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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 »

Director:

Herb Wallerstein

Writer:

Jack Miller
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Amanda Blake ... Kitty (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus (credit only)
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Jack Elam ... Pierre
Miriam Colon ... Paulette Duvalier
Slim Pickens ... Charlie Utter
Patti Cohoon-Friedman Patti Cohoon-Friedman ... Runaway / Hannah (as Patti Cohoon)
Clay O'Brien ... Runaway / Tuttle
Roger Torrey ... Finn MacCool
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Lapin
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Suggs (as Red Morgan)
Pete Kellett Pete Kellett ... Hodad
Jack Perkins ... Drunk
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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James Arness is the only series regular that appears in this installment. See more »

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Jack Elam's French accent comes and goes. See more »

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Too Long
28 June 2011 | by Bronco46See 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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