|1979 - 1980
Continuing saga of the Maverick family,
gamblers and con artists who roamed the country
looking for the pot of money at the end of a
good poker game.
This version featured Charles Frank as the
son of Beau Maverick, and Bart and Bret
Maverick's younger cousin. Ben was a suave,
fast-talking Harvard dropout and gambler who
wandered the Idaho Territory of the 1880s.
Ben friends and colleagues included:
- Susan Blanchard as Nell McGarrahan,
Ben's romantic interest.
- John Dehner as Marshal Edge Troy a
roving US Marshal who always showed up in time
to save Ben from trouble. Although prone to
trouble, Ben was an avowed coward and would do
anything to avoid a fight.
During their travels, Ben and his partner, Nell involved
themselves in all sorts of
shenanigans, including conning a crooked marriage broker, betting on
a boxing match, coming to the aide of Nell's uncle who was
sentenced to death; getting caught in the middle of a bank robbery,
and participating in a high stakes poker game to win land owned by an
eighty-year-old Indian chief.
The series 1978 TV-movie pilot "The New Maverick" featured James Garner as Bret
Maverick and Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick as they reprised their
roles from the original MAVERICK series. This time around they
teamed up with young Ben Maverick to recover stolen army Gatling
Obituaries: John Dehner: 02/04/1992;
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