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Maverick: Trail West to Fury

In this flashback episode, Bret and Bart relate to pal Dandy Jim Buckley about the time shortly after the Civil War when they searched high and low for a tall man who could clear them of a murder charge.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Sunday February 16th, 1958

Special Guest Stars
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
As Dandy Jim Buckley

Guest Stars
Charles FredericksCharles Fredericks
As Jessie Hayden
Don Kelly (1)Don Kelly (1)
As Jett
Paul FierroPaul Fierro
As Miguel
James HopeJames Hope
As Lieutenant
Aline TowneAline Towne
As Laura Miller
Gene NelsonGene Nelson
As Jim Hazlit
Paul SavagePaul Savage
As Tall Man
Russ BenderRuss Bender
As Doctor
Holly BaneHolly Bane
As 1st Johnny Reb (as Mike Ragan)

George BarrowsGeorge Barrows
As Gunman
Henry WillsHenry Wills
As Johnny Reb
Rush WilliamsRush Williams
As Johnny Reb
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick


As storms bring flooding in Colorado, Bret, Bart, and Dandy Jim Buckley hole up in a leaky cabin. Dandy Jim complains that they should have gone to Texas and realizes that the Maverick brothers are hiding something about Texas, their home state. He suggests that they tell him the whole story and Bart convinces Bret to help him tell the story. They tell him that they can’t go back to Texas because they’re wanted for murdering two men...

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Episode Notes
We learn in this episode that the Maverick brothers hail from the town of Little Ben, Texas.

It's revealed in this episode that Bret and Bart spent two years serving in the Union Army fighting Native Americans on the Plains in the years immediately following the Civil War. They joined to avoid being held in a Union POW camp.

Despite being a flashback to the younger years of the Maverick brothers there's no mention whatsoever of their Pappy in this episode. Pappy would be mentioned with much more frequency in Season Two.

Episode Quotes
Bret: In August, when the scorching Colorado sun has baked the land bone dry, the Yude Indians resort to a snake dance as a plea for rain. To the white man, this is merely a superstitious ceremony, colorful, but useless. (a storm starts) A fat lot he knows.

Dandy Jim Buckley: Go ahead, what good's money? We're all going to drown anyway.
Bret: He's mad because he got his fancy boots all wet.

Bart: Oh, Bret, if you can't trust Dandy Jim, who can you trust?

Bret: What are you doing here? My king was high.
Bart: Ah, but it was also crimped, brother Bret. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Crimped. I looked at it after you left.
Bret: Yes, well as they say, brother Bart, all's fair in …
Laura Miller: Well, gentlemen, what can I get for you?
Bret: Another girl?
Bart: For him.

Bart: Now, we get to Fort Adobe, you get to keep the horse and the saddle, and the blanket, and the gun, and the boots--the whole caboodle. Plus any Comanche scalps you might happen to pick up along the way.
Mike: What if the Comanches pick up the scalps?
Bart: Well then, um, we keep the caboodle.

Bret: Easy, brother Bart. You're too quick to temper.

Bret: You got one of three choices, sonny. Guns, fists, or turn tail.
Jett: You talk big with a crowd on your side.
Bret: Brother Bart, you just shoot the first man who makes a move to help me… or him.

Bret: (upon joining the cattle drive) Anybody know which way west is?

Bret: That's quite an apology.
Laura Miller: Who said I was sorry?

Bret: You really go after what you want, don't you?
Laura Miller: Look who's talking.

Jesse Hayden: You're hangin' yourself, Bret.
Bret: Beats lettin' strangers do it.

Episode Goofs
Both Maverick brothers state that they can never return to their home state of Texas in this episode although in subsequent episodes they travel there on occasion.

Episode References
Maverick creator Roy Huggins apparently used elements of the storyline in this episode when he created The Fugitive.

This flashback episode relates the early years of the Maverick brothers before they became wandering gamblers and relates why they can never return to their home state of Texas. If there's a flaw here it's that Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. is nearly wasted in his appearance as Maverick nemesis Dandy Jim Buckley.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
Set DecoratorWilliam G. Wallace
Director of PhotographyHarold E. Stine
Art DirectorHoward Campbell
Production ManagerOren W. Haglund
SoundM.A. Merrick
Assistant DirectorRusty Meek
Make-up SupervisorGordon Bau
Supervising Film EditorJames Moore (1)
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