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Maverick: Cruise of the Cynthia B.

Seven owners of a rickety old riverboat travel down the Mississippi to Memphis in order to sell the tug. One by one they begin meeting mysterious deaths. How does this concern Bret Maverick? He's one of the owners.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x17
Airdate: Sunday January 10th, 1960

Guest Stars
Mona FreemanMona Freeman
As Modesty Blaine
Maurice MansonMaurice Manson
As Rutherford Carr
Irene TedrowIrene Tedrow
As Mrs. Ambrosia Tutwiler
Gage ClarkeGage Clarke
As Montgomery Teague
Jack LiveseyJack Livesey
As Gillespie McKenzie
Charles FredericksCharles Fredericks
As Jefferson Cantrell
Alexander Campbell (2)Alexander Campbell (2)
As Abner Morton
Fred KrugerFred Kruger
As Meacham
Karl WeberKarl Weber
As Quincy T. Smith
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick


Bret is riding to St. Louis when he hears a man call for help. The gambler investigates and finds the man strung upside down by his heels. Cutting him free, Bret checks on the man, who introduces himself as Gillespie McKenzie. Gillespie explains that three highwaymen saw his wallet back in the city and ambushed him. In gratitude for Bret’s rescue, Gillespie offers the gambler a deed for a great white paddle-wheeler, the [I]Cynthia B. When Bret says he can’t accept it for free, Gillespie asks for a token payment of $1,000, claiming that it’s worth 40 times that. As Bret prepares to ride off, Gillespie says that he’s well-off but needs $1,000 for traveling expenses since he’s been robbed. Bret still isn’t interested until Gillespie tells him that it’s a gambling palace...

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Episode Notes
Jack Kelly appears briefly at the end of this episode and once again he saves the day.

When the character of Modesty Blaine returned in the series finale, One of Our Trains is Missing, she would be played by Kathleen Crowley instead of Mona Freeman. The character herself is also a bit kinder and gentler than she was in her previous appearance in Cats of Paradise.

Episode Quotes
Pappyism: A man does what he has to do if he can't get out of it.

Bret: Toward the end of the summer, I had pretty well exhausted the possibilities at the poker tables at Kansas City. And they had exhausted me. They'd exhausted me to the point where I was traveling to St. Louis with all my worldly possessions... in the shape of a thousand-dollar bill pinned inside my coat.

Gilliespie McKenzie: Ah, man, you saved me from a dire predicament.
Bret: Well, it didn't look like you were being rewarded for civic virtue.

Bret: You keep your boat, sport, and I'll keep my thousand dollars. That way, everything will be kept pure and simple.
Gillespie McKenzie: You're probably right, but it takes a gambling man to appreciate my proposition. I must be daffy to think of straddling you with all that responsibility, all the money rolling in every night and, uh, those lovely lassies to be keeping an eye on.
Bret: Uh, what lassies?
Gillespie McKenzie: Oh, the pretty lassies that help out at the gambling salon, of course.
Bret: The, uh, gambling salon?
Gillespie McKenzie: Oh, did I not mention it? Why the Cynthia B. is a regular floating poker palace.
Bret: Uh, Mr. MacKenzie, tell me more.

Modesty Blaine: Why, Bret Maverick.
Bret: Modesty Blaine!? You out on parole?
Modesty Blaine: Now, don't be stuffy, darlin'. I may have taken advantage of you once or twice, that doesn't mean I don't like ya.

Modesty Blaine: Twenty thousands dollars, hmm? That's not very much money split seven ways.
Bret: Well, just be thankful there are only seven days in a week. Anyway, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Modesty Blaine: Well, I'd like to poke Mr. Mackenzie in the eye... with a very sharp stick.

(about Modesty)
Mrs. Tutwiler: Ah, this is Mrs. Maverick, I presume?
Bret: I should say not! I couldn't afford to keep her in bail money.

Mrs. Tutwiler: Come, my dear, I'll show you where your cabin is, and then we can go to the galley and unpack the baskets of food and plan the cooking.
Bret: Modesty, cook? We may never reach Memphis.

Quincy Smith: Keep your eyes open, Maverick.
Bret: Oh, I've got a good eye for that sort of thing.
Quincy Smith: Spotting trouble?
Bret: Avoiding it.

Modesty Blaine: I'll just bet nobody expected dessert, did'ya?
Mrs. Tutwiler: She made it all by herself. She calls it apple surprise.
Bret: No wonder they call this a death ship. (Modesty storms off, sobbing)
Mrs. Tutwiler: Mr. Maverick, you should be ashamed of yourself. And she worked so hard, too.
Bret: Believe me, I didn't even know she knew how to cry.

Modesty Blaine: (slaps Bret) That was for your remarks about my cooking.

(Bret catches Modesty searching his cabin)
Modesty Blaine: Oh, Bret, please don't be angry with me. I heard a noise in my room and it worried me. So, I came here lookin' for ya.
Bret: Where did you expect to find me? In my coat pocket?

Quincy Smith: Put it bluntly, you strike me as a shifty character.
Modesty Blaine: Shiftless, maybe, but not shifty.
Bret: Oh, please, Modesty. I didn't know you cared.

Quincy Smith: A coward dies a thousand deaths, the hero dies but one.
Bret: I prefer the coward's way. The odds are much better.

Quincy Smith: You're a thief and a murderer.
Gillespie McKenzie: The first by inclination and the second by necessity.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerColes Trapnell
Music EditorJoe Inge
Music SupervisorBert Shefter  |  Paul Sawtell
Set DecoratorJerry Welch
Director of PhotographyBert Glennon
Art DirectorHoward Campbell
Production ManagerOren W. Haglund
Main Title ThemeDavid Buttolph
Main Title Theme Written ByPaul Francis Webster
Film EditorLloyd Nosler
SoundDon McKay
Assistant DirectorRichard L'estrange
Make-up SupervisorGordon Bau
Supervising Film EditorJames Moore (1)
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