Bret Maverick (1981–1982)
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The Lazy Ace: Part 1 

Bret Maverick wins a saloon in a poker game and decides to end his roving ways and settle down in Sweetwater, Arizona. He takes on as a partner the former sheriff who comes with a shady background.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Bruce ...
Richard Hamilton ...
Sheriff Mitchel Dowd
Mandy Packer
Billy Kerr ...
Blue-Eyed Kid
Jack Garner ...
Jack the Bartender
Luis Delgado ...
Shifty Delgrado
Ed Bakey ...
Lyman Nickerson


At a high-stakes poker game in Sweetwater, Arizona Bret Maverick eliminates the competition, winning $100,000 and the deed to the Red Ox Saloon. Bret's luck soon changes, however, as his winnings are stolen that night from the local bank, and he learns that the saloon he now owns has a quite considerable mortgage that has come due. Getting no help from the newly-elected sheriff, who believes the days of the old west are over, he has no choice but to take off after the bank robbers on his own. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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Drama | Western





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1 December 1981 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Rodney Catlow: It's him. It's him! M.L. M.L. M.L.!
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Follows The New Maverick (1978) See more »


Maverick Didn't Come Here to Lose
Written by Ed Bruce, Patsy Bruce & Glenn Ray
Performed by Ed Bruce & James Garner
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Good entertainment ,but old spark is missing.
19 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Maverick was perhaps the most imaginative and best written TV series of the early days of television. It made a star of Garner, whose accomplished career continues to thrive a half century later.

This film was enjoyable and as always, Bret finds his schemes for big $$$ thwarted at nearly every turn. Garner was born to play this role and his scenes are excellent. Ed Bruce was better than I expected and Bill McKinney is always an excellent bad guy.

However, the old Maverick spark is missing somehow from the overall production. The film is an average TV movie at best , but I recommend seeing the series before catching this one.

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