Maverick (1957–1962)
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Shady Deal at Sunny Acres 

Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Bret Maverick
... Bart Maverick
... Ben Granville
... Sheriff Griffin
Joan Young ... Susan Granville
... Brent Williams
... Employee
... 1st Townsman
... Ernest Plunkett
Val Benedict ... Cowhand
... Dandy Jim Buckley
... Samantha Crawford
... Gentleman Jack Darby
... John Bates
... Big Mike McComb


Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, while Bret sits whittling & rocking in a chair on a shady Sunny Acres porch, poor-mouthing all by-passers that he's "just working on" a plan. The small-town banker is way out of his league in silver-rich Denver with seductive Sam Crawford, intimidating Big Mike, slicksters Gentleman Jack & Dandy Jim etc. as Maverick's operatives in this classic episode. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western




Release Date:

23 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jack Kelly, Leo Gordon, J. Pat O'Malley and John Dehner all later appeared with James Garner on his later series "The Rockford Files". See more »


[first lines]
[Bret knocks on the window of the bank]
John Bates: Bank's Closed
[Bret knocks again]
John Bates: I said, the bank is closed.
[Bret knocks a third time and waves his wallet]
Bret Maverick: I got something for you.
[Bates opens the door with a gun in his hand]
John Bates: State your business.
Bret Maverick: I've come to put money in the bank, not take it out.
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In the Groove
27 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Pure Maverick. If this one didn't establish the series' cult following, I don't know what did. it's an all-star line-up of favorite con-men and women, from brother Bart to Dandy Jim to Gentleman Jack to sly Samantha, with shambling muscle-man Leo Gordon for good measure. Somehow, I expected a curtain call instead of the usual credit crawl. Of course, these characters, colorful as they are, would be no more than ornamentation without a good story.

And a good story it is. Banker Bates (John Dehner) has stolen $15,000 from Bret and hamstrung any legal way of getting the money back. Since Bret can't get the money back by fair means, there's always the foul. And of course in the best Maverick tradition that means outwitting your opponent instead of shooting or clubbing him in the custom of the day.

So what does Bret do. He leans back on a Main Street chair and whittles. All day, every day. It seems the townsfolk get curious as to how such a casual attitude and inert posture can possibly win back his money, to which Bret answers with a grin, "I'm working on it." And indeed he is. Because as we know, but the town folks don't-- this great cast is not assembled for nothing.

The script is from writer Marion Hargrove and producer-writer Roy Huggins who began his career as a screenwriter. In fact, many of the best of these early scripts come from their collaboration and this one is no exception. It's a great episode all the way from the clever title to the gratifying conclusion. And as we all end up finding out, Bret is indeed working on it.

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