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Riverboat: The Unwilling

River pirate John Murrell places a dancer as a spy aboard the Enterprise so that she can tell the pirates what the cargo is and when to attack.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Sunday October 11th, 1959

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Starring Roles
William D. Gordon
As Joe Travis (as William Gordon)
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler

Guest Stars
John Harmon (1)
As Oliver
Eddie Albert
As Dan Sampson
Debra Paget
As Lela Russell
Ian MacDonald (1)
As John Murrell

Hal Needham
As River Pirate
John Pickard (2)
As River Pirate
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


River pirate Darius brings a blindfolded Oliver to the cave hideout of his boss, John Murrell. Murrell refuses to let Oliver remove his blindfold and demands his report, but Oliver refuses to report without knowing who he works for. Murrell agrees and Oliver informs him that there's a man in Natchez shopping for a boat to take a valuable cargo, enough to stock a general store, to St. Louis. The pirates know the man, a carpenter named Dan Simpson who they robbed three years ago. When Oliver says that he'll set up the plan in Natchez, Murrell tells him that Darius will handle it and shoots the informant dead...

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Episode Quotes
Oliver: Well, I'll get on down the river to Natchez and set up the plan for you, John.
John Murrell: Darius will handle it.
Oliver: Umm, why not me?
John Murrell: Because you'll be dead.

John Murrell: Of the few people who know what I look like, there are only two kinds. Those that are trustworthy and do what I want them to, and those that are... dead. No third kind.

Lela Russell: Dan! Dan, I love you. Always remember that.
Dan Sampson: I'm planning on making you remind me of it every day for the next hundred years.

Dan Sampson: I'd cry hard. Cry a lot of tears for what you've done. Cry for yourself.
Lela Russell: I love you, Dan.
Dan Sampson: Then cry for me.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerNorman Jolley  |  Richard H. Bartlett
MusicElmer Bernstein
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorGeorge Milo
Director of PhotographyJohn L. Russell
Art DirectorFrank Arrigo
ChoreographerMiriam Nelson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundWilliam Russell (2)
Assistant DirectorCharles S. Gould
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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