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Maverick: Stage West

Fleeing a band of marauding Native Americans, Bret thinks he's found shelter at a way station. Unbeknownst to him, the family he meets there is a band of killers.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday October 27th, 1957



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Guest Stars
Ray Teal
As Mart Fallon
Recurring
Peter Brown (1)
As Rip Fallon
Recurring
Edd Byrnes
As Wes Fallon
Recurring
Michael Dante
As Sam Harris
Recurring
Erin O'Brien
As Linda Harris
Recurring
Chubby Johnson
As Simmons
Recurring
Buddy Shaw
As Dave Taylor
Fern Barry
As Ella Taylor
Howard Negley
As Sheriff Tibbs
Jim Bannon
As Matson
Ollie O'Toole
As McLean
Main Cast
James Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
Ray Teal would later have a recurring role on Bonanza as Sheriff Roy Coffey.

This episode is based on a short story by famed Western author Louis L'Amour.

Erin O'Brien would return in Island in the Swamp.

Michael Dante would return in Betrayal and The Third Rider.



Episode Quotes
Harris: Nobody wants to die. You're just not givin' me any choice.
Fallon: Sure we are, Sam. All you have to do is drop that shotgun.

Wes: I can get it out of him now, Pa.
Fallon: No, another dead man ain't gonna do us no good.

Rip: (to Wes) You lousy butcher! If you weren't my brother I'd shoot you dead where you stand.

Fallon: If you're tellin' the truth, how come it took you so long to come forward?
Bret: I was just waitin' for you to play out your hand.

Wes: (to Bret) You're gonna talk yourself right into a box, mister.

Bret: You're wastin' your time.
Fallon: We got plenty of that, mister.

Bret: (to Fallon about Rip) Least you got one boy who can think for himself.

Bret: There are a few things I'll put money on. Like a straight flush or a crooked mine.

Bret: One thing about a crook--he thinks everyone else is dishonest.

Bret: Where money is concerned it can be dirty, dusty, or soggy. As long as it's money.

Fallon: You don't leave much to the imagination, do you?
Bret: If I did I wouldn't be alive today.

Simmons: Maverick, it's too bad you're a crook. I was just beginnin' to like you.



Analysis
This early entry is pretty much a straight dramatic episode that features a Bret Maverick who's much braver than he would be in future shows as he takes on a family of cutthroats who want a map to a gold mine they think he's carrying. Ray Teal, Edd Byrnes, and Peter Brown all give good performances as the heavies of the piece.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
 
Warning: Maverick season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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