Sunday, February 21, 2016

Best #Westerns of All Time #MFRA

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Today we're chatting about one of the best westerns of all time. Hope you enjoy the series of posts.


The series followed the adventures of the Maverick clan. While the cast changed somewhat, 124 episodes were produced in total. In 1994, a "Maverick" film was finally released featuring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson.

The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret Maverick, an articulate cardsharp. Eight episodes into the first season, he was joined by Jack Kelly as his brother Bart, and from that point on, Garner and Kelly alternated leads from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional two-brother episode.

The Mavericks were poker players from Texas who traveled all over the American Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, constantly getting into and out of life-threatening trouble of one sort or another, usually involving money, women, or both. They would typically find themselves weighing a financial windfall against a moral dilemma. More often than not, their consciences trumped their wallets since both Mavericks were intrinsically ethical.

None of the Mavericks were particularly fast draws with a pistol. Bart once commented to a lady friend, "My brother Bret can outdraw me any day of the week, and he's known as the Second Slowest Gun in the West." However, it was almost impossible for anyone to beat them in any sort of a fistfight.

A Typical Episode: "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" features Bret spending most of the episode relaxing in a rocking chair, calmly whittling and offhandedly assuring the inquisitive and derisively amused townspeople that he's "working on it", while Bart runs a complex sting operation to swindle a crooked banker who had stolen Bret's deposit of $15,000. Garner notes in his memoir, The Garner Files, that he was given the choice of which role to play, and he chose the one where he spent the episode sitting down because he'd been feeling tired and overworked. It was his favorite episode.

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Stay tuned for another featured "Best Western of All Time" in the series!
Once Upon A Savage Moon
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1 comment:

Caroline Clemmons said...

I keep meaning to buy this, so I will do it right now before I see something shiny.