Maverick (1957–1962)
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Bret is selected to serve on the jury of a murder trial and finds himself the only member who refuses to believe that the defendant is guilty.


Richard L. Bare (as Richard L.Bare)


R. Wright Campbell (teleplay), Robert Ormond Case (story)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Will Wright ... Jabe Hallock
Joan Marshall ... Lucy Sutter
William Reynolds ... Bill Gregg
Tol Avery ... John Sloan
Hugh Sanders ... Blaine
Frank Cady ... Hamelin
Don Beddoe ... Price
George O'Hanlon ... Caldwell
Emile Meyer ... Pike
Harry Harvey ... Store Owner (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Harry Cheshire ... Judge
Tom Monroe Tom Monroe ... Slim
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Sheriff
Donald Kirke ... First Juror


Bret is selected to serve on the jury of a murder trial and finds himself the only member who refuses to believe that the defendant is guilty.

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

19 January 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story line is take-off on the film 12 Angry Men that was released in April of 1957. One big difference, though, is that, in the movie, the whole film takes place in the jury room )except the last scene). And the only characters in the film are the members of the Jury. See more »


During the trial, the pliers that were used as evidence, do not have a spring mechanism. They are a simple parallel mechanism that is manipulated by hand, not by spring retraction. So, there could be no broken spring. The pliers are made by Sargent of New Haven Conn. See more »


[first lines]
Bill: Hold it there! Drop that gun!
Lem: I ought to kill you right now, holding that gun on us.
Bill Gregg: Well, I wouldn't have gunned you.
Lem: Sure not. Bill, take a look in the house.
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Jury Duty
11 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This was a strange episode for Maverick. While in a small western town a murder is committed. Young William Reynolds is accused of shooting down Tol Avery a wealthy rancher from whom he tried to borrow money. James Garner is dragooned into jury duty even though he was witness to some of the events that led up to the killing. Then again in small settlements that probably was a regular occurence.

Will Wright is Reynolds defense attorney and he has a nasty rivalry going with prosecutor Hugh Sanders. Then that aspect of the plot is just dropped and we get a 12 Angry Men situation with Garner as the holdout who gradually convinces the others but for Emile Meyer that there is some very reasonable doubt that this was coldblooded murder.

It was like two different stories, one dropped in favor of the other. Made it rather disconcerting.

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