Maverick: Season 2, Episode 16

Gun-Shy (11 Jan. 1959)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Western
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 72 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 1 critic

Bret, seeking buried Confederate treasure in Elwood, Kansas, keeps running afoul of U.S. Marshal Mort Dooley. The marshal keeps running Bret out of town. Bret, in turn, keeps outwitting the lawman.


0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 20 titles
created 03 Oct 2012

Related Items

Search for "Gun-Shy" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Gun-Shy (11 Jan 1959)

Gun-Shy (11 Jan 1959) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Maverick.
« Previous Episode | 43 of 124 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Andra Martin ...
Virginia Adams
Ben Gage ...
Marshal Mort Dooley
Walker Edmiston ...
Deputy Clyde Diefendorfer
Freddie Hawkins
Gage Clarke ...
Kenneth P. Badger
Doc Stucke
Kathleen O'Malley ...
Amy Ward
Roscoe Ates ...
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Adams
William Fawcett ...
Bart Maverick (credit only)


The nominal plot concerns Bret Maverick's attempt to find buried Confederate treasure in Ellwood, Kansas. In reality, the episode is Maverick's parody of Gunsmoke. U.S. Marshal Mort Dooley keeps running Maverick out of town and is outfoxed as Maverick keeps returning. The Marshal, we're told, owns 37.5 percent of the Weeping Willow saloon run by Miss Amy (who owns 25 percent). Other owners include deputy Clyde (17.5 percent) and Doc Stucke (17.5 percent). Dooley faces off against Maverick in a scene shot similar to the opening credits of Gunsmoke. Luckily, Maverick is out of range of the Marshal's bullets. Written by Bill Koenig

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Western




Release Date:

11 January 1959 (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?


This episode is intended as a spoof of the TV series, Gunsmoke (1955). See more »


Spoofs Gunsmoke (1955) See more »


Jingle Bells
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I Agree: This May Be The Best Maverick Episode Ever
3 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many things to like about in this episode, I hardly know where to start. I'm so glad it was part of the three-episode DVD that was released a couple of years ago. Now, if they would just started releasing this old show in seasons instead of just giving us some teasers.

This particular show, which aired in early 1959, is pure satire as the writers spoof the most successful TV western of the era: "Gunsmoke." Right from the opening scene, a low camera show between the legs of a gunfighter, you think immediately of James Arness as Marshal "Matt Dillon" with the familiar opening of that great show. Instead, we get Ben Gage as Marshal "Mort Dooley."

This entire Maverick episode spoofs Gunsmoke and all its main characters, from Dillon to Doc to Kitty and finally to Chester, the latter a gimpy guy made famous by an actor who went to bigger-and-better things: Dennis Weaver. In addition, there is a quick reference to yet another famous western of the '50s: "Have Gun, Will Travel." Yup, the writers here must have really had a ball scripting this episode and hoping the other shows would appreciate their tongue-in-cheek humor. One wonders if Arness ever appreciated Gage's imitation of him.

Every time "Clyde Diefendorfer" (Walker Edmiston) opened his mouth, imitating Weaver's "Chester Goode," I laughed out loud. Edmiston's voice was hilarious. As for Kitty, I am sure Amada Blake laughed when she saw how they really milked her "Be careful" lines in this satire, although by the fourth time we got the joke. Finally, Marshall Kent was a dead ringer for Milburn Stone's "Doc."

Even though I really laughed at all the character imitations, I loved Reginald Owen as "Freddie," the Englishman who had a hilarious way with words. His dialog was easily the most humorous to me and made this so much fun to watch.

If - I repeat IF - you are familiar with Gunsmoke, this Maverick episode will be among your favorites of all time.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Proof that Bret is the Older Brother! deana_lisi
The Importance of Roy Huggins newdickmorris
RIP James Garner newdickmorris
Knocked on the Head, Shot, etc! deana_lisi
Was I The Only One . . . sistergrimm
The APPEAL of MAVERICK Sathill45
Discuss Gun-Shy (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: