Maverick (1957–1962)
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The Jail at Junction Flats 

Dandy Jim convinces Bret to partner with him to buy horses for cavalry remounts and Bret learns too late it's just another of Jim's swindles. Worse, Jim steals all Bret's money and leaves ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McVey ...
Sheriff Morrison Pyne (as Pat McVey)
Madame Higgins
John Harmon ...
Saloon Keeper
Deputy George
Claudia Bryar ...
Mrs. Pyne
Hognose M. Hughes
Jack Lomas ...


Dandy Jim convinces Bret to partner with him to buy horses for cavalry remounts and Bret learns too late it's just another of Jim's swindles. Worse, Jim steals all Bret's money and leaves him tied up in the wilderness. Bret soon tracks Dandy Jim to a Wyoming town with a long memory - when a notorious outlaw broke out of jail eight years earlier, the town fathers determined to build an escape-proof jail. Now Dandy Jim's behind bars for a crime he didn't commit - for a change - and he refuses to tell Bret where he's hid the money he stole from the gambler unless he breaks him out of jail. Time's short because a lynch mob is beginning to form. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

9 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)| (RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Despite prominent guest-star billing, Dan Blocker has no dialogue whatsoever in this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Bret Maverick: [narrating] Up till about 1869, nobody had ever heard of a town named Junction Flats, Wyoming. Then, all of a sudden, Junction Flats got its name in all the papers... for a while. It was in Junction Flats that a staunch, young sheriff, named Morrison Pyne single-handedly captured Hognose Hughes, the terror of the western Plain. As it turned out, Sheriff Pyne's day in the sun was a pretty short one because it was from this same jail on the same day that Hognose Hughes made his ...
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All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight
Written by Ethel Lynn Beers and John Hill Hewitt
Performed by Bert Remsen and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
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Buckley to Bret, "Have I ever lied to you." ! !
23 August 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Prime-grade Maverick of the calibre that made the series a cult favorite. It's tongue-in-cheek the whole way, with no clichéd shoot-out at the end. Instead it's a battle of wits, with one charming rogue against another as the quips fly fast and furious. The only real difference between Bret and Dandy Jim Buckley is that Bret has at least one scruple whereas Dandy was hiding somewhere when the "Thou Shalt Not's" were passed out.

The contest surrounds a crooked horse deal that lands Dandy in jail, with Bret needing to break him out. It doesn't help that the jail resembles Fort Knox or that there are not two but four locked doors separating the prisoner from the street. But Bret is nothing if not resourceful and, of course, drolly amusing, at the same time. But this is really Dandy Jim's episode, showing what an excellent comedic actor Zimbalist Jr. was. Too bad Warner Bros. broke up the duo by casting Zimbalist in the glossy detective series 77 Sunset Strip, where he had to play things straight. Note in the first minute that the beloved Dan Blocker gets a brief walk-on as Hog Nose Hughes, a dead-eye shot even though he doesn't bother to aim. Right away, we know this entry is special, and may be the first one to spoof all the way through, along with a delightfully appropriate very last frame.

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