TELEVISION: Pearl of the Indies

Slate Shannon is the kind of guy who could find breathing room in a sealed bank vault. Tough as Mike Hammer, suave as Peter Gunn, canny as the D.A.'s Man, Bold Venture's hero digs gems out of camellia buds, teeth out of the other guy's mouth and dames out of the pad. Before the show had its first airing last month, its sunny, sexy sadism had attracted more than too TV stations. Yet Bold Venture has no network and will never know the mingled joy of a national Nielsen rating. Like many of...

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