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Maverick: Prey of the Cat

Bart gets involved with two potentially lethal lovelies. One wants to murder for his love. The other just wants to murder him. It all begins for our hero when he breaks his leg after his horse is spooked by a cougar and is taken in by a rancher with a bored and overly amorous wife.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x12
Airdate: Sunday December 07th, 1958

Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Douglas Heyes


Guest Stars
Barry KelleyBarry Kelley
As Sheriff
Recurring
James Anderson (1)James Anderson (1)
As Deputy
Recurring
Patricia BarryPatricia Barry
As Kitty Stillman
Recurring
Syd SaylorSyd Saylor
As Clerk
Recurring
William D. GordonWilliam D. Gordon
As Fred Bender
Recurring
Wayne Morris (3)Wayne Morris (3)
As Pete Stillman
Yvette DuguayYvette Duguay
As Raquel Morales

Uncredited
Bob ReevesBob Reeves
As Lynch Mob Member
Recurring
Danny SandsDanny Sands
As Cowhand
Recurring
George BellGeorge Bell
As Cowhand
Recurring
Kermit MaynardKermit Maynard
As Lynch Mob Member
Recurring
Morgan ShaanMorgan Shaan
As Roy
Recurring
Main Cast
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick
Episode Notes
This episode is a straight dramatic episode with almost no elements of comedy. As the series progressed, Jack Kelly tended to get the most of the solo scripts that were dramatic in nature with the more comic ones going to James Garner.

Kitty Stillman definitely ranks as one of the most psychotic females either Maverick brother encountered in the series.

Patricia Barry would return in Two Beggars on Horseback.

Barry Kelley would return in One of Our Trains is Missing.



Episode Quotes
Bart: I promised Pappy I'd never take a drink or a steady job.

Bart: (to Kitty about poker) In some of the games I get into it's dangerous enough to win honestly.

Clerk: (about Bart's horse) Want me to feed him too? I got some nice pickled herring in the wagon.
Bart: He just had a turkey sandwich.

Bart: (to Kitty) I'm not well enough to lick my weight in wildcats. I never tried to .

Kitty: You can tip your hat and ride off just like that?
Bart: It's the only thing I can do.

Bart: (to Stillman) I'm no hunter. I'm not even a very good shot.

Spender: (about Stillman) Is he dead?
Bart: Yes.
Spender: So are you.

Sheriff: (to Bart) I wouldn't believe you, mister, if you was on your knees in church.

Kitty: (about Bart's beating) What happened?
Bart: For every friend Pete had I've got an enemy.

Kitty: (to Bart) Sooner or later you'll have to turn to me because there won't be anybody else to turn to as long as you live.

Bart: I'm not a violent man, Kitty. I couldn't afford to kill you now even if I wanted to.



Cultural References
This episode borrows heavily on elements from the 1944 suspense classic Double Indemnity.



Analysis
One of the grimmest episodes of the series. There's no real happy ending. Just Bart riding out of town after narrowly averting get strung up at the hands of a lynch mob. All due to the machinations of an unhinged damsel. The script here isn't bad it's just not your typical Maverick fare. Perhaps it was originally meant for another Warner Brothers series like Cheyenne or Bronco.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
 
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