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Goof: Bret states that his birthday is on May 11th, which contradicts an earlier assertion in The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick, where April 7th was given as his birthdate.
Roxane Berard's character is mistakenly billed as Veronique de Lassignac in the ending credits.
Penelope: What about those who fought for our freedoms … men like Nathan Hale!
Bart: Well, you could think of a better example. They hanged him, you know.
Revolutionary war hero, Nathan Hale, is often regarded as America's first spy. In 1776, during the Battle of Long Island, Hale, a teacher, volunteered to spy on British troop movements by posing as an unemployed schoolmaster. He was captured by the British as they burned New York City. Before being hung, Hale is reported to have declared : "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
When Bart says "I do not choose to run", and Penelope responds "That remark will not go down in history", they are alluding to a historical fact - about fifty years in the future! When Calvin Coolidge chose not to seek renomination, he announced his decision to reporters, writing : "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." Today, those ten words are still remembered as perhaps the most significant of Mr. Coolidge's six year Presidency.
Obviously, as he's only a gambler passing through town, Bart would not be allowed to run for the State Senate or probably even vote. At first glance, when the librarian announces she's going to vote for Bart, it might appear to be fanciful as well, since women weren't given the right to vote in most of the United States until the early-1900's. However, in some western states and territories, women gained suffrage rights earlier and could indeed vote in elections.
Jack Kelly appears only briefly in the final scene of this episode.
Bret is seen drinking in this episode. In most others, he's a teetotaler.
Bart whistles the Maverick theme in this episode.
Carl Milletaire may be familiar to fans of The Untouchables for his role as Frank Nitti's nasty triggerman, Pete Konitz.
When Bret throws the spear at the Sioux outside the fort, he rides forward and throws it parallel to the ground from shoulder height. However, a few seconds later when Running Horse circles around to attack, the spear is sticking up 90 degrees perpendicular to the ground, at best only a couple of feet beyond the point where Bret threw the spear.
The end credits spell Gordon Jones' character's name as "Marshall." However, the signs at the Denver jail say "Denver City Marshal" with one l.
Pappyism: Shun the roulette wheel as if it were the devil's own turntable.
A "turntable" may sound like an anachronism, but in Maverick's time it was a railroad term for a rotating platform used for turning around locomotives and rail cars.
In his jail cell, Bart is reading the famous novel Lorna Doone (R.D. Blackmore, 1869) when Hampton confronts Sheriff Hardy. This action-packed romance novel has never been out of print since the year after it was first published, but it would have been relatively new at the time Maverick is set, in the 1870s. Like the episode, the novel deals with the theme of abuse of power, but ends happily.
There really is a town in California named Paradise, as depicted in the episode. It was originally called "Pair o'Dice" by miners. Over the years, the name morphed into Paradise.
Plot hole: Lindell claims that he shot himself in the shoulder while cleaning his gun, so Sheriff Satchel doesn't believe Bart's claim that he earlier shot the killer in the left shoulder, However, Bart said that Lindell would have a wound in his left shoulder before they heard the gunshot and found the wounded Lindell. Unless Satchel somehow thinks Bart can predict the future, he would reasonably believe Bart's claim and realize that Lindell deliberately shot himself.
Discontinuity: When Bart plays Lindell and the others the first time, he looks at his cards and they are upright in the closeup shot. However, in the medium shots immediately before and after, they are sideways.
In the credits, the name of the director, George Waggner, was written as george waGGner.
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.
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