Duel at Sundown (Maverick)

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Duel at Sundown
James Garner Bret Maverick.JPG
James Garner as Bret Maverick
Genre Western
Written by Howard Browne (story)
Richard J. Collins (teleplay)
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Starring James Garner
Clint Eastwood
Theme music composer David Buttolph
Paul Francis Webster
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) Roy Huggins
Location(s) California California
Editor(s) Marsh Hendry
Camera setup Harold E. Stine
Running time 60 mins.
Original network ABC
Picture format 1.33:1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
First shown in Sunday at 7:30pm
Original release 1 February 1959
Followed by The New Maverick
Young Maverick
Bret Maverick
Related shows Sugarfoot
Colt .45
The Rockford Files

"Duel at Sundown" is a 1959 episode of the Western comedy television series Maverick starring 31-year-old James Garner and 29-year-old Clint Eastwood. A mean killer (Eastwood) becomes jealous when Bret Maverick (Garner) begins spending time with his girlfriend (Abby Dalton), the daughter of Bret's old friend (Edgar Buchanan), who desperately wants Bret to marry her before Eastwood's evil character does so.

An epic fistfight between Garner and Eastwood segues into a surprising showdown between Bret and gunslinger John Wesley Hardin in which Maverick fans his pistol. "Hardin" turns out to be Bret's brother Bart (Jack Kelly), who'd been recruited to help frighten Eastwood's character. As Bart and Bret depart the town on horseback at the episode's conclusion, they run into the real Hardin, already angrily riding in to hunt down and murder the man who "killed" him. The episode was written by Richard J. Collins and Howard Browne, and directed by Arthur Lubin.


James Garner ... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ... Bart Maverick
Edgar Buchanan ... Jed
Abby Dalton ... Carrie
Clint Eastwood ... Red Hardigan
Dan Sheridan ... Doc Baxter
James Griffith ... John Wesley Hardin
Clarke Alexander ... Sheriff
Linda Lawson ... Lily
Myrna Fahey ... Susie
Ed Reimers ... Announcer (voice)

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