Maverick: Season 3, Episode 1

Pappy (13 Sep. 1959)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Western
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Bret and Bart travel to Louisiana when they find out their Pappy is engaged to an 18-year-old girl. Bart is posing as "Dandy Jim" Buckley, the nemesis of the Mavericks. The girl's father ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Bret Maverick / Beau 'Pappy' Maverick
Bart Maverick / Uncle Bentley Maverick
Rudolph St. Cloud
Dan Jamison
Rene St. Cloud
Gida Jamison
Jean Paul St. Cloud
Kaye Elhardt ...
Josephine St. Cloud
John Hubbard ...
Sampson Bronze
Chubby Johnson ...
Chester Miller


Bret and Bart travel to Louisiana when they find out their Pappy is engaged to an 18-year-old girl. Bart is posing as "Dandy Jim" Buckley, the nemesis of the Mavericks. The girl's father wants Pappy to be killed in a duel -- but only after the engagement is announced. Written by Bill Koenig

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Comedy | Western




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13 September 1959 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the almost never seen father of Bret and Bart Maverick, Pappy, who is played by the much younger James Garner and is the source of all the wisdom spouted by Bret Maverick. "Like my old Pappy always said..." See more »

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The episode's first four acting credits are listed as: Bret Maverick - James Garner Beau Maverick - ? Bart Maverick - Jack Kelly Uncle Bentley - Himself In fact, James Garner also played 'Beau Maverick' and Jack Kelly also played 'Uncle Bentley'. See more »

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Pappy, Batman & All Kinds Of Deceptions
1 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Both Brett and Bart Maverick used to quote their "pappy" all the time. "As pappy used to say....." etc. In this episode, young Troy Donahue ("Dan") tracks down the Maverick boys to get them to talk sense into their pappy, who is planning to marry an 18-year-old girl. He convinces them to make the trip south to Texas.

Along the way down to Texas, they run into two brothers of the bride-to-be. One of them is played by Adam West who, less than 10 years later, will gain huge fame playing Batman on television. Here, he's a Frenchman named "Rudolph St. Cloud."

Another famous actor guest stars in this episode. He is Henry Daniell, a man who was prominent in many famous feature films of the 1940s and many times played the villain, which he does here, too. He plays the elder St. Cloud.

The story involves that evil St. Clare family planning on killing Pappy "in a fair fight" after the wedding announcement. The motive: creed, of course. There is big money involved. The ironic thing is that the man offering the money for the kill - the elder St. Clare, (obviously) unknowingly offers it to Bart, thinking he is someone else. As you can tell, there are lot of deceptions in this story, which keep in interesting, along with some crisp and often humorous dialog: a trademark of this television series.

In another twist, Garner plays both himself and Pappy ("Beau Maverick"). The tinge of gray hair helped but I wasn't really a convincing dual role. I think they would have been better off leaving Garner to play just Brett.

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