Maverick (1957–1962)
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Bart and Bret both toss certified $10,000 drafts into a poker game, but are told that the exchange company has just gone under. For 10 % of the drafts, a woman confides to each of the ... See full summary »


Douglas Heyes


Douglas Heyes


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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Patricia Barry ... Jessamy Longacre
Ray Teal ... Harvey Stryker
John Cliff ... Sundown
Clem Bevans ... Old Man
Will Wright ... General Hoyt Bosco
Roscoe Ates ... Kibitzer
Duane Grey ... Howie Horwitz


Bart and Bret both toss certified $10,000 drafts into a poker game, but are told that the exchange company has just gone under. For 10 % of the drafts, a woman confides to each of the brothers separately, that the Deadwood office of the company doesn't yet know it's closing. But they'll have to race through "Indian country" to get to Deadwood ahead of a company official on his way to close the office. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

18 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Jack Kelly 's favorite episode. See more »


[first lines]
Poker Player: Well, Mr. Maverick's in. How about you, Mr. Maverick?
Bret Maverick: [narrating] My pappy used to say, "When you're playing poker, don't trust anybody, not even your brother."
Bart Maverick: [narrating] What he really said was "especially your brother."
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"Business is business"
4 September 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Once the series concept shifted to humor, whole new vistas for story-lines opened up. This is one of them, a fine screenplay from director-writer Douglas Heyes with laughs throughout. Bret and Bart each have a bank-draft for $10,000. Trouble is the bank is going defunct so their paper is worthless. But then again, maybe not, thanks to the archly coy Patricia Berry who seals deals with a kiss. Trouble is she's about as trustworthy as the bank, so the boys have to decide which shape they like better, hers or the bank's.

It's a real duel of wits as everyone's trying to get to the branch bank before the bad news arrives. What's really distinctive about this 60 minutes is how everybody's out for himself or herself. Even the brothers are humorously competing in this Darwinian free-for-all. No high- minded motives here, just greed. Watch Bart cut Bret's saddle cinch so that Bret ends up ignominiously on the ground. And, of course, the running gag that sort of sums up the ground-rules is "Business is business". In short, "Nothing personal, I'm just trying to get mine". I expect more than a few viewers appreciated this kind of realism done in the charming Maverick way.

Good to see such stalwarts as cranky old Will Wright and roughneck Ray Teal in supporting roles. Downside is again the production values with some really bad outdoor sets and poorly matched stock shots. But that doesn't matter much since one humorous scrape follows another right up to the boffo climax.

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