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Maverick: Two Beggars on Horseback

Bart and Bret's brotherly love is tested when they're offered a deal that can mean $10,000 to one of them--but only one.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x17
Airdate: Sunday January 18th, 1959

Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Douglas Heyes


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Guest Stars
Patricia BarryPatricia Barry
As Jessamy Longacre
Recurring
Ray TealRay Teal
As Stryker
Recurring
Will WrightWill Wright
As General Boscourt
Recurring
John CliffJohn Cliff
As Sundown
Recurring
Roscoe AtesRoscoe Ates
As Kibitzer
Recurring
Duane GreyDuane Grey
As Howie Horwitz
Recurring
Clem BevansClem Bevans
As Old Man

Uncredited
Craig DuncanCraig Duncan
As Klotz
Recurring
Gil PerkinsGil Perkins
As Burger
Recurring
Hal TaggartHal Taggart
As Express Agent
Recurring
Louis QuinnLouis Quinn
As Townsman
Recurring
Rusty WescoattRusty Wescoatt
As Gang Member
Recurring
Main Cast
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As Bart Maverick
Episode Notes
Jack Kelly listed this episode as his favorite of the series.



Episode Quotes
Pappyism: When you're playing poker don't trust anybody. Especially your brother.

Bret: If you'll excuse us, please, I think my brother's gonna be sick. If he isn't, I am.

Bart: Bret, sometimes your heart runs away with your head.

Jessamy: You don't like sour mash?
Bart: If i wanted another bad habit, I don't think that'd be it.

Bart: (to Jessamy) I don't know what you have in mind but you're speaking my language--greed.

Bart: (upon seeing Bret and Jessamy together) Jesse, couldn't you even wait 'til I borrowed the money?

Jessamy: I'm really sorry, Bart, but....
Bart: I know. Business is business.

Jessamy: What happened to the horse?
Bret: I was robbed.
Jessamy: By who?
Bret: Robbers.

Bret: (about Bart) Don't tell me they robbed him too.
Jessamy: No, I did.

Bret: We don't start makin' better time than this we might as well pull over and waive to Bart as he goes galloping by.
Jessamy: But I told you he's on foot.
Bart: You have more faith in a simple matter than I have. If there's a horse within a 100 miles Bart's on it by now.

Bart: (whacks Sundown over the head) Jesse, we got too many partners already.

Bart: (about him and Bret) You see, Jesse, the one thing we don't do is kill each other.

Bret: (to Stryker) By the way, you didn't give me the time of day but don't bother. I probably couldn't afford it.

Bret: (after Stryker has returned with Bart and Jessamy) It's nice work, Stryker. You see what you can do when you really put your mind to it?

Bart: What are you thinkin' now?
Bret: I'm thinkin' you're awful lucky not to be an only child.



Analysis
Simply put, this episode is a classic. It's no wonder that Jack Kelly listed it as his favorite of the series. The relationship between the Maverick brothers is explored in a little more depth in this episode as they have to race each other (and a crafty damsel) to cash a check and run into outlaws and hostile Native Americans along the way. If you could put an episode of Maverick in a time capsule for future generations you would have to give strong consideration to choosing Two Beggars on Horseback. If any episode represents what made Maverick a classic TV series it's this one.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
 
Warning: Maverick season 2 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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