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Maverick: Gun-Shy

Searching for buried money in a town that strongly resembles Dodge City, Bret must contend with a Marshal who strongly resembles Matt Dillon.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x16
Airdate: Sunday January 11th, 1959

Guest Stars
Andra MartinAndra Martin
As Virginia Adams/McElhanney
Ben GageBen Gage
As Marshal Mort Dooley
Gage ClarkeGage Clarke
As Kenneth P. Badger
Irene TedrowIrene Tedrow
As Mrs. Adams/McElhanney
Roscoe AtesRoscoe Ates
As Barfly
William FawcettWilliam Fawcett
As Ames
Marshall KentMarshall Kent
As Doc Stuckey
Reginald OwenReginald Owen
As Freddie Hawkins
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
As Clyde Diefendorfer

Bob ReevesBob Reeves
As Townsman
Danny SandsDanny Sands
As Townsman
Dick ElliottDick Elliott
As Poker Player
Jack PerrinJack Perrin
As Barfly
Kermit MaynardKermit Maynard
As Barfly
Luis DelgadoLuis Delgado
As Man
Philo McCulloughPhilo McCullough
As Passenger
Henry KulkyHenry Kulky
As Bartender
Iron Eyes CodyIron Eyes Cody
As Native American
Milan SmithMilan Smith
As Native American
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
This episode is a parody of Gunsmoke.

Doodles Weaver is the uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver.

This episode, along with Pappy and Shady Deal at Sunny Acres, appears on the Warner Brothers DVD release of the series.

Episode Quotes
Dooley: This is boot hill. I like to come up here at times and maybe get ahead a grave or two.

Freddie: Too much education has been the death of me already.

Dooley: Professional gamblers and cardsharps stay away from Elwood, Kansas. They know we don't want 'em in our town.

Dooley: (about Bret) How do you know he's a professional gambler, Clyde?
Clyde: He's a wearin' a clean, white shirt and a black necktie and he's a winnin', Mr. Dooley.

Amy: Mort, be careful.

Bret: (about Freddie) Marshal, I know that man. He's a professional card player and he cheats.
Dooley: Mister, I know a respectable businessman when I see one.

Bret: (to Freddie) I heard your performance over at the saloon. Even through the back door it sounded magnificent.

Dooley: Now it's my policy to allow a dog or a dern fool one mistake. Whichever category you are, Maverick, you've had yours.

Dooley: (to Bret) Pleasant journey, and a long one.

Dooley: One thing about bein' a peace officer, it keeps you on the move. You never know where you're gonna be sent next or by who.

Dooley: (about the diggings in town) Kids in this town are gettin' meaner every day. It's you parents' fault for not takin' a stick to 'em.

Mrs. McElhanney: Sir, I find your manners of speech inexcusable.
Freddie: Of course you do. Let's hear yours.

Dooley (at the showdown) Go ahead, use your gun, Maverick.
Bret: Heck, Marshal, what's the point of that? I'm just as far out of range as you are.

Doc: Like the feller hisself said, Mort, he was outta range. If you'd a been just twenty feet closer you'd a got him.
Clyde: You'd a got him six times, Mr. Dooley.

Badger: (to Bret and Freddie) I hope I never see either of you again.

Dooley: (after "running" Bret out of town) Well, that's the story. That tinhorn in the end turned out to be just as yellow as the rest of 'em.

Freddie: (to Bret) You'll never get nowheres in this cold, cruel world. Too sentimental, you are.

Episode References
Hognose Hughes, a character who appeared in The Jail at Junction Flats, is mentioned in this episode.

Even if you're a fan of Gunsmoke you'll probably enjoy this hilarious parody episode. Gun-Shy manages to make fun of its fellow Western series yet at the same time it also treats it with an amount of endearing respect. Which is as it should be.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
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