Maverick: Season 4, Episode 2

Hadley's Hunters (25 Sep. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Western
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Bart is framed for several crimes by crooked Sheriff Hadley and his deputy, who force him to take part in their racket--hunting down and killing innocent men, then claiming they're outlaws ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Hadley
McCabe (as Robert Wilke)
Andra Martin ...
Molly Brewster
Robert Colbert ...
Cherokee Dan Evans
Herb Vigran ...
Deputy Jones
James Gavin ...
Deputy Smith
Harry Harvey ...
Dad Brewster (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Roscoe Ates ...
Gregg Barton ...
Murray Alper ...
Craig Duncan ...


Bart is framed for several crimes by crooked Sheriff Hadley and his deputy, who force him to take part in their racket--hunting down and killing innocent men, then claiming they're outlaws and collecting the reward. Bart turns bounty hunter in an effort to expose the corrupt lawmen's scheme and asks for help from several of his friends (all of whom are stars of other contemporary Warner Bros. TV western series, making cameo appearances). Written by

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Comedy | Western




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25 September 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Bart runs into nearly every major star on the Warner Brothers lot. He meets Will Hutchins from Sugarfoot (1957), Clint Walker from Cheyenne (1955), John Russell and Peter Brown from Lawman (1958), Ty Hardin from Bronco (1958) and Edd Byrnes from 77 Sunset Strip (1958). There is also a scene where Bart walks into an office. He finds a satchel on the desk, and a gunbelt hanging on the wall. This was a reference to Colt .45 (1957), which had just recently been canceled. See more »


Bart Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, "If you can't beat 'em, and they won't let you join 'em, you'd best get out of the county."
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A fine Maverick episode
25 July 2008 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

Hadley's Hunters is a feast of nostalgia today while it was an exciting fun-fest back in 1960. Bart is penniless in a town dominated by Sheriff Hadley and his gang. He embarks on a quest to capture an outlaw and it is in this action that he runs into Dan Troop and his deputy from "Lawman", Tom Brewster the "Sugarfoot" ("Tenderfoot" in Britain), Bronco Lane from his eponymous series, and barely misses Cheyenne Bodie. Each of these is from another Warner Bros. Western. A tearful moment is skilfully created when Bart finds the distinctive gear of the already cancelled "Colt .45". The outlaw is played by the actor who would very briefly play yet another Maverick relative in the dying weeks of the series. In the midst of all this, the story is also very good. Jack Kelly has always been considered a poor shadow of James Garner in this series but in watching a number of episodes lately I find myself enjoying his portrayal of Bart even more than I did when the series was first broadcast. Bart is different and has a different flavour but he is still very much a Maverick, as this episode proves.

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