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Riverboat: Listen to the Nightingale

A showman wants the Enterprise to take his troupe to New Orleans but he doesn't have any money for passage. Grey agrees once he's convinced that the showman's lead singer will bring in enough money to cover the showman's IOU. However, when the singer's necklace is stolen, she refuses to perform unless Grey finds it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x13
Airdate: Monday January 02nd, 1961

Starring Roles
Dick WesselDick Wessel
As Carney Kohler

Co-Guest Stars
Hal NeedhamHal Needham
As 2nd Ruffian
Jeanne BalJeanne Bal
As Julie Lang
Jack AlbertsonJack Albertson
As Samson J. Binton
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Alex Jeffords
Paul StaderPaul Stader
As 1st Ruffian
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Noah Beery, Jr.Noah Beery, Jr.
As Bill Blake


In Memphis, Grey and Bill are standing on the street. Grey watches a young woman, Julie Lang, and her escort, dandy Alex Jeffords. As the couple cross a plank across a muddy spot of road, two local ruffians step out onto the other side and start jumping up and down. Grey bets Bill that Julie will make it but Alex doesn't. The ruffians shove Alex into the mud and Grey goes over to help Julie. He throws the two men off the plank, picks up Julie, and carries her to the boardwalk. She thanks Grey for his help and stares at him for a moment, and Bill quickly grabs his partner and ushers him back to the Enterprise. Alex comes over and suggests that Grey might want a reward. Julie figures that Grey is too uncomplicated and basic for money to interest him...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Frederick HerbertI Like What I See When I Look at YouJulie singing in the grand salon

Episode Quotes
Grey: Two-to-one she makes it and the dandy doesn't.
Bill: You can't afford a bet.

Grey: Oh, Bill, you got a lot to learn about this business. Now, there are times when a man has just got to take a chance.
Bill: Yes. What makes you think that now is the time to take that chance?
Grey: Instinct! Instinct. When the chips are down, what else has a man got to go on but instinct. Instinct, nothing but instinct. Takes years to develop, years.
Bill: I forgot, he has a wonderful instinct.
Grey: Yes, sir, my instinct tell me that man has an honest face.

Bill: Well salt me for a mackerel.

Episode Goofs
Alex hides the pearl necklace in his clarinet and then plays it. That would render the instrument unplayable at worst, or noticeably different sounding at best.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerBoris Kaplan
MusicGerald Fried
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyBuddy Harris
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorHoward Epstein
SoundLyle Cain
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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