Maverick (1957–1962)
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Trail West to Fury 

Trapped by a flood with Dandy Jim Buckley, the Maverick brothers while away the time by explaining why they can't return to Texas. Soon after the Civil War, the boys return home and ... See full summary »


Alan Crosland Jr.


Gene Levitt (teleplay), Joseph Chadwick (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Dandy Jim Buckley
Aline Towne ... Laura Miller
Gene Nelson ... Jim Hazlit
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Jessie Hayden
Don Kelly ... Jett
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Miguel
Paul Savage Paul Savage ... Tall Man
Russ Bender ... Doctor
James Hope James Hope ... Lieutenant
Mike Ragan ... 1st Johnny Reb


Trapped by a flood with Dandy Jim Buckley, the Maverick brothers while away the time by explaining why they can't return to Texas. 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. When the Mavericks agree to lead a cattle drive for the storekeeper's principal rival, he frames them for murder. Now Bret must lead the herd across Comanche territory to Fort Adobe with the army in pursuit, while Bart searches for the only witness to the shootout. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

16 February 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?


The Mavericks left Texas five years earlier. Miller says she saw the transaction in which Hayden took gold from them for safekeeping. But the army officer says Miller arrived about four years earlier. However, she was talking about what had happened that day, and the now missing deposit receipt, not years before when the money was first deposited. See more »


[first lines]
Bret Maverick: [narrating] In August, when the scorching Colorado sun has baked the land bone-dry, the Ute Indians resort to a snake dance as a plea for rain. To the white man, this is merely a superstitious ceremony, colorful but useless.
[lightning flashes and a heavy rain storm starts]
Bret Maverick: [narrating] A fat lot he knows.
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Exiled from Texas
16 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While trapped in a rising flood with Dandy Jim Buckley the Maverick Brothers tell the story of why they can't return to the state they are from.

This is an odd one because you don't think of James Garner and Jack Kelly as traditional cowboys doing cowboy business which is herding cattle. But the two come back from the Civil War wanting $1650.00 they left with merchant Charles Frederick on deposit. Frederick tries to stiff them, but they do eventually get their money back.

Frederick has been trying to put together one big Ponderosa like spread and it's the Maverick spread among others he wants. Which forces Garner and Kelly to ally themselves with smaller ranchers like Aline Towne and Gene Nelson to get their cattle to market and quick.

The parallels between Red River and the classic Randolph Scott western The Texans are too obvious to belabor. But one thing Frederick has done is framed Bret and Bart for two murders and they have to clear themselves.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Dandy Jim Buckley is as elegant and refined as ever. Next year he'd be in modern dress as hip private Stuart Bailey in 77 Sunset Strip.

At least he's good company for the brothers.

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