22 September 1957
We first glimpse Bret unshaven & dirty, lugging a rifle, trying to register at a classy hotel. Using the $1000 bill pinned inside his jacket, and adding some dollar-size strips cut from a newspaper, Bret cadges a room via a bulging envelope for the guest safe. Changing into his gambler's duds for a poker game including the company town's silver baron Phineas King, Bret (James Garner) wins - and only Bret hints that King is a card cheat. King's casino manager, Big Mike McComb has Bret beaten, but won't have him killed. Big Mike (screenwriter/ex-con Leo Gordon) becomes a memorable recurring character in the series. After King still takes a crack at having Bret iced, Bret runs an ad in King's paper: "King did NOT try to kill me - today. See this space tomorrow !" Directed by one of the best Western specialists, Budd Boetticher.
29 September 1957
Kicked out of one town, jailed for running a con in the next, Bret's luck turns when a sultry waitress eases him out of stir to work as a spotter in a casino. A cattle drive's heading to Bent Fork, so the casino's soon jammed with drunken cowpokes raring to cheat at cards and start shooting. Bret's sharp benefactor Molly proves an alluring mystery: why's she staying in the hottest, driest town in the West, since she has two quick-tempered suitors already, the straight-arrow sheriff and a bank clerk?
6 October 1957
A Southern belle targets Bret and cleans him out at poker. Bret gets staked to switch to a different paddle-wheeler, so she'll follow, and plenty of spectators will, too. Different riverboat, same result. Samantha Crawford explains that Bret took her father for $50,000 - who embezzled to cover his losses and is now in prison. Samantha's raising money to make restitution, but she's still short, and Bret's broke again. As Pappy said "man's the only animal that can get skinned more than once," so Bret proposes they combine forces.
13 October 1957
Bret is robbed by The Kid and trails him to a poker game, but The Kid's just been killed. As the winners rake in The Kid's money, they ask newcomer Bret if The Kid (Edd Byrnes, Kookie on "77 Sunset Strip") was a friend. "No but the money was," Bret sighs. Bret spies an entrancing widow sobbing on a bench, gives her a ride, but she vanishes in the chilly dark, wearing the coat containing the remainder of Bart's money. White Rock's townspeople ridicule Bret's tale, because she died weeks before (June 1872). When the local undertaker takes a gunshot at him, Bret's determined to stay in town to investigate, because the undertaker was the specter's fiancé.
20 October 1957
Fleeing sore losers, Bret is saved from death by stage robber Lefty Dolan who obligates Bret with a dying wish - free the man wrongly convicted in another heist, instead of Lefty. Lefty lives long enough to clue in Bret to a bank robbery he and three others were involved in when the mistaken identity occurred. When Bret goes to the prison to talk to the innocent prisoner Jedd, Bret is pledged to an even stranger promise - don't tell Jedd's wife there's any hope of saving him. Citizen Kane-style cinematography, in the first of many Maverick episodes directed or written by Doug Heyes.
Season 1, Episode 6: Stage West27 October 1957
Bret comes to the assistance of a woman who came west when she learns of her husband's gold strike. A ruthless family of ranchers have killed her husband, though, and try to convince the young lady that they are her late husband's partners.
3 November 1957
Bret wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game, but soon discovers he's been conned - the Arabian mount turns out to be an overly-affectionate camel. While fleeing the dromedary, Bret stumbled into a small town and runs into an old flame who's engaged to the town's mayor. Bret soon learns that the mayor runs a crooked gambling hall and isn't above shooting card players when they stumble onto his cheating ways.
Season 1, Episode 8: Hostage10 November 1957
Introduces brother Bart (Jack Kelly) teaming with Bret to board a riverboat's maiden voyage, sold out to Creole aristocrats with gambling fever. To crash the private cruise, the Mavericks introduce themselves to the ship's French owner, whose lovely daughter, Yvette, is shanghaied right after the Mavericks are rebuffed. The brothers pursue the kidnappers, hoping to free the jeune fille, get an invitation, and a reward. At the New Orleans cabaret where the Mavericks meet Yvette, pop singer Don Durant ("Johnny Ringo") croons "Get Along Home Cindy" to her. Durant was a runner-up for the role of Bart.
Season 1, Episode 9: Stampede17 November 1957
Bret, and new character Dandy Jim Buckley, join a gold rush to even a score with Cadiz, a crooked gambler who robbed them. Cadiz's brawler Battling Kreuger is taking on all comers, and en route Bret, crashes into a possible challenger, mountain man Noah, complete with a pet skunk.
24 November 1957
Bart doesn't like being employed at all, but accompanying a beautiful, moneyed widow on a stagecoach apparently wasn't ruled out by Pappy. Though they are traveling South from Old Santa Fe through badlands, the coach's heating up. The closer they get to Le Mesa, the more Bart wants to combine business & pleasure. Are those danger signs he's ignoring from not-so-demure Daisy? Is protecting her making Bart love-blind and vulnerable ? Which is the real danger: varmints he's been hired to protect her against - or her and the jeweled gun?
1 December 1957
Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose cargo is apparently only worth half that. Brother Bart soon finds out why their unknown rival was willing to bid so high - in addition to bales of silk and rice, the wreck's hold is full of illegal opium.
8 December 1957
Maverick is looking for the man who paid him with stolen money during a poker game to clear his name with a marshal who is looking for him. His investigation leads him to a town where he takes a job as a dealer in a saloon. Not only does he find information regarding the men who stole the money but also gets involved with a feud between one of the men and Doc Holliday.
15 December 1957
Bart's nosing round Bent Spur pursuing his friend's murderer. Bart was so down on his luck, he spent a winter trapping beaver outside town. Bent Spur's overstocked with red herrings, who too easily slip through the fingers of Sheriff Barney F, including the killer, broken out of jail by the evil Brink. The murder victim's brassy lady-friend/casino partner is a quick rebounder, who immediately sidles up to the suspicious Bart.
29 December 1957
Bret goes to the office of a wealthy mine owner to collect a substantial gambling debt. When the man refuses to pay and then draws his gun, Bret is forced to kill him. Bret goes to report the shooting, but when he returns the corpse is gone, the bulled-riddled office has been repaired and the law officer is not amused at being awakened in the wee hours of the morning to investigate a non-crime. Bret is even more perplexed when he meets the mine owner he killed in the flesh, and the man meekly gives him the $10,000 he owed him. A beautiful woman whose father is missing believes the two incidents are connected and tries to convince Bret to investigate.
5 January 1958
Stranded, Bart Maverick has to catch a ride with 2 horsemen. When a posse appears, they flee. One horseman escapes, while the other is killed by the posse. Bart becomes the chief suspect in a robbery/murder the horsemen are suspected of.
12 January 1958
Bret agrees to serve as the bodyguard for a woman traveling with $200,000 in cash to a small Montana town. En route, he discovers that the money in the suitcase he's guarding is all counterfeit.
19 January 1958
Bret is selected to serve on the jury of a murder trial and finds himself the only member who refuses to believe that the defendant is guilty.
26 January 1958
A San Francisco tycoon takes a dislike to Bart and has him beaten, robbed and thrown on board a sailing ship bound for New Orleans. Maverick vows revenge and with the help of a pair of charming, but broke, French countesses, returns to the City on the Bay to extract the $17,000 that was stolen from him. Maverick discovers that his nemesis is plotting a multi-million scam by fleecing his fellow millionaires by selling stock in a phony diamond field and is determined to protect his friends and recover his money at the same time.
2 February 1958
When a cowhand accuses Maverick of cheating at cards, the local marshal intercedes, but the blow that knocked the young man wound up killing him. When the cowhand's trail boss and ramrod gang up on the marshal and kill him, the town's printer publishes an angry broadside accusing the ranchers of murder, which causes the trail hands to threaten to destroy the town. The local businessman must decide whether to band together or turn the printer over to the angry cowboys.
9 February 1958
A beautiful con woman convinces Bart that a fellow hotel guest is really the leader of a counterfeit ring in possession of the plates to print the phony money. After Bret helps steal the plates, he learns that the gangster is really a Secret Service agent and the two men join forces to reclaim the plates before they're put to criminal use.
16 February 1958
Trapped by a flood with Dandy Jim Buckley, the Maverick brothers while away the time by explaining why they can't return to Texas. Soon after the Civil War, the boys return home and discover that the town's unscrupulous storekeeper is plotting to grab enough land in three counties to form a 5000 square mile ranch. When the Mavericks agree to lead a cattle drive for the storekeeper's principal rival, he frames them for murder. Now Bret must lead the herd across Comanche territory to Fort Adobe with the army in pursuit, while Bart searches for the only witness to the shootout.
23 February 1958
Travelling across the Arizona desert, the stagecoach conveying Bart Maverick and his companions is attacked by what appear to be Apache Indians. The passengers manage to reach the ruins of an adobe house and soon discover that the men besieging them are actually Mexican bandits who want something that one of the passengers possesses. As the broiling heat takes its toll, Bret attempts to discover which one of his fellow wayfarers is protecting a secret worth fighting, and possibly dying, for.
2 March 1958
Samantha Crawford invites five of the wealthiest and most influential poker players in the west to a game and stakes Bret to $20,000 to compete in the contest. After the game is robbed of more than $100,000 by two gunmen, Bret is accused of complicity and discovers that Samantha received the money she gave Bret from a shady third party. Their reputations at stake Bret and Samantha pursue the crooks into Sioux territory in the Black Hills in order to recover the money.
9 March 1958
Bart Maverick and Big Mike McComb are invited to a remote Mexican fishing village to help locate and remove buried treasure from under the nose of the authorities. When they arrive, the man who asked for their help has disappeared and in his place they find a marooned saloon singer, a woman claiming to be the missing man's wife and a gang of Mexican bandits who dog their every step.
Season 1, Episode 25: Black Fire16 March 1958
Crusty old General Eakins summons all his living relatives to his ranch to assess who'll inherit his fortune. Bret Maverick fills in for obnoxious ne'er-do-well nephew Homer Eakins, a snooty painter, while Eakins pretends to be Maverick. The General takes a liking to the "new, improved" Homer Eakins, who the General hasn't seen since Homer was a tyke. Then the relatives start being killed, one by one...
30 March 1958
Bart trails a thief to the Wyoming badlands where the man is leading a woman and her fiancé to where he claims to have seen her supposedly dead husband. In order to regain his money, Bart must join the party and make sure they can return safely to Denver after crossing sacred Sioux Indian territory.
13 April 1958
Bret and Bart ride into a small Arizona town and are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday despite their protestations to the contrary. Things start to look bad for the Mavericks when an outlaw gang ride into town and the local sheriff convinces the crooks that the two gamblers are the famous lawmen. The gunsels aren't about to let two men get in the way of their planned bank robbery no matter what their reputation.
21 September 1958
$40,000 is stolen from the bank of Hallelujah. The robber plants incriminating evidence on Bret and he is arrested, tried, and sentenced to hang. However, the question remains, what happened to the money? The sheriff is very curious.
28 September 1958
Bret's venture to aid an endangered beauty, to save her father's property, throws Bret, alone, in the middle of a gang of vicious robbers hunting for their buried take near Lonesome, Colorado. Riding into Lonesome, Bret is warned by the town's road sign, on which "Welcome" is crossed out and "Behave" painted in. Lonesome's citizens are consumed with revenge for the bank robbers (especially Richard Reeves, "Billy the Kid versus Dracula", "Dance with Me Henry") - and greed for the missing loot.
5 October 1958
Bart & Gentleman Jack's testy partnership snaps when Jack guns down Little Jeb of the Plummer Gang, after Bart & Jack were run out of the previous town for gambling. Bad loser Jeb gave the duplicitous Gentleman 3 steps to get to the saloon door, mister, but his gang is not so generous, forcing Jack and blonde saloon dancer Cindy Lou Brown to flee through Sioux Territory. Jack still had time to get Bart jailed as Jack's alias Sir Stratford Avon, so Bart wants in on the chase too.
12 October 1958
Maverick and a hunting expedition of headstrong Englishmen are robbed by an outlaw gang and abandoned without food and water in the middle of the desert. Maverick convinces his party, by threat and force of argument, that their only hope of survival is to follow the gang across the desert waste to their hideout and take back their horses and provisions by force.
19 October 1958
Newcomer Bart Maverick is suspected by sheriff Bald Bill of a robbery/murder. Bart's friend Dandy Jim Buckley helps the imprisoned Bart uncover the actual culprits.
26 October 1958
Bankrupt after a run of bad luck at the poker table, Bret agrees to help bring a man wanted for murder back to New Orleans for trial. The catch is, the man has fled to Mexico and has the backing of the local government.
2 November 1958
Bart's about to go into the casino business with a shady partner when his twenty thousand contribution is stolen by a beautiful Norweigan dance hall girl. Bart's partner agrees to put up $10,000 to hold their option open for three days and Bart must retrieve his cash from the woman before she disappears into Mexico.
9 November 1958
Dandy Jim convinces Bret to partner with him to buy horses for cavalry remounts and Bret learns too late it's just another of Jim's swindles. Worse, Jim steals all Bret's money and leaves him tied up in the wilderness. Bret soon tracks Dandy Jim to a Wyoming town with a long memory - when a notorious outlaw broke out of jail eight years earlier, the town fathers determined to build an escape-proof jail. Now Dandy Jim's behind bars for a crime he didn't commit - for a change - and he refuses to tell Bret where he's hid the money he stole from the gambler unless he breaks him out of jail. Time's short because a lynch mob is beginning to form.
16 November 1958
After getting off a stage and checking into a hotel room, Bart is tricked into slipping out of his room just long enough for the suitcase he is carrying with $2,600 to be stolen. Looking for the men on the stage who knew he was carrying the money, he finds one of them dead and another has left the hotel. But then another, a town judge, returns Bart's suitcase with the money intact. The suitcase Bart left the stage with was the judge's identical looking one which held a valuable document in it that many believe Bart has hidden, and are willing to kill for.
23 November 1958
Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, while Bret sits whittling & rocking in a chair on a shady Sunny Acres porch, poor-mouthing all by-passers that he's "just working on" a plan. The small-town banker is way out of his league in silver-rich Denver with seductive Sam Crawford, intimidating Big Mike, slicksters Gentleman Jack & Dandy Jim etc. as Maverick's operatives in this classic episode.
30 November 1958
Bret's confined to a small isle settled by close-mouthed English immigrants who fear he's a spy or government agent. Bret, totally trussed up in a dinghy, floated up to their isolated dock, where a fisher-woman frees him. Bret, gambling on a Mississippi river boat, was KOed, then set adrift in the lifeboat. The isle's Mississippi Queen Ladybird is under duress too. What are the Brits hiding and why was Bret castaway?
7 December 1958
When his horse is spooked by a wild cat, Bart suffers a broken leg. His benefactor's wife has plans for him and all he wants to do is get away as soon as he is able. But his friend's wife may have something to say about that.
14 December 1958
Bart is charged with murdering Bret's nemesis Gentleman Jack, over an entrancing Spanish dancer, one of the only women in a mining boomtown. A saloon owner dominates the town, but his battle to control dancer Elena Grande is failing, as the strong-willed woman has her own well-hidden agenda. Is the missing Gentleman Jack dead, is it a scheme to get back at the Mavericks or what ?
28 December 1958
Bret attends the annual 4th of July horse race in Hollow Rock, WY. He learns the two top contenders have strong reasons for winning which may involve Bret more than just his desire to make a sure bet.
4 January 1959
A strand of pearls appraised at $40,000 leads Bart to loan $10,000 to the owner. When they skip town leaving him with a strand that's worthless, he enlists Bret to help him get his money back - for a fee, of course.
Season 2, Episode 16: Gun-Shy11 January 1959
Bret, seeking buried Confederate treasure in Elwood, Kansas, keeps running afoul of U.S. Marshal Mort Dooley. The marshal keeps running Bret out of town. Bret, in turn, keeps outwitting the lawman.
18 January 1959
Bart and Bret both toss certified $10,000 drafts into a poker game, but are told that the exchange company has just gone under. For 10 % of the drafts, a woman confides to each of the brothers separately, that the Deadwood office of the company doesn't yet know it's closing. But they'll have to race through "Indian country" to get to Deadwood ahead of a company official on his way to close the office.
Season 2, Episode 18: The Rivals25 January 1959
A rich playboy pays Bret Maverick to switch identities with him, so the playboy can court a wealthy young woman, who'd otherwise reject him.
1 February 1959
Bret Maverick is on his way to a high stakes poker game, when an injured friend with a hidden agenda, begs him to visit. After Bret arrives, the friend's beautiful daughter draws Bret into a plot of her own. Both plots revolve around cold-blooded Red Hardigan (a lanky, young Clint Eastwood
). Red demands Bret leave Sundown immediately - or rest in Sundown forever.
8 February 1959
Losing his stake in a bank robbery, Bart agrees to hold two men for $300 on a pretty woman's say-so. When the story proves false, he rides after her only to find she is partnering a cattle drive and they are being murdered one by one.
15 February 1959
Bret rides into Bent City with Waco Williams, a man he encountered out on the trail. Waco, while not seeking a fight, won't run away from one, either. As a result, Waco's life is threatened more than once. This causes Bret much anxiety, because he has his own reasons for keeping Waco alive.
22 February 1959
A rich widow woman uses her influence to get Bart into a high stakes poker game in which he wins both stock in a railroad and a colossal headache. Directed by "Casablanca" star PAUL HENREID.
8 March 1959
Bart Maverick, in need of money, signs on as a guide on a wagon train. He knows one woman on the wagon train and she's hiding a secret. Another woman on the wagon train is plotting to kill her husband but she's having second thoughts. When the wagon train arrives at its destination, the biggest threat of all awaits.
15 March 1959
Frankie French has a mysterious and secret benefactor who has paid for her trip to Ten Strike with the promise of more funds. Who is the benefactor, and what does he want from Frankie?
Season 2, Episode 25: Betrayal22 March 1959
During a stagecoach robbery, Bart realizes that one of the female passengers recognizes the voice of a masked bandit. Hoping to recover his lost funds as well as obtain a reward, Bart stays close to the passenger. But she soon shows herself to be treacherous, not just in matters of money but in matters of love.
29 March 1959
Why does singer Jenny Hill keep moving from town to town for short engagements when she could find a longer term gig if she wanted? And why does Bret keep following her on her journey?
Season 3, Episode 1: Pappy13 September 1959
Bret and Bart travel to Louisiana when they find out their Pappy is engaged to an 18-year-old girl. Bart is posing as "Dandy Jim" Buckley, the nemesis of the Mavericks. The girl's father wants Pappy to be killed in a duel -- but only after the engagement is announced.
20 September 1959
Bart wedges himself between a scam & a silver baron, to collect a card debt from welsher & conman Capt. Fitzgerald. Central to the dragoon is Countess de la Fontaine, engaged to the mining magnate Placer Jack, and she's far from the plain/fat/50, the Irish rogue describes her as to brush Bart off. Jack's protective children become spykids - because they're equally suspicious of Bart, Fitzgerald and the Countess.
27 September 1959
Bret gets blackmailed into serving a six-month term as sheriff of Duck 'N Shoot, a wild town that chews up sheriffs. Bret's style is unconventional but, to his chagrin, effective. However, he runs afoul of a larcenous woman and ends up behind the bars of his own jail. Brother Bart arrives to help him out -- for a price.
4 October 1959
On the road traveling to meet an old girlfriend who wrote him a letter, Bart meets a young cowboy who tells him he's going to kill a man - the man who owns the gambling house where the girl now works. But when the cowboy winds up being the one killed instead, Bart is accused of killing him, and starts to wonder if he's not being played as a pawn in a game.
11 October 1959
Bret gets involved by financing Modesty Blaine's plan to sell cats to a mining town to control the rat population. But when she leaves him holding an empty bag, Bret must face the wrath of a jealous but superstitious sheriff and a hired killer willing to put cash and duty ahead of friendship.
18 October 1959
Being cleaned out by a female bandit, then kicked out of Gold Flats for beating its mayor at poker, forces Bart to nearby town Friendly where pretending to be a reformed sinner at least cadges a meal as a guest lecturer at a ladies' social. The comely thief is in the audience, but will Bart turn her in, or do a far, far better thing than he's ever done before?
Season 3, Episode 7: Full House25 October 1959
Bret, fearless mastermind of super-villain gang Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Cole Younger etc. ? Mistaken for the mysterious dandy, Foxy the Brain, Bret must whip out a fool-proof heist blueprint for this Axis of Evil summit of the West. Luckily, the real Foxy's in jail after a poker dispute with Bret, but what jail can hold the slippery Foxy ? At least the amorous Belle Starr's floored by Bret's charm, but the other legendary outlaws put Bret to the test.
1 November 1959
Bart falls for a beautiful girl but doesn't know he's being set up for a murder nor does he know whom he is going to kill. He is steered to the truth about both by another girl who also likes him.
8 November 1959
Arriving at an army fort shortly after an Indian massacre, Bret and two soldiers must find a way to survive the gathering Indian war party until reinforcements arrive. Bret's plan involves turning the Indians' superstitions against them.
Season 3, Episode 10: Easy Mark15 November 1959
Bart, escaping his last poker game due to sore losers, runs into an heir to a railroad in the middle of the desert who just has two concerns: getting to a meeting by Friday and cross pollinating a delicate and rare cactus.
22 November 1959
A fellow's got to kill the fellow who kills a fellow's brother. At least, that's the Code of the West. At first mistaken for the fellow who killed a fellow's brother, Bret sends the brother off in search of brother Bart as the alleged killer. When word comes back that Bart has been killed, the locals expect Bret to seek his own revenge. But Bret seems nonchalant about the news and has other plans. If only the idolizing Smoky would stay out of the way.
29 November 1959
Involuntarily enlisted into the army, Bart becomes a spy for the local base commander trying to find out who is selling arms to the local Indians. But when the commander dies and Bart is caught with the arms dealers, he faces a court martial and potential execution for treason.
6 December 1959
In an effort to save her brother from the clutches of a scheming Melanie Blake, a wealthy rancher blackmails Bret into playing the role of a wealthy Texan to seduce Melanie into giving up the brother. But the brother has already been cheated out of his share of the ranch, so it is up to Bret with help from brother Bart to regain the asset through a land development ploy.
13 December 1959
A "goose-drownder" (rainstorm) perilously strands gambling rivals Gentleman Jack and Bart in a tiny roadhouse. A stagecoach has to pull in, too, brimming with suspicious, hostile characters, especially a wounded, notorious highwayman, The Arapaho Kid, and a bedding salesman named Red Herring! The Kid's blonde lady-friend, Stella Legendre (in French, "the sex star") once robbed Bart, but Bart forgives her. Does Bart still have a soft spot for Stella, or is he just trying to discern which ones are The Kid's gang?
20 December 1959
Johnny Rain, a friend to all and beloved by all, has a problem. He does not particularly like whiskey and it doesn't agree with him, but his girlfriend insists that he should drink. While under the spell of whiskey, Johnny takes to stagecoach holdups. Bret figures out that it is Johnny behind the robberies, but can he figure out where the loot is hidden?
3 January 1960
Having won a saloon, Bart arrives in town to find it closed because of a competing claim of ownership by the Marquessa, the alleged heir to the land grant on which the saloon and the town sits. Bart suspects that the Marquessa is a fraud, but is she?
10 January 1960
Having been tricked into buying a share of a steamboat instead of the whole boat, Bret and his co-owners sail the boat up the Mississippi to an interested purchaser. Along the way, however, the co-owners start dying one by one.
17 January 1960
Bret and Bart are hired by the feuding Carteret and Montgomery families to settle a longtime dispute by a poker competition. The families are unaware of Bret and Bart's relationship, but when they become suspicious the stakes are considerably raised for the brothers.
24 January 1960
A big winner at poker, Bart puts his winnings in the hotel safe. When he awakes, his cash is gone and the clerk is dead. His only chance for a stake is the bank president, aka the Widow White, who's future is threatened by mysterious notes.
31 January 1960
Finding himself in love with a woman who disappears, Bret follows her trail to Guatemala City. There he finds her, but she is living under another name. While trying to find out why, Bret must also deal with the adoration and shenanigans of a young street urchin.
7 February 1960
Bart thwarts an assassination attempt on a local politician. With the wounded man unable to run for election, Bart is drafted to take his place on the ballot as a candidate for the Reform Party, a matter not looked on with favor by the competing politician behind the assassination attempt.
14 February 1960
Bret has won a large herd of livestock, but soon finds out that the livestock is sheep and not cattle. And as the new owner of the sheep, Bret is now the object of the local cattlemen's wrath.
Season 3, Episode 23: Iron Hand21 February 1960
Losing the last few dollars in a poker game, Bart goes after some seemingly easy money for him and his friends. He thinks he can insure a cattle drive and meets a man who looks familiar but can't place his face - soon he does his hand.
28 February 1960
In New Orleans, Bret tries to solve a mystery involving missing jewelry, assumed identities, and the supposedly dead Joe November.
6 March 1960
Arriving in a town for the first time, Bret finds himself accused of swindling the town folk and killing its mayor. And his only chance of escaping the noose appears to rest with a scheming Melanie Blake and a superstitious lawyer new to the town.
13 March 1960
Foursquare Farley has discovered a unique way of obtaining a bank loan - a secret tunnel to the Bank of Denver's vault. But with a safe cracker planning to break into the vault, Foursquare and Bret fear that the tunnel will be discovered and Foursquare blamed for the impending robbery. The result is a cat-and-mouse game of now you see it, now you don't.
18 September 1960
Returning to America after an extended stay in England, Cousin Beau Maverick is hired to take the place of a young English nobleman. However, he soon finds himself the victim of a kidnap and ransom plot due to his assumed identity.
25 September 1960
Bart is framed for several crimes by crooked Sheriff Hadley and his deputy, who force him to take part in their racket--hunting down and killing innocent men, then claiming they're outlaws and collecting the reward. Bart turns bounty hunter in an effort to expose the corrupt lawmen's scheme and asks for help from several of his friends (all of whom are stars of other contemporary Warner Bros. TV western series, making cameo appearances).
2 October 1960
Beau can't win for losing - sashays up to claim a worthless mine he won, then the whole town disappears. The no-longer Silver Hill stands at the mercy of the venal Wilber Shanks, a sanctimonious railroad land buyer, whose threat to divert his rail line far from Silver Hill forces its befuddled citizens to immediately take Shanks' mare to chat up a lonely bachelor sheep rancher who's desperate for some 2-legged company for a change.
9 October 1960
Left in the desert to die, Bart - actually just his fine mane - fascinates Red Feather who's on a walkabout of sorts. Captain/First Mate Jim of a passing prisoner wagon train saves Bart's scalp, plus the train stars luscious murderer Daphne, who's delighted with Bart as the hearty First Mate's Gilligan. But as the cruise of the Arizona Black Maria nears the penitentiary, wily crooks Dishonest Abe and Fingers Louie aren't so taken with pal Bart.
16 October 1960
Beau & Bart fight to escape a black hole - where money and people enter, but can't leave! The cousins have to sleep sitting up in Stop Gap's only watering hole, after saving from robbers the treacherous Wembly, who promised them free, comfy hotel beds - but knew the inn was full-up. Wembly's suspiciously tight with the mining town's telegraph owner, son of a Colorado Senator. Why is the town too small to have a bank, as its population and wealth mysteriously expand to infinity - and beyond?
Season 4, Episode 6: Mano Nera23 October 1960
While visiting friends in New Orleans, Bart becomes embroiled in a battle between local businessmen and the secret Mano Nera (Black Hand), a local Italian mob.
30 October 1960
Accused of murdering his partner in a casino, Beau tracks a saloon singer who can clear him to a small town where she's now working as a teacher--with the murdered man's trigger-happy brother and a sheriff on Beau's trail.
6 November 1960
Bart howls like a hound dog when an alluring witch ravels him in great Smoky Mountain feud-in, fight-in and spell-in. Riding to Hound Dog, Tennessee to collect a debt from High Card Harris, Bart ignored a raven perched on a road sign, who the banshee insists is her dead Pappy. Bart shrugs off the witch's forebodings, then sees the Southern Hamlet disintegrate when he gives the raven-haired enchantress a lift in. Bart's own Pappy never told him there'd be days like this, much worse nights.
13 November 1960
Beau finds himself used as a scapegoat by two shopkeepers who killed the son of the chief in an effort to hide their swindle of local Indians. Captured by the Indians, Beau faces a death sentence only to be spared by the chief's daughter who claims Beau as her future husband. But Beau finds that his reprieve is only temporary until the honeymoon is over.
20 November 1960
In Bret's last episode, the Maverick brothers (Bret and Bart) find themselves the heirs to a stagecoach line. Thinking they have struck it rich, they find instead that the stagecoach line is broke. But the railroad is coming through and the stagecoach's right of way might yet provide their fortune, or so the brothers hope.
27 November 1960
Beau and an old man riding with him are both captured and accused of being horse thieves, in Beau's case, one Benson January. Despite the efforts of a young lawyer (who may or may not be Tom Brewster), Beau is sentenced to hang. His fate may depend on a young woman - the sister of the girl January was engaged to. But will she be willing to help?
Season 4, Episode 12: Kiz4 December 1960
An eccentric woman hires Beau to be her bodyguard and claims she has been subject to repeated threats. But every time she claims there has been a threat, there is no evidence to support the allegation. The woman's family claims the alleged threats are part of her mental delusions and take steps to have a court declare her incompetent with control of the woman's fortune to be placed in the hands of others. Nobody believes the woman's claims. That is, nobody but Maverick.
11 December 1960
On his way to the bank to collect a gambling debt, Bart rescues a petulant young woman from a runaway horse. On returning to the bank, Bart and the woman find that the bank president has absconded with all the money, including the money to pay Bart's debt and all of the woman's money from sale of her land. The woman hires Bart to get her to Dodge City with the promise that her fiancé will pay him when they arrive. So they set out essentially penniless for Dodge city, only to later find that they are being tracked by a ruthless bounty hunter because they are now wanted for robbing the bank and killing the bank president.
18 December 1960
Mistaken at a convention hotel to be Beau O'Maverick, Beau is recruited by the army to infiltrate a group of Irishmen in order to find out why they are massing near the Canadian border. But if he is discovered as a spy, it could mean facing a firing squad.
25 December 1960
Freeloading a train ride to Denver, Bart makes it as far as Crenshaw where he meets an old friend. When he finds how he figures prominently in her plans to take a lot of gold to Devil's Flats, he may wish he could have stayed on that train.
1 January 1961
Finding himself delayed in New Mexico, Bart decides to visit a recent acquaintance at a nearby hacienda. However, the hospitality he expected quickly turns dangerous when the hacienda is placed under siege by a group of other landowners who claim they have been double-crossed in a treasonous plot.
8 January 1961
To his chagrin, Beau repeatedly gets out-conned. First, on a bet on a stagecoach. Then, in a series of land deals. Trouble is, Beau isn't just losing his own money, but also that of his friend Jerry O'Brien. Even when he wins, Beau ends up losing and he fears that he has lost that special Maverick touch. Finally at the end, the reason becomes all too clear.
15 January 1961
After falling prey to a con game involving a diamond necklace, Bart ends up in a jail cell with an old but treacherous outlaw. With the help of his son, the cell mate breaks out but leaves Bart behind. After being released, Bart plots to recover his loss from the con with help from the outlaw's son and friends. Bart plans to split the recovery with the son, but the elder outlaw has other plans.
22 January 1961
Looking for a way to break even after winning half of a worthless saloon, Beau provides a stake for a miner to return to his hidden goldmine with Beau and his female saloon partner. But the gold is cursed! A notorious outlaw wants to the goldmine for himself. And Indians want the gold located in their sacred burial grounds left alone.
29 January 1961
Bart Maverick finds a body encased in ice, but the body raises more troubles than just the usual who-dunit.
5 February 1961
By convincing him he is doing exactly the opposite, Beau is used in an elaborate scheme to steal a valuable Kashmir diamond from a French count and his niece, and replace it with an imitation.
12 February 1961
After being run out of town, Bart finds himself on a stagecoach with a group of passengers headed to Oblivion, a transfer station and inn run by the Lyme family. While waiting for the next stagecoach to Denver, Bart discovers that some visitors (especially those carrying large sums of money) check in but they don't necessarily check out.
19 February 1961
On his way to Denver in an impassable snowstorm, Beau's only retreat seems to be a closed hotel. When the owner and her niece exhibit suspicious behavior, their past, present and future become very much entwined in his.
26 February 1961
Bart was just playing poker in a sleepy town when the bank was robbed. The bandits got away with $10,000, half of which wound up in his saddlebags - and they're coming back to look for it.
Season 4, Episode 25: Red Dog5 March 1961
Also during a discussion they talk about Jess being gunned down by Dan Troop who was also in another series at the time called "The Lawman".
12 March 1961
On his way to Cheyenne, Bart happens upon a man who was just in a gun battle and helps him and buries another. When the Army shows up, he's arrested and mistaken for a wanted man -- someone who the man he just befriended knows very well.
19 March 1961
The czar of a frontier town has Bart thrashed to steal back his gambling losses, which angers even the boss' mother. Mom and Bart conspire to get Bart's money back, and teach the arrogant boss humility. As the scheme pressures the despot, he prays "Lord, give me patience, but give it to me now !" Bart enlists his dying pal, the gunfighting dentist from Philadelphia, Doc Holiday as insurance.
26 March 1961
Brent is arrested for gambling while passing through Sunburst on the stage. When a cell mate is murdered while escaping by three masked men, he is asked to leave on the next stage before his value as an eyewitness proves useful.
2 April 1961
A sheriff who once saved Bart's life asks Bart to pay him back by taking a job as a dealer in the local saloon and stopping the owner's scheme to kill his rival for a girl's affections.
9 April 1961
Brent and his friends happen to witness an attempted robbery of the post office, which the sheriff stopped by shooting the thieves. They also happened to witness the sheriff helping himself to the loot.
16 April 1961
At a remote army post, a troop of soldiers find Bart to be the only survivor of a massacre. Bart tells them the story: how he sensed he could make some money by purchasing a wagonload of merchandise from a peddler who was anxious to sell. After Bart checked inside the wagon, he understand why the man was so quick to sell--it included a shipment of illegal liquor and a kidnapped Indian girl.
23 April 1961
Bart relates to the soldiers how, after he and the peddler were later captured by the tribe, the man tricked the Indian chief into believing that he had a magic necklace, and traded it for his freedom. The chief, now believing himself to be impervious to harm, orders his warriors to attack the fort.
18 September 1961
Bart tracks oily swindler Pearly Gates to recoup his winnings, so does the doll-face who helped Pearly dupe Bart. Bart just lost his puffy shirt, Marla lost her icy heart - when Gates jumped the altar with the ring SHE bought. Bart plans to sting Gates back in oh-so-crooked Dade City. Will Bart get honey-voiced Marla on the rebound or will she fleece him, and Pearly Gates too ?
1 October 1961
Mona Lisa rescues Bart from being an indentured servant, after Bart loses a high stakes poker game between nouveau riche art collectors. Oily backer Roger (Jack Cassidy) brought Bart into the game as a "Colonel," but when Bart loses, Roger denies the scheme, so Bart must work off the debt to the winner, a railroad tycoon. The other art collectors are big investors in the tycoon's latest rail project, and they are squeezing him dry, though the tycoon has a priceless ace he's reluctant to take out of the hole: he's acquired the recently-stolen Mona Lisa ! The miffed Roger's a very sore loser, so he enlists the Barbary Coast's fearsome Captain Bly versus Bart Maverick.
8 October 1961
Bart has to try to bluff wealthy Loftus Jaggers--and Jaggers' beautiful daughter when Bart gives up the poker table and tries his hand at being a stockbroker when he agrees to help a local farmer start a gold-mining company
12 November 1961
Moose and Small Paul Wheelwright? The Subrosa Ranch? Hilarious "Bonanza" parody with Bart squirming in the middle between 3 naive, Pa whipped brothers and their worldly mail-order brides from the Barbary Coast, after matchmaker Whittleseed (Willard Waterman) is murdered. Episode also has fine performances by Kasey Rogers, Jake Sheffield as the amorous Moose, and Jim Backus as the blustery pa of the Wheelwrights, who always stick together - and we even find out why they have to! "Three Queens Full" is adorned with splendidly over-the-top music too.
26 November 1961
Bart way-too-easily wins a bank in a poker game, because it's mysteriously missing a pile of money. The relieved loser advises Bart not to worry because "in banking, a little dignity can cover up a lot of ignorance." When the ex-owner instigates the small town's depositors into a bank run, the Sheriff (who resembles a dimwitted Marshal Matt Dillon) and his deputy (a Hoss Cartwright lookalike) can't wait to get their mitts on ignorant stranger Bart Maverick. Bart begs his gunslinging pal Doc Holiday to help him get flush any way possible, but the gallant dentist's very preoccupied when he meets a young beauty whose lonely hearts ad he answered - she's Bart's teller.
Season 5, Episode 6: Poker Face7 January 1962
Bart wagers to save the lives of his fellow stagecoach travelers--who have shown their dislike for gamblers--when the coach is held up and Bart makes an unusual bet with the bandits. Now, the only question is: Does Bart hold the winning hand?
15 April 1962
Comedy episode has Bart freeing a leprechaun who grants him 5 wishes in gratitude. Only each wish seems to get Bart deeper in trouble.
11 February 1962
In a poker game, Bart wins part ownership of a gambling casino owned by Diamond Jim Malone. What he doesn't know is that he's also taken on Lucky Matt Elkins, who's been blackmailing Diamond Jim and sees no reason why his payments have to stop just because the place has a new owner.
4 March 1962
Crusading newspaper publisher Bart? The publisher Bart won the rag from is assassinated and a corrupt U.S. Senator files a $100,000 libel suit against the Chronicle. Luckily, Bart's pal Doc Holiday is in town for a dentists' convention and owes Bart $2000. When Doc brags "I have enough collateral to raise the dead!", Bart feels no compunction in selling ½ the headache to Doc. The senator and his sinister political boss are Ivy Leaguers, so the suave Philadelphia dentist/hired gun will come in handy.
11 March 1962
Abilene's marshal is bumped off and Bart kills the murderer. But instead of thanks, he's threatened with jail for vagrancy unless he becomes marshal. At least it's only a temp job, because Wyatt Earp's en route to undertake the assignment. In the meantime, Bart proposes a truce with the killer's gang, so he'll survive until Earp shows. When Earp sashays in, he forces Bart to stay on as deputy. Gambler Bart reasons "if we don't protect the lambs, who'll fleece the sheep?" Is the legendary lawman losing his nerve or what?
1 April 1962
After Pearly Gates and Marla steal the money from a poker game to invest in a worthless mine, Bart unwittingly leads a wanted outlaw to them. Because they no longer have the money, the outlaw hatches a plan for Pearly Gates to turn the outlaw in for a reward with a promise to split the funds after the outlaw's gang break him out. But Bart learns that the outlaw plans to do away with Pearly instead of splitting the reward. In the meantime, Pearly has gambled away his supposed share of the reward with a promise to pay from his share of the reward. To save Pearly while also seeking to recover the funds that he lost, Bart hatches a plan for Pearly to pose as the heir to a large fortune with a promise to pay off Pearly's debts from the inheritance and secure the creditors by making them Pearly's heirs until the fortune arrives. Only one problem, the outlaw thinks that he can inherit all of the fictional fortune by doing away with Pearly.
8 April 1962
Cousin Jackie brings Bart money from Pappy with instructions to pay off a debt. But before Bart can follow through, Jackie invests the money in a machine that prints cash. After realizing she has been swindled, Bart seeks to recoup the cash by turning the tables on the swindlers while also keeping Pappy's creditor at bay.
22 April 1962
In the series finale, Bart finds himself on Diamond Jim Brady's bullet train with Doc Holliday and Modesty Blaine. Bart is racing to the state line to avoid a thrashing. Diamond Jim is racing to obtain a lucrative railroad contract and win a bet against a competitor. But Doc, Modesty, and the competitor have their own agendas. And everybody's plans are thrown for a loop when the train is moved off the main track by a conceited robber.
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