Maverick (1957–1962)
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Shady Deal at Sunny Acres 

Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, ... See full summary »


Douglas Heyes (story), Roy Huggins (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Regis Toomey ... Ben Granville
Karl Swenson ... Sheriff Griffin
Joan Young Joan Young ... Susan Granville
Jonathan Hole ... Brent Williams
Irving Bacon ... Employee
Syd Saylor ... 1st Townsman
Earle Hodgins ... Ernest Plunkett
Val Benedict Val Benedict ... Cowhand
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Dandy Jim Buckley
Diane Brewster ... Samantha Crawford
Richard Long ... Gentleman Jack Darby
John Dehner ... John Bates
Leo Gordon ... Big Mike McComb


Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, while Bret sits whittling & rocking in a chair on a shady Sunny Acres porch, poor-mouthing all by-passers that he's "just working on" a plan. The small-town banker is way out of his league in silver-rich Denver with seductive Sam Crawford, intimidating Big Mike, slicksters Gentleman Jack & Dandy Jim etc. as Maverick's operatives in this classic episode. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Western





Release Date:

23 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode contained the longest opening credits sequence in the show's history with James Garner, Jack Kelly, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Diane Brewster, Leo Gordon, Richard Long, Arlene Howell, and John Dehner all being shown individually. See more »


[first lines]
[Bret knocks on the window of the bank]
John Bates: Bank's Closed
[Bret knocks again]
John Bates: I said, the bank is closed.
[Bret knocks a third time and waves his wallet]
Bret Maverick: I got something for you.
[Bates opens the door with a gun in his hand]
John Bates: State your business.
Bret Maverick: I've come to put money in the bank, not take it out.
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No rest in Shady Rest, but he's working on it
1 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the town of Shady Rest Bret Maverick decides to deposit $15,000.00 in poker winnings in John Dehner's bank. But Dehner as it turns out is a crook who claims he never got the money. Turns out he needs the money to buy out honest partner Regis Toomey.

James Garner is not going to take this lying down so he sends for brother Bart Maverick while Garner sits whittling the hours away and telling one and all who ask how he's going to get his money back that he's 'working on it'.

Jack Kelly in the meantime pulls together some of the best and sharpest people the brothers have run into in previous stories, Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., as Dandy Jim Buckley, Leo Gordon as Big Mike McComb, and Diane Brewster as Samantha Crawford.

This group doesn't have the resources that Paul Newman and Robert Redford did in The Sting. But it's just as neat a con.

One of the best Maverick stories.

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