Maverick (1957–1962)
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Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose ... See full summary »


Franklin Adreon


Russell S. Hughes (teleplay) (as Russell Hughes), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Patric Knowles ... Paul Carthew
Karl Swenson ... Captain Nares
Bartlett Robinson ... Longhurst
Murvyn Vye ... Jamie Craven
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Auctioneer (as Tom Browne Henry)
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Thomas Bellairs
Allen Kramer Allen Kramer ... Jerome Braus


Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose cargo is apparently only worth half that. Brother Bart soon finds out why their unknown rival was willing to bid so high - in addition to bales of silk and rice, the wreck's hold is full of illegal opium. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

1 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on an 1892 novel (of the same name) by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne about the Flying Scud, a ship mysteriously wrecked and abandoned at Midway Island. See more »


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[first lines]
Clerk: Good evening, sir
Bart Maverick: Good evening.
Clerk: May I help you?
Bart Maverick: I'm looking for a gentleman named Maverick. I hope you haven't lost him, he's an old friend.
Clerk: May I ask your name?
Bart Maverick: Maverick.
Clerk: Well, of course, Mr. Maverick. Mr. Maverick is expecting you. He's in room 119.
Bart Maverick: Thank you.
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Won't you let me take you on a sea cruise?
5 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Maverick episode has the brothers involved in getting into a consortium known as The Ring which buys wrecked ships for salvage at a public auction. A ship wrecked off Midway gets bidded up all out of proportion and James Garner commits his all to the bidding.

Jack Kelly in the meantime takes an ocean voyage in a ship he charters under the command of Captain Karl Swenson and one of the crew traveling incognito was the man who had agents engage in that bidding war.

I won't say what made finding and claiming that salvage so essential, but it is important and valuable and deadly. In the end Jack Kelly and Patric Knowles who was behind the bidding are adrift at sea like Captain Bligh after the mutiny.

The episode was so closely based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel The Wrecker that Warner Brothers gave Stevenson credit and acknowledgement. This also shows there are some things the Maverick Brothers will not do for money.

I think Robert Louis Stvenson might have liked this.

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