Bret wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game, but soon discovers he's been conned - the Arabian mount turns out to be an overly-affectionate camel. While fleeing the dromedary, ... See full summary »
Bret wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game, but soon discovers he's been conned - the Arabian mount turns out to be an overly-affectionate camel. While fleeing the dromedary, Bret stumbled into a small town and runs into an old flame who's engaged to the town's mayor. Bret soon learns that the mayor runs a crooked gambling hall and isn't above shooting card players when they stumble onto his cheating ways. Written by
The episode refers to the camel as a "full-blooded Arabian mount", but the camel used in the episode is a Bactrian (two-hump) camel, which lives in Central Asia, not the one-hump dromedary whose range includes the Arabian peninsula. See more »
Now you start for your gun.
That won't be necessary. You see, I've got a derringer in this hat and it's pointed right at your heart. A little trick I learned from your friend, Jimson. Don't try it.
That's a pretty tired bluff, Maverick.
Call it, friend.
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Bret wins a camel in a poker game run by a crooked casino owner. Trouble ensues when Bret wins big money from the owner despite efforts to cheat him. Now Bret's got to face a hired gun and figure out what to do with a camel.
Fans of the series can spot classic Maverick touches in the first half, before the entry reverts to a more scenic but conventional chase sequence. This early episode (1957) shows how the producers haven't yet settled on the tongue-in-cheek that separated the series from the pack. Nonetheless, the 60-minutes remains a pretty good combination of wit and action.
(In passing For some reason IMDb doesn't credit Vasquez Rocks, northeast of LA, as the extensively used location site.)
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