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Riverboat: Three Graves

The crew of the Enterprise plans to spend the night raising hell in a port town but upon arrival they find the place completely deserted except for three freshly dug graves.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x26
Airdate: Monday March 14th, 1960

Director: William Witney
Writer: Al C. Ward

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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
Beverly Garland
As Nora James
Robert Bray
As Tom Byson
Harry Ellerbe
As Harrison
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden


The crew is dressing up as the Enterprise prepares to put into port at Green City. Ten-year-old Chip boasts that he plans to meet a female named Geraldine when they arrive. Joshua tells Grey that the men are looking forward to celebrating their shore leave. However, when they come ashore, there's no one in town to greet them. The place appears deserted and Grey takes the men into town to look around. In the center of the street they find three graves and a sign saying to get out...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: Now what's this here, now? Flowered cravats? A clean shirt? Striped trousers? Chip, uh, you wouldn't have a pretty little thing up in Green City, now would you, huh?
Chip: Well now that you mention it, Captain, maybe I have. Her name's Geraldine. I plan to bring her down river with me.
Grey: You what?

Grey: Geraldine. Him only ten years old.
Pickalong: Sir, Chip thought that Andy Jackson needed company. Geraldine's a dog.
Grey: Oh. A dog?!?

Carney: You know, long walks were never intended for rivermen. You know, me feet feel like the skin on a scalded dog.

Grey: Tell the doctor we need him. Bad.
Nora James: My father's dead. I'm the doctor here.
Grey: You're the doctor? A woman?
Nora James: That's right. I can tell you the story of my life if you want your friend to, uh, bleed to death.

Cultural References
Nora: And I remember something that Keats said. That, uh "Love is a hut with water and a crust, so as love only cinders, ashes, and dust."

Nora quotes from "Lamia," John Keats' 1820 poem of a Lamia transformed into a human woman, and doomed to a tragic love affair.

Grey: He said, "As unto the bow, the cord is. So unto man, is woman. Useless, each without the other."

Grey quotes from Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha" (1855).

Other Episode Crew

ProducerJohn Larkin
MusicElmer Bernstein
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
Film EditorDanny B. Landres
SoundFrancis Sarver
Assistant DirectorBen Bishop
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 26 guide may contain spoilers
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