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‘Maverick’ … a clip

14 Dec

Found this clip today … when I shoulda found it yesterday!!

Anyway … nice clip on Garner and original Maverick Series.

James Garner Maverick

Leaving things a better place than he found itGarner: Leaving things better than when he found it.

James Garner Maverick 2

The gals ‘got it’ …

James Garner Maverick 3

Garner: “I didn’t know what I was doing.”

That’s OK Jim … we did.

James Garner Westerns: Maverick

14 Dec

Maverick Theme Song

Written by composers David Buttolph (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics).
Sung by ? “a male chorus”.

Maverick Lyrics

(Go ahead … sing along)

Who is the tall, dark stranger there?
Maverick is the name.
Ridin’ the trail to who knows where,
Luck is his companion,
Gamblin’ is his game.
Smooth as the handle on a gun.
Maverick is the name.
Wild as the wind in Oregon,
Blowin’ up a canyon,
Easier to tame.

Riverboat, ring your bell,
Fare thee well, Annabel.
Luck is the lady that he loves the best.
Natchez to New Orleans
Livin on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the west.

Riverboat, ring your bell,
Fare thee well, Annabel.
Luck is the lady that he loves the best.
Natchez to New Orleans
Livin on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the west.
Maverick is a legend of the west.

(Natchez is in SW Mississippi)

MAVERICK

Maverick TV Banner

“Nuthin’ up my sleeve … ”
Garner never needed to cheat. 

JAMES GARNER - MAVERICK

JAMES GARNER – BRET MAVERICK

James Garner and Jack Kelly

James Garner (Bret Maverick) and Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick)Mavericks

In the first 7 episodes of Maverick, James Garner starred alone. Then Jack Kelly was brought in. The series employed an unusual format: Garmer and Kelly appeared alone in some episodes – then together. Kelly was good, but there was never any doubt who had the charisma: Garner was the Star. And when he left during Season 3, the series definitely declined in popularity.

Reviews

MAVERICK: A Genuine Classic Western – TVRAGE http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-4399

From the Golden Age of the 50’s era, “MAVERICK” can be classified as one of the best Western TV series during this period. ABC network channel produced the whole 5 season of this show from 1957-1962 with very outstanding and definitely top-class episodes every week. James Garner playing as Bret Maverick really portrayed his role very well as the smooth and stylish man of the Western culture. I remember, many girls fantasize him for being so attractive and all men want to be like him. His character as Bret was so modish, calm with no pressure that has great sense of humor, a poker champion, and most of all physically strong. What’s more interesting in his character is, he chose to use his intelligence over his power. Most episodes show the funny side of James Garner that why the public viewers commended his role as Maverick with these unique qualities!  Review posted on Monday, July 15th 2013 at 1:53 am

Maverick IMDB

A solid “8”

Maverick wanabees …. 

Mavericks ...

Not fast enough boys … 

James and Jack Garner

James and brother Jack Garner

Comics …

Maverick Comics

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Westerns – popular in the 50’s 

File:Warner Brothers television westerns stars 1959.JPGPhoto of all the Warner Brothers Studio television western stars who had programs on ABC. From left: Will Hutchins (“Sugarfoot” Brewster-Sugarfoot), Peter Brown (Johnny McKay-Lawman), Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick-Maverick), Ty Hardin (Bronco Laine-Bronco), James Garner (Bret Maverick-Maverick), Wayde Preston (Christopher Colt-Colt .45), John Russell (Dan Troop-Lawman).

Maverick lays a beating on Clint …

9 Dec

Clint Eastwood … paying his dues …

Maverick and Clint

Maverick - Clint

James Garner Western Filmography …

9 Dec

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

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