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The River: Part 2 

Continuation of Episode #18.1, "The River, Part 1". The outlaws catch up with Matt Dillon and the two orphans, Tuttle and Hannah, at the rough mining town. Matt and the children make their ... See full summary »





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paulette Duvalier
Charlie Utter
Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...
Runaway / Hannah (as Patti Cohoon)
Clay O'Brien ...
Runaway / Tuttle
Finn MacCool
Jerry Gatlin ...
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Suggs (as Red Morgan)
Pete Kellett ...
Aunt Ida


Continuation of Episode #18.1, "The River, Part 1". The outlaws catch up with Matt Dillon and the two orphans, Tuttle and Hannah, at the rough mining town. Matt and the children make their escape on the raft, along with the pair of thieves, Pierre and Paulette. As the outlaws ride hell-for-leather along the Rogue River bank, the escapees continue their whitewater rafting journey. All the characters meet at the Narrows, and the plot threads weave a well-disposed conclusion. Written by richardann

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18 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Toward the end, as the large tree is cut down, the cuts are made on the wrong side, for the tree to fall in the direction it did. Also, cut on the backside of the trunk is supposed to be above the main cut - for safety. See more »

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An excellent story from beginning to end.
24 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This two part episode takes place in Oregon wilderness which is a nice background but really beyond-the-pale of reality. For a US Marshal in Dodge City to be tracking bank robbers all the way to Oregon would require at least a twenty day horse ride. But with a lot of 'for TV sake' items we take it with a grain of salt. But even with that odd incident, the story was interesting and entertaining and perhaps one of the best in the entire series.

What all starts this episode off is that Marshal Dillon has tracked a group of bank robbers to the Oregon. Matt has gotten the money back but the leader of the group, Charlie Utter (Slim Pickens), is now in pursuit of the Marshal. Matt has to jump from a tall ledge into a river to prevent capture and ends up on a raft occupied by two young children, with a Huckleberry Finn complex, that are runaways.

The rest of the episode will consist of Charlie Utter chasing Marshal Dillon down the river and Marshal Dillon getting into little situation along the river edge. From helping the two young runaways to rescuing a gambler, Pierre (Jack Elam) and his woman assistant Paullette (Miriam Colon) from a group of angry miners, Marshal Dillon will have his raft full as the five of the float down a rough river. And Marshal will need all their help to avoid the Utter gang.

The very best thing about this episode is the guest actors. Slim Pickens is excellent with his wild actions and funny quotes as he plays the villain chasing Matt down the river. Miriam Colon's character was at first unlikeable but through the script she became someone that was respected. Jack Elam even played a part that made him so famous that everyone will like. Plus with James Arness having less participation in most of the shows, it was nice to see him take charge and be in full force in both parts of the program. Even the children could not have been a better cast.

I am not fond of two part episodes but I will say this was a pleasure to watch. With the terrific acting and great story the fact it was set in Oregon should make no difference. GREAT SHOW!

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