Maverick: Season 1, Episode 23

The Seventh Hand (2 Mar. 1958)

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Samantha Crawford invites five of the wealthiest and most influential poker players in the west to a game and stakes Bret to $20,000 to compete in the contest. After the game is robbed of ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Diane Brewster ...
Sam Buffington ...
James Philbrook ...
Myrna Dell ...
Joseph V. Perry ...
Pritchard (as Joe Perry)
Byron Foulger ...
Hotel Clerk
Damian O'Flynn ...
Mr. Tabor
Francis De Sales ...
Mr. Gilling (as Francis DeSales)
Sydney Mason ...
Mr. Lockridge
Charles Quigley ...
Mr. Banning
Jay Jostyn ...
Mr. Fayette


Samantha Crawford invites five of the wealthiest and most influential poker players in the west to a game and stakes Bret to $20,000 to compete in the contest. After the game is robbed of more than $100,000 by two gunmen, Bret is accused of complicity and discovers that Samantha received the money she gave Bret from a shady third party. Their reputations at stake Bret and Samantha pursue the crooks into Sioux territory in the Black Hills in order to recover the money. Written by David Bassler

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2 March 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Bret Maverick: I'm looking for someone, Conductor - might be on this train.
Conductor: Oh? Is that so.
Bret Maverick: Yeah, a very pretty girl - she's traveling alone. Blonde, about 23, 24; blue eyes and...
[makes feminine shape with his hands]
Bret Maverick: ... Well....
Conductor: [winding his watch] I've been making this run for seven years; I never seen anyone like that.
Bret Maverick: No, I guess you haven't seen her. You've still got your watch.
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Some Great Chemistry
22 July 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

That first scene between Bret and Samantha Crawford (Brewster) is a little gem. She's so cutely coy that it causes Bret's animal instincts to beat out his better judgment. If Bret's moral compass sometimes wobbles, hers positively staggers. So he knows she can't be trusted, but just can't help himself. It's a deliciously performed scene, playing to the light comedic strengths of each.

Anyway, Sam ropes Bret into being the fall guy in a high-stakes poker game, after which Bret's got to get back his reputation and outwit the wily Samantha, at the same time. It's almost classic Maverick except for veering off into the Indian sequence, which is not only poorly staged (phony backlot boulders, poor matching shots), but clumsily out of sync with the rest. Still, the Bret-Sam encounters alone are enough to carry several episodes. What a perfect foil Brewster is and a fine actress to boot. All in all, it's four-fifths of the classic Maverick brew.

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