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 ...
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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
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 »
[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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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
Maverick fans then and now enjoy this one.
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