Maverick: Season 2, Episode 6

Escape to Tampico (26 Oct. 1958)

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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.

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Steve Corbett
Barbara Lang ...
Amy Lawrence
John Hubbard ...
Paul Brooks
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Rene Gireaux
Tony Romano ...
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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.

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The saloon Bret visits was originally the set for Rick's Cafe from Casablanca (1942). See more »

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Bret Maverick: The trip from Memphis to New Orleans cost forty seven dollars - unless you play poker. For me, the price was two thousand, three hundred and fifty eight dollars. Ah, but I wasn't discouraged when we docked at New Orleans. I still had the thousand dollar bill I keep for emergencies fastened to the lining of my coat with a safety pin. One week later, I still had the safety pin.
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Maverick in Casablanca
23 January 2009 | by (Baltimore, Maryland, United States) – See all my reviews

While this is a good episode, it would be fairly garden-variety but for the fact that, while set in Tampico, it was actually filmed on the old Warner Brothers set for the famous movie Casablanca, and specifically Rick's Cafe Americain (called Steve's American Cantina in the Maverick episode). The writers and director were clearly aware of this and decided to use the opportunity to throw in so many allusions to the movie that, for a while at least, I thought I was watching a takeoff on Casablanca. For example: Like Rick Blaine, Steve Corbett is a cynical American expatriate who longs for home but can't return for mysterious reasons (and who wears a white dinner jacket while in his establishment); he even looks a little like Bogart. At one point, a couple sitting at a table asks the head waiter if Steve would have a drink with them; the answer, as with Rick, is "Steve never drinks with the customers". The cantina has a roulette wheel, and one player is dressed in what can only be a French army uniform (complete with kepi), like Claude Rains's Captain Renault. Bret even refers to a mysterious customer as "the fat man"; while the "fat man" was a character in another Bogart movie, The Maltese Falcon, he was played by Sydney Greenstreet, whose Signor Ferrari was essentially the same character in Casablanca. Viewers may spot other examples of this stuff.

Unfortunately, despite the opportunity and the writers' obvious talent for parody (see Gun Shy, and the famous Shady Deal At Sunny Acres, a parody of Maverick itself), no real attempt to spoof Casablanca was made here. It's basically straight drama, and not even especially funny as Mavericks go. And to top it off, the ending seems wrong; instead of having Steve turn out to be the murderer after all, the better choice would have been the victim's brother, who had helped hire Bret in the first place.


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