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Riverboat: The Fight at New Canal

Grey tries to stop opponents of the building of a new canal from sabotaging the project. However, he soon discovers he has other problems when it turns out the wife of the government engineer is looking for attention from other men... and she sets her eyes on Grey.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x23
Airdate: Monday February 22nd, 1960

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Writer: Tom Seller

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

Guest Stars
Charles Aidman
As Frank Paxton
Jean Allison
As Tracy Paxton
John Archer (1)
As Dunnigan
Steve Mitchell (1)
As Clint Bixby
John Maxwell (1)
As Sam Harper
Peter Brian
As Hotel Clerk
Richard H. Cutting
As Jim (as Richard Cutting)
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden


Grey is out with a surveyor, Jim, who is checking the course of a new canal. As they go over the map of the area, a sniper fires from the woods and kills Jim. He shoots again, narrowly missing Grey, and Grey goes after the killer. The man yells at him to get off the land and vows that they'll never build the canal...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: I'll get him.
Joshua: I wouldn't worry about it, Captain. If they don't show up, I'll take charge of 'em for you.
Grey: You'll take charge?
Joshua: Well, who do you think built the Erie Canal?
Grey: Oh, for crying out... who did?
Joshua: Oh, it was a man named Skinner, I think.
Grey: That's what I thought.

Pickalong: Stopped in the saloon, heard some workmen came but they were scared away.
Grey: Yeah, I heard that. I don't believe it.
Joshua: In the future I'll take care of them like they were my own lads.
Grey: You mean they won't be? You take credit for everything else in the Mississippi Valley.
Joshua: I'll let you know that when I see 'em.

Joshua: I'll bet she'll learn rather quickly if you were teaching her.
Grey: Oh, don't be ridiculous, Joshua. She's a married woman.
Joshua: Eh, a married woman neglected by her husband. That's trouble.
Grey: Yeah, well in that case, you better watch out. You know how irresistible you are to women.

Tracy Paxton: The trouble with being a woman, Captain, is that we're not permitted to be useful. Just decorative.

Grey: What's the trouble between you and your husband?
Tracy Paxton: I'm married to a dedicated man, Captain. His job comes first and I come second. Well maybe it's time that he came second with me.
Grey: If your husband neglects you, he's a fool. But don't ask me to be a bigger fool.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJohn Larkin
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyBuddy Harris
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Main Title ThemeElmer Bernstein
Music ScoreAlexander Courage
Film EditorHoward Epstein
SoundJohn W. Rixey
Assistant DirectorFrank Losee
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
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