Season 2 Episode 5

High Card Hangs

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Oct 19, 1958 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Shortly after arriving in town, Bart Maverick and two others are charged with murder. The town's citizens demand a confession from one of the three men or else all three men will face the hangman's noose. After a draw of the cards, Bart falsely confesses to the murder but help from his friend Dandy Jim Buckley exonerates him from the crime.moreless

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Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

Bald Bill King

Guest Star

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Mike Manning

Guest Star

Frank Ferguson

Frank Ferguson

Genessee Jones

Guest Star

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Dandy Jim Buckley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode it's revealed that Dandy Jim Buckley's middle name is Aloysius. We also discover a definite difference in Dandy Jim's relationship with the Maverick brothers. He frequently appears adversarial with Bret (especially in The Jail at Junction Flats), but here he's loyal and friendly with Bart.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bart: These are the Black Hills, ceded in 1868 to the noble Sioux Nation, in perpetuity. If the Sioux were not entirely clear on how long perpetuity was, they soon learned. It was exactly seven years …

    • Jones: I shoulda knowed it. Bad poker players and bad losers always come wrapped up in the same skins.

    • Bart: What is it they always say, may the best man win? Looks like he did.

    • (Buckley hands Bart his boots)
      Bart: You're gonna make sure I die with 'em on, huh?
      Buckley: Well, I just don't want you to catch your death of cold.

    • Buckley: Well, I know we fell into the ways of honest labor, but there must be easier ways out.

    • Bart: You gonna let 'em hang me?
      Buckley: Well, dear boy, I can't stop them.
      Bart: But it's just plain murder.
      Buckley: To them, it's justice.
      Bart: J … Justice! All right, Jim, I got myself into this, so it's up to me to get myself out, is that it?
      Buckley: I'm going to live to regret this, but probably, not for long. (he hands Bart a gun)
      Bart: There's no bullets.
      Buckley: Well, my dear fellow, you don't expect me to hand you a gun with bullets in it. They'd hang me too.
      Bart: Well, it's not logical, but it is you, Dandy. It is you.
      Buckley: Humph. That's gratitude for you.

    • Bart: Yeah, they sure turned out, didn't they? Well, that's a manhunt for ya, beats a hangin' by a mile.

    • Buckley: Turn around. Your eyes are like the eyes of a dog, I do not wish to see them.
      Bart: If you're gonna kill me, that gives me some rights.

    • Buckley: Somebody once said, "Money isn't everything." Can't imagine who it could've been.

    • Bart: You'll never make a good fugitive, Dandy. When you take cover, take real cover.

    • Bart: Dandy, I've seen you sell Confederate bonds to Yankee bankers.

    • Bart: One hanging's enough for one murder.

  • NOTES (1)