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Diamond in the Rough 

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. Maverick vows revenge and with the help of a pair of ... See full summary »


Douglas Heyes


Marion Hargrove (teleplay), Roy Huggins (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Jacqueline Beer ... Henriette
Fredd Wayne ... Kingsley
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Madame (as Lili Valenti)
Sig Ruman ... Capt. Steeger
William Forrest ... Roland
Otto Waldis ... Scharff
Robert Fairfax Robert Fairfax ... Shelbourne
Carlyle Mitchell Carlyle Mitchell ... General Marvin
Lela Bliss ... Mrs. Shelbourne
Katherine Barrett Katherine Barrett ... Mrs. Kingsley
Patrick Whyte ... Selby
I. Stanford Jolley ... McClure
Terence de Marney ... Murphy (as Terence DeMarney)
Paul Power Paul Power ... Pyne


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. 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. 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. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

26 January 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is based on a true story. See Diamond Hoax of 1872 on wikipedia. See more »


About 8 minutes into the show, Bart is at a horse race track near New Orleans. There are hills in the background. There are no hills anywhere near New Orleans. The land is very flat. See more »


[first lines]
Bret Maverick: [to the audience] Hello. It's nice to see you again. This week's story is based on fact. The great diamond swindle that shook the financial world of San Francisco in the 1870s. I think you're going to enjoy it. It's called Diamond in the Rough.
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Diamonds in America
12 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jack Kelly stars as Bart Maverick in this episode which has Bart rubbing wrong snobbish San Francisco millionaire Fredd Wayne who has two Barbary Coast associates I. Stanford Jolley and Terrence DeMarney shanghai Bart for a long sea voyage round the horn to New Orleans.

At the same time Wayne and his two henchmen are planning a really big con game involving discovery of a diamond field in America. One natural resource that the USA was never blessed with.

When Bart makes it New Orleans he teams up with exiled French nobility Lily Valenty and Jacqueline Beer. He wants to get back at Wayne and these two will guarantee him entry into San Francisco society.

Being a Maverick he smells something fishy in the diamond find, especially after he recognizes DeMarney and Jolley as the two who helped him on board the New Orleans bound ship.

The episode is based on a real occurence in San Francisco in its adolescent American years. Of course no one named Maverick was really involved.

Best in the episode was amiable, laughing captain of the ship Sig Ruman. He actually sympathizes with Jack Kelly's plight and gives what turns out sage advice.

Maverick fans then and now enjoy this one.

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