Maverick (1957–1962)
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The Cats of Paradise 

Bret gets involved by financing Modesty Blaine's plan to sell cats to a mining town to control the rat population. But when she leaves him holding an empty bag, Bret must face the wrath of ... See full summary »

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Modesty Blaine
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Sheriff Scratch Madden
Wendell Holmes ...
Mayor Uli Bemus
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Faro Jack Norcross
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Floyd Gimbel
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Captain Puget
Robert Griffin ...
Bartender
Earl Hansen ...
Mr. Wilkins
Riza Royce ...
Woman
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Bret gets involved by financing Modesty Blaine's plan to sell cats to a mining town to control the rat population. But when she leaves him holding an empty bag, Bret must face the wrath of a jealous but superstitious sheriff and a hired killer willing to put cash and duty ahead of friendship. Written by graymatters

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11 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[Bret stops a woman about to jump off a pier]
Bret Maverick: What are you trying to do? The tides out, ma'am. You couldn't drown in that Sacramento mud if you had a cannonball under each arm.
[she starts to cry and goes into Bret's arms]
Bret Maverick: Well, don't cry. Please. Well, th-that's better. Now what brought you to that. Men?
Modesty Blaine: No, sir. Cats.
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Pull Up a Tombstone and Let's Play Cards
28 September 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Not every script can drop in "perfidy" without trading in the action for a dictionary. This is an offbeat screenplay that humorously manages to keep us interested without need of a college degree. In passing-- I remember as a boy in a small western mining town how important cats were to keeping down the rat population. It's little known facts like this that can turn an good episode into a memorable one.

Once the series' light-hearted approach was established, coming up with teleplays that kept that approach for a full 60 minutes must have been a challenge. Many later episodes unfortunately veered from humor to more conventional seriousness, which is understandable since the series was breaking new ground in a genre where conventions were almost literally set in sacred stone. Producers must have agonized at times over how many liberties could be taken with the unconventional Maverick "hero". After all, they were, in a sense, tinkering with John Wayne.

Here Bret is trying to dodge a devious woman, a murderous sheriff, and a "friend" willing to sell him out for a measly $200. His future is none to bright since everybody has an angle that doesn't include him. But as long as he's got a tombstone to hide behind, 13 male cats, and a can of shoe polish, he'll probably be around for the next episode. Fine work from Buddy Ebsen as the surprisingly mean sheriff, Lance Fuller as a parody of Have Gun, Will Travel's Paladin, and that most unlikely Westerner Richard Deacon as the undertaker, along with a hilarious shootout that likely put the series on the Humane Society's do-not-watch list. All in all, 60 minutes that never once veers from a humorously light-hearted approach.


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