The western drama MAVERICK/ABC/1957-62
followed the frontier misadventures of the
Maverick brothers Bret (James Garner) and Bart
(Jack Kelly) Maverick, who drifted through the
Old West in search of an honest card game and a
pretty lady or two. Cousin Beauregarde (Roger
Moore), a Texas expatriate raised in England, and a third
brother, Brent Maverick (Robert Colbert) also joined
in the fun on occasion.
The patriarch of the clan was Beauregard
"Pappy" Maverick. His boys often proclaimed the
wisdom of that fine old gentleman by
espousing such sentiments "As my ol' Pappy
used to say."
We get the first look at the revered fellow
on the episode "Pappy" (Sept 13, 1959) where the whole Maverick
bunch gathers when Pappy (James Garner in a dual
role) announces his misguided decision to marry
a teenage girl.
So determined was Pappy to keep his gambling
offspring's from the straight and narrow that
when his sons went fighting for the Confederate
Army, Pappy admonished, "If you either one gets
back with a medal, I'll beat you to death."
In addition to Pappy's wisdom, he also gave
each of his boys a $1000 bill for security
against bad times which they tucked inside their
Listen to Theme Song
Maverick Theme Lyrics
by David Buttolph & Paul Francis
Who is the tall, dark stranger
Maverick is the name.
Ridin' the trail to who knows where,
Luck is his
Gamblin' is his game.
Smooth as the handle on a gun.
Maverick is the
Wild as the wind in Oregon,
Blowin' up a canyon, easier to tame.
Riverboat, ring your bell. Fare thee well,
Luck is the lady that he loves the best.
Natchez to New Orleans. Livin' on jacks and
Maverick is a legend of the west.
During their travels, the Maverick family met
an assortment of good, bad and questionable
- Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Dandy Jim Buckley
- Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby
- Leo Gordon as Big Mike Macomb
- Peter Breck as Doc Holliday
- Mike Road as Pearly Gates
- Diane Brewster as Samantha Crawford
- Kathleen Crowley as Melanie Blake/Modesty Blaine
- Mona Freeman as Modesty Blaine
- Jean Willes as Belle Starr
- Robert Lowery as Foxy Smith
- Joel Grey as Billy the Kid
- Kelly Thordsen as Sam Bass
- Gregory Walcott as Cole Younger
- William Shaw as Jesse James
- Tim Graham as Willie Thimble
- Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie
- Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne
- Will Hutchins as Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster
- Peter Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay
- John Russell as Marshal Dan Troup
- Edd Byrnes as Blacksmith
While all of the Maverick family have a
talent for winning at cards, they also have the
talent for getting into all sorts of trouble. Here are
some examples of those predicaments:
- Bret wins a poke game but earns the ire of
a silver mine owner who hires a thug to kill
- Bret new lady friend plans to kill him and
use his dead boy for an alibi to cover her
boyfriend's bank robbery attempt.
- Bret discovers he's been traveling with a
woman whose allegedly been dead for a week.
- Bret wins a camel in a poker game.
- Bret get involved in a kidnapping plot
- Bret finds himself embroiled in "fixed"
- Bret assumes the identity of a rich man's
- Bret and brother, Bart thwart a bank robbery
- Bret must convince a sheriff he was framed
- Bret is hired to protect a hatbox filled
with valuable papers.
- Bret pays off a gambling debt by taking
three British gentlemen on a bear hunt only to
be set upon by Indians.
- Bret escorts wanted man to Tampico for a
fee of $6000.
- Bret set up as sting operation on a banker
to retrieve his $15000 with the help of his
brother, Bart, and friends Dandy Jim,
Gentleman Jack Big Mike and Samantha
- Bret lands on an island of smugglers
- Bret exposed a crooked sheriff using a
- Bret searches for a horde of buried
- Bret and his brother, Bart are hired to
break up a romance between a young woman and a
- Bret intervenes between Homesteaders and a
- Bret helps a girl framed for murder.
- Bret tracks an outlaw through his concert
- Bret reluctantly becomes a town sheriff of
a wild town.
- Bret's friend Modesty Blaine sells cat to
mouse infested mining camp.
- Bret and his brother, Bart sell some
- Bret becomes the target for murder after
he buys a steamboat from a man who previously
sold it to others.
- Bret and his brother, Bart become rivals
in a poker game that will decide the fate of
two feuding families.
- Bret poses as a federal inspector to
locate the man from whom he won a flock of
sheep in a poker game.
- Bret transports a casket and gets involved
- Bret learns of a tunnel that goes
into the Denver Bank.
- Bart is framed for a murder
- Bart helps Samantha Crawford recover treasury plates.
- Bart exposes a diamond swindler.
- Bart travels to Mexico to find rumored
gold and becomes the target of the Federales
- Bart joins forces with a dance hall girl
to recover $1000.
- Bart exposed the real killer in a
mining camp murder.
- Bart tracks down dance hall girl who stole
- Bart herds cattle for beautiful con-woman.
- Bart protects a gambling hall owner from
- Bart rescues woman from a runaway horse,
and for his troubles gets framed for murder.
- Bart assists the Army reclaim a fort taken
- Bart attends a meeting in the guise of a
wealthy young man.
- Bart's in the stockade for gambling on an
- Bart and Gentleman Jack take refuge in a
ghost town during a rainstorm and become
hostages of an outlaw.
- Bart wins title to the
Saloon in Santa Leora. but his ownership
is soon challenged.
- Bart runs for Senator, but if he wins,
he's a dead man.
- Bart brings down a sheriff who labels
innocent men as wanted outlaws and then kills
them for sport..
- Bart takes charge of four prisoners after
an Indian attack injures their Army escorts.
- Bart with the assistance of cousin, Beau
track down poker winnings they wired to a
- Bart is suspected of murder while in New
- Bart encounters the supernatural when he
tries to recover an old gambling debt and run
smack dab into a witch.
- Bart and Bret inherit a stagecoach line from
- Bart helps a wealthy woman targeted for
- Bart defeats a sheriff's plan to steal a
Preacher's gold chest.
- Bart uncovers a plot to overthrow the
United States while visiting Don Felipe and
her daughter, Soledad.
- Bart meets a suicidal woman in his room
after a poker game.
- Bart needs money so he takes a job hauling
ice from the mountain and discovers a frozen
- Bart runs into trouble at a stagecoach
- Bart is jailed by the Army because he
looks like an outlaw.
- Bart tries to collect a poker debt from a
town boss. Doc Holliday, meanwhile, takes out
an insurance policy on Bart to cash in on his
- Bart helps a sheriff (who once saved his
life) prevent the murder of a saloon owner.
- Bart tries to undo the damage of a
salesman who sold a necklace to an Indian
Chief that were guaranteed to repel bullets.
If he fails, there just might be an Indian
- Bart attempts to retrieve $5000 fleeced by
Pearly Gates. Marla, Pearly's ex-fiancée
is on the sting.
- Bart helps a railroad owner pay off a
- Bart wins a soon-to-be bankrupt bank in a
- Bart takes the lives of fellow stagecoach
traveler into his hand when an holdup man
offers him a novel challenge.
- Bart wins half-ownership in a casino and
discovers he's on the hook for blackmail
payments as well.
- Bart wins a newspaper in a poker game and
then is sued for libel by a prominent Senator.
- Bart assists his cousin, Jacqueline Sutton
who was conned out of money needed to pay off
a family debt.
- Bart is hired by a rancher Joe Wheelright
to deliver three San Francisco women safely to
his Subrosa Ranch so they can marry his sons. The sons
(Small Paul, Moose and Henry) look
suspiciously like the Cartwright boys (Little
Joe, Hoss and Adam) from the Ponderosa spread
- Bart meets an alleged leprechaun who give
him five wishes, one of which involved stolen
- Bart helps a farmer sell stocks in a new
gold mining venture.
- Bart's has romance problems when his
Modesty Blaine gets her petticoat in a
flutter when Bart
refuses to marry her.
Bart, Beau and
- Beau impersonates the son of rich European
and gets kidnapped. Bart Maverick comes to the
- Beau negotiates fair deal for land coveted
by railroad owner.
- Beau win half-ownership in a casino and
becomes embroiled in a family feud and murder.
- Beau is framed for murder in a plot to
start an Indian War.
- Beau is sentenced to be hanged as a horse thief.
Tenderfoot lawyer Tom Brewster comes to his
- Beau meets a young woman who claims she is
- Beau aids a British colonel to thwart
- Beau unknowingly buys worthless land with
a friends money.
- Beau meets a wealthy old prospector after
winning part ownership in a debt-ridden
- Beau is reluctantly involved in a fake
- Beau meets an allegedly insane woman in a
- Beau seek shelter from the cold Montana
winter and discovers bank robbers inside a
- Brent and brother, Bart discover a
peaceful little hamlet whose town elders
are willing to commit murder to keep secret a
crime committed 20 years earlier.
- Brent is framed for a mail robbery.
TRIVIA NOTE: Many of the script ideas
for the MAVERICK series were based on stories of
a famous turn of the century Chicago conman
whose life was recorded in the book "Yellow Kid
See also "Bret
Maverick" and "Young
Obituaries: Jack Kelly: 11/07/1992
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