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Riverboat: The Blowup

After a brawl, the Enterprise crew lands in jail. A woman, Martha Crane, agrees to post their bail provided they transport a supply of gunpowder up river to her father. However, Grey soon discovers that it's no ordinary gunpowder.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x18
Airdate: Monday January 18th, 1960

Director: Darren McGavin
Writer: Al C. Ward

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Starring Roles
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler
Jack Lambert (1)
As Joshua MacGregor
John Mitchum
As Pickalong
Michael McGreevey
As Chip Kessler (as Mike McGreevey)

Guest Stars
Whitney Blake
As Martha Crane
Dean Harens
As Simon

Boyd Stockman
As Charlie
Carlos Romero
As Juan Miguel
John Daheim
As Sailor
Mary Adams
As Mrs. Wilkins
Rush Williams
As Helper
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Burt Reynolds
As Ben Frazer


Two men are hauling a cargo for Martha Crane. When the driver, Charlie, briefly loses control, one of the wagons falls off the back. It hits the ground... and explodes...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: You're a strange woman.
Martha Crane: Strange? How?
Grey: Well, right now you look like an Eastern schoolgirl, eager to meet her family, coming home from her college term.

Carney Kohler: I've never amounted to much and up to now, I never thought I would. Captain, just once in my life I'd like to feel nine feet tall, and money and clothes and best girl in town.
Grey: Joshua?
Joshua Walcek: Those roots I was talking to you a while back about? The money, I could buy a place to plant them.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJohn Larkin
MusicGerald Fried
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyBuddy Harris
Art DirectorRaymond Beal
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Main Title ThemeElmer Bernstein
Film EditorLee Gilbert
SoundJohn C. Grubb
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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