Season 3 Episode 26

Greenbacks, Unlimited

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Mar 13, 1960 on ABC
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Greenbacks, Unlimited

Bret Maverick is hired to find out the identity of a rumored bank robber who just got to Denver and in the course of his investigation, uncovers not only who it is, but a secret that could cost the bank it's two million dollars in cash.

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  • Bret must help keep the Denver Bank from being burglarized, and discovers what it feels like to rest on top of $2 million.

    After being summoned to Denver by the Sheriff to help catch a bank burglar before he can break into the biggest bank West of the Mississippi, Bret runs into his old friend, Foursquare Farley. Foursquare has the unusual characteristic (for the show) of being a really nice guy whom everyone likes. Of course, things are not what they seem, and Bret's task turns out to be at odds with Foursquare's interests, leading to a complex series of ever-funnier plot twists. Like many Maverick episodes, there are no female characters in Greenbacks, but there are plenty of laughs and clever plot devices. Typical of our anti-hero's self-aware humor is the following exchange:

    Bret (fondling money in the vault): Oh, I wish I were the brave type.

    Foursquare: You mean the dishonest type, don't you?

    Bret: No, the brave type.

    Fans will not be disappointed with this excellent episode.moreless
John Dehner

John Dehner

Big Ed Murphy

Guest Star

Wendell Holmes

Wendell Holmes

Colonel Dutton

Guest Star

Roy Engel

Roy Engel

Marshal Ratcliffe

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Pappyism: He who fights and runs away lives to run away another day.

    • Bret: Warn you, Junior, gonna open the next hand for a dime.
      Tamblyn: Did I hear you say ten cents? Well, Bret Maverick, last time we met was in St. Louis, wasn't it? You wanna watch this sort of thing, Bret. Don't get in over your head.

    • Marshal: Maverick, I'm a lawman. I'm just doin' my job. Now, if you imagine that I'd get any personal pleasure out of seein' you in jail, you'd be absolutely right.
      Bret: I guess I'm just not your type, Marshal.
      Marshal: Well, in all honesty, I found out you were tellin' the truth - those marked cards weren't yours.
      Bret: Well, of course not.

    • Bret: He must not be a very good poker player if he has to rob banks.

    • Marshal: Yes sir, like I always say, it takes a thief to catch a thief.
      Bret: Well, I don't like the way you put that, Marshal.
      Marshal: Oh, uh, no offense, Maverick, it's just an expression. Maybe I shoulda said "Birds of a feather flock together."
      Bret: Well, I don't like that any better.
      Marshal: "Takes one to know one?"

    • Foursquare: How have you been? You look as if the world was treating you well.
      Bret: Well, the more they treat me, the better I like it.

    • Bret: Whenever you want money you just come in and take it? How much have you taken?
      Foursquare: Oh, quite a bit, I guess. But I paid it all back. Right now, I don't owe the vault a dime. I've even opened a savings account with the bank. Well, it was the least I could do.
      Bret: Foursquare, do you really realize what you're doing? The way you go about it, the bank is actually paying you interest on their money. And if you ever get caught, Methuselah himself wouldn't be able to stand the sentence they're gonna throw at you.

    • Bret: Who does this animal belong to?
      Telegraph Operator: Like I just said, the sheriff. What's the matter, mister, you been taken with a spell?
      Bret: No, just taken.

    • Bret: Blimey, lads. This should be the richest haul yet, aye?
      Driscoll: Button your lip. Boss needs silence so he can hear the tumblers.
      Big Ed: What do ya mean, I need silence? I could crack this safe with a hundred cannons around me.

    • Foursquare: You know, I don't think I ever hit a man before in my life.
      Bret: Well, it's a hard thing to do.
      Foursquare: I rather enjoyed it.

    • Bret (referring to Tamblyn): You're right about him being untrustworthy, and no, I didn't tell him about your secret door. But I will tell him - in a year or so, after you've moved back into your house and bricked up the door, then I'll tell him. I just want to see the look on his face when I tell him that for two months he lived in the house that had an unlocked door to the vault of the Denver State Bank.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Foursquare: Remember, Bret: "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage."

      From the 1842 Richard Lovelace poem To Althea: From Prison.

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