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Episode complete credited cast:
Daisy Harris (aka Daisy Haskell)
Miguel Ángel Landa ...
Henrique Fillipe (as Miguel Landa)
The Cattleman
Stephen Coit ...
The Wire Salesman
Mitchell (as Norman Frederic)
Terence de Marney ...
Snopes (as Terrry DeMarney)
Edwin Bruce ...
Book Salesman
Tom McKee ...
La Mesa Sheriff
James Parnell ...
Al Hopson ...
Fred Carter (as Alfred Hopson)
Ezelle Poule ...
Mrs. Adams


Bart doesn't like being employed at all, but accompanying a beautiful, moneyed widow on a stagecoach apparently wasn't ruled out by Pappy. Though they are traveling South from Old Santa Fe through badlands, the coach's heating up. The closer they get to Le Mesa, the more Bart wants to combine business & pleasure. Are those danger signs he's ignoring from not-so-demure Daisy? Is protecting her making Bart love-blind and vulnerable ? Which is the real danger: varmints he's been hired to protect her against - or her and the jeweled gun? Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

24 November 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Although he gets top billing, James Garner only has a brief cameo appearing in the opening and closing scenes. See more »


Lawyer Fillipe announces to the stagecoach driver that Mr and Mrs Haskell(Bart and Daisy Harris) will be going all the way to Laramie with them. But, the stage is actually going to La Mesa New Mexico which is close to Las Cruces, not Wyoming. The scenery also looks to be New Mexico. And the empty grave of John Haskell is in La Mesa New Mexico. See more »


[first lines]
Bart Maverick: Well, here we are. And about time, too.
Bret Maverick: If we take the north trail, we ought to be in Clayton in about four days.
Bart Maverick: Ugh, Clayton? If we take the south trail, we'll be in Santa Fe tomorrow. They tell me th... Oh, I remember now. Adelaide. She lives in Clayton.
Bret Maverick: She does? That's quite a coincidence, isn't it?
Bart Maverick: Uh-huh. Well, you give her my best.
Bret Maverick: You sure you don't want to come to Clayton with me?
Bart Maverick: Not even if she has a sister.
Bret Maverick: Well, remember what Pappy told us: "Never hold a kicker..."
Bart Maverick: "....
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Good Early Episode
11 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Under puzzling circumstances Bart hires on as the gorgeous Daisy's fake husband and traveling companion through hostile Indian territory.

This early episode is an entertaining blend of action, intrigue, and typical Maverick hokum. Crowley is excellent as the coyly conniving Daisy, in what would become a series trademark —the slippery femme fatale. Her scenes with Bart amount to little gems of tongue-in-cheek. Note too the adult innuendo, unusual for 50's TV. Also, the byplay among stagecoach passengers is cleverly amusing and an insight into ranching and barbed wire.

One seldom noted reason for the series success is Warner Bros. big library of stock footage. Generally, footage of this kind was unaffordable for modestly budgeted TV shows prior to big studios getting into little screen production. Warner Bros., I believe, was the first of these movie-TV studios. Here, their stock footage of big southwestern vistas and the Indian attack adds lots of color and action, making the 60-minutes look more expensive and grander than it is. All in all, this is the kind of episode that won the series a large, loyal following.

(In passing—note Garner's bookend cameo appearances that really have nothing to do with the story. I expect this was to establish Bart as Bret's brother. After all, this was only Bart's (Kelly) second appearance in the series.)

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