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Maverick: Arizona Black Maria

Bart faces all kinds of trouble while traveling through the Arizona desert. First there's an Indian who wants to scalp him. Then there's two outlaws pursuing him for the money they think he's carrying. Finally, he's recruited by a deputy marshal to escort four prisoners to the territorial penitentiary, one of whom happens to be a lovely woman.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x4
Airdate: Sunday October 09th, 1960

Director: Lew Landers
Story: Lew Landers
Teleplay: Arthur Paynter


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Guest Stars
Joanna Barnes
As Daphne Tolliver
Recurring
Alan Hale, Jr.
As Jim Pattishall
Recurring
John Holland
As Farnsworth Malloy
Recurring
Don 'Red' Barry
As Dishonest Abe
Recurring
Terence de Marney
As Fingers Louie
Recurring
Art Stewart
As Lem
Recurring
Harry Swoger
As Rufus
Recurring
Gary Murray
As Red Feather
Charles Stevens
As Apache Chief
Main Cast
Jack Kelly
As Bart Maverick
Episode Notes
Alan Hale would return in The Troubled Heir.



Episode Quotes
Cap'n Jim: (about Daphne) Pretty thing.

Bart: (to Red Feather) I'd like to help you but surely you can find a better scalp than mine.

Bart: Paleface speak with forked tongue.
Red Feather: Ah, good saying. Must remember.

Bart: (to Daphne) For a second I thought I was in heaven but I can't be. They don't put leg irons on angels.

Dishonest Abe: What are you gawkin' at? You think we're animals in a zoo or something?
Bart: Sorry, boys, I didn't mean to intrude.

Daphne: I don't suppose you know what it's like to face an unfriendly jury.
Bart: I imagine it must be a horrible experience.

Bart: (to Daphne) Somehow this traveling hoosegow gives me an odd feeling.

Dishonest Abe: I'm gonna cut your heart out if I ever get the chance, Maverick.

Bart: (to Cap'n Jim) Don't bother deputizing me. I never did go in much for formality. You'd better keep the badge.

Bart: (about Daphne) You know, Cap'n Jim, I've got a feeling she's a lot tougher than we give her credit for.

Daphne: (about the Indians) Don't let 'em take me alive.
Bart: I'll save the last bullet for you.

Bart: I hope you're satisfied, Daphne. There are your Indians.
Daphne: I didn't think I could conjure up real Indians.
Bart: You're the girl who cried wolf.

Red Feather: (about Bart) Him have finest scalp in West.

Cap'n Jim: Maverick, you're a brave man. At least you'll know you didn't die in vain.
Bart: I'd rather live in vain than die anyway there is.

Bart: I've always considered the red man as my friend.
Red Feather: Good, then you no make talk when I take scalp.



Analysis
The premise of this episode is silly if you look at things logically. It starts out with Bart broke and in the middle of the desert. Then you have two outlaws who get on his trail because they think he's carrying a large amount of money. Then there's an Indian who keeps trying to scalp our hero. Throw in a wagon taking four convicts to the territorial prison one of whom is an attractive woman. Definitely convoluted but it all makes for one hilarious episode. One of the funniest of the entire series.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRoy Huggins
Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
 
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