We first glimpse Bret unshaven & dirty, lugging a rifle, trying to register at a classy hotel. Using the $1000 bill pinned inside his jacket, and adding some dollar-size strips cut from a newspaper, Bret cadges a room via a bulging envelope for the guest safe. Changing into his gambler's duds for a poker game including the company town's silver baron Phineas King, Bret (James Garner) wins - and only Bret hints that King is a card cheat. King's casino manager, Big Mike McComb has Bret beaten, but won't have him killed. Big Mike (screenwriter/ex-con Leo Gordon) becomes a memorable recurring character in the series. After King still takes a crack at having Bret iced, Bret runs an ad in King's paper: "King did NOT try to kill me - today. See this space tomorrow !" Directed by one of the best Western specialists, Budd Boetticher.
Did You Know?
Leo Gordon would work with James Garner again in the Rockford Files, 4 episodes, and the feature film, Maverick 1994. See more
Bret Maverick commits a serious breach of poker etiquette. It is in the first hand of the first poker game. Maverick drops a card into his lap. When reaching to retrieve it he is holding all five cards under the table. See more
[to guest checking in
Thank you, sir.
Don't bother to sign, we haven't anything.
I'd like something comfortable in the front, with a view of the street.
We're completely out of accommodations. I suggest you try one of the miner's boarding houses.
I wonder if you'd mind, uh, keeping this in a safe for me, please.