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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Jack Mather ...
Mayor Clyde Moss
Jeff DeBenning ...
Dave Taylor
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Mac McGuire (as Thomas B. Henry)
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Val Joyce
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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

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26 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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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