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Maverick: According to Hoyle

A man who once lost $50,000 to Maverick in a card games hires con artist Samantha Crawford to win back his money. She succeeds with the aid of a little known poker rule.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Sunday October 06th, 1957

Guest Stars
Diane BrewsterDiane Brewster
As Samantha Crawford
Jay NovelloJay Novello
As Henry Tree
Leo GordonLeo Gordon
As Big Mike McComb
Robert CarsonRobert Carson
As Kittredge
Ted de CorsiaTed de Corsia
As Joe Riggs
Tol AveryTol Avery
As George Cross
Walter ReedWalter Reed
As Bledsoe
Esther DaleEsther Dale
As Ma Braus
Tyler McVeyTyler McVey
As Hayes

Clem FullerClem Fuller
As Stagecoach Driver
Sailor VincentSailor Vincent
As Man
William H. OWilliam H. O'Brien
As Poker Player
Don TurnerDon Turner
As Hamhead
Fred KelseyFred Kelsey
As Spectator
Saul GorssSaul Gorss
As Henchman
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
Diane Brewster makes her first of several appearances on the show in the recurring role of con woman Samantha Crawford. Ms. Brewster had earlier played the character on an episode of Cheyenne.

Jay Novello would return in Plunder of Paradise, The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick, and The Marquesa.

Ted de Corsia would return in Diamond Flush and The Money Machine.

The first two Pappyisms of the series are spouted by Bret in this episode.

Bret wears a light brown suit in this episode instead of his usual black one.

Episode Quotes
Pappyism #1: Man's the only animal you can skin more than once.

Pappyism #2: A faint heart never filled a flush.

Riggs: Now that I see you, I can add two and two together.
Bret: It'll never come out four. Not the way you deal.

Bart: You're a bad poker player, Miss Crawford.
Samantha: I expected you to be a good loser.
Bret: No one likes to lose.
Samantha: Especially to a woman?

Bret: New Orleans, a real fine place to be when you have some money in your pocket. I hadn't.

Riggs: You're not a very careful talker.
Bret: But careful who sits in a game with me.

Samantha:It's a man's world. The men make the rules. I haven't any objection to that as long as they abide by them equally.

Cross: (to Samantha) You aced yourself right down the river, honey.

Bret: The journey from St. Louis to Wyoming is long and rough. But mostly just long.

McComb: (about Samantha) She's got to be Irish with a face like that. She's an angel but an angel.
Bret: Play poker with her sometime.

Bret: You know, Samantha, it's kinda hard keepin' track of you.

In this episode, the show began to add elements of humor which would be its trademark for the remainder of its run. It also set the precedent for a Maverick to be be-deviled and at times out-witted by a conniving female. We also meet for the first time one Samantha Crawford (played by Diane Brewster) who would be a recurring nemesis for both Maverick brothers during the show's first season. One wishes that Ms. Brewster had stayed with the series for its entire run.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
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