Bret and Bart look to sail on a riverboat's maiden cruise but get caught up in a kidnapping of the boat's owner's daughter. Bret is taken hostage, and Bart must outwit the kidnappers and the police to rescue his brother and the girl.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Laurie Carroll ...
Jody Collins
Stephen Bekassy ...
Inspector Marvin
Wright King ...
Mickey Simpson ...
Anton Rivage


Brother Bart Maverick arrives in New Orleans to team with Bret and board a riverboat's maiden voyage, sold out to Creole aristocrats with gambling fever. To crash the private cruise, the Mavericks introduce themselves to the ship's French owner, whose lovely daughter, Yvette, is shanghaied right after the Mavericks are rebuffed. The brothers pursue the kidnappers, hoping to free the jeune fille, get an invitation, and a reward. At the New Orleans cabaret where the Mavericks meet Yvette, there is also a performer named Jody Collins, and from there they find themselves in big trouble. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western




Release Date:

10 November 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the episode that introduced Jack Kelly as Bret's brother Bart. See more »


The episode title shown at the beginning of the episode is "Hostage", but the title listed at the beginning of the end credits is "Hostage!" - with an exclamation point. See more »


[first lines]
Bart Maverick: Uh, pardon me, will you te...?
[busy dock worker ignores him]
Bart Maverick: Maybe you could ju...
[another busy dock worker ignores him]
Bart Maverick: Say, maybe you can help me. Can you tell me how to get to number 17 rue "Robidux"?
Bart Maverick: Here in New Orleans, we call it rue Robidoux. You take the first street to your left here, walk two blocks, turn right, and that's rue Robidoux.
Bart Maverick: Thanks kindly, friend.
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Maverick: Hostage
29 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Hostage" brought brother Bart into the series. My first impression of Bart is that he looks young. He and Bret meet in New Orleans, and they are broke. Bret has an idea, to play poker on the River Princess with Creoles. They meet Henri Devereax, the boat owner, to try to gain passage. Henri is arrogant and protective of his daughter Yvette. Yvette thinks she is being whisked away to her lover, Jody. In fact, Jody kidnaps her and holds her for ransom. Bret and Bart pretend to join the kidnappers, and when the bad guys turn on each other, Yvette gets free. Henri learns humility, and the brothers do well at poker. Bringing Jack Kelly into the series made it better.

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