James Garner Western Filmography …

I thought it would be rather easy to throw something together for James Garner. Not so !! Just the Maverick stuff itself seemed like a small industry – with TV Series, spin-offs, Movies, Mini Series … etc.

Let’s get started:

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott / 1957
Garner’s
first Western. Pretty well any Western with Randolph Scott is either very watchable or Classic.

Shoot Out at Medicine BendScott and Garner
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Maverick / TV Show

“Who is the tall dark stranger there … ??”

Why it’s Maverick of course ! Most likely Bret Maverick (James Garner)

Mavericks
Mavericks: Bret (James Garner) and Bart (Jack Kelly)
Maverick Banner
Maverick TV Show – Opening Banner
Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) Garner
Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) and Garner

After Garner left the show during the 3rd Season …
It just wasn’t the same.
Maverick – in Film and TV – went through a few permutations and convolutions over the years and will need to be covered in more depth later.

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Garner made a cameo appearance in the Bob Hope Western Comedy
Alias Jesse James.

MFW JAMES GARNER

Couldn’t find any pics of James so I’m inserting Gloria Talbott instead. Yeah.
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Duel at Diablo: Garner with Sydney Poitier / 1966

Duel at Diablo

I don’t know much about this movie .. will have to catch up.
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One of My Favorites: Hour of the Gun / 1967

Hour of the Gun

Garner is  scary stern as Wyatt Earp
and Robards is brilliant as Doc Holliday.
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Support Your Local Sheriff / 1966
Garner’s
comic talents were exploited often:

Support Your Local Sheriff
Garner, Bruce Dern (in jail) and the awesome Jack Elam

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Sledge / 1970

What happens when you mix spaghetti with beef?
You get Sledge.

Sledge
Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver, Garner

Some decent people in here.

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More comedy …
Support Your Local Gunfighter / 1971

Support Your Local Gunfighter
Lovely Suzanne Pleshette – Garner

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Skin Game
Garner and young Lou Gossett team up

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Nichols
Nichols … I liked it, but it didn’t stick

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Disney calls:

Castaway Cowboy
Garner probably did more Comedy Westerns than anyone

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Not everything worked:
Young Maverick – TV Show / 1979
Starred Charles Frank as Ben Maverick. Really.
Lasted 8 episodes.

The New Maverick
1979 / Made for TV movie attempted to kick-start Young Maverick TV show

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Then … suddenly:
Murphy’s Romance / 1985

Murphy's Romance
 … a gem

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Was this a Western ? I believe I spot a car in there.
Garner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (again) and Bruce Willis as legendary Western actor Tom Mix,
but I’m not sure.

Sunset

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Maverick – the movie / 1994
Garner, Gibson and Jodie Foster and James Coburn and Graham Greene
and others …
Garner appears as the much rumoured “Pappy” …
Gibson reprises Bret.

Maverick Movie

A fun movie – good cast
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Then …

Streets of Laredo – 3 part mini-series … also a Great Cast:
Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid,
Wes Studi, Charles Martin Smith …
and Alexis Cruz does a good job as the villain. 

Streets of Laredo

______________________Shepard, Garner, Spacek_____________________
will cover this better – later.

Whew !!!

Upcoming:

Maverick: The TV Show
Hour of the Gun
Streets of Laredo

6 thoughts on “James Garner Western Filmography …

  1. Duel at Diablo is one of my favorites.

  2. You know what Rick? I don’t recall ever seeing it. Another large gap in my Westerns education. I mean, anything with Sydney and James … you gotta see.- and you’d think it should be pretty good with those 2. So I’m going to have to find that.
    One thing I find very annoying is this: on TV they show the same movies over and over and over. And others? they never show them. I don’t recall ever seeing Duel at Diablo being played on TV – unless TCM showed it at some point. ??
    By this time in his career Sydney must have established some popularity for himself and become a bonafide Movie Star – rather than just an excellent actor.
    Films that exploit Star Power are not always a good thing though – such as The Long Ships (1964) – with Portier and Richard Widmark (another great actor). Remember that? Scary bad. This was made just before Sydney made Lilies of the Field though – so he more than redeemed himself.

  3. I just read his autobiography. He’s got a huge body of work both TV and movies — I’m not surprised you couldn’t fit it in. If you haven’t read the book, I think you’ll enjoy it. He goes into every movie he ever made and most of the TV stuff too. It’s a good read and especially interesting for those of us who like his work.

    1. Thank you. I’d like to that.
      If you look at Syd’s bio on Wikipedia his list of Awards is staggering – including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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