Season 1 Episode 15

The Face of Courage

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Dec 27, 1959 on NBC
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The Face of Courage

The Enterprise steams upriver with a cargo of arms and recruits for the Fort Union outpost. At Atkin's Landing, Grey Holden is told by Homer Atkins that the Sioux have been watching the boat and are planning an uprising.

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  • Oh my god! They killed Kenny!

    Okay, they didn't. But they did kill one of the show's recurring characters, in a neat, brutal murder.

    Fortunately, that sets off some major overhauls to the ship's crew. If they had to kill someone, that'd probably be the person to kill. Well, him or Burt Reynolds, since Ben Fraser still doesn't really do much in this episode. Which is pretty much par for the course. The only time Ben gets a chance to do anything is when they sideline Darren McGavin entirely for an episode, like they did in "Trapper's Landing" and "Witness No But Burt Reynolds really doesn't have the power to hold an episode together the way that Darren McGavin does.

    Anyhoo, one star's death gives us two more regulars: Chip and Joshua. Chip is your basic whiny kid, complete with dog that gets people in trouble. But the child actor is tolerable. Joshua is played by Jack Lambert, a relatively obscure "It's that guy!" actor of the 50s and 60s. He's a real find here, though, with his constant tall tales (or are they?) about how he's done everything and seen everyplace. He makes a much better mate than his successor, Travis, who just never had much personality.

    As for the episode itself, there's a sense of doom and gloom hanging over it, and we get another captain who is willing to self-destruct a ship called Enterprise here, rather than let it fall into enemy hands. Doug McClure has a thankless role as a whiny coward, but he redeems himself at the end. Surprisingly the character gets to live. Nobody else is safe, though, and killing off a major crew member has an impact.moreless
Doug McClure

Doug McClure

Corporal Jenkins

Guest Star

Paul Birch

Paul Birch

Sergeant Major Carmody

Guest Star

Tom Drake

Tom Drake

Homer Atkins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Grey: Maybe you don't know it, Sergeant, but the Indians are like anybody else. They don't like to be shot at.

    • Carmody: It must be nice, Captain, having no loyalties.
      Grey: I don't know any man like that, Sergeant. You did what you had to do, I've got to do the same. I've got loyalties. You may not like 'em, but I've got 'em.

    • Grey: You're not afraid of 'em, are you?
      Chip: Yes, sir. I guess I am.
      Grey: Well it's not bad to be afraid, Chip. All of us are afraid of something or another. I don't like fire on a boat, for instance, it scares me. but when you grow up to be a man, well, you have to realize that sometimes you then have to keep going regardless of how you feel. Can you understand that, Chip?
      Chip: I think so. It isn't easy to be a man, is it?
      Grey: No, no, sometimes it sure isn't. But just because it isn't easy, don't you let that stop you from being a man.

    • Kitty: You know what's the matter with you?
      Homer: There's a lot of things wrong with me.
      Kitty: That's what's the matter with you. You talk like an old man, and you're a young man.
      Homer: You just don't understand.
      Kitty: Yes I do. I don't know exactly what happened to you, but I know that if a man is really a man, he stands up to life.
      Homer: Well, there's so much fighting in this world as it is.
      Kitty: Half enough for the wrong, not half enough for the right, I say.

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