Season 4 Episode 14

The Bold Fenian Men

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Dec 18, 1960 on ABC
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The Bold Fenian Men

The Fenians, an Irish brotherhood sworn to free Ireland from British rule, have gathered in Dakota City to drink and sing sad songs about their homeland. They are also planning to march into Canada and take control of enough British property that they can effect an exchange for Ireland's freedom. Beau Maverick is blackmailed into infiltrating the Irishmen by a dense but gung-ho Army colonel.


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  • Interesting bit of history

    Another good use of the Great Britain influence of Roger Moore.

    The Fenian Rebellion against the English took place in 1867. Perhaps a bit early for this episode but ballpark enough, particularly since these events may have taken place after the Rebellion itself. One of the accurate touches is the second song played in the hotel bar: "The Wearing of the Green," whose melody is the same as the better known "The Rising of the Moon." It was a 1798 composition for the Kildare Rebellion that was the rallying cry for supporters of both efforts. An attack plan. If sung in British public it brought the death penalty. There's even a variation of it during the beating of the Army spy, "Kelly."

    The diffidence to lethal violence by the conspirators toward Beau is ironic given the bloodshed, especially with regard to informers, of the movement. But our guy is such a charmer that he had immunity.

    Sharon Hugueny is intoxicatingly beautiful. One of many in the series. Another reason to follow it.moreless
Sharon Hugueny

Sharon Hugueny

Deirdre Fogarty

Guest Star

Arthur Shields

Arthur Shields

Terence Fogarty

Guest Star

Lane Bradford

Lane Bradford

Sgt. Hogjaw Hanson

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Summers: Do you have any realization, Maverick, of the costs involved in rescuing your person?
      Beau: Planning on sending me a bill, Colonel? I wouldn't have been out here alone if you hadn't booted me off the post.
      Summers: You know the regulations regarding gambling on government property?
      Beau: Yeah, don't win.

    • Beau: Well, Colonel, I'll be moving on.
      Summers: The only place you'll be moving is with us.

    • Beau: I was there last year, there's not a poker game in town.
      Summers: That all you do - loiter around gambling houses?
      Beau: Home is where the heart is.

    • Beau: Are these your cards, Sergeant?
      Hanson: That's right.
      Beau: Why bother to deal 'em facedown? Why not faceup?
      Hanson: Are you daffy? Then we'd all know what the other had in his hand.
      Beau: Well, then we'd be even with you.

    • Hanson: Nobody ever accused me of cheating before.
      Beau: Well, maybe nobody ever caught you before.

    • Holt: The Colonel is waiting.
      Beau: Well, lead on, McDuff.

    • Beau: You sent for me, Colonel?
      Summers: That's why you're here, isn't it? We arrive at the fort tomorrow, Maverick. You're free to go. In fact, I insist you do go.

    • Summers: I, uh, suppose you've discovered the town is full of Irishmen.
      Beau: The hard way.
      Summers: Have you learned anything from them?
      Beau: The words to Kathleen Mavourneen?

    • Summers: Maverick, I want you to find out what those Irishmen are up to. You seem to be on good terms with them.
      Beau: Oh, no, you don't. I happen to like those people. There's no reason why I should spy on them that …
      Summers: Oh, yes, there is.
      Beau: What?
      Summers: About 90 days in the guardhouse for, uh, let's see : misuse of government funds, trespassing on military property, inciting a riot.
      Beau: Those charges are false and you know it!
      Summers: Maybe so, but it might take a court-martial 90 days to convene.
      Beau (sighs): All right. What do you want me to do?
      Summers: Hmm. I knew your patriotism would come through.

    • Terence: I knew I shouldn't let you talk me into this. Now I'll have to find out in me own way.
      Deirdre: Oh, you're not going to harm him, are you?
      Terence: Of course not. You know, I like the young rogue. But there's one thing I know about him : he can't hold his whiskey.

    • Donovan: We caught the dirty spy.
      Flaherty: Ya can't be hittin' an unconscious man, now.
      Donovan: Why not? It's more humane, isn't it?

    • Beau: Hang on to your hat, Colonel, you're gonna feel like a ring tailed boob.
      Summers: I, Mr. Maverick, will never feel like a ring tailed boob, I'm an officer.

    • Summers: Mr. Maverick, I have no time for sergeants!
      Beau: Well, you'd better find time for this one, Colonel. Sgt. Hanson is the one who sold the Fenians their guns and he knows where they're hiding them.

    • Beau: They plan to execute me in the morning … at a place where they've hidden the guns. Now, I don't think they know I've escaped. I'll go back to the hut where they locked me up. They'll come and get me in the morning. You, uh, you have men posted around. They'll hear the volley from the firing squad. Then you move in and confiscate the guns.
      Summers: You - you'd do this?
      Beau: If I didn't, I couldn't ever live with myself again.
      Summers: Maverick, I've misjudged you. I thought you were a wastrel, a gambler, a no-good. But under this veneer, I can see there beats a heart that's true blue. You're officer material, Maverick.

    • (Beau is facing a "firing squad")
      Hunter: According to military protocol, Mr. Maverick, do ya have any last wishes?
      Beau (exhales "last" cigarette): Yes, don't shoot.

    • Deirdre: Please, talk.
      Beau: Ah, just like a woman. when things are getting interesting, you want to talk.

    • Summers: I thought you were dead.
      Beau: So did I. Oh, about the, uh, funeral, Colonel - with no expenses spared - could I just have the cash instead?

    • Beau: Well, Colonel, it's your deal, you sent for me.
      Summers: And so I did. It's been three months since I saw you last in Dakota City.
      Beau: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
      Summers: Must you always play the buffoon, Maverick?
      Beau: Well, one of us has to and … you're not dressed for it.

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    • Summers: Mr. Maverick, I have no time for sergeants!

      This points to the 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, No Time For Sergeants, which was first adapted into a 1955 play and then a 1958 motion picture with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.

    • Beau: Well, lead on, McDuff.

      A common misquotation of a line in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth.