Maverick (1957–1962)
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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 ... See full summary »


Budd Boetticher


Russell S. Hughes (teleplay) (as Russell Hughes), Horace McCoy (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Diane Brewster ... Samantha Crawford
Leo Gordon ... Big Mike McComb
Jay Novello ... Henry Tree
Ted de Corsia ... Joe Riggs
Esther Dale ... Ma Braus
Tol Avery ... George Cross
Walter Reed ... Bledsoe
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Hayes
Robert Carson ... Kittredge


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. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

6 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Per the title, 'Edmond Hoyle' is a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase "according to Hoyle" came into the language as a reflection of his authority on the subject. See more »


The interstitial card states that the rule they are quoting comes from an 1876 book but episodes before and after establish the year as 1872, four years prior. See more »


[first lines]
Bret Maverick: I'll take two, please.
Kittredge: I'll try one.
Samantha Crawford: Three, please.
Bret Maverick: Opener bet's 200.
Kittredge: I'm out.
Samantha Crawford: I think there's an expression in poker. I'll tap you, Mr. Maverick.
Bret Maverick: There is 3500... and since you're tapping me, I believe I'd better add this.
[unpins 1000 dollar bill from inside his coat]
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Never Give a Lady an Even Break
11 July 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Alliances shift faster in this story line than Kleenex in a windstorm. It's an interesting entry, especially with the appearance of lady gambler Samantha Crawford (Diane Brewster). With her southern drawl, striking good looks and coquettish charm, she's a perfect foil for gentleman gambler Maverick. Here, they're involved in a complex series of schemes to outwit each other. Good support from Jay Novello as shrewd private dick, Leo Gordon as Maverick's Irish buddy, and the great Ted deCorsia in one of his patented roughneck roles. I really wanted a face-off between deCorsia and Gordon to see who could out-tough-talk the other.

This is third and last entry from ace director Buddy Boetticher. You can see the sly Maverick card-sharp beginning to take shape, but Garner's still playing it pretty straight. The script goes to rather tiresome length to insist on the gambler's impeccable honesty, a reaction I suppose to turning a rather dubious profession into the show's main character (instead of the usual sheriff or marshal). Note too, Maverick's frequent change of attire, instead of the usual black-vested outfit that later identified the character. Last scene is nicely calibrated, where we get a sense of the subtle easy-going humor that would come to distinguish the series from its many competitors. In passing-- I expect the obscure 5-card stud rule revealed in the script caught many of us poker players by surprise since it's so contrary to the way the game is usually played.

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