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Maverick: The Rivals

Bret switches identities with a lovesick young man so that he can woo a woman who he knows won't accept him if she discovers he's rich. All goes well until the young man's father arrives in town.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x18
Airdate: Sunday January 25th, 1959

Guest Stars
Barbara Jo AllenBarbara Jo Allen
As Mrs. Mallaver
Chet StrattonChet Stratton
As Hotel Clerk
Dan TobinDan Tobin
As Lucius Benson
Pat CrowleyPat Crowley
As Lydia Linley
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As General Archibald Vandergelt
Roger MooreRoger Moore
As Jack Vandergelt
William AllynWilliam Allyn
As Livingston

Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Classmate
Rand BrooksRand Brooks
As Second
Stanley FarrarStanley Farrar
As Doctor
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick
Episode Notes
Roger Moore makes an early appearance on the series in this episode. He would join the cast as Beau Maverick for Season Four replacing James Garner on the series.

Neil Hamiton is best known as Commissioner Gordon on Batman.

Sandra Gould played the second Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched.

Patricia Crowley would return in Betrayal and A Tale of Three Cities.

Jack Kelly appears briefly at the beginning and end of this episode. In the opening scene on the train all three actors who played the Mavericks during the course of the series' run appear together.

Episode Quotes
Pappyism: Early to bed and early to rise is the curse of the working classes.

Jack: (about Bart) I think you ought to know this fellow's cheating you.
Bret: Of course he is. It's his deal.

Bret: (to Bart) In the bright lexicon of youth, there is no such word as can't.

Bret: That blonde, stupid look is deceptive, isn't it? You've got something up that Brooks Brothers sleeve of yours. You're planning to use me, aren't you?
Jack: Now you're beginning to think like a Vandergelt. Shrewd.

Bret: What makes you think you can buy me?
Jack: My dear fellow, I don't want to buy you. I simply want to rent you for a while.

Bret: Why are we here?
Jack: You're here to gamble. Myself, I never do.

Lydia: (about Jack posing as Bret) He's not society?
Bret: (posing as Jack) He's barely humanity.

Mrs. Mallaver: You could do far worse than marrying Mr. Lucious Benson.
Lydia: Not without a lot of thought and effort.

Bret: I'm not supposed to die for that $1,000 a week, am I?
Jack: I wouldn't let you do a thing like that. What sort of monster do you think I am?

Bret: (to Lydia) You know if it weren't for your manners no one would know you came from Philadelphia.

Bret: What's wrong with money?
Lydia: The people who have it. Usually they have very little else.

Bret: I thought I knew you, Van. Not smart I said but he does have a certain low animal cunning.

Jack: Father, I've been doing a lot of thinking.
Vandergelt: You'd better take it easy until you get used to it.

Vandergelt: (to Jack) You're just like all your mother's people. No guts.

Bret: Van, you can't court girls the way you steal railroads.
Jack: You ever been married?
Bret: Nope.
Jack: You ever steal a railroad?
Bret: Not yet.
Jack: Then shut up.

Bret: (after their ruse is discovered) What are you gonna do?
Jack: I think I'll go quietly upstairs and open a vein.

This one's a hoot as Bret switches identities with a lovelorn young rich gentleman played by Roger Moore. Moore would later join the series cast as an English cousin of the Maverick brothers but his work in this episode is better for the most part than what he did once he joined the series. Be sure to watch this one all the way through or you'll miss a hilarious cameo by Jack Kelly in the final scene.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
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