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The River: Part 1 

The episode has two plot threads. First, in the Oregon wilderness Matt Dillon escapes with a prisoner from a band of bank robbers led by Charley Utter. They kill the prisoner but continue ... See full summary »

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Paulette Duvalier
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Charlie Utter
Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...
Runaway / Hannah (as Patti Cohoon)
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The episode has two plot threads. First, in the Oregon wilderness Matt Dillon escapes with a prisoner from a band of bank robbers led by Charley Utter. They kill the prisoner but continue to pursue Matt for the $24,000 bank loot he has recovered from them. Second, Matt encounters two runaway orphans, Tuttle and Hannah Kincaid, who are floating down the Rogue River. At a rough mining town Matt and the children encounter a thief, Pierre, and his partner in crime, Paulette. Written by richardann

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11 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The ambitious opening shot as the camera zooms over the treetops of the Rogue river, Oregon was later used in the title sequence of James Arness' western series 'How the West Was Won' See more »

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Too Long
28 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writers went a little crazy on this one. Why Matt Dillon is in Oregon is never really explained in a plausible manner. Granted he is a federal marshal, but he was also the marshal of a large city. So it's unlikely he would have traveled 800 miles across the Rocky Mountains to transport a prisoner. And then a river boat journey is forced into the story; with the obligatory pretty woman, and in this two dirty faced children. Cliché's abound in this overly long episode. Even though this is a silly story, that they couldn't cram into one hour; they should have found a way. They simply tried to do to much with this one. On the positive side besides the always excellent James Arness; is the great Jack Elam and Slim Pickens. These two episodes are worth watching to see those two men perform. So it's a mixed review. A silly overly long story made watchable by the performances of Jack Elam and Slim Pickens.


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