Carlo Montagna is the captain of an Italian cargo vessel that docks in Montreal. He has travelled there to see his 15 year-old son, Martin, who he hasn't seen before. Carlo meets the boy at his adoptive family's house but keeps his identity secret. However, the boy's adoptive father recognises Carlo and confronts him about his motives. King acts as a mediator to resolve the differences between Montagna, Martin and the boy's parents. Written by
Seaway was a Canadian series that ran during 1965-66. It followed the various Police agencies trying to prevent criminal activity on the new St. Lawrence Seaway. The leads are played by Stephen Young, as an investigator for the ship-owners association, and Austin Willis as the man who coordinates the Police response if needed. This episode is the second episode of the series.
Seaway investigator Stephen Young gets involved with the Captain of an Italian merchantman. The Captain, Nehemiah Persoff, always stops his ship in Montreal, even though it is never scheduled to make a stop at the port. This time, Persoff claims engine problems.
Young is sent by the ship owners to check out the problems. Young figures that the Captain most likely has a woman on the side there. It turns out however that the real reason for the stops, are so Persoff can look in on his son. The boy, Richard Thomas, was adopted by a Canadian couple, Bill Kemp and Aileen Seaton 15 years before. Persoff had been away at sea had only found out about the boy some time later.
This time, instead of just watching from a distance, Persoff introduces himself to the family. The kid, Thomas takes an immediate shine to the man. Thomas decides that he wants to have a life at sea and stows away on the ship. This of course starts a whole series of events with the adopted family coming unglued over worry for the boy.
Persoff realizes that the boy is better off with the people, Kemp and Seaton, who care for him. He acts like an a-hole to the kid to convince the lad to stay with his Canadian "parents".
This episode was directed by Canadian, Daniel Petrie. Petrie was nominated 13 times and won 5 Directors Guild of America awards. He also pulled in 3 Emmy awards for his television work. His big screen films include, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE IDOL, BUSTER AND BILLIE, COCOON:THE RETURN, ROCKET GIBRALTAR and FORT APACHE THE BRONX.
The series was created by writer and director, Abraham Polonsky. Polonsky won an Oscar for best writing-screenplay for 1947's, BODY AND SOUL. He would be the script supervisor on this series and wrote and directed several of the episodes. His big screen work includes, BODY AND SOUL, FORCE OF EVIL, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE and MADIGAN.
Richard Thomas, would hit television gold as John-Boy on the long running series, THE WALTONS.
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