Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Sep 13, 1959 on ABC
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Bret and Bart both come hurrying home when they receive word that their conniving Pappy is engaged to marry a much younger woman.

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  • To begin the third season, viewers are treated to the only episode to include the oft-quoted "Pappy" of the Maverick boys.

    Warner Brothers apparently didn't want to go too far (read "spend too much") to find an actor to play the patriarch of our intrepid Maverick brothers. James Garner does double-duty as Bret and "Pappy" in an amusing story that also reveals that Maverick blood is thicker than money. The plot involves news of Pappy's forthcoming marriage that the brothers--and everybody else--oppose, only to reveal a scam within a scam.

    It's difficult to get past the fact that Garner is playing two roles--you find yourself looking at his makeup and thinking of how that could have been done better. It tends to obscure a clever plot that has Pappy quoting his Pappy. Jack Kelly is thrown a bone with a cameo appearance as Pappy's brother, which gives some symetry to the whole premise of the Maverick brothers, two generations worth.

    I just struggled with the poor casting/makeup choices of Garner as Pappy.

  • My Old Pappy

    One of the recurring bits throughout the run of Maverick was the Pappyism. Pappyisms were words of wisdom/advice given to the Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart, by their reprobate father, Beauregard. Examples of Pappyisms were: "When you see trouble coming, turn tail and run", "Never cry over spilled milk. It could have been whiskey" and "A coward dies a thousand times. A brave man dies just once. A thousand to one is pretty good odds."

    Pappy Maverick himself put in only one appearance in the series which was in the premiere episode of Season Three. Star James Garner naturally played a dual role of gambler Bret Maverick and his crafty father. The plot concerns the news of Pappy's engagement to a much younger woman which sends both Bret and Bart Maverick running home to find out what in the world is going on. Future Batman Adam West, future matinee idol Troy Donahue, and veteran British character actor Henry Daniell lend fine support in this one. Sit back and enjoy what made Maverick a great series.moreless
Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

Bart Maverick/Uncle Bentley

James Garner

James Garner

Bret Maverick/Beauregard "Pappy" Maverick

Troy Donahue

Troy Donahue

Dan Jamison

Guest Star

Henry Daniell

Henry Daniell

Rene St. Cloud

Guest Star

Virginia Gregg

Virginia Gregg

Gida Jamison

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Dan: Well, we was showin' Our American Cousin the night Abe Lincoln was shot, and we ain't done much business since.

      Although Our American Cousin is usually only remembered as the play Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, it was also America's first "long run" theatrical presentation. In fact, it was so successful that it changed the way the American theater did business forever. So, while the locals in Pappy's Texas may have soured on the play, in actuality, it continued to be performed in both the United States and England for decades.

    • The actor playing Beauregard "Pappy" Maverick is billed as "?" in the ending credits. The actor playing Uncle Bentley is billed as "Himself". Of course, the entire audience knew that the actors were James Garner and Jack Kelly.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Miller: I did not know Beauregard Maverick in life. Therefore I cannot at this time praise him. I can merely bury him.

      The faux doctor is referencing the famous funeral soliloquy in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, where Marc Antony declaims: "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."