Modesty would eventually return for one episode in season 5 – but played by Kathleen Crowley, who had previously played Melanie Blake. Brother Bart soon finds out why their unknown rival was willing to bid so high - in addition to bales of silk and rice, the wreck's hold is full of illegal opium. Maverick discovers that his nemesis is plotting a multi-million scam by fleecing his fellow millionaires by selling stock in a phony diamond field and is determined to protect his friends and recover his money at the same time. Bret's sharp benefactor Molly proves an alluring mystery: why's she staying in the hottest, driest town in the West, since she has two quick-tempered suitors already, the straight-arrow sheriff and a bank clerk? Maverick vows revenge and with the help of a pair of charming, but broke, French countesses, returns to the City on the Bay to extract the $17,000 that was stolen from him. Problems arise when when a group of outlaws make the same mistake as the townspeople. Season 1, Episode 1War of the Silver Kings Bret royally bluffs rich Phineas King in a poker game and is immediately ordered out of town. With, The Mavericks set out to investigate when it appears that an 18-year-old gold-digger is set to marry their Pappy. Citizen Kane-style cinematography, in the first of many Maverick episodes directed or written... Bret comes to the assistance of a woman who came west when she learns of her husband's gold strike. Starring James Garner and Jack Kelly!"). Big Mike McComb also returns from the first season. Watch Bret Maverick - The Lazy Ace (1) (s1 e1) Online - Watch online anytime: Buy, Rent Bret Maverick, Season 1 Episode 1, is available to watch and stream on NBC. For his first several shows, Jack Kelly as Bart usually wore a grey suit similar in color to his hat for greater contrast with Garner's standard black suit, right through the first season, but eventually switched to mainly a black suit himself while keeping the lighter colored hat, which remained his main costume through most of the run of the series. "Maverick" is undoubtedly the greatest of a long line of classic WB series and although often imitated (even by James Garner, himself) never equaled. Bret and Bart look to sail on a riverboat's maiden cruise but get caught up in a kidnapping of the boat's owner's daughter. Note how much warmer Dandy Jim Buckley's friendship with Bart appears to be than his rivalry with Bart's brother Bret in the subsequent episode "The Jail at Junction Flats". Rory Fitzgerald (, Bret is manipulated into becoming the sheriff of a wildly boisterous town, and tries to outfox—rather than outgun—both the criminals and the town officials who placed him in the job. Episode Info Efrem Zimbalist Jr. makes the first of several guest appearances as Dandy Jim Buckley, a gentleman gambler best described as "Bret Maverick without scruples." Samantha Crawford explains that Bret took her father for $50,000 - who embezzled to cover his losses and is now in prison. Synopsis:Diane Brewster makes her first appearance as Samantha Crawford, a larcenous lass who proves to be quite a handful for Bret Maverick (James Garner). Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose cargo is apparently only worth half that. Episode # Original Air Date Titles : Season 1 : 1. The episode features another spoof of, Bret is hired to track down a safecracker who is believed to be getting ready to rob the Denver State Bank. Directed by Richard L. Bare. Bret recalls that he and his brother had flipped a coin earlier to decide which Maverick would travel in what direction, ruminating that if it had landed differently, Bart would be sitting in that cell instead. Bret Maverick fills in for obnoxious ne'er-do-well nephew Homer Eakins, a snooty painter, while Eakins pretends to be Maverick. James Garner (as Bret Maverick) is the sole star for the first seven episodes. Garner polished the Maverick role and took it forward into his other TV and film roles. Set primarily in, Bret rides in to a small Wyoming town where he's never been before, and is immediately thrown into jail, accused of having killed the town's mayor. The complete guide by MSN. Bret: James Garner. Members of the gang include, While winning regularly at a series of private Denver poker games, Bart leaves promptly every afternoon for a rendezvous with a mysterious femme fatale (, An extremely beleaguered Bret must figure out some way to cope with an ocean of, Bart's paid handsomely to impersonate cactus-fancier Cornelius Van Rennselaer Jr. on a railroad journey, but he doesn't realize that others on the train will stop at nothing to keep "Cornelius" from completing his trip. This episode marks the debut of the vocal version of the closing theme song, though it would not be heard again for several episodes. Bret's brother Bart appears in several scenes. "Maverick" is undoubtedly the greatest of a long line of classic WB series and although often imitated (even by James Garner, himself) never equaled. According to Roy Huggins in his comprehensive, A coincidental pair of identical suitcases create a potentially lethal quandary for Bart. James Garner stars as charming gambler Bret Maverick in this, the first episode of the long-running Western television series Maverick. Written by DeVallon Scott and directed by, Features Maverick and an affectionate camel left over from the, Bart's first appearance occurs in this two-brother episode, the eighth in the series. The local businessman must decide whether to band together or turn the printer over to the angry cowboys. The theme song for this season is souped up with a slightly brisker pace and sound effects such as the riverboat's ringing bell. Soon after the Civil War, the boys return home and discover that the town's unscrupulous storekeeper is plotting to grab enough land in three counties to form a 5000 square mile ranch. Featuring, A cowboy is set to kill the new boss of one of Bart's old girlfriends, who now works at a gambling house. Featuring, Bret finds himself momentarily attracted to a ditzy but charmingly appealing young woman (, While being held up by masked bandits, Bart realizes that another stagecoach passenger recognizes the voice of one of the robbers. With, Bart runs afoul of a local sheriff who gives him five days to capture a criminal ... or else Bart will be hanged for his crimes. The General takes a liking to the "new, improved" Homer Eakins, whom the General hasn't seen since Homer was a tyke. Samantha's raising money to make restitution, but she's still short, and Bret's broke again. One of two Garner episodes (the other being "Black Fire") not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes. A San Francisco tycoon takes a dislike to Bart and has him beaten, robbed and thrown on board a sailing ship bound for New Orleans. Cadiz's brawler Battling Kreuger is taking on all comers, and en route Bret, crashes into a possible challenger, mountain man Noah, complete with a pet skunk. One of Bart's fellow players goes after them with murderous intent. Problems arise when when a group of outlaws make the same mistake as the townspeople. This season's episodes alternated with reruns of some of Garner's earlier shows (both solo and Garner/Kelly team-ups, including "The Saga of Waco Williams"), but during Kelly's new installments, neither Bret, Beau, nor Brent are ever mentioned; the series' new episodes had finally reverted to the original single-Maverick formula observed for the initial seven episodes, only with Kelly as Maverick instead of Garner. We first glimpse Bret unshaven & dirty, lugging a rifle, trying to register at a classy hotel. However, Garner's name once again appears in the weekly series opening credits before all the newly produced shows, albeit now with second billing under Kelly (Ed Reimers announces "Maverick! Maverick season 1 episode guide on TV.com. Season 1, Episode 21 Trail West to Fury The open range is home for the brothers Maverick, who are searching for the one---and unseen---man who can clear them of murder. A guide listing the titles AND air dates for episodes of the TV series Maverick. The filming schedule wore Mr. Garner down so the producers added Jack Kelly later in Season 1, who became an integral and beloved co-star. Bart is posing as "Dandy Jim" Buckley, the nemesis of the Mavericks. With James Garner, Diane Brewster, Sam Buffington, James Philbrook. After foiling an assassination attempt on a state senator, Bart is convinced to run for election in his place while the senator recovers from the bullet wound he received. With, Beau finds himself embroiled with a nest of unscrupulous shopkeepers who've been methodically swindling the local, Bret's last appearance for almost twenty years (until the 1978 TV-movie, In New Mexico, Bart saves the life of a fellow gambler. Trapped by a flood with Dandy Jim Buckley, the Maverick brothers while away the time by explaining why they can't return to Texas. Bret is taken hostage, and Bart must outwit the kidnappers and the police to rescue his brother and the girl. Peter Breck would make one appearance as Doc Holliday in this season, becoming a semi-regular in the series' final episodes. Peter Breck returns as Doc Holliday, becoming a semi-regular in these final episodes. With, Bart's chasing a Norwegian dance hall girl who robbed him of $20,000, hoping to catch her before she vanishes into Mexico. King's casino manager, Big Mike McComb has Bret beaten, but won't have him killed. ", Bart and Big Mike hunt for a buried treasure in Mexico, while being relentlessly shadowed by a group of bandits led by, After getting robbed at gunpoint of $850, Bart traces thief Paisley Briggs (, Three eyewitnesses identify Bret Maverick as the man who robbed Wells Fargo of $40,000, and a desperate Maverick soon finds himself trapped in jail while the citizenry construct a gallows for him right outside the window. Directed by Richard L. Bare. Later, when Bret arrives in the frontier town of Apocalypse, he encounters the thief again: Johnny Rain (. Bart Maverick and Big Mike McComb are invited to a remote Mexican fishing village to help locate and remove buried treasure from under the nose of the authorities. A Southern belle targets Bret and cleans him out at poker. When Samantha idly wonders about what it might be like to marry Bret, he responds, "We couldn't afford it." With, Bart encounters Gentleman Jack, who has a $1000 reward on his head—and who instigates an identity switch with an unknowing Bart. En route to visit Pappy in St. Louis, Bret runs afoul of two families of, After Bart's entire bankroll is stolen from a hotel safe, he accepts a position as a bodyguard for widowed bank president Wilma White (, Bret searches for an ex-girlfriend in tropical. I admit that I didn't enjoy the early episodes with Jack Kelly as much , but that is not a knock on Kelly as much as it is my appreciation for Garner. As such, the starring cast for each episode is listed below alongside other details. 1-2 : 29 Sep 57: Point Blank: 3. With, Bret becomes a partner in one of Dandy Jim Buckley's schemes, but soon finds himself having to break his partner out of jail if he wants to collect his share of the proceeds. Features dual roles for series stars Garner and Kelly, as "Pappy" Beauregard Maverick and Uncle Bentley, respectively. Episodes Season 1 (1957–1958) James Garner (as Bret Maverick) is the sole star for the … Of the recurring characters, only Gentleman Jack Darby returns for season 3, and only for one episode. In an attempt to clear himself of a robbery charge, Brett must protect a man marked for murder. Watch Maverick - Season 1, Episode 24 - Plunder of Paradise: "Dar's gold en dem thar hills," and Bart Maverick and Big Mike McComb are out to get it. Bart must work with Dandy Jim to expose the real murderer—and quickly, as Bart is scheduled for the gallows the next morning. From that point on, the two alternate leads more or less from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional episode. Their reputations at stake Bret and Samantha pursue the crooks into Sioux territory in the Black Hills in order to recover the money. The filming schedule wore Mr. Garner down so the producers added Jack Kelly later in Season 1, who became an integral and beloved co-star. Pearly Gates and galpal Marla strike again when they rob Bart's poker game. With, Caught gambling in a frontier fort, Bart forgoes 180 days in the stockade by enlisting in the cavalry—with a secret mission to expose a traitorous ring of thieves. You can also buy, rent Bret Maverick on demand at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes online. Bart and Bret ride into a town and the townspeople mistake them for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Bent Spur's overstocked with red herrings, who too easily slip through the fingers of Sheriff Barney F, including the killer, broken out of jail by the evil Brink. Bart was so down on his luck, he spent a winter trapping beaver outside town. Bret is even more perplexed when he meets the mine owner he killed in the flesh, and the man meekly gives him the $10,000 he owed him. All previous semi-regulars are dropped for this season, including the new characters (Modesty Blaine, Melanie Blake and Nobby Ned Wingate), just introduced in season 3. Grace: Joan Weldon. As the broiling heat takes its toll, Bret attempts to discover which one of his fellow wayfarers is protecting a secret worth fighting, and possibly dying, for. This comedic episode features several ten-second cameos from western leads in other, How could a whole town disappear without a trace? The filming schedule wore Mr. Garner down so the producers added Jack Kelly later in Season 1, who became an integral and beloved co-star. Garner and Kelly remain the leads. Bret wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game, but soon discovers he's been conned - the Arabian mount turns out to be an overly-affectionate camel. When the Mavericks agree to lead a cattle drive for the storekeeper's principal rival, he frames them for murder. A cattle drive's heading to Bent Fork, so the casino's soon jammed with drunken cowpokes raring to cheat at cards and start shooting. The episode features the debuts of, A destitute Bret goes to work for a family of British nobles living in Wyoming, leading them in a safari across the desert. Believe me, Kelly's Bart Maverick will endear himself to you long before you reach the end of the the first season. Written by, Bret is reluctantly dragooned into being a juror in a small-town murder case. This is the first episode to feature Ed Reimers' spoken intro ("Maverick! EPISODE 1 War of the Silver Kings. Then the relatives start being killed, one by one... Bart trails a thief to the Wyoming badlands where the man is leading a woman and her fiancé to where he claims to have seen her supposedly dead husband. Bret: James Garner. But the confident gambler has other ideas. Bart and Bret ride into a town and the townspeople mistake them for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In order to regain his money, Bart must join the party and make sure they can return safely to Denver after crossing sacred Sioux Indian territory. Different riverboat, same result. While fleeing the dromedary, Bret stumbled into a small town and runs into an old flame who's engaged to the town's mayor. AIRED: 9/29/57 Riding into Bent Forks broke and hungry, Bret quickly winds up in jail. each week over the opening credits). With, Bart is held up at gunpoint by a female robber (, Bret is mistaken for one Foxy Smith, who is assembling ten of the West's most notorious outlaws for a major heist. With episode eight, he's joined by Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick. With, Bret rides into Hollow Rock, Wyoming, to bet on the annual horse race, stopwatch in hand. Bret wins a herd of sheep in a poker game, thinking they're cattle.....and soon discovers that the locals have an absolute murderous hatred of sheep farmers. Bret is robbed by The Kid and trails him to a poker game, but The Kid's just been killed. He soon finds himself knocked unconscious, and mixed up with several gangsters looking to recover a $120,000 bank heist haul they buried near a town called Lonesome. "Three Queens Full" is adorned with splendidly over-the-top music too. Bret has summoned his brother Bart Maverick to New Orleans help him in a money-making venture: crashing a private cruise where extremely high-stakes gambling will be taking place. With, Bret is wrongly identified as a wanted thief and killer, and must contend with a bumbling sheriff and bounty hunter who are determined to capture him for the reward money, as well as vengeful family members of the killer's victim ... and a would-be sidekick whose hero-worship of Bret almost always makes things worse. When Jack Kelly was added the turn about of episodes went well and often the two brothers came into the story. He appears in 4 of the 13 episodes produced for this season, including the series finale. 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