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Maverick: Comstock Conspiracy

Once again, Bret gets more than he bargained for when he travels to the boom mining town of Virginia City, Nevada.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x14
Airdate: Sunday December 29th, 1957

Director: Howard W. Koch
Writer: Gene Levitt


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Guest Stars
Ruta Lee
As Ellen Bordeen
Recurring
Percy Helton
As Venner
Recurring
Terry Frost
As Sheriff
Recurring
Ed Prentiss
As John Bordeen
Oliver McGowan
As Jerome Horne
Werner Klemperer
As Alex Jennings

Uncredited
Boyd "Red" Morgan
As Stage Driver
Recurring
Forbes Murray
As Alfred Clay
Recurring
George Barrows
As Townsman
Recurring
Glenn Strange
As Guard
Recurring
Harry Strang
As Passenger
Recurring
Lois De Banzie
As Suzi Carter
Recurring
Philo McCullough
As Townsman
Recurring
Sailor Vincent
As Townsman
Recurring
William H. O'Brien
As Doctor
Recurring
Joy Rogers
As Female Passenger
Main Cast
James Garner
As Bret Maverick
Episode Notes
The setting of this episode, Virginina City, Nevada, would later be used as the location for another classic western, Bonanza.

Werner Klemperer would later win an Emmy for his portrayal of Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes.

Howard W. Koch, the director of this episode, was a cousin of famed gossip columnist Walter Winchell.

Ruta Lee would return in Plunder of Paradise and Betrayal.



Episode Quotes
Pappyism: Stick your nose in other people's business and you'll get it bent.

Horn: Gentlemen, Mr. Bret Maverick
Bret: Poker player.

Bret: Some men can't stand to lose ten cents, Mr. Kennedy, no matter how rich they are.

Bordeen: Your manners are bad, Maverick.
Bret: How can you tell?
Bordeen: You had your back to me.

Ellen: Not very noble, are you?
Bret: No ma'am.
Ellen: Because you have your $10,000?
Bret: Yes, ma'am.

Bret: Mixing in other people's business isn't my profession, Mr. Jennings.

Ellen: Don't be a spoiled sport, Bret.
Bret: I wouldn't think of it.

Ellen: Well, you're not the most grateful of men. I just saved your life.
Bret: You also got rid of a bad conscience.



Analysis
Kind of a flat episode here although Ruta Lee does a nice job as the weekly damsel in distress and we see Werner Klemperer in a sympathetic, change of pace role.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
 
Warning: Maverick season 1 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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