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Riverboat: The Face of Courage

The Enterprise heads out for Fort Union with a shipment of arms to be used in quelling a Sioux rebellion.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Airdate: Sunday December 27th, 1959

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Starring Roles
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler
Jack Lambert (1)
As Joshua MacGregor
William D. Gordon
As Joe Travis (as William Gordon)
Michael McGreevey
As Chip Kessler (as Mike McGreevey)

Co-Guest Stars
Tom Drake
As Homer Atkins
Joanna Moore
As Kitty Durand
Doug McClure
As Corporal Jenkins
Paul Birch
As Sgt. Major Carmody
Tracey Roberts
As Lola Duhaime
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


The Enterprise is heading down river with a shipment of horses for the Army. When one of the horses starts kicking, Grey hears the commotion and comes to help. Sgt. Major Carmody hobbles them and suggests that the horses are sensing a Sioux Indian following them on the shore...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: Maybe you don't know it, Sergeant, but the Indians are like anybody else. They don't like to be shot at.

Sgt. Major Carmody: It must be nice, Captain, having no loyalties.
Grey: I don't know any man like that, Sergeant. You did what you had to do, I've got to do the same. I've got loyalties. You may not like 'em, but I've got 'em.

Grey: You're not afraid of 'em, are you?
Chip: Yes, sir. I guess I am.
Grey: Well it's not bad to be afraid, Chip. All of us are afraid of something or another. I don't like fire on a boat, for instance, it scares me. but when you grow up to be a man, well, you have to realize that sometimes you then have to keep going regardless of how you feel. Can you understand that, Chip?
Chip: I think so. It isn't easy to be a man, is it?
Grey: No, no, sometimes it sure isn't. But just because it isn't easy, don't you let that stop you from being a man.

Kitty Durand: You know what's the matter with you?
Homer Atkins: There's a lot of things wrong with me.
Kitty Durand: That's what's the matter with you. You talk like an old man, and you're a young man.
Homer Atkins: You just don't understand.
Kitty Durand: Yes I do. I don't know exactly what happened to you, but I know that if a man is really a man, he stands up to life.
Homer Atkins: Well, there's so much fighting in this world as it is.
Kitty Durand: Half enough for the wrong, not half enough for the right, I say.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJohn Larkin
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyBuddy Harris
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreRuby Raksin  |  Albert Woodbury
Film EditorMarston Fay
SoundJohn C. Grubb
Assistant DirectorCharles S. Gould
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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