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Riverboat: Strange Request

An actress charters the Enterprise in hopes of rescuing her son, who was abducted by Indians and has finally turned up... or has he?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Sunday December 13th, 1959

Director: John Rich (1)
Writer: Clair Huffaker

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

Guest Stars
Jan SterlingJan Sterling
As Lorna Langton
Rhys WilliamsRhys Williams
As Josiah Cragg
Lawrence DobkinLawrence Dobkin
As David Fields
Peter LazerPeter Lazer
As Bobby
Lee Van CleefLee Van Cleef
As Luke Cragg
Glenn ThompsonGlenn Thompson
As Mark Cragg
Larry PerronLarry Perron
As Matthew Cragg
Pete DunnPete Dunn
As John Cragg
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt ReynoldsBurt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


In St. Louis, actress Lorna Langton and her manager, David Fields, arrive at the docks and she goes aboard the Enterprise. Grey greets her and she asks to charter his ship for a trip to Red Bluff. He points out that there's nothing at Red Bluff but an abandoned trading post, but Lorna insists on leaving immediately. Grey recognizes her by name but says that half his crew is ashore and he doesn't have a head of steam. However, when Lorna offers him $2,000, Grey takes an interest. He wants to know why she's making the trip but Lorna says that she'll tell him en route. If he doesn't like it, Grey can return to St. Louis and keep the money. Grey accepts the charter and goes to get his crew, and Lorna turns to Luke Cragg, who is sitting on the deck, and tells him that the rest is up to him...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: We need steam, we're going upriver.
Carney Kohler: What? What in blazes for, Captain? Why do we have to build up a stoke?
Grey: To transport Miss Lorna Langston.
Carney Kohler: Lorna...? Lorna Langton? Is she as beautiful as they say?
Grey: She's very pretty. But she doesn't have your sunny disposition.

Lorna Langton: Well, then we have at least to St. Louie to see if he remembers anything.
David Fields: Well certainly, Lorna. Ask him as many questions as you please. But keep it on a friendly although impersonal basis.
Grey: Oh, that's fine. That's just great. Pester the boy with questions but don't bother being nice to him. He might be someone else's child.

Episode Goofs
In the dining room, Lorna tells Grey that Bobby was abducted six years ago. However, later when Bobby bites Lorna's hand, Grey says that "After seven years, why, he's mostly Indian." Outside, Josiah also says that the chief told him that that they took the boy in seven years ago..

Cultural References
Grey: Well, you see, a Sioux warrior thinks, like Samson, you cut his hair, you cut his strength.

Samson is the legendary Israelite strongman, whose story is told in the Old Testament. His strength derives from his long hair, and is lost when his hair is cut.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerGordon Kay
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyRay Cory
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Main Title ThemeElmer Bernstein
Music ScoreRuby Raksin
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundJoe Lapis
Assistant DirectorMilton Carter
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
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