Maverick (1957–1962)
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The Forbidden City 

Brent is arrested for gambling while passing through Sunburst on the stage. When a cell mate is murdered while escaping by three masked men, he is asked to leave on the next stage before his value as an eyewitness proves useful.


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Episode cast overview:
Nina Shipman ...
Jack Mather ...
Mayor Clyde Moss
Jeff DeBenning ...
Dave Taylor
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Mac McGuire (as Thomas B. Henry)
Gertrude Flynn ...
Pedro Rubio
Hotel Clerk
Craig Duncan ...
Val Joyce


Passing through Sunburst, Brent Maverick is yanked off a stagecoach for owning a deck of cards . Brent's cell-mate was just released after 20 years in prison for murder, but is jailed for throwing a stone at a window in this town which outlaws just about everything. Rubio tells Brent (Robert Colbert) he's back in Sunburst to clear himself and implicate the real killers. Rubio explains Sunburst: "the bride with the whitest veil, has the most to hide." The Sheriff leaves the keys hanging by the jail's open back door, allowing 3 masked men to drag off Rubio and kill him, as Brent watches. The Sheriff offers Brent the chance to vamoose, but the gambler stays to investigate - and to romance the mayor's daughter, who's never been kissed (it's against the law !). The mayor's daughter is played by Nina Shipman, whose grandmother, producer/director/screenwriter Nell Shipman, was the first full-frontal nude in the movie history. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western




Release Date:

26 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Sheriff of Town: Nobody's accused you of cheatin', Maverick.
Brent Maverick: Then why are you running me out of town.
Sheriff of Town: Frankly, your mistake was taking the whole town council to the cleaners. Punishment for that's the first stage out of town.
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25 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

He does resemble a younger Jim Garner, but there the resemblance ends. Unfortunately, Robert Colbert (Brent) has none of Garner's knack for tongue-in-cheek. As a result, this episode plays like any other TV Western of the period, and a not very good one at that.

In a frontier town that forbids all kinds of pleasure, Brent gets mixed up in a murder that appears to involve more than just the thugs. The question is who else in the town is involved. The narrative is a complex one that's rather hard to follow. Also, the acting is pretty wooden, along with unimaginative staging and lots of dialog. Frankly, this is the sort of entry that indicates a series on the downgrade. And I suspect Jack Kelly's cameo appearance was an effort at compensating for Colbert's rather obvious limitations as a Maverick. My advice is to skip it.

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