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Riverboat: That Taylor Affair

When the Enterprise is impounded, Grey has to sell a partnership to master pilot Bill Blake. However, both men soon end up having to get a local sheriff's cooperation by offering him a trip on President Zachary Taylor's inaugural voyage. And to pull that off, they'll need to shanghai the contract--and the President-- from a rival captain, "Bloodhead" Morgan.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Airdate: Monday September 26th, 1960

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8/10 (1 Vote cast)
Starring Roles
Jack Lambert (1)
As Joshua MacGregor
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler

Guest Stars
Arlene Dahl
As Lucy Belle
Robert Ellenstein
As Sheriff Hagekish Stone
Stanley Adams
As Captain Morgan
Milton Frome
As Governor DeWitt
William Giorgio (1)
As Morgan's Son (as Bill Giorgio)
Paul Fix
As Zachary Taylor

Gilman Rankin
As Billingford Pierce
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Noah Beery, Jr.
As Bill Blake


In Baton Rouge in 1849, Pilot Bill Blake offers to buy a 10% share of the Enterprise for $10,000 from Grey, knowing that he's in dire financial straits. Grey assures him that he has $1,000 to his name... and a plan to multiply that tenfold. As Bill wonders how, Grey is distracted by his dates for the evening, which hail him from the dock. He tells Bill to talk to him again in the morning and then leaves in the two women's carriage...

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Episode Notes
This episode, which was presumably filmed prior to "End of a Dream", explains how Bill became the pilot and co-owner of the Enterprise.

Episode Quotes
Grey: Well, we could usurp the Tennessee's contract.
Lucy Belle: What's "usurp"?
Bill: Oh, latch onto, shanghai.
Lucy Belle: We're going to shanghai the President of the United States?
Grey: Well... yeah, you might call it that.
Bill: That is what you're going to hang for.

Lucy Belle: We're really going to shanghai the President?
Bill: May the Lord have mercy on our souls.

Grey: Carney! Pour it on, we need all the steam we can get.
Carney: We give it any more steam, she's going to blow us to heck.
Grey: I'm halfway there already.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerBoris Kaplan
MusicGerald Fried
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.
Director of PhotographyBuddy Harris
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorStanley Rabjohn
SoundWilliam Russell (2)
Assistant DirectorJack Doran
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Warning: Riverboat season 2 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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