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 »


Douglas Heyes (story), Roy Huggins (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Regis Toomey ... Ben Granville
Karl Swenson ... Sheriff Griffin
Joan Young Joan Young ... Susan Granville
Jonathan Hole ... Brent Williams
Irving Bacon ... Employee
Syd Saylor ... 1st Townsman
Earle Hodgins ... Ernest Plunkett
Val Benedict Val Benedict ... Cowhand
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Dandy Jim Buckley
Diane Brewster ... Samantha Crawford
Richard Long ... Gentleman Jack Darby
John Dehner ... John Bates
Leo Gordon ... 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) See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s last appearance as Dandy Jim Buckley. 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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"If You Can't Trust your Banker, Who Can You Trust?"
31 January 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Despite the fact this was my first look in many, many years at the old Maverick television show, I always remembered that line and darned if it didn't pop up in this episode. The villain, played by John Dehner, used it here several times.

First of all, though, wow - what a shock to see such a young-looking James Garner, star of the show. I saw the 1994 film and Mel Gibson was a great substitute for Garner (who had a cameo in the film.) Gibson pretty much looked like the latter looked back in the late 1950s, the greatest period for TV westerns.

This episode has poor Brett Maverick getting swindled right off the bat by a crooked bank employee named "Bates," the guy played by Dehner.

The story is how Brett gets his $15,000 back. None of this episode has any gun-play or violence; it's all Maverick - with help from family and friends - getting justice. This is pure humor, not an episode featuring a lot of adventure. That was Maverick, a guy who used his brains and humor better than his fists or guns.

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