CTVA US Adventure - "Crunch and Des" (1956) Forrest Tucker & Sandy Kenyon

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Crunch and Des (1956)
a.k.a. "Charter Boat"
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King, New York [JK] (copyright details - all eps)
Jim Brent  [JB] Tom Alger  [TA] Rina Fox[RF]
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
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CRUNCH AND DES
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National Telefilm Associates (NTA)
for
First-Run Syndication
Based on stories by Philip Wylie

US Adventure series 1956   39 episodes x 30 min
starring

Forrest Tucker as Crunch Adams
Sandy Kenyon as Des "Desperate" Smith
Joanne Bayes as Sari Adams

Half-hour adventure series, set in the Bahamas, featured Forrest Tucker
as Crunch Adams, owner of the Crunch Adams Charter Boat Service and
skipper of the "Poseidon", and Sandy Kenyon as his partner,
Des (short for "Desperate") Smith. 

Episodes on KIRO-7 Seattle, Washington in 1958, aired under the series title "Charter Boat"

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Syndicated Program
Episodes Listed in Copyright Reg # Order

 1.01 [--] Crunch and Des: THE EXPERT
[# 8816; 23Feb56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A champion angler, in desperate need of a job, loses out when his
fishing skill deserts him. [JB]
(Synd: 20Jun56 Lansing, MI) [JB]

1.02 [--] Crunch and Des: THE GOLDEN LURE
(a.k.a "Crunch and the Golden Lure")
[# 8817; 5Mar56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch lands in jail when he attempts to prove that a buried treasure
is fool's gold. [JB]
(Synd: 26Jun56 Enid. OK) [JB]

1.03 [--] Crunch and Des: CRUNCH CATCHES ONE
(# 8818; 12Feb56 copyright date)
Synopsis 1:
Crunch and Des are duped by escaping thieves who charter the "Poseidon"
for a fishing trip. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Revolvers and Tommy guns replace fishing rods and reels when three
bandits devise an elaborate "get-away" involving the charterboat. [JB]
(Synd: 20Jun56 Grand Rapids, MI) [JB]
(Synd: 9Mar57 WCSH-6, Portland, Maine, Sat 7:00pm) [TA]

1.04 [--] Crunch and Des: HOOKY, LINE AND SINKER
(# 8819; 16Mar56 copyright date)
Synopsis :
A young bank clerk jeopardizes his career in order to prove that
scientific fishing can be successful. [TA/JB]
(Synd: 29Jun56 Ada, OK) [JB]
(Synd: 18Dec56 WTVY-9, Dothan, Ala. Tue 8:00pm) [TA]

1.05 [--] Crunch and Des: A BIG CATCH
[# 8833; 25Aug56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
A man is killed after trying desperately to talk to Crunch. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Crunch Adams discovers that death sometimes talks a foreign language.
When a mysterious man named Torrance charters the Poseidon, a stranger
desperately tries to talk to Crunch and is killed. [JB]
(Synd: 14Nov56 broadcast, Ala) [TA]
(Synd: 15Nov56 Lancaster, PA ) [JB]

1.06 [--] Crunch and Des: THE MAN WHO LOVED A JOKE
[# 9014; 29Mar56 copyright date]
Snopsis 1:
A practical joker makes life generally hectic for everyone but himself.
He learns an important lesson when his girl deserts him for the local doctor. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A practical joker makes life hectic for Crunch and Des. [TA]
(Synd: 07Jul56 Detroit, MI) [JB]
(Synd: 13Oct57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA]
(Synd: 2Apr58 KIRO-7, Seattle, Washington, Wed 11:00pm) [TA]

1.07 [--] Crunch and Des: FAIR CAUGHT
[# 9015; 10Feb56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
A girl with an odd obsession hires the "Poseidon". [TA]
Synopsis 2:
A girl and a ghost go fishing for marlin. [JB]
(Synd: 11Jul56 Lansing, MI) [JB]
(Synd: 6Oct57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA]

1.08 [--] Crunch and Des: STRIKE THREE
[# 9016; 6Jan56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A group of tough racketeers decides to take over the waterfront, but
Crunch and Des have other ideas. [JB]
(Synd: 07Feb57 Denver, CO) [JB]

1.09 [--] Crunch and Des: HULL DOWN
[# 9017; 6Jan56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A favorite charter of Crunch Adams and his mate Des has been told
that she is too old to run her shipping empire and that the stockholders
want her to retire. Faced with the knowledge that she will never lead
an active life again, she feels she has really grown old and useless
until Crunch proves her wrong. [JB]
(Synd: 20Jun56 Bay City, MI) [JB]

1.10 [--] Crunch and Des: CRAZY OVER HORSE MACKEREL
[# 9018; copyright date 6Jan56]
Synopsis:
A pretty girl upsets a young engineer's plan for getting an important contract. [RF]

1.11 [--] Crunch and Des: SPARE THE ROD
[# 9390; 9Apr56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
A young boy "borrows" a rod from Crunch and when he loses it, he
decides to run away. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
A motherless boy, whose father is too busy to notice him, gets into
trouble in an attempt to win recognition and affection. [JB]
(Synd: 28Jun56 Oklahoma City, OK) [JB]
(Synd: 9Mar57 broadcast, WPRO-12, Providence, RI, Sat 11:30pm) [TA]

1.12 [--] Crunch and Des: LIGHT TACKLE
[# 9391; 23Apr56 copyright date]
Guest Cast: Logan Field, Brook Byron.
Synopsis:
A young marine geologist, disillusioned by an unrequited love affair,
suddenly finds himself overwhelmed by women. [JB]
(Synd: 23Aug56 Columbus, OH) [JB]

1.13 [--] Crunch and Des: FIRE ON THE BEACH
(# 9392; 10Feb56 copyright date)
When Crunch, his wife Sari, and Des are about to depart on a "busman's
holiday", a stranger offers Crunch $500 to take him along. [TA/JB]
(Synd: 13Nov56 WTVY-9, Dothan, Ala., Tue 8:00pm) [TA/JB]

1.14 [--] Crunch and Des: FRESH WATER MERMAID
[# 9393; 30Jan56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
The long friendship of Crunch and Des is jeopardized when Des falls
in love with a designing female who wants him to sell his share of
the Poseidon. [JB]
(Synd: 08Nov56 Seattle, WA) [JB]

1.15 [--] Crunch and Des: SPORTING BLOOD
[# 9394; 23Apr56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
The daughter of a famous sporting family falls in love with a
missionary's son who has no interest in sports at all. The
missionary's son tries to learn deep-sea fishing to impress his
fiancée's father. [JB]
(NOTE - This synopsis is similar to Ep. 30 "The Big Ones Get Away")
(Synd: 16Jul56 West Hartford, CT) [JB]

1.16 [--] Crunch and Des: EVE AND THE SEA SERPENT
(# 9724; 30May56 copyright date)
Synopsis:
A sea serpent reunites a couple on the verge of divorce. [TA/JB]
(Synd: 8Dec57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sunday 1:00pm) [TA/JB]

1.17 [--] Crunch and Des: A SALES TALK FROM SARI
[# 9725; 17Feb56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
A young man who loves fishing falls in love with a girl who hates
the sport. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
A young polio victim plays cupid with a fishing rod. [JB]
(Synd: 22Jun56 Cadillac, MI) [JB]
(Synd: 21Apr58 KIRO-7, Seattle, Washington, Mon 11:00pm) [TA]

1.18 [--] Crunch and Des: THREE-TIME WINNER
[# 9726; 16Jul56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A young fellow discovers that a lucky girl can be pretty unlucky. [JB]
(Synd: 01Oct56 West Hartford, CT) [JB]

1.19 [--] Crunch and Des: THE AFFAIR OF THE ARDENT AMAZON
[# 9727; 17Aug56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
Des suddenly becomes captivated by a female athlete.
Synopsis 2:
For years Crunch and his wife Sari have tried to interest Des
in girls, but when the plans succeed, they aren’t too happy. [TA]
Synopsis 3:
A glamorous amazon hooks Des, to the chagrin of Crunch and Sari Adams.[JB]
(Synd: 17Dec56 Des Moines, IA) [JB]
(Synd: 28Dec56 WWTV-13, Cadillac, Michigan, Fri 8:00pm) [TA]
(Synd: 27Oct57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA]

1.20 [--] Crunch and Des: THE SHIPWRECK OF CRUNCH AND DES
[# 9728; 18Jun56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch and Des are consulted by the Navy about life-saving
equipment. [TA/JB]
(Synd: 23Apr58 KIRO-7, Seattle, Washington, Wed 11:00pm) [TA/JB]

1.21 [--] Crunch and Des: FIFTY-FOUR, FORTY AND FIGHT
[# 10123; 16Apr56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch and Des have a violent argument over their fishing prowess and
compete with each other for the largest catch. [JB]
(Synd: 29Mar57 Syracuse, NY) [JB]

1.22 [--] Crunch and Des: SMUGGLER'S COVE
[#10124; copyright date 19Jan56]
Synopsis:
On a fishing trip, Crunch and Des run into a gang of dope smugglers. [RF]

1.23 [--] Crunch and Des: REELISTIC VIEWPOINT
(a.k.a. "Realistic Viewpoint")
[#10125; 7May56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch returns from a long charter and discovers a new captain
without ethics and decides to teach the man a lesson. [TA/JB]
(Synd: 17Nov57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA/JB]

1.24 [--] Crunch and Des: SIXTH SENSE
[# 10126; 15Aug56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch and his wife try to show a man that blindness need not be
a barrier. [JB]
(Synd: 10Mar57 Rochester, MN) [JB]

1.25 [--] Crunch and Des: MISSING MARINER (or "The Missing Mariners"?)
[#10127; 22May56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A deserted boat, without a sign of crew or passengers, is found aimlessly
at sea. A trouble-making charterboat captain, once a pro wrestler,
picks a fight with Skipper Crunch Adams and sets off a strange chain
of events. [JB]
(Synd: 25Aug56 Detroit, MI) [JB]

1.26 [--] Crunch and Des: THE BAD LUCK KID
[#10542; 16May56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Lawton Glover, the original bad luck kid, is accused of stealing
by a shady charterboat captain. Crunch Adams Skipper of the Poseidon,
and his wife Sari believe in Lawton's innocence, and give him a job. [JB]
(Synd: 29Aug56 Lansing, MI) [JB]

1.27 [--] Crunch and Des: THE SHELL GAME
[#10543; 10Jun56 copyright date] 
Synopsis:
When Crunch Adams sets out to prove that, in the old shell game the
hand is quicker than the eye, the Poseidon ends up in the middle of
the Navy's target practice. [JB]
(Synd: 10Oct56 Des Moines, IA) [JB]

1.28 [--] Crunch and Des: NINE, TEN AND OUT!
[#10544; 5Jun56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch receives a call from his former fight manager. [JB]
(Synd: 21Dec56 Washington DC) [JB]

1.29 [--] Crunch and Des: A FISH FOR BILLY
(# 10545; 30Jul56 copyright date)
Synopsis:
Crunch's son offers to charter the Poseidon for a day so that he can
go fishing. [JB/TA]
(Synd: 11Oct56 Kansas City, MO) [JB]
(Synd: 16Jun58 CKCO-13, Kitchener, Ontario, Mon 7:00pm) [TA]

1.30 [--] Crunch and Des: THE BIG ONES GET AWAY
[# 10546; 11Jun56 copyright date]
Synopsis 1:
A man charters the "Poseidon" to prove to his ex-fiancée that he is a
sportsman. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
An avid young sportswoman breaks her engagement because her fiancée
has no competitive spirit. [JB]
(NOTE - these synopses are similar to Ep. 15 "Sporting Blood")
(Synd: 29Sept56 Portland, ME) [JB]
(Synd: 14Mar57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Thurs 8:00pm) [TA]

1.31 [--] Crunch and Des: HOT ROD AND REEL
(# 11217; 16Jul56 copyright date) 
Synopsis:
Skipper Crunch Adams and his mate become celebrities when a living
prehistoric fish is landed aboard the Poseidon. [JB]
(Synd: 19Dec56 Baltimore, MD) [JB]

1.32 [--] Crunch and Des: NIGHT STRIKE
[#11218; 15Aug56 copyright date]
A lighthouse keeper is attacked and the light is put out. [JB]
(Synd: 12Oct57 Providence, RI)

1.33 [--] Crunch and Des: THE OLD CRAWDAD
[# 11219; 9Jul56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
A battle over fresh versus salt water fishing changes the lives of
three persons. [JB]
(Synd: 24Sep56 West Hartford, CT) [JB]

1.34 [--] Crunch and Des: THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN AROUND
[#11220; copyright date 2Jul56]
Synopsis:
Crunch tries to teach a braggart a lesson. [RF]

1.35 [--] Crunch and Des: CRUNCH CATCHES A MEGRIM
[#11221; 30Jul56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Business is so bad that Crunch decides to sell the Poseidon and move
to the mid-west. [JB]
(Synd: 24Jan57 Youngstown, OH) [JB]

1.36 [--] Crunch and Des: BUCCANEERS
[# 11873; 8Aug56 copyright date]
Synopsis:
Crunch, Des and Sari go on a pleasure cruise.[JB]
(Synd: 14Jan60 Greenville, NC) [JB]

1.37 [--] Crunch and Des: SALT WATER DAFFY
[# 11874; 31Aug56 copyright date]
Guest Cast:
Inger Stevens
Synopsis:
Crunch and Des are hired as technical advisors for a movie being shot
on Caribee Key. There are complications when the star prefers to
play her love scenes with Crunch. [JB]
(Synd: 23Jan57 Cleveland, OH) [JB]

1.38 [--] Crunch and Des: A MATTER OF FAITH
[#11875; 8Aug56 copyright date]   
Synopsis:
Crunch is chartered by the head of an orphanage, Father O'Bannon,
to take the best athlete and student fishing. [JB]
(Synd: 31Dec56 Des Moines, IA) [JB]

1.39 [--] Crunch and Des: KEY JINX
[# 11876; 29Aug56 copyright date]   
Synopsis:
The Key Jinx Lodge finds itself aptly named when bad luck seems to
be the main guest. [JB]
(Synd: 01Dec56 Providence, RI)

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[--] Crunch and Des: (unknown title)
A mysterious stranger charters the Poseidon for a treasure hunt. [TA]
(Synd: 25Aug57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA]

[--] Crunch and Des: (unknown title)
Synopsis: Crunch believes that two treasure-hunting friends of his are
being duped by the captain of their boat. [TA]
(Synd: 22Sep57 WNAC-7, Boston, Mass., Sun 1:00pm) [TA]


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