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Captain David Grief

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Captain David Grief
Also known asThe Jack London Stories
StarringMaxwell Reed
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes39
ProducersSidney T. Bruckner
Duke Goldstone
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
DistributorGuild Films
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1957 (1957-10-03) –
1960 (1960)

Captain David Grief (also known as The Jack London Stories) is an American action/adventure television series that aired in syndication from October 1957 to 1960. The program was based on a series of Jack London short-stories centered on the South Seas tradesman and adventurer David Grief,[1] collected in A Son of the Sun.


Captain David Grief was a half-hour filmed series.[2]

The cast included the Irish-born actor Maxwell Reed as Captain Grief, Tudor Owen as Elihu Snow, Mickey Simpson as Boley, Mel Prestidge as Jackie-Jackie, and Maureen Hingert as Anura.[3] Stuart Heisler was the director, and the producer was Duke Goldstone.[4]

Captain David Grief ran for two seasons with a total of 39 episodes.[5] The first nine episodes were shot in Hawaii. The production later moved to southern California and then Cuba, before the final episodes were shot in Mexico.[6] The series was distributed by Guild Films.[6]

The program was the first TV series to be filmed on location in Hawaii. The three-masted barquentine California was used for scenes shot aboard ship. It was renamed The Rattler in the show. The Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Hawaii, was used for scenes filmed on land.[7]

The program's budget was $1,912,000.[4] Sponsors varied by region of the country. As of February 1957, they included West End Brewing Company, Utica, New York; Stroh Brewery, Detroit; Pearl Brewing Company, Texas; Standard Oil of California; and D-X Sunray Oil, Tulsa.[8]

Guest stars

Among the series guest stars were boxers Rocky Marciano and Buddy Baer.[9] Other guest stars include:

DVD release

Four episodes of the series (episodes 9, 19, 24 and 25) were released on DVD by Alpha Video in 2007.[citation needed]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 143. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
  2. ^ "'Grief' Starts in Nine Markets; Five More Sponsors Lined Up" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 11, 1957. p. 36. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "Reed Gets Feature Roles in 'Grief' Pix". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 7 July 14, 1956. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ a b "Guild Sets $1.9 Million For New Tv Film Series" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 25, 1956. p. 48. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Halliwell, Leslie (1979). Halliwell's Teleguide. Granada. p. 46.
  6. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2001). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland. p. 22. ISBN 0-786-41198-8.
  7. ^ McWhorter, A. J. (February 9, 2014). "'Captain Grief' plied the air long before 'Lost' or 'Five-0'". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. F 5. Retrieved April 4, 2021 – via
  8. ^ "Utica Beer Buys 'David Grief' For 10 -City Area in N. Y. State" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 4, 1957. p. 42. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  9. ^ "Rocky a Heavy In 'Grief' Role". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 12 May 20, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510.
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