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List of Maverick episodes

This site serves as an adjunct, due to article space constraints, to Maverick, a page about the 1957 Western television series created by Roy Huggins and featuring James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore.
Series leads
Bret Maverick: James Garner (seasons 1-4; 55 episodes)

Bart Maverick: Jack Kelly (seasons 1-5; 75 episodes)

Beau Maverick: Roger Moore (season 4; 14 episodes*)

Brent Maverick: Robert Colbert (season 4; 2 episodes*)

* Moore appeared in a total of 15 episodes, but he played a different character in the second season Maverick episode "The Rivals", while Colbert appeared in a different role in the fourth season episode "Hadley's Hunters" before making two appearances as Brent Maverick.
Featured recurring characters
Dandy Jim Buckley: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (seasons 1-2; 5 episodes)

Samantha Crawford: Diane Brewster (seasons 1-2; 4 episodes)

Gentleman Jack Darby: Richard Long (seasons 2-3; 4 episodes)

Big Mike McComb: Leo Gordon (seasons 1-2; 5 episodes)

Cindy Lou Brown: Arlene Howell (season 2; 3 episodes)**

** Howell appeared in a total of 5 episodes, playing Brown three times and different characters in two other episodes.


Modesty Blaine: Mona Freeman and Kathleen Crowley

Melanie Blake: Kathleen Crowley

Doc Holliday: Gerald Mohr and Peter Breck

Big Ed Murphy: John Dehner and Andrew Duggan

A young Clint Eastwood appears as Bret's nemesis in the second season's Duel at Sundown.

Ben Gage delivers deft Marshal Matt Dillon parodies in four different episodes, playing sheriffs with different names but always looking and sounding like James Arness in Gunsmoke while delivering comedic lines.

(More information is available at Maverick (TV series).)

First season (1957-1958)
James Garner (as Bret Maverick) is the sole star for the first seven episodes. With episode eight, he's joined by Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick. From that point on, the two alternate leads from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional episode; Garner and Kelly appeared together in sixteen fondly remembered episodes. Recurring characters include rival gamblers/operators Samantha Crawford, Dandy Jim Buckley and Big Mike McComb.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb
War of the Silver Kings Bret Big Mike
> Note: With Edmund Lowe. A Warners-owned property called "War of the Copper Kings" was selected by the studio as the basis for this episode's script in order to cheat Roy Huggins out of the series creator residuals.
Point Blank Bret
> Note: With Karen Steele. Huggins had written this episode as the pilot but Warner Brothers insisted on first airing an episode based on a property they previously owned. This was done in order to deny Huggins the residuals for creating the series, a typical gambit for the studio at that time. Huggins wasn't given credit as series creator by the studio until the movie version with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and Garner almost forty years later.
According to Hoyle Bret Samantha Big Mike
> Note: Maverick debut of Samantha Crawford, in a high-stakes riverboat poker contest with Bret. Diane Brewster had played Crawford the previous year in an episode of Cheyenne called "Dark Rider."
Ghost Rider Bret
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr. as a sheriff, Joanna Barnes, and Edd Byrnes. Bret offers a strange beauty a ride home in a buckboard then later learns that she had died days before he met her.
The Long Hunt Bret
> Note: In the aftermath of a failed stagecoach robbery, a gunshot criminal tells Bret with his dying breaths that an innocent man remains trapped in prison for a crime that he didn't commit, leaving the gambler with the daunting responsibility of somehow straightening it out. A sweeping epic in which Maverick finds himself forced to intermittently become an amateur detective over a period of months.
Stage West Bret
> Note: Based on a Louis Lamour story. With Erin O'Brien, Edd Byrnes, and Chubby Johnson. O'Brien's name is listed at the beginning of the episode after Garner's, an honor only accorded a small handful of actors during the series (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Peggy King, Adam West, Troy Donahue, etc.). Ray Teal, later the sincere sheriff on Bonanza, performs one of his several Maverick turns as a vicious villain in this harrowingly suspenseful episode.
Relic of Fort Tejon Bret
> Note: Features Bret and an affectionate camel. Maverick quickly realizes that a saloon's poker game is rigged and finds himself facing down a professional killer. Intriguingly, the army did briefly experiment with using camels as transportation, which would have been ideal for the American Southwest.
Hostage! Bret Bart
> Note: Bart's first appearance occurs in this two-brother episode. Huggins wisely has Bart tied up and viciously beaten by a thug as an initiation into the series, to gain viewer sympathy. For his first several episodes, Jack Kelly as Bart wore a grey suit similar in color to his hat for greater contrast with Garner's standard black suit, but eventually switched to mainly a black suit himself while keeping the lighter colored hat, which remained his main costume through most of the run of the series. In his videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television, Roy Huggins noted that, unlike Garner's light touch, Kelly delivered a funny line as though he were "dropping a load of coal," and that Kelly was hilariously entertaining when he was "off camera." Critics noted how charismatic Kelly and Garner were as a team, however, and that Kelly did his finest work in his episodes with Garner.
Stampede Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: Dandy Jim Buckley's first of five memorable appearances. One of many episodes that begin on a Mississippi riverboat, a very frequent setting. "Stampede" is often cited by critics as one of the most entertaining installments, especially noting Zimbalist's humorous performance.
The Jeweled Gun Bret Bart
> Note: Bret appears only briefly; the first of flamboyantly seductive Kathleen Crowley's many roles in the series. Some of the plotline was later cannabilized for a unique Garner episode entitled "A Rage for Vengeance." The early part of The Jeweled Gun occurs in a Spanish-influenced town. Huggins noted in an interview that Garner was originally slated to play Kelly's role in this popular episode but the leads were switched at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Although Bart makes brief appearances in several Bret episodes, this is the only time Bret does so in a Bart episode. This is essentially Kelly's first solo episode.
The Wrecker Bret Bart
> Note: Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson ocean adventure. This is the only episode with substantial time accorded to both brothers in which Kelly's role is larger than Garner's, although Bret sets the operation up and appears noticeably more knowledgeable about the situation than Bart in their scenes together. The two-brother scripts designated the brothers as "Maverick 1" and "Maverick 2," with Garner choosing which role he wanted to play. All other scripts, except one, were originally written with Garner in mind and the character designated as "Bret," which would later be changed to "Bart" during filming if Kelly were cast instead. The only exception was "Passage to Fort Doom," which was written specifically for Kelly as a lark for the writers.
The Quick and the Dead Bret
> Note: With Gerald Mohr in a powerful performance as Doc Holliday and film noir queen Marie Windsor as a saloon owner. Written and directed by Douglas Heyes.
Naked Gallows Bart
> Note: With Mike Connors and Morris Ankrum.
The Comstock Conspiracy Bret
> Note: With Ruta Lee and Werner Klemperer.
The Third Rider Bart
> Note: With Dick Foran as a lawman thwarted by Bart.
Rage for Vengeance Bret
> Note: With Catherine McLeod and a villainous John Russell. The only episode in the series in which Bret openly falls in love (with McLeod in her only series appearance) and wants to actually get married, despite an unrelated glaring plot similarity to earlier episode The Jeweled Gun. It's intriguing to imagine Bret and Bart comparing notes later and each saying, "Yeah, the same thing happened to me."
Rope of Cards Bret
> Note: According to legend, practically every deck of cards in the United States sold out the day after this episode's first broadcast.
Diamond in the Rough Bart
> Note: Written by Marion Hargrove from a story by Roy Huggins.
Day of Reckoning Bret
> Note: Mayhem is the order of the day after a cowboy accuses Bret of cheating during a poker game and a blow to the head from the Marshall accidentally executes the complainant. With Jean Willes.
The Savage Hills Bart Samantha
> Note: Bart takes a turn with the glamorous Samantha Crawford on a riverboat adventure.
Trail West to Fury Bret Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: A flashback episode about the Maverick brothers returning from the Civil War, as told to Buckley while the three of them are trapped during a flood. The plotline involves the Maverick brothers having to avoid Texas after being falsely accused of murder there, with only a mysteriously disappeared "tall man" as a witness who could exonerate them if only they could locate him. Writer/producer Roy Huggins would eventually recycle this plot as the basis for his later television series The Fugitive, with Diane Brewster in a recurring cameo role as Richard Kimble's murdered wife.
The Burning Sky Bart
> Note: With a Mexican Gerald Mohr and Joanna Barnes. The ratings for Kelly's episodes were always minusculely higher in the first two seasons than Garner's. Roy Huggins mentioned in his videotaped Archive of American Television interview that he believed that this was a reflection of how well the audience liked Garner's episodes and the consequent word of mouth, so that viewers, marvelously entertained the previous week, would be at their sets for the following episode, which would usually feature Kelly instead. The rating jumps for Kelly's episodes were tiny enough that they fell within the margin of error, but were remarkable because of their consistency.
The Seventh Hand Bret Samantha
> Note: Samantha speculates about what it would be like if she and Bret were married. His response: "We couldn't afford it."
Plunder of Paradise Bart Big Mike
> Note: With Ruta Lee as a dance hall singer.
Black Fire Bret
> Note: Oddly, a glaringly unnecessary narration by Bart is tacked onto this episode featuring only Bret, probably to compensate for the fact that Garner had introduced Kelly's early solo episodes. This was one of only two Garner episodes not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes (the other was "Holiday at Hollow Rock"). Hans Conreid plays a friend who recruits Bret to borrow his identity for a family reunion.
Burial Ground of the Gods Bart
> Note: With Claude Akins.
Seed of Deception Bret Bart
> Note: Bret and Bart are mistaken for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in this two-brother episode. Huggins' wife Adele Mara plays a saloon dancer, and Bart is still wearing his grey suit.
Second season (1958-1959)
Garner and Kelly continue as alternating leads, with the odd 'team-up' episode. Semi-regulars Samatha Crawford and Dandy Jim Buckley exit partway through the season; new semi-regulars include Cindy Lou Brown and Gentleman Jack Darby. Big Mike McComb also returns from season 1.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb Cindy Lou Brown Gentleman Jack Darby
The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick Bret
> Note: Framed by a similar-looking robber, a desperate Maverick finds himself trapped in jail while the citizenry construct a gallows for him right outside the window. Bret recalls that he and his brother had flipped a coin earlier to decide which Maverick would travel in what direction, ruminating that if it had landed differently, Bart would be sitting in that cell instead. With Whitney Blake, Ray Teal, and Jay Novello.
Lonesome Reunion Bret
> Note: With John Russell and Joanna Barnes.
Alias Bart Maverick Bart Cindy Lou Jack
> Note: Debuts of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby and Arlene Howell as Cindy Lou Brown.
The Belcastle Brand Bret
> Note: Garner's favorite episode. With Reginald Owen.
High Card Hangs Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: With Martin Landau. Notice how different Dandy Jim Buckley's friendship with Bart is from his basically adversarial relationship with Bret.
Escape to Tampico Bret
> Note: Set in Mexico, this unique episode featured Gerald Mohr as a variation of Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca character, shot on the original Casablanca set.
The Judas Mask Bart
> Note: Bart's chasing a ravishing Scandinavian dance hall girl who robbed him of $20,000, hoping to catch her before she vanishes into Mexico.
The Jail at Junction Flats Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: A memorable episode with Dandy Jim Buckley, a comical character created by Huggins as a version of Bret without the scruples. As noted earlier, Buckley's relationships with Bret and Bart are quite different. Dan Blocker briefly appears in flashback as a gunslinger, before getting the role of Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza.
The 39th Star Bart
Shady Deal at Sunny Acres Bret Bart Dandy Jim Samantha Big Mike Cindy Lou Jack
> Note: The only episode to feature all of the regular Maverick characters from the first three seasons, and the final episode for Samantha and Dandy Jim. This is arguably the single most talked-about episode of the series, and usually the one Garner mentions first in interviews.
Island in the Swamp Bret
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan, Erin O'Brien, and Arlene Howell. Note that Howell does not play Cindy Lou Brown here, despite having just played the character in the previous episode. Howell would return to the role of Cindy Lou Brown 12 episodes later, in Passage To Fort Doom. O'Brien was billed over Howell despite having a much smaller role in the episode.
Prey of the Cat Bart
> Note: With Wayne Morris.
Holiday at Hollow Rock Bret
> Note: Bret rides into town to bet on the annual horse race, stopwatch in hand. This was one of two Garner episodes (the other being Black Fire) not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes. Saundra Edwards appears as this episode's leading lady a couple of years before her career ended after she killed her abusive boyfriend with a shotgun blast to his chest.
The Spanish Dancer Bart Jack
> Note: Featuring Huggins' wife Adele Mara as a dancer in a gold rush mining camp, and Slim Pickens in a small role.
Game of Chance Bret Bart
> Note: With Belgian-born gamine Roxane Berard in an episode according more or less equal time to Bret and Bart. Berard, an actress continuously compared with Audrey Hepburn, portrays a charming French countess.
Gun-Shy Bret
> Note: This is Maverick's famous Gunsmoke spoof, with Ben Gage as Marshal Mort Dooley (a comical version of Marshal Matt Dillon) and Reginald Owen as a con man.
Two Beggars on Horseback Bret Bart
> Note: Jack Kelly's favorite episode, featuring a desperate race between the brothers to cash a check. This is also the only time in the series in which Kelly's character wears a black hat; both brothers wear black hats in the opening sequences until Bart has to give his to a stable operator in order to secure a horse.
The Rivals Bret Bart
> Note: Features Roger Moore playing a non-Maverick character in a sophisticated drawing room comedy based on a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan originally produced in 1775. Moore would later be a regular series lead as Beau Maverick in season 4. Bart appears only briefly in this episode. The physical resemblance between James Garner and Roger Moore in this episode is surprising, and the characters switch identities as part of the storyline. The episode's opening sequence includes a striking three-shot of Garner, Kelly, and Moore sitting in a train car, with Moore in the foreground and Garner and Kelly sitting behind him in deep focus playing cards.
Duel at Sundown Bret Bart
> Note: Features villainous gunfighter Clint Eastwood in an epic fistfight with Bret. Bart appears only briefly in this episode. Edgar Buchanan plays a close friend of Bret's while Abby Dalton portrays Buchanan's character's fetching daughter.
Yellow River Bart
> Note: With Tol Avery and Robert Conrad.
The Saga of Waco Williams Bret
> Note: This revered episode drew the largest viewership during the series' original run. Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar as evil Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest eighteen years later, plays the glamorous young leading lady. Wayde Preston, starring (as a different character) at the same time in Colt .45, played Waco Williams, a character that writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell later proudly purloined as the prototype for "Lance White," Tom Selleck's recurring role on The Rockford Files.
The Brasada Spur Bart
> Note: With Julie Adams.
Passage to Fort Doom Bart Cindy Lou
> Note: Cindy Lou Brown's final appearance, although actress Arlene Howell would return to the series to play a different role in the fifth season "Bonanza" spoof. Diane McBain portrays the dazzling other woman and Paul Henreid directed the episode. A resonant wagon train adventure dealing with courage under fire. This was reportedly the only episode written with Jack Kelly in mind during the early seasons; the writers had previously been under orders from Huggins to always picture Garner as Maverick regardless of which actor would end up playing the part, but this one was written for Kelly just to see what that would be like.
Two Tickets to Ten Strike Bret
> Note: Features Connie Stevens and Adam West.
Betrayal Bart
> Note: With Pat Crowley and Ruta Lee as ravishing romantic rivals and Don "Red" Barry as an obstreperous sheriff. While being held up by masked bandits, Bart realizes that another stagecoach passenger recognizes the voice of one of the robbers.
The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill Bret Big Mike
> Note: Big Mike McComb's final appearance. Singer Jenny Hill (Peggy King) can't figure out why Bret keeps following her from town to town. Peggy King was billed at the beginning of the episode in the opening titles, after Garner, an extremely rare occurrence in the series. Others billed at the opening of other episodes include Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in each appearance as Dandy Jim Buckley, Roger Moore in his non-Beau Maverick guest appearance in The Rivals, Adam West and Troy Donahue in Pappy, and Erin O'Brien in the Louis Lamour story Stage West.
Third season (1959-1960)
Writer/creator Roy Huggins leaves the show and the ratings gradually decline as the comedy becomes slightly broader. Garner and Kelly are still the leads, usually appearing separately but sometimes appearing in team-up episodes. Of the recurring characters, only Gentleman Jack Darby returns for season 3, and only for one episode.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Gentleman Jack Darby
Pappy Bret Bart
> Note: Features dual roles for series stars Garner and Kelly, as 'Pappy' Beaurgard Maverick, and Uncle Bentley Maverick, respectively (the previous generation of Maverick brothers, "Beau and Bent"). With Adam West, Troy Donahue, Henry Daniell, Kaye Elhardt, and Chubby Johnson.
Royal Four-Flush Bart
> Note: With Roxane Berard.
The Sheriff of Duck 'n' Shoot Bret Bart
> Note: Watch Bret's responses when he's offered the job of sheriff in an insanely rowdy town. With Chubby Johnson as a genial deputy.
You Can't Beat the Percentage Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr and Karen Steele in a tense noir suspense thriller.
The Cats of Paradise Bret
> Note: Bret faces Buddy Ebsen as a trigger-happy sheriff, Don "Red" Barry as a black-clad business-card carrying gunfighter modeled on Paladin, and Mona Freeman as a wild-eyed and murderously treacherous Modesty Blaine.
A Tale of Three Cities Bart
> Note: Ben Gage does his Marshal Matt Dillon parody again; also featuring Pat Crowley as a radiantly beautiful robber and Ray Teal as the sheriff of a neighboring town.
Full House Bret
> Note: With young Joel Grey as Billy the Kid, and Garner performing a bravura pistol-twirling exhibition as part of the plot. Jean Willes portrays an inconveniently amorous Belle Starr.
The Lass With the Poisonous Air Bart
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr.
The Ghost Soldiers Bret
> Note: A desperately beleaguered Bret must figure out some way to cope with an ocean of Native Americans laying siege to an almost-empty fort. Everyone inside is about to be killed, including him.
Easy Mark Bart
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan and Jack Buetel (who'd played Billy the Kid in the 1943 movie The Outlaw).
A Fellow's Brother Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly in this episode. With Adam West.
Trooper Maverick Bart
> Note: An utterly miserable Bart finds himself stuck in the Army and can't get out.
Maverick Springs Bret Bart
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as Mae West-like Melanie Blake and Tol Avery as the dulcet-toned villain. The 1970s episode of The Rockford Files entitled "The Great Blue Lake Land Development Company" was more or less a cross between this episode and the earlier "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres." Rockford writer Stephen J. Cannell generously and forthcomingly credits elements of some Maverick episodes as inspirations for many of The Rockford Files scripts.
The Goose-Drownder Bart Jack
> Note: Final appearance of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby. During a downpour in a ghost town, one of Bart's lost loves (Fay Spain) turns up in a stagecoach. This is the only instance of one of the five recurring supporting characters from the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode appearing after writer/producer Roy Huggins' departure at the end of the second season.
A Cure for Johnny Rain Bret
> Note: Johnny and whiskey don't mix.
The Marquessa Bart
> Note: With Adele Mara; Bart wins a saloon and drinks are on the house.
The Cruise of the Cynthia B Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly in this riverboat episode. With Mona Freeman as a mad Modesty Blaine, a role that would be played quite differently by Kathleen Crowley later in the series.
Maverick and Juliet Bret Bart
> Note: Bret and Bart run afoul of feuding hillbillies.
The White Widow Bart
> Note: With Julie Adams.
Guatemala City Bret
> Note: Bret searches for an ex-girlfriend in Guatemala and befriends a young female street urchin. With Patric Knowles.
The People's Friend Bart
> Note: Features Bart as a local politician, a role Jack Kelly would play for real later in life.
A Flock of Trouble Bret
> Note: Bret wins a herd of sheep in a poker game, thinking they're cattle.
The Iron Hand Bart
> Note: Features a plump and acne-scarred Robert Redford playing a supporting role in this spirited cattle drive adventure.
The Resurrection of Joe November Bret
> Note: A riverboat adventure set primarily in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, with Roxane Berard, Joanna Barnes, and Don 'Red' Barry.
The Misfortune Teller Bret
> Note: Another spoof of Gunsmoke's Marshal Matt Dillon with Ben Gage, this time also featuring Kathleen Crowley in her Mae West-like role of Melanie Blake, last seen in Maverick Springs, which she mentions.
Greenbacks, Unlimited Bret
> Note: With John Dehner in a wondrous comic turn as gang leader Big Ed Murphy, a role that Andrew Duggan would play in a subsequent season.
Fourth season (1960-1961)
Garner leaves the show in a contract dispute; his one episode this season, also featuring Kelly, is actually a holdover filmed in season 3. Bret and Bart had technically appeared together in sixteen episodes together over the course of the series by the time Garner departs, but only shared a large amount of screen time in eleven of them (Hostage!, The Wrecker, Trail West to Fury, Seed of Deception, Shady Deal at Sunny Acres, Game of Chance, Two Beggars on Horseback, Pappy, Maverick Springs, Maverick and Juliet, and The Maverick Line). All but one of the other two-brother episodes are actually Garner's with cameo appearances by Kelly, with the exception being The Jeweled Gun, in which their roles were switched at the last minute due to a schedule conflict and Garner wound up making his single cameo appearance in a Kelly episode. In the wake of Garner's departure from the series, Jack Kelly stays on as Bart Maverick, and is joined as alternate lead by Roger Moore as Cousin Beau Maverick. Kelly and Moore are also featured in occasional two-cousin episodes.

Unhappy with the scripts, Moore leaves the show before season's end, remarking that if his stories had been as good as Garner's in the first two seasons, he would have stayed. He had filmed fourteen episodes as Beau. Around the same time, the producers cast Garner lookalike Robert Colbert as brother Brent Maverick; he gets one team-up episode with Bart and one solo adventure before season 4 comes to a close and Brent disappears. Brent was dressed identically to Bret, and the studio had originally intended for Bart, Beau, and Brent to all be on the series simultaneously, but Roger Moore had quit by the time Colbert's episodes aired. Publicity photos survive picturing the three of them together, however.

Episode Title Starring
Bart Maverick Beau Maverick Bret Maverick Brent Maverick
The Bundle From Britain Bart Beau
> Note: Roger Moore's first appearance as Cousin Beau, met at the dock by Bart after crossing the Atlantic from England. An evenly balanced two-cousin episode according more or less equal time to each Maverick.
Hadley's Hunters Bart
> Note: This episode features several ten-second cameos from western leads in other Warner Brothers series, including Lawman, Bronco, Cheyenne, and Sugarfoot. Garner lookalike Robert Colbert also appeared as a key character, wearing a hat similar to Bret's, then was cast later in the season as a new Maverick brother named Brent. Edgar Buchanan plays a rogue sheriff and George Kennedy portrays his deputy.
The Town That Wasn't There Beau
> Note: How could a whole town simply disappear without a trace?
Arizona Black Maria Bart
> Note: With a pre-Gilligan Alan Hale, Jr. and Joanna Barnes.
Last Wire From Stop Gap Bart Beau
> Note: Bart and Beau discover a secret telegraph station hidden in a cave in this two-cousin episode. Notice that when the cousins enter a room, Kelly goes in front, just as Garner normally used to, and when they're standing or sitting together in scenes, Kelly is usually on the viewer's left, just as Garner most frequently was in two-brother episodes. Also, the Mavericks never appear in suits in this installment, both instead wearing their buckskin jackets throughout, as was the case with most episodes featuring Kelly and Moore together. With Tol Avery.
Mano Nera Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr in an episode set in New Orleans.
A Bullet For the Teacher Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley and Max Baer, Jr.. Co-written by Leo Gordon, who scripted several episodes in addition to playing "Big Mike McComb" the first season.
The Witch of Hound Dog Bart
> Note: With Wayde Preston in an episode featuring a beautiful witch who appears to have magical powers.
Thunder From the North Beau
> Note: Beau finds himself embroiled with a nest of unscrupulous shopkeepers who've been methodically swindling the local Native American tribe.
The Maverick Line Bart Bret
> Note: Bret's last appearance for almost twenty years (until the 1978 TV-movie The New Maverick), in a memorable two-brother episode filmed the previous season with Buddy Ebsen as a comical highwayman and Chubby Johnson as a cantankerous stagecoach driver. This was originally slated to be the first episode of the season until Garner was granted his freedom from Warner Bros. by the courts and the studio realized that he wouldn't return to the series, whereupon The Bundle From Britain with Roger Moore became the season's first offering instead. Bret and Bart have more or less equal screen time in this comical episode, in which they unexpectedly inherit a stagecoach business they don't want.
Bolt From the Blue Beau
> Note: Written & directed by Robert Altman, with Sugarfoot's Will Hutchins playing a frontier lawyer.
Kiz Bart Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as eccentric millionairess Kiz, who tells Beau that a killer is after her, convincing him that she's crazy.
Dodge City or Bust Bart
> Note: With Howard McNear.
The Bold Fenian Men Beau
> Note: An Army colonel forces Beau to infiltrate a band of Irish revolutionaries.
Destination Devil's Flat Bart
> Note: With Peter Breck, Merry Anders, and Chubby Johnson.
A State of Siege Bart
> Note: With Slim Pickens.
Family Pride Beau
> Note: With Karl Swenson, Denver Pyle, and Stacy Keach, Sr..
The Cactus Switch Bart Beau
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan (later "Uncle Joe" on Petticoat Junction) as a ruthless villain, and Chubby Johnson.
Dutchman's Gold Beau
> Note: With Mala Powers.
The Ice Man Bart
> Note: With Andrew Duggan and a frozen corpse.
Diamond Flush Beau
> Note: With Roxane Berard. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon.
Last Stop: Oblivion Bart
> Note: With a vicious Don 'Red' Barry and a murderous Buddy Ebsen.
Flood's Folly Beau
> Note: A rich woman's relatives are conspiring to have her declared insane.
Maverick At Law Bart
> Note: With Tol Avery.
Red Dog Beau
> Note: Beau's final episode. With John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef.
The Deadly Image Bart
> Note: This is the inevitable episode---a staple in almost every TV series---in which the lead character has an evil exact double played by the same actor, with the same voice. With Gerald Mohr. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon.
Triple Indemnity Bart
> Note: With Peter Breck as Doc Holiday.
The Forbidden City Bart Brent
> Note: Strapping Garner lookalike Robert Colbert's debut as Brent Maverick, a character dressed exactly like Bret Maverick. Bart only appears rather briefly in the episode. When the studio told contract player Colbert that he'd have to play a role patterned so precisely after Garner's, he said, "Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don't do this to me."
Substitute Gun Bart
> Note: With Coleen Gray, the actress who played John Wayne's character's fiancee at the beginning of the 1948 movie Red River.
Benefit of the Doubt Brent
> Note: The second and last appearance of Brent Maverick, and his only solo episode. With Ellen Burstyn and Slim Pickens.
The Devil's Necklace (Parts I & II) Bart
> Note: The only two-part episode in the series, involving a fort in which everyone but Bart had been killed by Native Americans. With John Dehner, Steve Brodie, John Hoyt, and Chad Everett.
Fifth season (1961-1962)
Jack Kelly is now the sole star of new Maverick offerings. This season's episodes alternated with reruns of some of Garner's earlier shows (both solo and Garner/Kelly team-ups), but during Kelly's new installments, neither Bret, Beau, nor Brent are ever mentioned by the now-solo Bart Maverick: the show had finally returned to its single-Maverick roots, although with a different Maverick. However, Garner's name once again appears in the weekly series opening credits before all the newly produced shows, albeit now with second billing under Kelly. Critics have cited a sharper drop-off in script quality than ever in the final season's new episodes.

Episode Title Starring Notes
Bart Maverick
Dade City Dodge Bart With Kathleen Crowley.
The Art Lovers Bart With Jack Cassidy; Bart is sentenced to being a butler after being cheated by an acquaintance.
The Golden Fleecing Bart With John Qualen; Bart becomes an impromptu stock broker, dealing in Chinatown.
Three Queens Full Bart Bonanza spoof with Jim Backus and Merry Anders, featuring the characters "Moose" and "Small Paul" Wheelwright. Amusingly, Backus (famous for providing the cartoon voice of "Mr. Magoo") plays the patriarch patterned after stentorian Lorne Greene's Bonanza role.
A Technical Error Bart With Peter Breck as Doc Holliday and Ben Gage as a sheriff, spoofing Marshal Matt Dillon and Gunsmoke, as he'd done on Maverick in "Gun-Shy", "A Tale of Three Cities," and "The Misfortune Teller." Bart wins a near-bankrupt bank.
Poker Face Bart With Tol Avery; while traveling by stagecoach, Bart strikes a bargain with a highwayman.
Mr. Muldoon's Partner Bart An Irish-themed leprechaun comedy with Mickey Rooney's lookalike son, Tim Rooney. The only episode in which Kelly wears his hat on the back of his head for long stretches the way Garner used to.
Epitaph for a Gambler Bart With film noir queen Marie Windsor; Bart wishes he hadn't won that casino after all.
The Maverick Report Bart With Peter Breck as Doc Holliday; Bart wins a newspaper that's about to be sued by a senator.
Marshall Maverick Bart With John Dehner, and Peter Breck as Doc Holliday
The Troubled Heir Bart With Kathleen Crowley and Alan Hale, Jr..
The Money Machine Bart With Andrew Duggan as Big Ed Murphy, a role played in Greenbacks, Unlimited during the third season by John Dehner.
One of Our Trains Is Missing Bart With Kathleen Crowley as Modesty Blaine, a role played in earlier episodes by Mona Freeman. Jack Kelly always maintained that no one from the studio called to tell him that the series had been canceled; he read about it in the newspaper.
Writers for Maverick included Roy Huggins ("Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"), Russell S. Hughes ("According to Hoyle"), Gerald Drayson Adams ("Stampede"), Montgomery Pittman ("The Saga of Waco Williams"), Douglas Heyes ("The Quick and the Dead"), Marion Hargrove ("The Jail at Junction Flats"), Howard Browne ("Duel at Sundown"), Leo Townsend ("The Misfortune Teller"), Gene Levitt ("The Comstock Conspiracy"), Leo Gordon (who also acted on the series), and George Waggner, among many others.
Other Maverick sightings

  • Maverick supporting character Samantha Crawford (played by Diane Brewster) first appeared in a 1956 episode of Cheyenne entitled "The Dark Rider". Her name was writer/producer Roy Huggins' mother's maiden name.
  • Alongside many other western stars, James Garner made a quick gag appearance as Bret Maverick in the 1959 Bob Hope western/comedy Alias Jesse James. Due to legal complications and rights-clearance issues, many current prints of this film do not contain Garner's appearance, but it was in the original theatrical cut.
  • James Garner and Jack Kelly appeared as Bret and Bart in the 1978 TV movie The New Maverick, which centered around the adventures of cousin Ben Maverick, played by Charles Frank. Garner has at least as much screen time as Frank, but Kelly only appears for a few memorable minutes near the end, and in some clips from the 1957 series near the beginning.
  • Garner appeared briefly as Bret at the very beginning of the first episode of Young Maverick, a short-lived 1979 TV series continuing the adventures of Ben Maverick (again played by Frank). Despite the title, 32-year-old Frank was three years older than Garner had been at the beginning of the original series.
  • Garner starred in a sequel TV series from 1981-1982 called Bret Maverick, concerning the further adventures of Bret. Although Bret Maverick was twenty years older and now quite famous throughout the west, this show is actually set further back in time than the original series; Garner and his staff figured no one would notice, and apparently nobody did. Garner subsequently admitted that the writing wasn't up to the level of the original series, which was what sunk the show (although ratings were fairly good at the time of cancellation). Huggins, conspicuously uninvolved in this series, said that he thought the problem was that Maverick, always a traveler in the original show, was stuck in a single town for this one. Jack Kelly turned up as Bart Maverick in the series' final episode. In the never-filmed second season, for which a number of episodes had been actually written and presented to Kelly prior to the cancellation, Bret was going to resume traveling incessantly while Bart managed the bar back in Arizona.
  • The 2-hour opening episode of Bret Maverick was subsequently trimmed and frequently rerun on local television stations as a TV-movie under the title Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace.
  • Along with many other stars of 50s and 60s TV westerns, Jack Kelly made a brief cameo appearance as Bart Maverick in the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw. Kelly died the following year.
  • Garner had a significant supporting role in the 1994 film version of Maverick, which features Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick and Jodie Foster as a character modeled after Samantha Crawford.
  • "Maverick" brand playing cards have been available in America for five decades, and the Dallas Mavericks sports team was named after Garner, one of the original owners, according to Garner's Archive of American Television interview.
  • On April 21 2006, a ten-foot bronze statue of James Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner's original hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. Garner was present at the ceremony.

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