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Riverboat: The Fight Back

When the Enterprise is hired for a wedding, Grey recognizes the bridegroom, Chris Slade, as an escaped prisoner who knifed him and fled the boat seven years ago. When Chris accidentally kills the brother of a local crime lord, Grey has to decide whether to turn him over or not.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday October 18th, 1959

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Starring Roles
William D. GordonWilliam D. Gordon
As Joe Travis (as William Gordon)

Guest Stars
George MitchellGeorge Mitchell
As 1st Farmer
John IrelandJohn Ireland
As Chris Slade
Joan OJoan O'Brien
As Sonja Torgin
Tom Laughlin (2)Tom Laughlin (2)
As Tom Fowler
Karl SwensonKarl Swenson
As Ansel Torgin
Ken LynchKen Lynch
As Shelby Fowler
Henry DaniellHenry Daniell
As Graham
Robert GriffinRobert Griffin
As 2nd Farmer (as Robert E. Griffin)
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt ReynoldsBurt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


Grey walks amidst the ruins of the town of Hampton, a dive where every thug run out of Natchez and Vicksburg had gathered. Now there is nothing but flaming ruins and corpses, and Grey remembers how it happened and the one pirate responsible...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: This was Hampton. Violent, corrupt, a holing-up spot for every thief, gambler, and killer who'd been run out of Natchez and Vicksburg. Here they built a monument to greed and rottenness. And here they watched it torn down. One pirate and his henchmen ruled a kingdom of evil. Now there were corpses. I saw it happen. I was part of it. And I know why it happened.

Ben: Darned if you don't beat all, Grey. I swear you could soft-soap the Devil into thinking he was a psalm-singer.

Grey: Ben, let's make for Hampton. I got a hunch.
Ben: I don't think the crew is going to accept any of your hunches as legal tender.
Grey: Well, let 'em take it out of our hides.
Ben: Mighty lean pickins'.

Shelby Fowler: You're a man who has traveled around, Mr. Holden. What do you think of it?
Grey: How do you know my name?
Shelby Fowler: You're in Hampton. I own Hampton.
Grey: Where's your deed?

Chris Slade: But I'm tired of running, Sonja. When your father took me in, I was running. Frightened of every sound and shadow. Then I met you. And there was beauty and... love. And suddenly hope.

Graham: You ever seen a slaughter-pen? The fence is no thicker than a man's hand. The cattle could tear it apart but they don't. They follow the Judas bull one-by-one to the slaughter. One of them crack, then the others will follow. All we have to do is to wait for our Judas bull.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJules Bricken
MusicElmer Bernstein
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyRay Cory
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundWilliam Russell (2)
Assistant DirectorCarter DeHaven Jr.
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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