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Maverick: The Complete First Season [7 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 5357211
  • Release Date: 05/29/2012
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

    Synopsis


    The first six episodes seen during the inaugural season of Maverick features James Garner alone as travelling frontier gambler Bret Maverick, who hasn't quite developed into the delightfully duplicitious and self-protective character he was to become. In Episode Seven, Jack Kelly joins the cast as Bret's brother Bart Maverick, also a gambler. At this point, the contrast between the flippant Bret and the sobersided Bart was played for all it was worth, with Bret handling the more lighthearted episodes and Bart headlining those episodes in which action and adventure carried the day. By mid-season, the series' writers are capitalizing on Garner's deft comic touch, including such stage directions in their scripts as "Bret narrows his beady little eyes" and emphasizing the more "cowardly" aspects of his character, such as trying to make a quick exit from town whenever challenged to a gunfight--or even closing his eyes in agony while branding a calf! Many observers trace the series tongue-in-cheek ambience to its third episode, "According to Hoyle", which introduces Diane Brewster in the recurring role of glamorous con artist Samantha Crawford--a marked contrast to the simpering ingenues who usually showed up in TV westerns, and a worthy adversary (and sometimes lover) for the cagey Bret Maverick. Also introduced during Season One is another of the Maverick brothers' recurring nemeses, the larcenous Dandy Jim Buckley, played con brio by a pre-77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr.; Dandy Jim makes his inaugural appearance in the episode "Stampede". Other noteworthy first-season Maverick guest stars include future Mannix leading man Mike Connors in "Point Blank" and "The Naked Gallows"; Werner Klemperer, aka Hogan's Heroes' Colonel Klink, in "Comstock Conspiracy", Edd Byrnes, not yet 77 Sunset Strip's inimitable "Kookie", in "Ghost Rider" and "Stage West"; and the versatile Hans Conried, rather surprisingly playing it straight (that is, avoiding his usual Shakespearean flamboyance) in "Black Fire". Although Maverick did not crack the "top thirty" television shows during its first season, its loyal fan base was rapidly accumulating thanks to word of mouth. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew


    • James Garner - Bret Maverick
    • Jack Kelly - Bart Maverick
    • Diane Brewster - Samantha Crawford
    • Roger Moore - Cousin Beauregard Maverick
    • Robert Colbert - Brent Maverick




    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally! Maverick on DVD

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      dontheideaguy
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      I remember watching Maverick as a kid and really loving the show. I thought I'd seen most of them growing up, but I went through the entire first season with barely a hint of recognition regarding most of these episodes. The storytelling was superior in these early episodes and it was surprising to see so much attention given to the strategy behind some of the poker games Maverick plays in. I'd say after seeing this first season that the concept actually got watered down as the series progressed. I am only disappointed that the producers of this DVD set weren't able to get James Garner to do an audio commentary -- I would have loved to hear some insight from Maverick himself.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Comedy Western at its best

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      JohnRon
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      "Maverick" broke all expectations of a Western hero when it was first shown ("He who fights and runs away lives to run away again another day"), and it's still as fresh and funny today. James Garner and Jack Kelly as the Maverick brothers attempt to get out of trouble without using guns - or getting killed. One of TV's very best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic TV Western

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      ThrowBack
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      Maverick is a well written, classic TV Western. Combining suspense, humor and irony, James Garner and Jack Kelly played their roles exceptionally well. It's a shame that television no longer creates shows like Maverick, instead opting for the ridiculousness of "Reality TV", which is anything but real.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      James Garner at his BEST

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      graggenheim
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      What can I say? This is a first class western classic! And it stars James Garner. The most lovable con man you'd ever want to meet. Great entertainment in all it's black-and-white glory. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Maverick: The Complete First Season [7 Discs] (DVD

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      Archon
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      I have always enjoyed watching Maverick when it comes on. Now having it on DVD lets me watch as wanted. The number of hours/$ on the this DVD make for a great entertainment value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice memories from growing up

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      redmansam
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      Sorry James Garner passed away not too long ago. Really enjoyed the sense of humor he brought to his western roles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great old tv show.

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      bbnary
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      James Garner majes this show a jewel. Anyoen whol likes oldies will aprpreciate a show like Maverik.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I thoroughly enjoyed this, thank you.

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      Kyle
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      James Garner: amazing. The episodes are fast moving, and entertaining.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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