Maverick (1957–1962)
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The Town That Wasn't There 

Beau can't win for losing - sashays up to claim a worthless mine he won, then the whole town disappears. The no-longer Silver Hill stands at the mercy of the venal Wilber Shanks, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert L. Strock

Writers:

Richard Lederer (story), Arthur Paynter (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Roger Moore ... Beauregarde Maverick
Merry Anders ... Maggie Bradford
Richard Hale ... Wilber Shanks
John Astin ... Joe Lambert
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Oldtimer
Craig Duncan Craig Duncan ... Jake Moody
Lane Chandler ... Sheriff Crane
Jon Lormer ... Sam Bradford
Alexander Campbell ... Horatio Cromwell
Bruce Wendell Bruce Wendell ... Henry Pitkin
Richard H. Cutting ... Ralph Hobbs (as Richard Cutting)
Steve Pendleton ... Marshal McCoy
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Beau can't win for losing - sashays up to claim a worthless mine he won, then the whole town disappears. The no-longer Silver Hill stands at the mercy of the venal Wilber Shanks, a sanctimonious railroad land buyer, whose threat to divert his rail line far from Silver Hill forces its befuddled citizens to immediately take Shanks' mare to chat up a lonely bachelor sheep rancher who's desperate for some 2-legged company for a change. Written by David Stevens

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Beauregarde Maverick: [narrating] When the railroads came west, there was friendly rivalry between the towns as to which one would get railroad service. But with that indomitable spirit of good old American tradition of fair-play these disputes were settled with logic and patience. Of course, logic sometimes had to be backed up by bullets. On the other hand, there were towns that had a different sort of battle in trying to bring the railroad their way. Silver Hill, for example.
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When the railroad comes to town
7 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Roger Moore got to carry a Maverick episode with the third episode of season 4 when as a gambler he tries to take advantage of the railroad coming to town. Even to go so far as to move the town to where they think to take advantage of a water supply.

Two performances stand out in this episode. The first is Richard Hale who plays the railroad agent and a miserly old skinflint who is trying to pick up some cheap bargains for a right of way. He's such a tightfisted man that it almost becomes a solemn duty for a Maverick to skin him.

The second is sheep rancher John Astin who plays a real country bumpkin and overacts outrageously. Him you'll remember.


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