Bret, and new character Dandy Jim Buckley, join a gold rush to even a score with Cadiz, a crooked gambler who robbed them. Cadiz's brawler Battling Kreuger is taking on all comers, and en ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Coral Stacey
Tony Cadiz
Noah Perkins
Pat Comiskey ...
Battling Kreuger
Jack Blair
Marshall Bradford ...
Marshal Hunt
Jim Hayward ...


Bret, and new character Dandy Jim Buckley, join a gold rush to even a score with Cadiz, a crooked gambler who robbed them. Cadiz's brawler Battling Kreuger is taking on all comers, and en route Bret, crashes into a possible challenger, mountain man Noah, complete with a pet skunk. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western





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17 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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According to Dandy Jim Buckley, the treasure is $40,000. It consists of two fifty pound bags of gold dust. Gold went for $18.93 to $18.96 per ounce from 1850 until 1918. Gold prices were very stable in the 19th century. So a fifty pound bag (800 oz. X 18.93) would be worth $15,144. So the two bags would only be worth $30, 288. Not $40,000. See more »


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Bret Maverick: [narrating] in 1875, gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota... and a great stampede of gold-hungry men was started... thousands coming up the wide Missouri by steamboat. Dance-hall girls and entertainers... men who'd spent their last dime on a new suit and a steamboat ticket. Men with strong backs... and men with a flair for making money with three walnut shells.
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Delightful Episode Due to Efrem Zimbalist and Joan Shawlee
7 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a sharp and hilarious episode that has a number of unexpected plot twists and great acting. There's a double plot here. The first plot involves Maverick winning at poker against nasty gambler Tony Cadiz. Cadiz has Maverick beat up and tossed in a river, and steals his money back. We wait in anticipation for Maverick to get his revenge. The second plot involves Maverick meeting up with an old friend, a conman named Dandy Jim Buckley. Buckley cons Maverick into helping him retrieve some buried stolen money.

One of the delights of Maverick is seeing actors noted for other roles playing quite different characters. Here Efrem Zimbalist Jr. known as the strait laced detective in "77 Sunset Strip" and even straighter laced FBi Agent in "The F.B.I." plays the conman Dandy Jim Buckley. He is surprisingly good at it, straddling the borderline between somewhat charming and miserably deceitful. The good thing here is that Bret Maverick is onto him and can easily frustrate his designs. Maverick helps him to recover $40,000 in stolen money, but then forces him to turn it in for an honest $4,000 reward.

Also making the episode enjoyable is sexy comedian Joan Shawlee. Shawlee is best remembered as the orchestra leader Sweet Sue in "Some Like it Hot," but she was all over television in the 1950's and 1960's, notably a number of times on "the Abbott and Costello Show," "the Betty Hutton Show" and "the Dick Van Dyke Show." Joan was one of the few women who could act sexy and funny at the same time. Here she plays "Madame Pompey" who seems to really be a brothel madame, although the tame 1950's television moral code has to make her just the leader of a group of showgirls. What is nice about her character is that she doesn't develop the expected love attachment with Maverick, but falls for another minor character, a gentle nature-loving muscle man. Shawlee brightens every scene that she is in, which was true of just about any appearance she made on television.

This may be the funniest of the early episodes. Don't miss it.

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