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As for me, I am happy writing reviews when I see movie and television productions which are good or a waste of time. Read my reviews, they are my opinions, not some trolls. Now that Trolls have been banned from IMDB, it is only my reviews that are left standing.
The Fat Man (1951)
Radio Noir To Film A Bit Static
There are a lot of good points to this one. The original Smart Fat Man from the radio program is on display nd does quite nicely. Rock Hudson and Julie London do quite well in limited roles. William Castle stretches a limited budget well beyond it's limits, especially considering the large cast. The Damon Runyon story is pretty sharp.
There are parts of the film that get long and tedious. Yet there is a pretty good noir with a surprise at the end. The motive seems a bit tedious, and rge film ending seems grafted on. That pretty much sums this up. Its a surprise, for sure, but it's a pretty well done ending. As for the set up, a Dentist is murdered, and a lot of friends teeth have to be extracted to get the show out of the way,
Tyrone Power Leads A Top Notch Crew in Western Noir
This film has such a good cast, it does not lose a step after killing Edgar Bucannan (Uncle Joe -Petticoat Junction) early on. The plot is about the express stage coast service from the west coast to the St. Louis in the 1800's and how it revolutionized the country at that point. It's focus is on station RAWHIDE which is located almost at the mid-point. A stage runs through here every day.
Besides a great cast, the director of this film is one of the better ones who did several top films in his career. The writer of the script is a very good writer who also wrote "Stage Caoch" for John Ford. So with top writing, great direction, and a stellar cast, this Western is very well done on all levels.
The only surprise with this one is how much of a sleeper it was at the box office. It really seems like this one got over looked. A noir western with raw emotions throughout and a well developed script, they don't get better than this. Only funny thing of note is the fact that Haywards white blouse neer gets dirty no matter how much dirt there is around her. Still, this is a small detail that proves the stars clothes are always clean in Hollywood.
Saving Lincoln (2013)
True Story But Sold short
I have seen a lot of works on Lincoln, and I think it is a great idea to marry up original Civil War Photos in the background of a true story. That being said, for some reason the script writing on this one is lacking, because while it transfers accurate history, it makes it seem less interesting than it should be. For some reason, I did not get the last full measure I expected from this film.
The acting seems hollow, but part of this is the script. There is also a part of the acting as the actor playing Lincoln, especially late in the film, seems too young for the main role. Their effort seems like a lite walk through serious history instead of the passion the role requires. Some of that passion is from the script lacking passion for the actor to get a grip on as well.
I do like the visuals, and the ways this is done, but the body guard angle struggles with script too. Overall, it does not draw me into the story enough and considering this is one of the most interesting eras of US History, I was surprised by what I expected, compared to what I got out of this one.
The Ghost That Walks Alone (1944)
No Ghost To Be Found
It is an interesting premise, a terrible radio show leading to a wedding mis-match, and then a honeymoon at an obscure Inn that is at the end of the season. The Inn features a creepy guy and a strange woman. Then the cast of the radio show barge in on the honeymoon because the awful radio shows needs more rehersals. Everyone has a terrible time, even worse than during the radio show. Meanwhile a dead body is found, put in a box, which promptly disappears.
This was obviously done on a tight budget as a 60 minute B film. While the experienced radio folks bring off the radio sequences, the rest of the coasts energy can not bring this novel based script to life. This one proves a book can be made into a bad film. If you think of it as a Scooby Doo pilot, it is a bad one as Abbott & Costello's "Hold That Ghost" is a much better film.
I kept looking at Lake throughout this film thinking he seemed like a character I had seen, but it's been years since I have watched a Dagwood movie. Since he does play the same character, I think the writer should have stepped out and made a Dagwood Sandwich and not wasted the casts energy. You Tube does have this out there, and if your a fan of Lake or one of the actresses in the film, check it out. Otherwise, even though ghosts are Halloween themed, this is no halloween film either.
The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)
Hyde Doesn't Belong Here
The story here is a little weak. Of course trying to follow up on a classic done by Frederick March first and then not quite as well in the 1940's would get a weaker script. The writer who cobbled this story together does not appear to have followed the Robert Lewis Stevenson materials very well at all. There is a story, at least, but the sequel story does not compare to the original.
The cast though not well known actually does a pretty good job. I could tell when I saw this on Svengoolie as their acting beat the heck out of the annoying puns that interrupted it. Columbia did not make a large investment on this one, including hiring a Producer to Direct it instead of going for more experience behind the camera.
The beginning and the ending might have been filmed on the same set on the same night. The fire at Dr. Jeckyl's begins and ends this effort. In between is the same mob and police who appear to have come straight from the original Frankenstein years earlier. None of them make any impression.
While the main cast almost brings this weak script over into a decent film, they fall just a little short. Being about the son of Dr. Kekyll, it makes sense there really is no Hyde. This follow up has little place to go either as it seems to go the same direction as many previous monster films, and actually I prefer the Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde comedy follow-up to this weak plotted effort. At least there is some fun there. This one takes itself way too seriously and just does not quite bring it off. Genetics do not carry the plot.
Penny Serenade (1941)
George Stevens Fare A Bit Unusual
The main cast here is marvelous. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are great. Bullah Bondi is excellent. So is Edgar Bucannan as "Apple Jack". The story is wrapped around records and being just before America enters the war, there is no mention of the military in this one.
Instead we have an iconic couple Grant & Dunne who want to have kids but can't. Then they adopt a daughter and that girl is the center of their lives. Story is told through records playing flashbacks. There is happiness, sadness, and more in this plot.
To me, one major hole is Apple Jack. The movie script makes him Grants sidekick, but his character is not filled out properly. There is no mention of a reason Apple Jack keeps haning around either other than he has no family. So he adopts our Iconic Couple.
There is some music some viewers might recognize. That includes "When Baby Makes Three " which was used on the TV Version of MASH. Overall because of my confusion with Apple Jacks character I rate this one at 7 but that because of acting and direction. Still it's a good film.
The Million Pound Note (1954)
Twain Story With A Twist
Mark Twain's story is converted to the screen play by a respected British Woman which I think helps the story flow better. While this is not the classic script like To Kill A MockingBird Peck would get later, it is a good chance for him to show the talent he has.
Wilfred Hyde-White who would later become more known for television roles is one of 2 brothers making a bet that if they give a poor man a million dollar note that he will able to get anything he wants with tht note. Peck's American character just happens to come along and when he reads the note with the million pounds, he knows he has a month to use the note and then present it back to the brothers intact.
The note acts like a VISA Credit card as no one can change it, and it allows him to buy lots of things on credit including his first lunch. Things snowball as everyone from charities to tailors and a hotel give him credit. Some things in this script show the Twain touches.
For example, Peck enlists a circus Strongman to help guard the note, though the guy can't speak. An American friend uses his name to try to become rich on a gold mine. There are several other subplots on how Grant becomes accepted in British society as an eccentric millionaire.
Then there is the beautiful young red-headed grand-daughter who falls in love with him and not his money, which he really does not have. The film is really quite strong except the ending. The note the brothers put with the million pound note promises him a job when he brings back the note intact/ At the end, the only job he gets is becoming the grand-daughters husband. The borthers wo supplied the note never say what job they are supposed to give him, instead bickering about a disagreement on who actually won the bet, because of the technicality of the granddaughter.
The charity auction sequence in a way is just a part of the plot to advnace the relationship between Peck and the Grand Daughter. It might be the most crass money sequence in the film as it seems a lot of Brits are willing to wait to be paid.
The British way of doing the story makes it entertaining fare. The film is in color, though the sets and location make it look like the film was shot on a shoestring. The quality of the script and the strength of Peck carry this film.
This episode starts off with the most famous trial in history, the Scopes Monkey Trial" which literally put Charles Darwin's theory of evolution on trial. The high school teacher who was on trial is in the first of 3 segments. It is one of the amazing moments that this show came up with. Especially memorable are the names of the 2 imposters. Just to see the first of these 3 challenges is important.
The Strange Woman (1946)
Predictable But Incredible
This is really the first of Hedy's films I have ever watched. I chose well. This is without a doubt a low budget film. That being said, it has a great performance by Hedy Lamarr. That center performance makes it a much better film than it ought to be.
The script, based upon the novel, challenges a leading woman's role as a woman living in a man's world, trying to dominate it. In the process of dominating it, she destroys some people around her, but she also destroys a piece of herself in the process. A strange woman indeed.
I found myself being able to predict ever plot turn after the child sequence in the beginning, but this strange woman's performance is so unusual, that it is hard to classify it as predictable results. She gets what she wants but does so at a huge price to herself as well as those around her. What we have here is a woman who combines Scarlett Ohara of Gone With The Wind with Miss Melanie of the same film, but then also puts forth a strong politcally savy woman into herself as well.
Fine film noir for a grade B picture.
Downton Abbey (2019)
Stuffy Stodgy Royal Aristocratic Fun
I only have seen a few episodes of the TV series. The question though is does this movie succeed on it's own? Yes, it does as the understated but hilarious humor that is done better by the British is much in evidence here.
The film takes place in the past and while the year is not stated, nor important, the setting of it is done well. The original sets from the series are used and the film does not fool around with taking itself seriously, but does well with it's main strength- devloping sublte subplots around it's large character cast.
There is a rebellion, and insurrection, thievery, scandal and cheeky humor, all without viollence and special effects. It is done brilliantly. The audience applauded at the end of the film, quite rightly. This is a very successful turn of tv into a feature film, and that is not done this successfully very often. It does have to skim the surface a bit on some of the plotting, but then to go into too much detail with this many goings on would have required a 3 hour movie. That would be too long and too stuffy. This one is done right.
Even though I have only seen a few snippets of the TV series, I enjoyed this little trip back into the era of stuffed shirts, and sublime plotting. Yes, and there's plenty of room to do this again, in another film. There was a trailer from the producers of this of a film next year set in this era. Will be interesting to see if they can duplicate the success here with a different plot and set of characters.
Money Grab By Shows Producers
The real spoiler here is Charlie is gone. The bad news is that Ashton Kutcher is here and can't possibly be anything on this series. The good news is Walden is rich, which means he is just like the shows producers who are trying to prove they can continue to milk this and make money selling garbage. Looking at this now, I realize that recycle like this hurts the environment, of sit coms.
The script writers will have to recycle Charlie jokes to keep this going. Their best bet would be to have Berta clean out Waldens bank account and take over the beach house she has been employed at all this time. After all, putting up with Walden moving in she deserves it.
So the only question here is how long before they start milking the dead Charlie to keep this going? After all copyright claimers are milking Mozart and Beethoven to make money on You Tube. So why should Charlies character be sacred? You Tube never cracks down on this crap, and hey there's plenty of charlie to watch on you tube. My advice, whenever Walden comes on, go find Chralie on You Tube.
What's My Line?: The Supremes (1967)
The Original Supremes - An Education
This gameshow is an all time classic for a lot of reasons. One of those is seeing this original group of Motown artists before they broke up and Diana Ross went her own way. There are some stumpers here and special guests on the panel as well.
One of the things often overlooked is how much education gets packed into 30 minutes by host J. Daly. He always has information about most of the challenegers that he doles out in large portions. Here we learn a little about the Motown smash hit group who helped put women and Detroit sound on the map. It is great to see them as they were in 1967. I recently saw Diana Ross whose still touring live, and that enhanced this look back to my youth.
What's My Line?: Paul Newman (1959)
Satisfactory Despite the Panel Getting Whipped
Paul Newman did 2 guest shots on here, one with Joanne Woodward and this one while Joanne was not available due to getting ready to have a baby. This is the kind of episode that's fun to watch if you want to see a clueless panel shut out as they get nobody right, not even Newman. Bennett Cerf is getting ready to leave town. David Niven is sitting in for Dorothy. He is of little help.
Interestingly enough, while doing so horribly, the panel never stops the procedure for any conferences. Considering how far they are off on every contestant, I doubt if a conference would have helped anyhow. There are some interesting sequences, but the reason they get thrown off on mystery guest Newman is because he had 2 films on Broadway, and the panel is not sure from his answers about movies which way to go.
We do learn that besides the movies, Newman still has it in his heart to do more live television. Earlier in the 1950's he had already done some. There is also a mention of Newman's considerable Broadway experience which we seldom associate him with now. This is a solid outing for the series.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
A Fun Trip out of the Neighborhood Into The Future- Tingle
This one has a pace that never stops, plenty of action, and enough emotion to carry the story. Tom Holland does well as Parker/Spidey and he has plenty of support in this one. Rather than go over all of the cast, and warning Spidey's head nearly explodes at one point in this saga, lets show a sign of my age first.
With all the locations, stunts, and fast movements, those items remind me of some of the Bond films. Now that you know how old I am, isn't it fun when Spidey's cell phone reminds him not to text while swinging. Of course Peter Parker has a girlfriend, and she gets to know him pretty well in this one, especially when he strips in front of her. He also strips for a female customs agent but that is to be expected with all this reaveling between borders.
The big spoiler is really who can Parker trust, and who can't he trust. The plot twists here might surprise you. Meanwhile, wow Spidey's Aunt Em (Marisa Tomei) can still model jeans which shes definitely packed into. This one has another great soundtrack. The Marvel music choices always seem very good and this film is no exception.
There's a new Avenger world on tap, and some heros we really need. Then there is monkey man, and some other diversions thrown in. This one is definitely a great summer respite from dull movies. Marvel scores again. It is good enough that the Peter Tingle scores.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Great Spy Thriller Faster Than Real Intrigue
Robert Redford is the Condor a year earlier than playing a reporter for the Washington Post bringing down a President. In this one, the entire CIA seems to be down on the Condor. The reason for it is that Condor, whose job is a book reader looking for intelligence for the CIA, has written a report detailing a possible plot of the CIA to take control of a piece of the world's oil supply in the Middle East. Hard to imagine this is years before the US started meddling in the Middle East for just that reason.
Condor is in danger after he submits his suspicion through his boss up to the next level. Then, he gets a report from his boss that there is nothing to his report. He goes out to lunch and when he returns he finds all 7 of his co-workers dead. Amazingly, he is just late enough to miss their killers by minutes. He is totally puzzled why they have all been killed. It takes Condor more than half to film to figure out why. He avoids several attempts to kill him and then enlists a reluctant Faye Dunaway to help him out.
There is an excellent supporting cast here but the big thing is Pollock's direction as he handles this story and cast expertly. Even though President's Men has a great name director the following year, I don't think that film would not have lost a step if Pollock had directed it. The New York filming locations including the World Trade Center are used well here too. Haunting plot involving the Middle East years before 911 are abundant. The CIA has rogue agents involved in this plot, and Max Van Snydow plays the ultimate red herring in the plot scheme.
This film not only holds up very well, but to me is more impressive now than when I first saw it in the theater first run years ago. It is actually one of Redfords better roles. The intrigue is heavy, and so is the suspense. It does remind me a bit of North By Northwest, though Cary Grants role is even fuller than Redfords is here.
Straight Documentary, Sherman History
This does go beyond the march to the sea. But first it goes over Shermans entire life prior to that. It has photos and music to keep the viewer going. It is done in a long verbal thing with no action, just photos.
There is material here about the relation to the gold rush, and to the Indian wars that sherman was involved in during his life. It metions his losses of 2 sons. There's lots more details too. What is interesting is because of Sherman's march to the sea to defeat the Confederates, the hero status over rides the part of the eradication of native americans that Sherman was involved in. So while we ignore that, we are not taking down his statues in the same way we are taking down other Southern peoples, statues.
Sherman's stance on Slavery is highlighted here, and even that while he lived in Louisana prior to the war is controversial. He only felt that slave owners should improve the slaves living conditions before the war. It is his brother who convinces him about abolition, and takes him to meet Lincoln for the first time.
There's a lot more to Sherman and this documentary very well covers all of it. Worth a look for the history content.
The Spoilers (1955)
Alaska Gold Rush Times 5
Rex Beaches 1906 novel had been done 2 times as a silent film, twice as a sound film prior to this outing. So the plot had been used and reused with slight differences. This one pretty much follows the same plot.
The 1942 version with Marlenea Deitrich, and John Wayne is better that this one for star power. The 1930 version starring Gary Cooper was once in a late show tv package in the 1960's but is now considered a lost film. The silents are impossible for most modern viewers to watch. That brings us to 1955.
Rory Calhoun is a fairly big name actor, while Jeff Chandler is most comfortable in formats other than westerns which even though this is Alaska, it plays mostly as a Western. Anne Baxter is okay here. In fact the whole cast is okay. That's the problem, as this film really adds nothing to the previous versions and the stars are not as good as the John Wayne / Randolph Scott version.
This version is currently on Grit. Would love it if the channel could run the Scott/Wayne/Dietrich version with this as a double feature. If they could run the Cooper version too, it would make an interesting triple. Especially with all those bulb head commercials the channel runs. If they could remake it today and make it more of an "R" rated film, it could actually sell tickets. With a good cast, it could be re-made well and use some modern effects and some :mature loving plot to update it.
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Neat Fictional Drama
What amazes me about this one is how HBO took some real characters and built a fictional mob world of Atlantic City around them and with the help of a lot of pretty good writing hooks the viewer in. After watching the entire series, it takes Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson and makes him into a mob icon. It's all done pretty well.
There's a lot of plotting, death, destruction, and enough women to keep the interest. This series is strong because besides building Nucky into a larger than life character, it takes the female characters and gives them some twists and turns. These women are not helpless mob molls. At times they are complicated, an a welcome add on to this mob series.
This is not the Sopranos, as it is set in the 1920's and 30's prohibition era. It does bring in a young Al Capone, and several other real mobster's for window dressing. It centers on the Atlantic City Boardwalk but does move to New York City and Chicago at times. HBO always gets strong series from the mob stories, and this one sure is strong. Most of the filming is done in New York City. It feels real and that is the important thing that brings this over.
Kudos to the writers and actors for bringing in some black mobsters too as that is something which must have existed, but is not seen often. This raises the drama above The Untouchables era of writing and plotting. More writing and more characters really do help this series.
Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
Charlie Chan Gets Shocked
Warner Oland is in top form here as he solves an missing persons case and then proceeds to solve a murder. The plot and technology for 1936 is surprising.
The plot thickens when Charlie finds clues about a missing person and then wires his mom that he is in the knowledge of same.
Then he goes to her town but before he gets there, the missing person arrives and he is killed before Chan can arrive. Then hi body disappears so no one knows about his death. The mansion he is killed in is a maze of hidden passages. Then Chan gets invited to a seance where everyone finds out about the death of the son who he had found. From here an intricate web of deceit is crafted as the suspect pile up and while the police pursuit of one man who runs seems the obvious one, Chan who has left his family all at home this time, has a lot of clues and people to sort out.
In order to do that, Chan uses some of the seance tools he discovers in the mansion to assist in his effort, plus the murderer attempts to strike again. One of the better films for both plot and technology. Much wisdom on display makes for excellent story.
Professional Amateur Jealousy For Charity
It seems that Rob volunteered to produce and direct the neighbors in an amateur shows last year. He does not want to do it again this year because he had so much trouble last year.
There is a very smart song and dance number rehersal scene with Mary Tyler Moore showing she is pretty good doing both. Her Calyspo scene is excellent. Meanwhile Rob is having a problem casting Cleopatra. It seems he has Millie as Cleo but she is having way too much fun rehersing a kissing scene with Marc Anthony (Bob Crane). So Jerry, Millies hubby objects and Rob intially replaces Millie with Laura, his wife. Then Laura starts having too much fun rehersing the kissing scene too.
Then, to avoid these issues, both women are replaced by the single kindergarden teacher. When Crane's wife sees this, some other fur flies. The plot is all about emotional triangles. Still, it is harmlessly funny and seeing Lauras Calypso number is worth the time in a solid outing for this classic sitcom.
Gambling Necessity of Action Ironic Fix
Charlie Chan thanks to friend who owns horse, Avalanche, and son who wants to bet on same horse gets involved investigating murder of friend. This is a solid Chan and Warner Oland gets more action in this one than in the typical film. He even punches out someone (sorry about that).
The film starts with a fixed race in Australia and Chan in Honolulu giving a lesson on blood spots. Then after thr race comes a telegram from friend before he is murdered on board a ship bound for America. This beings Chan who lost his 50 cent bet on Avalanche into the investigation.
Keye Luke is on board and in action too. His running around the ship being chased by the ships head steward eminds me very much of the Marx Brothers running away from the shipes steward in Monkey Business a few years earlier. Actually these 2 films would make a great short double feature.
Even though Australia, and Honolulu are in the story line, all the filiming was done in California including the race scenes at the famous Santa Anita racetrack. Irony is we need Chan to go back there today and solve a real mystery- beating dead horse. No horse die during this.
More Than Enough To Tell In U.S. History
"Never has a race given so much, but has been given so little." That sums up the contributions of Black people fighting for the United States throughout the hsitory of this nation. The main casting here is extremely appropriate with Colin Powell introducing and Halle Barry as an bright and intelligent hostess. Being Memorial Day, I wathced this series for the first time.
It is extremely impressive. Much in the style of Ken Burns Civil War series, the backbones of this series are the letters and notes written and left behind by it's heroes. There are more of them here, than ever covered before in any History Class. Too often, History's focus, like the main stream media, is focus on the villians of history and not on it's heros.
This series finds and tells the story of many, starting at the beginning and going up to when it was completed in 2010. This story helps paint the picture of a country that is always in conflicts throughout history and points out that through the different values which were the paradox of Black History in the United States, there were Black Heros no matter what the circumstances. It is a story of survival and the giving of the ultimate sacrifice in order to survive.
This series last part concludes with the ultimate goal of a black President and the beginning of the war on terrorism, which still continues. While there are so many glorious heroes, there always seems to be the need for more. Still, it is important that this history is here, before it gets lost. Often, the series effectively employs the graves of those heoes we have lost to have history.
The main thing that has changed since this series, but remains the same too, is that the U.S. is still going to need more heroes. Today, as the upstart young Western Nation, we are under attack more than ever from outside, and from within. Those attacks never seem to being peace, but do bring more paradox to a nation that invented mass destruction, yet must keep fighting not to have that destruction destroy all of us.
For Memorial Day, while we pause to remember, and reflect, this series is a great reminder that despite how much and many we have lost, we are still going.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Welcome To Hell, Leave Everything At The Door
There is nothing to spoil here, unless you like a rotten film. The actors try to carry this off, and actually I can't complain about the acting. As for the effects, ouch, I hope this isn't CGI because the effects are embarassing to put this mildly. Even CGI is not often this cheesey. I rate them a mild chedder, or possibly a goat cheese, feta as it is kind of ground up.
We have people getting sliced , diced, and whatever by someone know as the Drake. There is no real reason for the Drake, other than maybe he is torqued because he only did one Seinfeld episode? I mean, when I look at the movie as a sick joke, that keeps getting repeated for 90 minutes, then I gave it as low as I could rate it. Does that mean this one will become a cult Classic?? I doubt it.
The script loses continuity as several junctures, as even puts in a few things that make nonsense. The title does say it all, a Hobo with a shotgun, but even he does not get started for 20 minutes. Up until then, we are meeting the Drake and a bunch of others who lead us nowhere. Sadly it takes the hobo with a shot gun to start taking apart garbage and try to make sense out of it.
There's a rumor I read about an alternate ending. After watching this and laughing at some of the crazy stuff, I am hoping there is an alternate movie our there someplace. I believe I could take the out takes from this one and make a better film.
Maverick: The Maverick Line (1960)
Well Doggies, Where Them There Hills of Dust?
James Garners last show is an old reunion with Bart, going to the reading of an obscure Uncles will. The brothers don't exactly like the terms of his will forcing them to try to run a stage line at a profit. Meanwhile, there's a right of way owned by the stage line which runs through an attractive (woman's) ranch. The executor of the Uncles Estate is about the definition of a crooked lawyer whose trying to cook the brothers and the rancher's goose because the railroad is coming through.
Enter Rumsey (Uncle Jed Clampett) whose a career Gold Dust thief (he hasn't struck oil yet) without his Ozarks accent. The Mavericks have reached the end of the line for Bret, but it's been a good run. Garner leaves on a contract issue getting credit in 1 future episode he does not appear in. Of course, there is a land rush because of the crooked lawyer to cap off the plot.
If that does not beat all, maybe we need to note there's no poker in this episode.
Maverick: According to Hoyle (1957)
Poker Is King When Living on Jacks and Queens
This program really did start out with 3 good episodes. It seems that Warner Brothers really is trying to make movie quality Television. The main person who benefitted is James Garner who went on to more success in both mediums.
This one does use Hoyles Book of Game Rules in a creative way. With Leo Gordon and the usual quality group of supporting actors plus good direction, this one stays above average for a tv show.
Westerns became an art form on TV in the late 1950's. Maverick is one of several top quality shows in this era. What is interesting is how this stuff then got spun into the 1960's where this basis then was used to get into Detective and Science Fiction. It's really apropriate that this show has already featured the future Mnnix. Meanwhile, Gene Roddenbury who would create Star Trek was busy penning scripts for Have Gun / Will Travel and Palladin. The 1950's was the nuturing of the maturing of televsion in the 1960's and beyond.
Maverick, and Perry Mason both got their starts in 1957. A great year for sure.