Maverick (1957–1962)
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Kicked out of one town, jailed for running a con in the next, Bret's luck turns when a sultry waitress eases him out of stir to work as a spotter in a casino. A cattle drive's heading to ... See full summary »

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Roy Huggins (teleplay), Howard Browne (based on a screenplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Karen Steele ... Molly Gleason
Mike Connors ... Ralph Jordan (as Michael Connors)
Richard Garland ... Wes Corwin
Benny Baker ... Mike Brill
Robert Foulk ... Moose Horton
John Harmon ... Nelson
Peter Brown ... Chris Semple
Zon Murray ... Fletcher
Mitchell Kowall ... Fred Callahan (as Mitchell Kowal)
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Kicked out of one town, jailed for running a con in the next, Bret's luck turns when a sultry waitress eases him out of stir to work as a spotter in a casino. 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. 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? Written by David Stevens

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Point Blank See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title is based on the firearms' term "blank blank range" which is the minimum effective range for a firearm or in forensics a shot that is fired at about three feet or one meter with the firearm not in physical contact with its target. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[after watching Bret ride into town and enter a saloon]
Molly Gleason: Jed, is he one of the Bar T hands?
Jed: No, never seen him before.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Written by John A. Stone
Whistled by James Garner
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Picked to be a patsy
15 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After a dispute at cards James Garner winds up in Sheriff Richard Garland's jail, but pretty saloon girl Karen Steele bails Bret Maverick out and gives him a job in the saloon watching for card cheats.

But Steele who is from St.Louis doesn't quite seem to fit in this jerk water town and possibly that's why she's got men panting all over for her. One of them is bank teller Michael Connors who is in with Steele on a plan to rob the bank. These two also have fitted out Garner for a prime role as a patsy.

All I'll say is you have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool Bret Maverick as he slowly slips into his well known character as someone who just can't quite take life too seriously.


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