Maverick: Season 2, Episode 18

The Rivals (25 Jan. 1959)

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A rich playboy pays Brett 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
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Mrs. Celia Mallaver
Dan Tobin ...
Lucius Benson
William Allyn ...
Sandra Gould ...
Chet Stratton ...
Desk Clerk


A rich playboy pays Brett 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





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25 January 1959 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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