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 ... See full summary »



(teleplay), (story)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat


July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith. Watch our exclusive celebrity interviews, and tune in to our LIVE show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 22.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Fredd Wayne ...
Lili Valenty ...
Madame (as Lili Valenti)
Capt. Steeger
Robert Fairfax ...
Carlyle Mitchell ...
General Marvin
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Shelbourne
Katherine Barrett ...
Mrs. Kingsley
Terence de Marney ...
Murphy (as Terence DeMarney)
Paul Power ...


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. Written by David Bassler

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Western





Release Date:

26 January 1958 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The title refers to the expression "A diamond in the rough" which means someone who is basically good hearted, but lacking social graces and respect for the law. See more »


About 8 minutes into the show, Bart is at a horse race track near New Orleans. There are hills in the background. There are no hills anywhere near New Orleans. The land is very flat. See more »


[first lines]
Bret Maverick: [to the audience] Hello. It's nice to see you again. This week's story is based on fact. The great diamond swindle that shook the financial world of San Francisco in the 1870s. I think you're going to enjoy it. It's called Diamond in the Rough.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Entertaining Entry
15 July 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Near classic early Maverick. Bart gets shanghaied to New Orleans where he hooks up with two penniless countesses. Now he's out for revenge on the rich guy who shanghaied him. Funniest thing, but a load of uncut diamonds has been discovered on the desert, and so a plan takes shape in that fertile Maverick brain.

Most Westerns of the day take place among roughnecks in cheap saloons, usually ending in gunplay. Not with Maverick. The best ones take place among the scheming well-to-do inside polished salons with well-coiffed ladies and dandified gentlemen, and end in a battle of wits. As this one does. The only thing lacking here is one of those slippery Maverick associates, like Dandy Jim Buckley (Zimbalist) or Samantha Crawford (Brewster), to spice up matters. Nonetheless, Kelly does particularly well in his droll role. All in all, this is the kind of entry that separated the series from its competition.

(In passing—if I remember my geology class correctly, raw diamonds are found in only one area of the US, the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: