A beautiful con woman convinces Bart that a fellow hotel guest is really the leader of a counterfeit ring in possession of the plates to print the phony money. After Bret helps steal the ...
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A beautiful con woman convinces Bart that a fellow hotel guest is really the leader of a counterfeit ring in possession of the plates to print the phony money. After Bret helps steal the plates, he learns that the gangster is really a Secret Service agent and the two men join forces to reclaim the plates before they're put to criminal use. Written by
During his introduction, James Garner states that they brought back the character of Samantha Crawford for another appearance, because they got a large amount of mail from fans who really enjoyed her first appearance on the show. See more »
[to the audience]
Hello, glad to see you again. Do you remember Samantha Crawford, the girl who played stud poker according to Hoyle? Well, all of you who've asked to see her again will be glad to know that she's co-starring with my brother Bart, Jack Kelly, in this week's show, The Savage Hills.
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Pardon Me, Ma'm-- Is That My Wallet You're Holding
This is two-thirds of a first-rate episode. Diane Brewster could not be more delightfully charming as that consummate con-artist Samantha Crawford. Her syrupy southern drawl and winsomely coy manner are enough to charm the whiskers off General Grant. Here she's up to some business with counterfeit plates, with enough twists and turns to confuse a snake charmer. Peter Whitney as a government agent is on her trail, but Bart's too confused most of the time to know which side he's on. Their little scene in the hotel room is chock-full of innuendo and goes about as far as any TV entry of the day, especially with her undressed under the bed covers.
It's all slick Maverick tongue-in-cheek, recalling some of the best traits of the series. However the sequence with Bart and Samantha escaping the Indians is clumsy and out of sync with the rest of the hour. The series was seldom at its best when supposedly in the wilderness, which usually consisted of the back-lot at Warner Bros. and a few cheap outdoor sets, as is the case here. Nonetheless, it's a showcase for Brewster and a nice bit of work by Kelly. And what a superb twist ending, something few other TV Westerns would have risked.
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