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Release Date:
22 September 1957 (USA) See more »
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Western, Intelligent Individualism; Roy Huggins' Masterwork See more (17 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 360)

Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick / ... (83 episodes, 1957-1962)

James Garner ... Bret Maverick / ... (60 episodes, 1957-1962)

Series Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson (18 episodes, 1957-1961)
Douglas Heyes (13 episodes, 1957-1959)
Richard L. Bare (11 episodes, 1957-1959)
Arthur Lubin (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Leslie Goodwins (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Irving J. Moore (7 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Ainsworth (4 episodes, 1961)
Paul Landres (4 episodes, 1961)
Budd Boetticher (3 episodes, 1957)
James V. Kern (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Montgomery Pittman (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
George Waggner (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lee Sholem (3 episodes, 1960-1962)
Michael O'Herlihy (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Franklin Adreon (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Abner Biberman (2 episodes, 1957)
Lew Landers (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Paul Henreid (2 episodes, 1959)
Robert Douglas (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Marc Lawrence (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sidney Salkow (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Writing credits
Douglas Heyes (11 episodes, 1957-1959)
Howard Browne (10 episodes, 1957-1961)
Marion Hargrove (9 episodes, 1957-1959)
Coles Trapnell (9 episodes, 1959-1961)
Roy Huggins (8 episodes, 1957-1960)
Robert Vincent Wright (7 episodes, 1959-1962)
Don Tait (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
George F. Slavin (6 episodes, 1957-1962)
Leo Townsend (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gerald Drayson Adams (5 episodes, 1957-1960)
Gene Levitt (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
Montgomery Pittman (5 episodes, 1958-1961)
Leonard Praskins (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
William Bruckner (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Russell S. Hughes (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Wells Root (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ron Bishop (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Herman Epstein (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Leo Gordon (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Paul Leslie Peil (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
James O'Hanlon (3 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jerry Davis (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Irene Winston (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1961)
Robert Louis Stevenson (2 episodes, 1957-1961)
R. Wright Campbell (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Palmer Thompson (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
William Driskill (2 episodes, 1959)
Arthur Paynter (2 episodes, 1960)
Peter Germano (2 episodes, 1961)

Series Produced by
William T. Orr .... executive producer (124 episodes, 1957-1962)
Roy Huggins .... producer / executive producer (54 episodes, 1957-1962)
Coles Trapnell .... producer (23 episodes, 1959-1961)
Arthur W. Silver .... supervising producer / associate producer / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
William L. Stuart .... producer (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Howie Horwitz .... producer (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Original Music by
John Neel (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (24 episodes, 1957-1961)
Ralph Woolsey (10 episodes, 1957-1959)
Carl Berger (8 episodes, 1957-1961)
Edwin B. DuPar (7 episodes, 1957-1961)
Wesley Anderson (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Perry Finnerman (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jacques R. Marquette (3 episodes, 1960-1962)
Ellis W. Carter (2 episodes, 1957-1961)
Floyd Crosby (2 episodes, 1959)
Roger Shearman (2 episodes, 1959)
Ray Fernstrom (2 episodes, 1960)
Willard Van der Veer (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
Elbert K. Hollingsworth (10 episodes, 1957-1959)
Robert Watts (9 episodes, 1957-1959)
Robert Sparr (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harold Minter (7 episodes, 1957-1959)
J. Frank O'Neill (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
Clarence Kolster (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
David Wages (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Walter S. Stern (3 episodes, 1959)
Fred Bohanan (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Tom Biggart (2 episodes, 1958)
Robert Crawford (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert B. Warwick Jr. (2 episodes, 1959)
Lloyd Nosler (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Art Direction by
Howard Campbell (40 episodes, 1957-1959)
Art Loel (12 episodes, 1957-1958)
William L. Campbell (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
John Ewing (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Perry Ferguson (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Series Set Decoration by
Jerry Welch (19 episodes, 1957-1961)
William Wallace (18 episodes, 1958-1959)
Frank M. Miller (6 episodes, 1957-1960)
Mowbray Berkeley (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Fay Babcock (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Ralph S. Hurst (3 episodes, 1958)
Patrick Delany (2 episodes, 1957)
Alfred E. Spencer (2 episodes, 1958)
John P. Austin (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ben Bone (2 episodes, 1959)
Hal Overell (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor (124 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist (45 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Production Management
Oren Haglund .... production manager (80 episodes, 1957-1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Farfan .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1957-1959)
Rusty Meek .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1958-1959)
C. Carter Gibson .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1957-1959)
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1958-1959)
Lee White .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1957)
Claude Archer .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Eddie Prinz .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
William Kissell .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
John Francis Murphy .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Rex Bailey .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (27 episodes, 1957-1958)
Roy Moore .... props (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Sound Department
Samuel F. Goode .... sound (23 episodes, 1957-1961)
Robert B. Lee .... sound (10 episodes, 1958-1961)
Stanley Jones .... sound (8 episodes, 1957-1961)
M.A. Merrick .... sound (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Francis E. Stahl .... sound (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Francis J. Scheid .... sound (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Charles Althouse .... sound (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
B.F. Ryan .... sound (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Theodore B. Hoffman .... sound (2 episodes, 1958)
Eugene F. Westfall .... sound (2 episodes, 1958)
Ross Owen .... sound (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Stunts
Bobby Somers .... stunts (11 episodes, 1957-1959)
Jack N. Young .... utility stunts (3 episodes, 1957)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Editorial Department
James Moore .... supervising film editor (82 episodes, 1957-1961)
Series Music Department
David Buttolph .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (124 episodes, 1957-1962)
Paul Francis Webster .... lyricist: theme music (124 episodes, 1957-1962)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (117 episodes, 1957-1962)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (95 episodes, 1958-1962)
Paul Sawtell .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bert Shefter .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ted Sebern .... music editor (4 episodes, 1959-1962)
Sam E. Levin .... music editor (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
Joe Inge .... music editor (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
George Marsh .... music editor (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

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50 min (124 episodes) | Argentina:60 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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According to Roger Moore, the studio decided to punish the actors at one point for protesting the long hours on the set by putting a time clock in the makeup department. Actors had to punch in every morning. Moore refused, brought his own makeup, and never punched in. Moore said that Jack Kelly was "similarly minded, and one day took the time clock and used it as a football."See more »
Bret Maverick:Never cry over spilt milk. It could've been whiskey.See more »
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Classic Western, Intelligent Individualism; Roy Huggins' Masterwork, 29 September 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"Maverick" ran for only five seasons. Early on, it was decided that the series would be best served by having two Mavericks, Bart, played by James Garner and Bret, played by Jack Kelly. By alternating the two leads, the productions for each's scripts could be shot at the same time. This led to the show's technical peculiarity. It had only one supervising producer and script supervisor, Roy Huggins, who was its creator; and he used four female assistants as script supervisors. Also, he employed 36 directors, 39 different writers, 17 cinematographers, 40 film editors, 8 art directors and 7 property masters all under Perry Ferguson as chief art director, 20 set decorators, 10 makeup personnel and 31 second-unit directors. This classic B/W show featured satires, dramas, adventures and comedies. It was inexpensively made sometimes, but offered attractive costumes and good actors, utilizing narration by the leads and clips from the Warner Brothers film library to avoid having to stage elaborate scenes. The Maverick brothers were designed by Roy Huggins to violate the Code of the West. While they could fight, and shoot, very bravely and effectively, they preferred not to fight, not to save people at great risk, not to do foolish things on a dare and not to keep up appearances. The show's creator also innovatively employed sidekicks for his leads, unusually frequently, and hired talented lead guest actors plus developing a stock company of continuing characters including Diane Brewster as larcenous and lovely Samantha Crawford, Kathleen Crowley as Melanie Blaine, Mike Road as Pearly Gates, Leo Gordon as Big Mike, and Gerald Mohr as Johnny Balero. Later, in 1960, Roger Moore played Beau Maverick, and Robert Colbert was added as cousin Brent in 1961, when Garner left the series. The leads played Texas men, a maverick being a name given to unbranded cattle in that part of the country. They gambled professionally, and continually sought after a large-enough prize to satisfy their hopes--which always eluded them somehow. Because of budgetary constraint, the writing and directing for the show were its hallmarks of quality, plus its fine guest stars. Memorable among these to me, who saw the original series, were Julie Adams, Mona Freeman, Buddy Ebsen, Abby Dalton, Ben Gage, Ruta Lee, Arthur Shields, Tol Avery, Gage Clark and many others. The ranks of the series' writers included TV stalwarts Ron Bishop, Carey Wilber, George Slavin, Gerald Drayson Adams, Wells Root, James O'Hanlon, Irene Winston, Marion Hargrove and Leo Townsend. The episode each week might be light-hearted or a dangerous mystery; frequently one Maverick or another sought a monetary prize at some risk or was cheated, kidnapped or involved in a hazardous business. Garner, with his touch for comedy, was usually given more laughs per hour. In his scripts; he fought, romanced, played cards, observed, commented and was misused. But the narrative lines of Jack Kelly's scripts were every bit as good or better, although he avoided the physical with more dexterity. The hallmark of the series I suggest was that it was about objectivists--purposive men who dealt with reality as they found it, without employing denial, wishful thinking or conventional or religious self-delusions. "My 'ol Pappy used to say," one of the brothers would drawl, and then he would proceed to state the truth, setting wisdom against the usual way men looked at things. The show is was pure Roy Huggins; he employed noted directors and talented producers such as Coles Trapnell, William P. D'Angelo, Howie Horwitz, Arthur W. Silver, William L. Stuart plus fine actors to get the result he wanted. Without him, "Maverick" would not be the "legend of the West" it has become; along with "Cheyenne", "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke", the program was a towering hit and a trend-setting show at a time when the character-based western was deservedly eclipsing all other genres. The series was adult,American and a delight, at a time when individualism was still a desirable philosophical goal to U.S. citizens and not a buzzword for its opponents to misuse while they attacked the concept. The man who lives by his own standards is only dangerous to the bad guys; the Maverick outsmarted the honest and cheated only criminals. They went "riding the trail to who knows where" as their theme song said, with luck as a companion and an intelligent gamble as their way of life. We loved them in 1957; we who enjoyed their adventures then miss them today. They and their self-assertive sort.

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