Bret Maverick: Season 1, Episode 13

The Vulture Also Rises (16 Mar. 1982)

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The townsfolk of Sweetwater want to call out the Army when a stagecoach is attacked by Indians.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Bruce ...
Ramon Bieri ...
Richard Hamilton ...
John Shearin ...
Darleen Carr ...
Captain Dawkins
General Frye
Eloise Mayhew
Jack Garner ...
Gary Lee Davis ...
Luis Delgado ...
Maggie Malooly ...
Irish Annie


The townsfolk of Sweetwater want to call out the Army when a stagecoach is attacked by Indians.

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The Vulture Also Rises
29 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As of May 2009, Bret Maverick has been airing on Encore Westerns. This is the 1st time I'm aware of this show ever seeing the light of day since its cancellation in spring 1982.

In this episode, the 2 notable guest stars are John Anderson & Monte Markham. John Anderson appeared in more films & TV shows (mainly westerns) than I could ever name, & he's very distinguishable, often playing army men, judges, etc. who often project a world-weary attitude. He's a colonel in this episode.

Monte Markham, still guest-acting today in shows like Cold Case on CBS, had a prominent role in "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" from 1969 starring George Kennedy as one of the 7 (3rd of 4 Magnificent Seven films). He's an army officer who survived the attack in this episode who may have something to hide.

A stagecoach is attacked & several people are killed, including one of Maverick's old lady acquaintances. I really enjoyed the scene showing Bret drinking himself into oblivion; it gave viewers a new dimension to his character.

The cavalry is called after the stagecoach incident, & it looks like all the Indians will be wiped out. Philo Sandeen (Stuart Margolin), one of Garner's pals from "Rockford," doesn't believe Indians attacked the stagecoach. He plays a town degenerate throughout this series who's always trying to con people. Usually it involves him claiming to be an Indian.

Watch the episode for the rest, because I don't want to give more away.

This episode is also more serious than most I've seen so far. People are killed in this episode, & it should be noted that violence didn't occur much in this series. Mainly character development, conniving, & con games were used. Maverick is also more sarcastic here.

I realize a revival of sorts of a classic TV show is bound to be compared unflatteringly to the original, but give it a chance.

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