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Maverick: Hadley's Hunters

On the run from a crooked sheriff who's trying to frame him for murder, Bart encounters nearly every cowboy on the Warner Brothers TV studio lot.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x2
Airdate: Sunday September 25th, 1960



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Guest Stars
Edgar Buchanan
As Sheriff Hadley
Recurring
Andra Martin
As Molly Brewster
Recurring
Harry Harvey
As Brewster
Recurring
Robert J. Wilke
As Deputy McCabe
Recurring
Howard McNear
As Copes
Recurring
James Gavin
As Deputy Smith
Recurring
Craig Duncan
As Wesley
Recurring
Edd Byrnes
As Kookie
Recurring
Herb Vigran
As Pender
Recurring
John Russell
As Marshal Dan Troup
Recurring
Peter Brown (1)
As Deputy Johnny McKay
Recurring
Roscoe Ates
As Albert
Recurring
Will Hutchins
As Tom Brewster
Recurring
Clint Walker
As Cheyenne Bodie
George Kennedy
As Deputy Jones
Gregg Barton
As Boggs
Robert Colbert
As Cherokee Dan Evans
Ty Hardin
As Bronco Layne
Main Cast
Jack Kelly
As Bart Maverick
Episode Notes
Robert Colbert makes an early appearance in this episode. He would return as yet another Maverick brother named Brent toward the end of Season Four.

The gang's all here in this episode as other TV cowboys from Warner Brothers shows make cameo appearances.

George Kennedy would later win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 for his performance in the classic prison drama Cool Hand Luke.

Howard McNear is best known as barber Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show.



Episode Quotes
Pappyism #1: If you can't fight 'em and they won't let you join 'em, you best get out of the county.

Pappyism #2: Man is the only animal that can get skinned twice.

Note: This is a recycled Pappyism from According to Hoyle.

Hadley: (about Evans) These young folks never seem to calculate the wages of sin.

Pender: (to Bart) Around this town, stranger, court is just about anyplace Hadley makes it law.

Pender: (about Hadley) He's cleaned up crime.
Bart: Even if he had to bring it along with him?

Pender: A gambler! Did you ever play poker?
Bart: Well, I've yielded to that temptation.

Copes: Would you give me your name?
Bart: Maverick, with one "ick."

Bart: (about Hadley) Has anyone weighed his brain lately?

Copes: A maverick is a cow with no mother or father.
Bart: (grabs Copes) A remark, sir, that could send a man picking up his teeth with a rake.

Bart: (about Evans) But, Sheriff, I haven't the slightest idea where he is.
Hadley: You'd better have. There's an area between your chin and your chest that depends on it.

Evans: There's the bounty hunters followin' your trail.
Bart: They weren't supposed to start until tomorrow morning.
Evans: Well, Hadley has his own set of rules.

Pender: (to Bart) If you're plannin' for the future, we ain't got a harp in the place.



Episode References
It's interesting to note that the last name of Cherokee Evans' girlfriend is Brewster, the same as Tom Brewster, the hero of Sugarfoot who makes a cameo appearance in this episode.



Analysis
Probably the best episode of the sometimes convoluted mess that made up Season Four of Maverick as you get cameo appearances from nearly every cowboy star on the Warner Brothers studio lot. Plus there's Edgar Buchanan who's cast against type as the lead villain of the piece and an early appearance by Robert Colbert who would later join the series as Brent Maverick. Chalk this one up as a winner even if the season as a whole frequently struck out.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerRoy Huggins
 
Warning: Maverick season 4 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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