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Riverboat: The Sellout

When a damaged Enterprise needs repairs, a man agrees to repair the ship provided that he and his partner can use it afterwards.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x31
Airdate: Monday April 18th, 1960

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

Co-Guest Stars
Bartlett RobinsonBartlett Robinson
As George Channing
Frank OvertonFrank Overton
As Nick Logan
Barbara StuartBarbara Stuart
As Nanette Burns
William HenryWilliam Henry
As Burly Henchman (as Bill Henry)
Walter ReedWalter Reed
As Charley
Henry RowlandHenry Rowland
As Gambler
Tom MonroeTom Monroe
As Gambler

Kermit MaynardKermit Maynard
As Townsman
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Grey Holden


The Enterprise is heading for Natchez in the middle of a storm. The ship is riding high because of the lack of cargo, and Grey informs Joshua that Natchez is two miles ahead. The captain spots logs in the river ahead and calls down to Carney to order half speed. One of them hits the ship, stoving in the hull. Grey tells Joshua to go to full speed so they reach Natchez before they sink and then heads to the engine room...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: How bad is it, Mr. Carney?
Carney: Starboard side is stove in! We're floodin' fast! It's seepin' up through the bottom!
Grey: I'll be right down. Resume full speed ahead.
Joshua: But she'll fall apart!
Grey: It's either Natchez or the bottom, take your pick... if we got one.

Chip: Is it all right to pray for money?
Grey: Well, I--I, I don't think anyone would mind.
Chip: Do you have to know how much to ask for?
Grey: No, no, just make it general.
Chip: Yeah, God'll know.

Grey: I got my principles!
Nick Logan: Well try carrying cargo with 'em.
Grey: My principles are going to carry just as much cargo as your flat crewmen...
Nick Logan: That isn't even good English!

Nanette Burns: We move to Creighton's Landing on Friday before the miners spend their money on foolish things - like necessities.

(to Grey)
Nick Logan: Do you know what I've been thinking down there? About guys like you me? We haul cargo, we push our boats, our crew, ourselves 'til we're half dead. For what? You've worked years for the Enterprise but you take my advice: when you get her back, leave her as she is. Live on the river, don't die on it.

Chip: You're going to be a cheater, just like him.
Grey: You really believe that, Chip?
Chip: You're going with him.
Grey: Have you ever known me to cheat anybody before, ever? Have I ever lied to you, Chip?
Chip: I don't know. Mostly you just tell me to wash my ears.
Grey: Well, if you washed your ears good this morning, you'll hear what I have to say.

Joshua: All right, Chip, you stay here.
Chip: Ah, every time there's a here and a there, I stay here and everybody else goes there.

Episode Goofs
In the final fight in the grand salon, Darren McGavin's hair...

has a combover. His stunt double's in the long shots is straight.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard H. Bartlett
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 EditorHoward Epstein
SoundFrank H. Wilkinson
Assistant DirectorMilton Carter
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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