Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, ... See full summary »

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Ben Granville
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Sheriff Griffin
Joan Young ...
Susan Granville
Jonathan Hole ...
Brent Williams
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1st Townsman
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Ernest Plunkett
Val Benedict ...
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Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, while Bret sits whittling & rocking in a chair on a shady Sunny Acres porch, poor-mouthing all by-passers that he's "just working on" a plan. The small-town banker is way out of his league in silver-rich Denver with seductive Sam Crawford, intimidating Big Mike, slicksters Gentleman Jack & Dandy Jim etc. as Maverick's operatives in this classic episode. Written by David Stevens

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23 November 1958 (USA)  »

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This episode contained the longest opening credits sequence in the show's history with James Garner, Jack Kelly, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Diane Brewster, Leo Gordon, Richard Long, Arlene Howell, and John Dehner all being shown individually. See more »

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[Bret knocks on the window of the bank]
John Bates: Bank's Closed
[Bret knocks again]
John Bates: I said, the bank is closed.
[Bret knocks a third time and waves his wallet]
Bret Maverick: I got something for you.
[Bates opens the door with a gun in his hand]
John Bates: State your business.
Bret Maverick: I've come to put money in the bank, not take it out.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Written by John A. Stone
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"Just workin' on it."
14 June 2006 | by (Tustin, California) – See all my reviews

THE most entertaining episode of "Maverick" ever made, and that's saying a whole bunch. Brother Bret (James Garner) gets fleeced by John Dehner and summons just about every marvelous, larcenous Warner Brother's stock character actor who ever appeared on the show to implement an elaborate scheme to get his money back. Throughout the entire program, all Bret does is rock on a rocking chair on his front porch and whittle. Whenever the townsfolk stop by to inquire on his progress, he simply says, "I'm workin' on it." In the meantime, a rogues' gallery of, well, rogues, initiate a convoluted scam worthy of "The Sting" to con the con artist out of the money he stole from Bret. Dandy Jim Buckley (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), Gentleman Jack Darby (Richard Long), Big Mike McComb (Leo Gordon), Samantha Crawford (Diane Brewster), and, of course, Brother Bart (Jack Kelly) are all in town for this one. How did they forget Peter Breck and Andrew Duggan?? Best of all, it's available on DVD! And it holds up as if time has stood still.


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