Bart is charged with murdering Bret's nemesis Gentleman Jack, over an entrancing Spanish dancer, one of the only women in a mining boomtown. A saloon owner dominates the town, but his ... See full summary »
Bart is charged with murdering Bret's nemesis Gentleman Jack, over an entrancing Spanish dancer, one of the only women in a mining boomtown. A saloon owner dominates the town, but his battle to control dancer Elena Grande is failing, as the strong-willed woman has her own well-hidden agenda. Is the missing Gentleman Jack dead, is it a scheme to get back at the Mavericks or what ? Written by
"The Spanish Dancer" is another favorite. The dancer (Adele Mara as Elena) hates "gringos" and wants money to buy her family's ranch back. She dances in a gold camp called Riverhead. Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) shows up. Gentleman Jack Darby (Richard Long) is working as an auctioneer. Adele whirls, driving the miners wild! Maverick and Darby both want her. So does camp owner John Wilson. When Wilson offers Adele protection for her favors, she rejects him. Wilson and Maverick play poker, and Wilson dumps a flooded mine on Bart. A full house beats a flush! Maverick and Darby concoct a scheme to get even. Adele continues her dancing. She spins around! Her skirt flies! She dances to a Spanish guitar while clicking castanets. Maverick and Darby fake a fight in the street, and Darby threatens to kill Maverick. Of course, it is all scripted. Bart runs the auction while Darby disappears. The miners get suspicious, and rumor has it that Maverick murdered Darby and dumped his body into the flooded mine. There is a trial with Slim Pickens as the judge. When Bart is found not guilty, Wilson volunteers to drain the mine to find Darby's body. He wants Maverick hanged! When the mine is drained, the only thing found is a sack full of rocks with a sign on it: "This mine drained by the courtesy of John Wilson." Everyone has a good laugh, and Maverick and Wilson duke it out. Darby suddenly appears, claiming that he went hunting. There is a party with barbecued deer and free whiskey! Pure quartz gold is discovered in the mine, and now everybody is rich! Elena has enough to buy back her father's ranch. She and Bart kiss, and her bitterness is gone. Adele Mara was the wife of Maverick creator Roy Huggins.
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