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Riverboat: Escape to Memphis

After a woman kills her abusive husband in self-defense, she flees to the Enterprise and her brother-in-law arrives to blackmail her.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Airdate: Sunday October 25th, 1959

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6/10 (1 Vote cast)
Starring Roles
William D. Gordon
As Joe Travis (as William Gordon)
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler

Guest Stars
Claude Akins
As Jarrett Sutton
Jeanne Crain
As Laura Sutton
Philip Reed
As Jay Raleigh
June Dayton
As Ellen Raleigh
Robert Burton
As Doctor
Forrest Lewis
As Mr. Chambers
John Holland
As Tom Sutton
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


At the antebellum home of the Suttons, younger brother Jarrett watches with amusement as his older brother Tom berates his wife Laura about driving into town alone. Laura insists that whoever told him that lied and Jarrett adds fuel to the fire, saying that Laura will never tell the truth. Tom slaps Laura and promises to keep beating her until she tells the truth. As he begins beating her with his crop, Laura grabs a gun from the desk and shoots him. Jarrett indifferently confirms that Tom is dead, admitting he deserved killing. He suggests to Laura that they enjoy Tom's wealth together, but she runs out, disgusted. ..

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Episode Quotes
Grey: Hey, you're making good time, Ben. Good time.
Ben: Well, what's got into you? You sound almost civil for a change.

Joe Travis: All the wood's onboard. It's only ten cords.
Grey: Ten cords? Mr. Chambers!
Mr. Chambers: (reluctantly hands back some money) That's some might fine liquor I've laid by.
Grey: No thank you.
Mr. Chambers: Whiskey?
Grey: No, next trip, maybe. Now, you know better than to try this on me, Mr. Chambers.
Mr. Chambers: Yes. But it sure was fun to try it.

Ben: If he's a drummer, I'm Andy Jackson.
Grey: Well, we just carry people, Ben. We don't have to figure 'em out.

Jarrett Sutton: It isn't fair. I would've been the richest man in this state and now I got nothin'.
Grey: You got one thing and you don’t even deserve that. You're alive.

Carney Kohler: Well, how do I look?
Grey: Why, Carney, you look as pretty as a sweet-smellin', night-bloomin'... swamp flower.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJohn Larkin
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
Main Title ThemeElmer Bernstein
ScoreAlbert Sendrey
Film EditorRobert Leo
SoundWilliam Russell (2)
Assistant DirectorFrank Fox (2)
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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