Maverick (1957–1962)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy, Western


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Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.


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  • Louise Fletcher and James Garner in Maverick (1957)
  • James Garner With Diane Brewster on the Warner Bros. set of "Maverick". 1958 © 1978 Sid Avery
  • Tol Avery and Jack Kelly in Maverick (1957)
  • Roger Moore in Maverick (1957)
  • Anthony Caruso and Jack Kelly in Maverick (1957)
  • Sherry Jackson in Maverick (1957)

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Roy Huggins

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23 June 1999 | Carson-15
James Garner and Jack Kelly had a sensational chemistry and Garner's performance is quite different than most think.
James Garner's acting on 1957's TV series "Maverick" is superbly inspired but usually underrated because he memorably told the press at the time that he "can't act. I'll learn if I have to, but so far I haven't had to." This modest refusal to champion himself publicly resulted in his performances being taken much more for granted, but viewed today, it's apparent that here was a world-class talent throwing himself into every scene, registering a virtual three-ring circus of facial expressions; there is always something going on to look at, in severe contrast to most of the other TV western leads of the era. Jack Kelly, normally a more pedestrian performer, lights up to incandescence in his scenes with Garner and their astonishing chemistry vaults the series' fantastic entertainment value phenomenally, although Kelly's solo outings aren't in the same league and his acting seemed to deteriorate along with the quality of some of the scripts in the wake of Garner's departure. Kelly was completely and utterly lacking Garner's genius for comedy, except when working directly with Garner.

I always thought of Garner's character's warmth as being his hallmark trait, perhaps as a result of years of seeing "The Rockford Files," but upon recently studying the "Maverick" tapes it became apparent that his character was basically cool and chilly, almost businesslike with an Indiana Jones-like seriousness in his routine comportment, but quite warm with friends. This surprised me. When people refer to Bret Maverick as "cool," they're actually much more correct than I ever would've assumed.

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