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22 Sep. 1957
War of the Silver Kings
We first glimpse Bret unshaven & dirty, lugging a rifle, trying to register at a classy hotel. Using the $1000 bill pinned inside his jacket, and adding some dollar-size strips cut from a newspaper, Bret cadges a room via a bulging envelope for the guest safe. Changing into his gambler's duds for a poker game including the company town's silver baron Phineas King, Bret (James Garner) wins - and only Bret hints that King is a card cheat. King's casino manager, Big Mike McComb has Bret beaten, but won't have him killed. Big Mike (screenwriter/ex-con Leo Gordon) becomes ...
29 Sep. 1957
Point Blank
Kicked out of one town, jailed for running a con in the next, Bret's luck turns when a sultry waitress eases him out of stir to work as a spotter in a casino. A cattle drive's heading to Bent Fork, so the casino's soon jammed with drunken cowpokes raring to cheat at cards and start shooting. Bret's sharp benefactor Molly proves an alluring mystery: why's she staying in the hottest, driest town in the West, since she has two quick-tempered suitors already, the straight-arrow sheriff and a bank clerk?
6 Oct. 1957
According to Hoyle
A Southern belle targets Bret and cleans him out at poker. Bret gets staked to switch to a different paddle-wheeler, so she'll follow, and plenty of spectators will, too. Different riverboat, same result. Samantha Crawford explains that Bret took her father for $50,000 - who embezzled to cover his losses and is now in prison. Samantha's raising money to make restitution, but she's still short, and Bret's broke again. As Pappy said "man's the only animal that can get skinned more than once," so Bret proposes they combine forces.
13 Oct. 1957
Ghost Rider
Bret is robbed by The Kid and trails him to a poker game, but The Kid's just been killed. As the winners rake in The Kid's money, they ask newcomer Bret if The Kid (Edd Byrnes, Kookie on "77 Sunset Strip") was a friend. "No but the money was," Bret sighs. Bret spies an entrancing widow sobbing on a bench, gives her a ride, but she vanishes in the chilly dark, wearing the coat containing the remainder of Bret's money. White Rock's townspeople ridicule Bret's tale, because she died weeks before (June 1872). When the local undertaker takes a gunshot at him, Bret's ...
20 Oct. 1957
The Long Hunt
Fleeing sore losers, Bret is saved from death by stage robber Lefty Dolan who obligates Bret with a dying wish - free the man wrongly convicted in another heist, instead of Lefty. Lefty lives long enough to clue in Bret to a bank robbery he and three others were involved in when the mistaken identity occurred. When Bret goes to the prison to talk to the innocent prisoner Jedd, Bret is pledged to an even stranger promise - don't tell Jedd's wife there's any hope of saving him. Citizen Kane-style cinematography, in the first of many Maverick episodes directed or written...
27 Oct. 1957
Stage West
Bret comes to the assistance of a woman who came west when she learns of her husband's gold strike. A ruthless family of ranchers have killed her husband, though, and try to convince the young lady that they are her late husband's partners.
3 Nov. 1957
Relic of Fort Tejon
Bret wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game, but soon discovers he's been conned - the Arabian mount turns out to be an overly-affectionate camel. While fleeing the dromedary, Bret stumbled into a small town and runs into an old flame who's engaged to the town's mayor. Bret soon learns that the mayor runs a crooked gambling hall and isn't above shooting card players when they stumble onto his cheating ways.
10 Nov. 1957
Bret and Bart look to sail on a riverboat's maiden cruise but get caught up in a kidnapping of the boat's owner's daughter. Bret is taken hostage, and Bart must outwit the kidnappers and the police to rescue his brother and the girl.
17 Nov. 1957
Bret, and new character Dandy Jim Buckley, join a gold rush to even a score with Cadiz, a crooked gambler who robbed them. Cadiz's brawler Battling Kreuger is taking on all comers, and en route Bret, crashes into a possible challenger, mountain man Noah, complete with a pet skunk.
24 Nov. 1957
The Jeweled Gun
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?
1 Dec. 1957
The Wrecker
Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose cargo is apparently only worth half that. Brother Bart soon finds out why their unknown rival was willing to bid so high - in addition to bales of silk and rice, the wreck's hold is full of illegal opium.
8 Dec. 1957
The Quick and the Dead
In an attempt to clear himself of a robbery charge, Brett must protect a man marked for murder.
15 Dec. 1957
The Naked Gallows
Bart's nosing round Bent Spur pursuing his friend's murderer. Bart was so down on his luck, he spent a winter trapping beaver outside town. Bent Spur's overstocked with red herrings, who too easily slip through the fingers of Sheriff Barney F, including the killer, broken out of jail by the evil Brink. The murder victim's brassy lady-friend/casino partner is a quick rebounder, who immediately sidles up to the suspicious Bart.
29 Dec. 1957
Comstock Conspiracy
Bret goes to the office of a wealthy mine owner to collect a substantial gambling debt. When the man refuses to pay and then draws his gun, Bret is forced to kill him. Bret goes to report the shooting, but when he returns the corpse is gone, the bulled-riddled office has been repaired and the law officer is not amused at being awakened in the wee hours of the morning to investigate a non-crime. Bret is even more perplexed when he meets the mine owner he killed in the flesh, and the man meekly gives him the $10,000 he owed him. A beautiful woman whose father is missing...

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