Bret and Bart ride into a small Arizona town and are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday despite their protestations to the contrary. Things start to look bad for the Mavericks when an...
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Bret and Bart ride into a small Arizona town and are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday despite their protestations to the contrary. Things start to look bad for the Mavericks when an outlaw gang ride into town and the local sheriff convinces the crooks that the two gamblers are the famous lawmen. The gunsels aren't about to let two men get in the way of their planned bank robbery no matter what their reputation. Written by
Each of the brothers is accosted by the same small boy who says that "Mavericks are cattle". This references the origin of the term 'maverick', coined for the cattle rancher who refused to brand his cattle. Bret replies with a pun about Jersey (the US state and a breed of cattle) and Bart with a mention of a guy he knew called Holstein (another breed). See more »
When Bret Maverick puts on his gun belt, he walks out the door of his hotel room without tying the string that goes around his right leg. When he exits the room, the string is tied around his leg. See more »
[a boy sees Bret riding into town and runs around telling everyone]
Gee. He's here! He's here! Here he comes! He's here, everybody!
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Good early entry with several classic features. The brothers are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, winding up as a result in the middle of a bank heist. Some amusingly droll moments, as when the boys try to back out of a showdown with the baddies, or the mischievous kid whose running gag insists on dictionary definitions. Fine supporting cast that includes that great hayseed Frank Ferguson, lovely vixen Adele Mara, along with premier bad guys Myron Healy and Bing Russell, and a quick cameo from tough-talking Gerald Mohr.
But, I'm still wondering about the surprising turn of events when Bart (Kelly) disappears for a big chunk of time, letting Bret (Garner) carry the plot. Might be a backstory to that. Also, I'm thinking June (Mara) ends up dancing in a modest outfit rather than the advertised skimpy one because of censorship concerns.
What keeps the entry from A-grade Maverick (in my view) is the gunplay at the end instead of the classic battle of wits. Nonetheless, there's enough plot and tongue-in-cheek to both amuse and entertain in clever series style.
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