Maverick: Season 4, Episode 11

Bolt from the Blue (27 Nov. 1960)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Will Hutchins ...
Angelica Garland
Judge Hookstraten
Charles Fredericks ...
Starky (as Charles E. Fredericks)
Tim Graham ...
Ebenezer Bolt
Percy Helton ...
Owen Bush ...
Mr. Wood
Arnold Merritt ...
Connie Van ...
Hotel Clerk


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? Written by rbecker28

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Comedy | Western




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27 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The title makes reference to a strike of lightning from an otherwise blue sky that could be because of the intervention of the gods. See more »


Beauregarde Maverick: You're the one they call Sugarfoot!
Lawyer: Sugarfoot? Never heard of him.
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Amusing But Not Very Mavericky
23 November 2009 | by (Lancaster PA) – See all my reviews

By 1960, Maverick wasn't faring too well. Roy Huggins had developed the series, but Warner Brothers had, in his opinion, cheated him out of cash and credits from his writing. The highly popular James Garner was gone, too, after a contract dispute.

You can't say they didn't try to goose the series' ratings. Will Hutchins, who plays a lawyer yet to have his first case, was the star of his own series, "Sugarfoot", in which he plays essentially the same character. In fact, Beau recognizes him as Sugarfoot in the last scene. (Not really a spoiler; in 1960, audiences would have recognized Sugarfoot from the start.) This episode was written and directed by Roger Altman, who would achieve fame for writing and directing M*A*S*H a decade later. The script does not feature the clever and funny twists that earlier made Maverick a beloved series. Maverick does not gamble, connive, or con anyone, and he doesn't spout a misanthropic quote from Pappy (although in the case of Beau, it was "Uncle Beau"). This is simply an amusing story set in the west, something that could have been filmed with Matt Dillon, Bronco Lane, or any other unmarried western character.

Given the amazing talent in this episode, this shouldn't have been merely an amusing episode; it should have been exceptionally good. What a disappointment!

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