Season 1 Episode 21

Path of the Eagle

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Feb 01, 1960 on NBC
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Path of the Eagle

A trip to Independence, Missouri brings back memories of a bitter adventure to Grey Holden. Holden tells the story to Chip and Joshua.

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    Myron Healey

    Myron Healey

    Steven Barrows

    Guest Star

    Dianne Foster

    Dianne Foster

    Marian Templeton

    Guest Star

    Wilton Graff

    Wilton Graff

    Henry Schofield

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • During the fights in the street and later at the Templeton manor, the stuntman who fills in for Darren McGavin looks almost nothing like the actor. In fact, he looks very similar to Jack Lambert (Joshua).

      • There are several historical inaccuracies in this episode. The Donner Party departs from Independence, MO, but in real life they left from Illinois. Also, the Donner Party left in 1846. However, preceding episodes such as "Tampico Raid" took place in 1843, and this episode is told in a flashback that took place two years earlier.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Joshua: You haven't got a woman on your mind, have you?
        Grey: A woman?
        Joshua: Aye.
        Grey: No, not a woman. A lady.

      • Marian: I've been very rude to you, Captain Holden. I apologize.
        Grey: Well, uh, just try not to spit in my eye next time you see me.
        Marian: I'll try.

      • Grey: What do you think I'm doing here? In its own way, this scow running up and down the muddy rivers of this country builds something. Every month we carry trappers, frontiersmen, people who'll go out and set up industries, clear lands. We fought side-by-side with the troops that we carried here to make the West safe. We've carried explorers to map it, we've carried immigrants to settle it. But we've carried no kings.

      • Marian: It's not just our people. It's our future. The future of our whole country. Grey, a few years ago, a party of settlers was crossing the desert. They saw a cloud after a thunderstorm that formed the image of an eagle. And the sun behind it cast the shadow of an eagle, all the way to the mountains. Well, they took this as an omen, a sign that the eagle of this country must spread its wings all the way to the ocean.

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