A rich playboy pays Bret Maverick to switch identities with him, so the playboy can court a wealthy young woman, who'd otherwise reject him.


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Episode complete credited cast:
John Vandergelt
Lydia Lynley (as Patricia Crowley)
Brig. Gen. Archibald Vandergelt
Mrs. Celia Mallaver
Dan Tobin ...
Lucius Benson
William Allyn ...
Chet Stratton ...
Desk Clerk


A rich playboy pays Bret Maverick to switch identities with him, so the playboy can court a wealthy young woman, who'd otherwise reject him.

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

25 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)| (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Roger Moore as John Vandergelt would later join the regular cast as Bret and Bart's English cousin Beauregard Maverick. See more »


[first lines]
Bart Maverick: Denver.
Bret Maverick: Hope Springs.
Bart Maverick: Awful big money in that Denver game.
Bret Maverick: Bart, all the really big money is in Hope Springs this season.
Bart Maverick: You wanna be a drifter all your life?
Bret Maverick: Mm-mm. Remember what Pappy used to say. "Early to bed and early to rise is the curse of the working classes." At the Great Western Hotel even the maids don't get up until noon.
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Maverick Does Dickens
24 March 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Son of wealthy magnate (Moore) hires Bret to switch identities with him to win affections of pretty heiress (Crowley). Complications ensue.

Good thing the series tongue in cheek is on full display because the plot complications are hard to follow. It's a version of the Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities told Maverick style. Actually Moore gets equal time with Garner and in the process shows his comedic talents. Looks like the role may have led to Moore's replacing Garner the following year when Garner jumped ship from TV to the movies. Crowley gently spoofs her ingénue role, while Hamilton crunches his bullying tycoon, making this a particularly enjoyable entry.

Also, I suspect there's some inside jokes going on with the repeated Ivy League references. Then too, where else on 50's TV would a naughty excerpt from that 19th-century naughty novel East Lynne be heard. Yes indeed, Maverick's slyly comedic format opened up all sorts of possibilities not usually found in Westerns. How else, for example, could they have worked in that richly droll very last scene. Good entry, despite the convoluted storyline.

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