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Maverick: Substitute Gun

Bart aids a sheriff in trying to protect a saloon owner who's the target of a hired gun.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x29
Airdate: Sunday April 02nd, 1961

Director: Paul Landres
Story: Berne Giler
Teleplay: Howard Browne

Guest Stars
Joan MarshallJoan Marshall
As Connie Malone
Carlos RomeroCarlos Romero
As Clete Spain
Walter SandeWalter Sande
As Sheriff Lou Coleman
Norman LeavittNorman Leavitt
As Ezra Gouch
Harry SeymourHarry Seymour
As Piano Player
Coleen GrayColeen Gray
As Greta Blauvelt
Robert RockwellRobert Rockwell
As Tom Blauvelt
Jackie SearlJackie Searl
As Smiley Drake

Bob TerhuneBob Terhune
As Brawler #1
Boyd "Red" MorganBoyd "Red" Morgan
As Bartender
Tom Kennedy (2)Tom Kennedy (2)
As Townsman
Bennie E. DobbinsBennie E. Dobbins
As Brawler #2
Main Cast
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick


Bart rides into the town of Spearhead and Sheriff Coleman takes note of his arrival. The gambler arrives at the stable and meets an old friend, Smiley. Smiley says that he’s heading for Abilene on a “pleasure trip.” After they check their horses, Smiley offers to buy lunch for Bart, but Bart passes and bids him goodbye. Sheriff Coleman watches the two of them talking. ..

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Episode Notes
Robert Rockwell is best known for playing Phillip Boynton on Our Miss Brooks.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Joan MarshallWho's Gonna Walk Me Home Tonight?first song
Joan MarshallI Wanna Mansecond song

Episode Quotes
Pappyism: Never make friends with a man who has no enemies.

Smiley: Well, I'll be fried for bacon - Mr. Maverick. Small world, hey?
Bart: That's my complaint exactly, Smiley. How are things in St. Louis?
Smiley: Warm. Very warm.
Bart: You talkin' about the weather?

Stableman: You just talkin' - or want somethin'?
Smiley: Oats and a rubdown - and go easy on the water, we don't want foundered horses.
Stableman: Mister, I was takin' care of horses when you was still wearin' diddies.
Smiley: (to Bart) Let's you n' me head up the town café - low card foots the bill.

Smiley: That's what I like about you, Maverick. Anything for a laugh.

Smiley: I got a rule, Sheriff. Never talk to sheriffs.

Sheriff Coleman: The one time I didn't want you liquored up.
Ezra Gouch: I resent that. I'm reasonably sober.

Sheriff Coleman: You owe me somethin', Maverick - your life.
Bart: You were just doing exactly what your job calls for, Sheriff. I don't owe you a thing.
Sheriff Coleman: Maybe I'm wrong… 'bout the whole thing. Maybe you and Smiley came to town to rob the bank, only you got cold feet, tried to leave and Smiley went out after you.
Bart: Oh well, Sheriff, that's nonsense…
Sheriff Coleman: 'Course I can't be positive. I would have to lock you up, make sure you weren't wanted somewhere else - hadn't take more than a month or two to find that out.
Bart: Oh! Well, my apologies, sheriff, I can see that you're the kind of a man who upholds the law, even if he has to… bend it a little.
Sheriff Coleman: Kind of a funny way to put it, Maverick, but you got the idea.

Tom Blauvelt: He's a tall, dark slender fella - slick as a greased pig on ice. Fancies himself as a ladies' man - and I guess he's right. Half the women in town pant after him - not just the single ones, either.

Connie: Do I know you?
Bart: You do now.

Bart: What this town needs is a sheriff who works nights.
Piano Player: Sheriff Coleman's ridin' shotgun on a gold shipment, won't be back till mornin'.
Bart: Well, that sounds like a real coincidence.

Sheriff Coleman: All I know is that somethin's gonna happen. I can feel it in my bones. Well, we'll give it two, maybe three more days. I got real confidence in you, Maverick.
Bart: Don't let anyone ever tell you you're a good judge of character. If you're not too busy, Sheriff, why don't you drop by the Golden Eagle tonight.
Sheriff Coleman: Why?
Bart: You're not the only one with sensitive bones.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerArthur W. Silver
Music EditorCharles Paley
Music SupervisorBert Shefter  |  Paul Sawtell
Set DecoratorJerry Welch
Director of PhotographyWillard Van Der Veer
Art DirectorWilliam L. Campbell
Main Title ThemeDavid Buttolph
Main Title Theme Written ByPaul Francis Webster
Film EditorClarence Kolster
SoundM.A. Merrick  |  John Kean
Make-up SupervisorGordon Bau
Supervising HairstylistJean Burt Reilly
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