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Riverboat: Fort Epitaph

The Enterprise, with Brad Turner still filling in as captain, delivers cannons to a remote Army outpost. The major in charge impresses the crew because of losses he's taken in a war that he's provoked with the local Indians.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x25
Airdate: Monday March 07th, 1960

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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
Dan Duryea
As Captain Brad Turner
Brad Weston
As Lt. Tom Henshaw
Charles Cooper
As Major Lucas Daniels
Mark Allen (1)
As Sgt. Matthews
Jon Locke
As Corporal Sam Turner
Joan Camden
As Barbara Daniels

Stuart Randall (1)
As Chief Running Bear
Ronnie Rondell, Jr.
As Kicking Bear


The Enterprise is heading down the Missouri to deliver four cannons to Ft. Wilson, an outpost in Sioux territory. They're running four days late because they broke a paddle wheel. Grey has asked Captain Brad Turner to stay on while he tends to business. Brad is in the pilothouse while Joshua corrects the charts so he can sell them in Natchez. They hear shooting up ahead as they approach Ft. Wilson and Brad has Joshua turn the men out...

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Episode Quotes
Captain Brad Turner: Joshua, what are you doing to the map?
Joshua: We made a dogleg a few miles back. I'm just correcting the chart.
Captain Brad Turner: You know, I'd think you were the best mate on the river if I didn't know you'd be selling those charts to other pilots the minute we got back to Natchez.
Joshua: Well, a man has to look out for his old age, Captain.

Joshua: There's one thing you can give the British credit for is teaching a man how to aim a cannon. That's all I'll give them credit for, though.

Captain Brad Turner: If those are peaceful Indians, I'd sure hate to get in their way when they're on the warpath.

Captain Brad Turner: But what provoked the attack?
Lt. Tom Henshaw: Oh, a lot of little things. The major's been tightening up the last few months on discipline between us and the Indians.
Captain Brad Turner: You mean discipline caused the attack?
Lt. Tom Henshaw: The major reads the book word for word; every comma, period and semicolon.

Major Daniels: Worst officer I ever had. Don't know he ever became an officer. Nothing in his background but the river.
Captain Brad Turner: I don't know that that's so bad, Major.
Major Daniels: Has it ever produced a gentleman?
Captain Brad Turner: I think we're like the Army. We produce a little of everything.

Major Daniels: How about a drink, captain?
Captain Brad Turner: I never turn down another man's liquor.

Captain Brad Turner: Umm, Joshua. We're, uh, going to help defend the fort until the major can get reinforcements from Keo.
Joshua: That's a nice thing for us to do. Did we volunteer?

Corporal Sam Turner: Good old Fort Epitaph.
Joshua: How's that?
Corporal Sam Turner: Fort Epitaph. That's what we call it. Cause that's what it's going to be. Each man is writing his own epitaph.

Major Lucas Daniels: Certainly I'm ambitious. I'm the only Luke Daniels there is. I have no family, no brothers, no sisters, no one to carry on my name. The only thing left of Luke Daniels when I die will be what the world remembers of me, me! And the world is going to remember plenty. I'll see to that!
Barbara Daniels: The world may remember, but will they care?

Captain Brad Turner: Running Bear is wise. He counsels with the wind, the fox, and the bear.
Chief Running Bear: Chief of the big canoe is wise, also. He counsels with the rivers, the beavers, the water snake.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard H. Bartlett
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 ScoreGerald Fried
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundFrancis Sarver
Assistant DirectorChuck Colean
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 25 guide may contain spoilers
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