Maverick: Season 1, Episode 4

Ghost Rider (13 Oct. 1957)

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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 "... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Shane
Rhodes Reason ...
Hank Foster
Willard Sage ...
Bert Nicholson
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Sheriff (as Stacy Keach)
The Kid (as Ed Byrnes)
Dan Sheridan ...
Charles Tannen ...
Jeff - Stableman
John Cliff ...
George - Deputy


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. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western




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13 October 1957 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Player: Six, seven, eight, nine, three thousand.
Bret Maverick: Thank you, gentlemen. I'll give you a chance to get it back tomorrow.
Player: I admire you, Mister. If I knew how to quit when I was ahead, I'd be rich!
Bret Maverick: You're ahead when you've won ten cents.
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The Ghost Went That'a Way
12 July 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Intriguing premise-- Maverick rides off with a girl who in turn disappears, only to find out she's been dead a week! So, what's going on. Edd "Kookie" Byrnes gets a bit role as a youthful stick- up man that sets off the odd chain of events. Along the way, there's an unusual number of mocking jibes at small towns and the lack of excitement. Of course, with Maverick in town the pace does pick up. Then, when mysterious stranger Rhodes Reason shows up to give Bret an assist, things get more interesting.

These early episodes were pretty cheaply produced. Here the action appears confined to the back-lot, along with an obvious outdoor set scene. As long as the action doesn't flag, these limitations don't much matter. But in those entries that do sometimes drag, the limitations can become obtrusive. The Maverick character is still pretty undefined, appearing again as something of an itinerant drifter. Nonetheless, his trademark black dress coat with silk vest does make an early appearance, along with the rainy-day thousand dollar bill. Too bad that the solution to the mystery-- in my view at least-- doesn't match the intriguing build-up, but still an entertaining entry.

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