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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 »
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James Garner: 1928-2014
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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)

Did You Know?

James Garner claimed that during filming one day they had less than an hour until overtime would have to be paid, but they still needed to shoot a complicated fight scene. Spying a group of tall weeds, he suggested that he throw his opponent into the weeds and have the fight proceed with much shaking of the weeds, and people being ejected from the weeds, only to immediately run back in. The results were extremely funny, and thus the cast and crew began to look for "funny" ways to cut corners, turning the show into a semi-comedy.See more »
Pappy Maverick:A man does what he has to do - if he can't get out of it.See more »
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Referenced in Darkplace Illuminatum (2006) (V)See more »
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Prime Directive, 7 August 2005
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

I've heard Bret Maverick described as a "coward" and the show described as a western spoof that gets its humor from the cowardice of the hero. I think this is totally wrong.

A decade before Star Trek introduced its "Prime Directive"- that they shouldn't interfere with the development of the civilizations they encounter, a rule they had to repeatedly break if there was to be any story, Bret Maverick was exercising his own "Prime Directive". All that advice from his "Pappy" adds up to one thing: mind your own business and if everyone else minds their own business, you'll be fine. When Maverick is at a gaming table, he's fine. He knows what's going on and can manipulate things to his advantage. When he gets involved in other things, he has the tread water just to keep up.

He's no coward. He can get angry and be aggressive, (especially in the early episodes, when Roy Huggins was still doing much of the writing). He just doesn't want his life to get too messy and would rather use his wits to resolve his problems rather than tactics that are likely to get somebody hurt. He saw too many people get hurt in the war and wasn't impressed.

But, as with "The Prime Directive", if Bret, (or Bart), was allowed to stick to this, there would be no story. So the writers had to come up with something to him involved in other people's business- or them in his.

The first option was to invoke rule #2: Bret doesn't let anybody cross him. If he gets cheated or conned, he will go far out of his way and bend all other rules, if necessary, to get what's coming to him and make sure the cheaters get what's coming to them. The second option was to introduce an attractive female- who may or may not be trustworthy and have her, intentionally or not, seduce Maverick into helping her solve her problems. Then, there's always money. Everybody has to bend rules when they are broke and a gambler frequently finds his luck running against him and will be willing to take a job- even a dangerous- one in such circumstances. Finally, there are occasions when, against his-and Pappy's better judgment, Maverick just has to do the right thing. These weaknesses and inconvenient strengths endear the character to the audience.

So does Maverick's generally sunny disposition. When he's minding his own business, he figures things will work out. Even when he's in trouble, he somehow always seems to figure he will get out of it somehow and takes temporary defeats in stride. Someone said that "Maverick" is "The Rockford Files" out west. Of course, "Maverick" came first. There are similarities. But Rockford is more world-weary, lest trustful of what the future may bring. A stretch in jail will do that do you. With him, avoiding complications is even more important. He does detective work because it's what he knows but he really just wants to make enough money to go fishing with his Pappy. Maverick stills see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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