Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Jan 11, 1959 on ABC
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Looking for hidden money, Bret and a host of others ride into a town that looks a lot like Dodge City and must contend with a marshal who bears a strong resemblance to Matt Dillon.

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  • Bret runs afoul of a small town marshal as he searches for something or other has a choice. Leave town or face off against the town marshal.

    I write this as less a review than a pleasant memory.

    The original Maverick (as opposed to The New Maverick) hit the airwaves September 22, 1957 on ABC (then the network rated in third place out of three). It was a time when the westerns genre dominated Prime Time. The premier series of television was Gunsmoke on CBS.

    Maverick was another product from Warner Bothers Television. And oh yes! It was filmed in Black and White. The star was a relative unknown actor, James Garner. Jack Kelly was still half a season away.

    Maverick was different than the stereotype western hero, He as a gambler, not a sheriff, He went out of his way to avoid a fight rather than relishing the battle. He avoided gun play, seldom even carrying a handgun. He lived with his wits as he traveled the west with a thousand dollar bill pinned to and inside of his coat (for emergencies) and the advice from his "old pappy".

    I was a freshman in high school and we never missed Sunday night, which to my family was "Maverick Night".

    In January of 1959, the middle of season two, the previews of the next weeks show foreshadowed tragedy. Cowardly Maverick was facing off against a Marshall Dillon (of Gunsmoke) type town marshal. The marshal draws and fires three shots. There ended the preview.

    In a time where there were no TV critics to provide spoilers this preview was the talk my age group at school. How were they going to get Maverick out of this fix?

    The night on January 11 my family was watching the show began with the same scene. In a classic face-off Maverick faces the marshal who draws and fires three times.

    After a few seconds Maverick call out: "should I stand a little closer marshal?"

    I have never seen this episode in reruns and it is not available in DVD (being black and white) but in my memory the realization that Maverick was presenting a satire of the staid and stuffy Gunsmoke entertained and delighted me. (As well as my family and all the kids at school). I don't actually remember what else was in the plot except that in the end Maverick allows himself to be "run out of town" so that Marshal Mort could regain his confidence.

    Oh yes! The script was written by Marion Hargrove, which would not mean much to younger members but in 1959 he was well remembered for an irreverent treatment of life in the army during World War II titled "See Here Private Hargrove". My father and mother's generation remembered him kindly.moreless
  • Hilarious Gunsmoke parody.

    One of the things which made Maverick such a great show was that it never took itself too seriously and wasn't afraid to parody the genre of which it was a member. Yet it always did these parodies in a respectful manner as witness the ending of this episode. In Gun Shy, fellow classic Western Gunsmoke gets the parody treatment in this hilarious send-up which finds Bret Maverick and various others looking for hidden loot in a town resembling Dodge City and having to deal with a Town Marshal who resembles Matt Dillon.moreless
Reginald Owen

Reginald Owen

Freddie Hawkins

Guest Star

Gage Clarke

Gage Clarke

Kenneth P. Badger

Guest Star

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Clyde Diefendorfer

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (17)

    • Dooley (narration): This is Boot Hill, Ellwood, Kansas. It's a nice place to visit. I like to come up here sometimes … to think and maybe get ahead a grave or two.

    • Hawkins: No books! Too much education 'as been the death of me already. Me sainted mother, when I was a lad, she used to say to me father, "Your Grace," she said, him bein' a Duke, "nothing but the cream, for little Freddy," meanin' me, and so it was, tutors and governesses, public schools and Oxford, and for what? Gentle birth and schoolin' don't mean nothin' in this wicked world no more.
      Bret: I wish we had time to hear the whole story.

    • Bret: Before you let me find out that you're the rightful King of France, let me tell you, I know you, Hawkins. I saw you in San Francisco two years ago, you and the Denver Kid. You were workin' the smack.
      Hawkins: Why, so we were!
      Bret: Well, what're ya workin' now?
      Hawkins: Lookin' for the end of the rainbow, same as you. It is a lot of money, you know.
      Bret: There's been a lot of people lookin' for it, too.
      Hawkins: Oh, we're not like them, Jack-o. We practically got a map, we have. All we have to do is pump it outta Jethro.

    • Hawkins: Come now, Maverick, you could trust old Freddy, all the bloomin' way.
      Bret: Well, I don't have to trust you, Freddy. If you double cross me just the teeniest little bit, I'll publish McIlhenny's letter in that paper. I'll have everybody in Elwood, Kansas looking for that gold.
      Hawkins: Of course you would, bless your heart. I'd do the same meself.

    • Dooley: Now, it's my policy to allow a dog or a durn fool one mistake. Whichever category you are, Maverick, you've had yours.
      Bret: Thank you, Marshall.
      Dooley: When I put you on the stage this time, I want you to stay on. If you come creepin' back into Ellwood, Kansas, it's gonna be you and me, boy.

    • Hawkins: That's it for me, laddy. I can't dig no more.
      Badger: We shouldn't stop now. I'm … fine.
      Hawkins: You look like a piece of chewed string.

    • (looking at the dug-up street)
      Dooley: Kids in this town are getting' meaner every day. It's you parents fault for not takin' a stick to 'em.

    • (Dooley punches Maverick and pulls a gun on him)
      Bret: Well, you're not gonna shoot me!
      Dooley: That's what I usually do. I haven't done it to you, 'cause you're kinda pitiful. I'm gonna give you one more chance, and then I'm gonna shoot ya.

    • Doc: 'Course he could get off at the edge of Elwood when the train stops to take on water.
      Dooley: He wouldn't dare. He's not that stupid.
      Doc: Yeah, you been mighty patient with that boy, Mort. How many men you shot this month for aggravatin' you a lot less than he has,
      Dooley (counts on his fingers) : Eleven. We're sure gettin' some strange breeds in Elwood lately.

    • (Dooley gets a telegram)
      Doc: Aw, go on, open it. It don't have to mean a death in the family.

    • Barfly: That's the way with all of you people, make a lot of money on the customer when he's got it, and nothing but loud talk and abuse when he's a little low.

    • Bret: You believe in Santa Clause?
      Barfly (snorts): Why, I sure do.
      Bret: Well, you just, uh, sneak out this front door 'bout a minute after I do. I think I just heard sleigh bells.

    • (Dooley catches Maverick and fires at him, missing six times)
      Dooley: Go ahead, use your gun, Maverick.
      Bret: Heck, Marshall, what's the point of that? I'm just as far out of range as you are.

    • (Maverick is digging for the "gold")
      Hawkins: Had to happen sometime, I was beginning to think, though, we was on the everlasting staircase!
      Bret: Where did you come from?
      Hawkins: Faith brought us, Maverick. I and Mr. Badger here's had faith in you all the bloomin' way.
      Bret: I'm gonna break down and cry.

    • Hawkins: What kept ya so blinkin' long?
      Bret: Oh, I had to do my little bit for law and order in the west. I thought he never would come outta that office.
      Hawkins: You'll never get nowheres in this cold, cruel world. Too sentimental, you are.

    • Clyde: Mr. Dooley! Mr. Dooley, there's a professional gamblin' man over at the Weepin' Willer Saloon.
      Dooley: How do you know he's a professional gambler, Clyde?
      Clyde: He's a wearin' a clean white shirt, and a black necktie … and he's a winnin', Mr. Dooley.

    • Amy (to Dooley): Mort, be careful.

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