War Of The Silver Kings

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/57
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  • Episode Description
  • Maverick refuses to be run out of town by Phineas King, the rapacious robber baron who rules Echo Springs and fears Maverick will reveal him as the card cheat that he is.

  • Cast & Crew
  • C. B. Glasscock


  • John Litel

    Joshua Thayer

  • John Hubbard

    Judge Richard Bixby

  • Carla Merey

    Edie Stoller

  • Robert Griffin


  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • This first episode sets the stage for the basic "stranger comes to town" series dynamic.

    By m00nshadow, Jan 27, 2009

  • Okay premiere episode.

    By Mad_Buck, Sep 13, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Bret: I understand there's usually a … big game here Saturday night? Thayer: Upstairs. (points finger and shakes it "No") Bret: What's the matter - rigged? Thayer: Doesn't have to be. People in this town are so used to losing to Mr. Phineas King - they do it insinctively (clears throat) instinctively. Bret: Phineas King, the one who owns the mine? Thayer: And everything else in Echo Springs … including this, uh … that very excellent whiskey.

    • King: What's your business, Mr. Maverick, mining? Bret: Grass inspector. Crane: You inspect grass? Bret: The kind that's always greener in the other fellow's yard. King: (laughing) And you stop to do a little mowing, too, occasionally, I presume? Bret: When it's green enough. King: (laughing) Well, we can't say he didn't warn us.

    • (King "accidentally" turns over Bret's folded hand) King: Oh, excuse me, I … uh … folding on three aces? Why, you're a very conservative poker player, Mr. Maverick. Bret: I just hate to be second best, Mr. King.

    • (King reaches for the envelope but Bret stops him) Bret: You call the bet, Mr. King? King: (chuckling) Well, if you don't mind, I'd like to see the money. Bret: You call the bet and I'll open the envelope. (King puffs furiously on his cigar and then forces a laugh) King: By Jonathan, Mr. Maverick, I gotta hand it to you. You're a very smart poker player. Looking right down my throat, weren't you? Bret: I could almost see what you had for lunch, Mr. King.

    • McComb: (laughing) Whatever you're drinkin', lad's, on the house. First time anyone ever tucked Phineas King's tail between his legs and tickled his chin with the end of it. Tell me, lad, was the money in the envelope or wasn't it? Bret: Mike, there's two things a gentleman doesn't discuss : the ladies he's known and his poker.

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    Notes (1)

    • War of the Silver Kings was not actually Maverick's pilot episode. Warner Brothers' policy at the time was to avoid paying royalties to the creators of their shows by using a "studio-owned" script for the pilot. The actual series pilot was the second episode aired, Point Blank, written by Maverick's creator Roy Huggins - who never even received any on screen credit as creator until the 1994 Mel Gibson movie.

    Trivia (1)

    • Maverick's main horse on the series was named "El Loaner."

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