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Riverboat: The Long Trail

Grey and the Enterprise are caught in the middle when a ruthless Army colonel commandeers the riverboat to transport a Cherokee transport off their traditional lands to a new reservation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x29
Airdate: Monday April 04th, 1960

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

Guest Stars
Perry Lopez
As James Evans
Abraham Sofaer
As Mark Evans
Harry Lauter
As Colonel Tryker
Anthony Caruso
As Chief White Bull
Robert Palmer (2)
As Lt. Smith
Dennis Cross
As Running Wolf
Peter Mamakos
As Pawnee Chief
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden


The Federal government is moving the Cherokee tribes to Western reservations on the "long trail," and the settlers who plan to move onto the land want to make sure the Indians ride along. At a Cherokee village, James Evans and his father Mark are working late in their print shop when raiders ride in and set the tents on fire. When one Indian is set on fire and runs out, screaming, James runs out and helps put the fire out. As the tribesmen tend to the injured man, James confronts the soldier in charge, Colonel Tryker, and complains that he's doing nothing about the raiders. Tryker points out that even if he could, there'd only be more. He advises James to encourage his people to move off of their lands, but James points out that Chief White Bull has already given his answer. Tryker warns him that he has his orders and will move them despite their wishes. He'll ride ahead to make arrangements and will be back in a week to move them whether they want to or not. When James objects, Tryker warns him that there's nothing he or his people can do, and James says that they can die...

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Episode Quotes
James Evans: We will not move.
Colonel Tryker: They tell me you're an educated men. I hope you realize there isn't a thing that you or your tribe can do about this.
James Evans: We can die.

Mark Evans: We're not very well these days. I've often wondered why we Indians are such bad drinkers. You know why?
Grey: No, I'm afraid I don't.
Mark Evans: Because whiskey deadens the reality of the time. Reality for the red man is rage, hatred, despair.

Grey: I've never seen you in your ceremonial dress before. I didn't know you.
James Evans: Maybe that's why I'm wearing it. So I'll know who I am.

Grey: Maybe someday there'll be a time for new realities. No more hatred, revenge. Someday, not right away but someday.

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 EditorStanley Rabjohn
SoundFrancis Sarver
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Warning: Riverboat season 1 episode 29 guide may contain spoilers
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