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Hosted by well known General George Kenney, the show was an anthology featuring the importance of aviation. Frequently war stories, it also dealt with the practical uses of civilian air as in severe weather conditions.
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Three Episodes Where Burt Reynolds played Captain, not Pilot
Fans of the late Burt Reynolds already knew that he'd been acting since the 1950's. The first television series to feature him in a co-starring role... even before his role as a half-Indian blacksmith on GUNSMOKE... was called RIVERBOAT, centering on a charming gambler, played by a charming Darren McGavin, who runs the fancy title vessle, floating up and down the river finding adventures along the way. Burt, as the muscular, mellow ship's pilot, only appeared in 80% of the first of two seasons: and as he shared in a book and tons of interviews, he just kinda stood there, looking tough, even complacent. But he had three entire episodes pretty much all his own, which began with the 8th and most vapid, banal, flowing and fun titled WITNESS NO EVIL wherein Vincent Price, a con man who brings a zoo of exotic animals on board, has a gorilla (a man in a horribly dated suit) trained to steal money from loaded and lucky gamblers...
Burt Reynolds in Riverboat's Night at Trapper's Landing Episode 9
The entire episode was so wacky, poor Burt seemed unprepared for the captain's seat, and seemed half in a daze, even in his stalwart and agile, Marlon Brando-looking youth...
But the following two episodes had more to offer Burt's concentrated and narrowed early style: A NIGHT AT TRAPPER'S LANDING and THE FAITHLESS, which ranged from from fighting to save young soldiers from dying by the hands of much more cunning and experienced Indians to keeping a hostile mob from lynching a wrongfully accused, prison-bound doctor. In the other more lightweight episodes, his comedic skills, that would unbound years later (albeit too much), were either in hibernation or, like Jack Nicholson before EASY RIDER, he was letting his charm out slowly, meticulously, till the world was ready...
And now, written on the day of the death of Burt Reynolds, what can be said? The man has been here, and now he's gone. Between that is a generation who's been alive as long as Burt's been acting, and we remember his heyday without belated, hindsight sighs of "He could have done better films" because Reynolds was always exciting and energetic, and seemed to be hiding the true talents that it took many of us years later to fully realize (BOOGIE NIGHTS, perhaps)...
And, so, at the end of his three reigning RIVERBOAT episodes, Darren McGavin would show up at the epilogue... back from some kind of trip to New Orleans... and Burt's character would tell him everything that happened in a nonchalant manner while McGavin would listen, completely stunned, at everything he'd missed, and that Burt had gone through and taken care of with the rudimentary signs of a style and charm that'd eventually rule the world.
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