and the Sheik has strong reasons for not
letting Mitch near him. Mitch does not like leaving the "Shipwreck",
but he travels nearly 400 miles into the African interior on a quest that could end in death.
(15May58 A-R London UK, Thur 6:10 pm)(20Sep60 Tyne-Tees UK, Tue 6:30 pm)

1.15 [--] Sailor of Fortune: DESERT TOMB
1955-56
1Mar57 Fri 9:30pm ATV Midlands
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
(no guest cast details)
Synopsis:
When Grant Mitchell, master of the cargo vessel the "Shipwreck"
pulls into Bab-el-Shark for fresh water, the harbour master offers
him a cargo. It seems a very innocent one - at first.

1.16 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE EASTERN LIGHTHOUSE
1955-56
31Mar57 Sun 9:30pm ATV LOndon
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by Henry Cass
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
(no guest cast details)
Synopsis:
The light that fails to shine puzzles Mitch. It should be warning
ships of the treacherous Ras Hamra Reef.
(8Nov60 Tyne-Tees UK, Tue 6:35pm)

1.17 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE CRESCENT AND THE STAR
1955-56
07Dec56 ATV Midlands 7.05pm Fri
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Script by Peter Shankland/ Teleplay by Lindsay GAlloway
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Betty McDowall ........ Nermine
Robert Cawdron ........ Demitrios
Russell Waters ........ Judson
André Maranne ......... Ladouceur
Ewen Solon ............ Mustafa
Sean Connery .......... Achmed
Synopsis:
In Tunis harbour Mitch's boat lies next to a cargo vessel. An innocent
request to the harbour master to move the boat to another berth leads Mitch
and his crew into International intrigue.

1.18 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE DESERT BUS
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by Wolf Rilla
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Paul Carpenter (as Johnny), Rupert Davies (as Alfonso), Jack McGowran (as Sean)
Guest Cast:
Robert Raikes ........ Manuel
Anna Gerber .......... Yolanda
Philip Morant ........ El Haiyi
Sybil Bartrop ........ Denise
Ivor Dean ............ gendarme sergeant
Synopsis:
Mitch's ship suddenly becomes very popular as a few of the leading citizens
of an Algerian town decide that the climate is more healthy elsewhere. [TA]
(US synd: 20Mar59 on WNEW-5, NYC, Fri. 7:00pm)

1.19 [--] Sailor of Fortune: SHIP ON THE REEF
1955-56
1Feb57 Fri 9:30pm ATV Midlands
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Paula Byrne ......... Kathleen
Paul Curran ......... Joe Boyle
Robert Arden ........ Larsen
Leonard White ....... Pietros
Ferdy Mayne ......... the mayor
(no synopsis)

1.20 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE DIAMOND CHIPS
1955-56
24Aug57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin ??? / Directed by Michael McCarthy [BFI]
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Nora Swinburne ........ Mrs Mostovoy
Esmond Knight ......... Oberon
Richard Gilbert ....... Johnnie
Teresa Thorne ......... Belinda
André Maranne ......... commissaire
John Cazabon .......... jeweller
Patrick Westwood ...... hotel clark
Charles Houston ....... floor waiter
Marcel de Villiers .... gendarme
Yvan Bravard .......... croupier
Synopsis:
Trying to do a girl a good turn by selling her jewellery to get money to
pay off her boyfriends debts lands Mitch in a nasty situation.

1.21 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE LOST PORTRAIT
(c)1954
17Aug57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Screenplay by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Leslie Arliss
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Meredith Edwards ........ Carlo Biagi
Jacqueline Ellis ........ Paolina
Martin Benson ........... Police Chief
Gerard Heinz ............ Menardi
William Lucas ........... Vittorio
Julian Somers ........... Stefano, cafe proprietor
Synopsis:
Mitch is taking a break in Rome while the "Shipwreck" is under repair. While
walking in the Flea Market, he meets Carlo Biagi, a second hand book dealer.
Carlo tells Mitch that he has discovered an old portrait which he believes
to be a priceless old master, lost for over a century. Menardi, a distinguised
art critic, says the picture is worthless, one of many copies executed down
through the centuries. So vehement are his arguments that they arouse Mitch's
suspicions. Mitch decides to look into the matter further and this leads him
into another adventure.

1.22 [--] Sailor of Fortune: AIRCRAFT IN THE DESERT
filmed circa 1955-56
3Aug57 ATV London UK, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Screenplay by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Leslie Arliss
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Oscar Quitak ......... Scapin
Ann Gudrun ........... Madeline
Robert Gilbert ....... Pilot
Robert Cawdron ....... Patron
Synopsis:
The "Shipwreck" receives a weak SOS from an aircraft about to crash. When the
aircraft crashes in the desert, one of its passengers seizes the opportunity
to change his identity. He deals ruthlessly with the pilot and the stewardess
who could ruin his plan. But can he now outwit Mitch. When Mitch goes to its
assistance he finds three survivors, one of whom has a secret he is determined
to keep.

1.23 [--] Sailor of Fortune: DEATH AT SUNSET
1955-56
Directed by Leslie Arliss
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
(no guest cast details)
Synopsis:
Without fuel and without money, Mitch arrives in Bab-es-Sahr to seek a cargo.
He finds one - a stubborn white woman doctor whom the Shiek wants Mitch to
take to safety as Bab-es-Sahr is on the bring of revolution. Only one thing
- the woman refuses to budge.

1.24 [--] Sailor of Fortune: CASTLE FOR SALE
1955-56
26Apr57 Fri 9:30pm ATV Midlands
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Screenplay by Lindsay Galloway
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
Raymond Huntley ........ general
Jeannette Hutchinson ... contessa
Larry Burns ............ caretaker
Paul Whitsun-Jones ..... cafe proprietor
Arthur Cortez ......... chauffeur
Synopsis:
When Sean returns to the "Shipwreck" saying that he has bought a castle in
San Antonio Al Mare for $450 Mitch 's first thoughts are that Sean has met
a lunatic or he has been swindled. But when Mitch investigates Sean's
investment he comes across a deep and sinister mystery.

1.25 [--] Sailor of Fortune: HEARSE AT HIGH NOON
1955-56
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
Regular Support Cast:
Rupert Davies (as Alfonso)/ Jack MacGowran (as Sean) (NOT Paul Carpenter)
Guest Cast:
James Hayter .......... the priest
Maurice Durant ........ the driver
Patrick Westwood ...... gendarme
Philip Ray ............ Gonzalez
Balbina ............... Maria
Clifford Buckton ...... blacksmith
Synopsis:
Mitch and his crew are sitting outside a cafe in a Eastern coastal town
enjoying a quiet drink when a funeral procession stops in front of them.
Mitch starts to ask questions when he suspects that a bulge in the hearse
driver's pocket is a gun.

1.26 [--] Sailor of Fortune: THE MILLION DOLLAR ROSE TREE
1955-56
20Jul57 ATV London, Sat 7:00pm
Mid Ocean Productions/ Produced by Michael Sadlier/ Associate Pr. Ted Holliday
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring: Lorne Greene (as Grant "Mitch" Mitchell)
With:
Paul Carpenter (Johnny), Rupert Davies (Alfonso), Jack McGowran (Sean)
Guest Cast:
Phil Brown ............. Clayton
Reginald Beckwith ...... Police Chief
Brenda Bennett ......... Isabel
Tutte Lemkov ........... Pepe
Synopsis:
Clayton, an American tourist, bought a rose tree he thought was worth a
million dollars because of its flowers' beautiful scent. Mitch does not
believe a word of this, but something happens which makes him change
his mind and become interested in horticulture.
(12July57 ATV London UK)

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[--] Sailor of Fortune: ANGELINA'S ADVENTURE
[--] Sailor of Fortune: ARCHEOLOGIST
[--] Sailor of Fortune: ART DEALER
[--] Sailor of Fortune: FOREIGN LEGION
[--] Sailor of Fortune: FRENCH STORY

 
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