This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Patricia Barry stars in “Prey of the Cat,” the closest thing Maverick had to a Christmas episode, airing Dec. 7, 1958

  1. PREY OF THE CAT
    Original Airdate: December 7, 1958


Synopsis
. Bart suffers a broken leg when his horse throws him after it was
startled by a mountain lion. Bart rehabilitates at the Star Trail Ranch, where he finds himself entangled in a triangle with Pete Stillman, whom Bart has befriended, and Pete’s wife Kitty (played by Patricia Barry), who has fallen in love with Maverick
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The first act of “Prey of the Cat” takes place around Christmas time, as evidenced by the presence of a Christmas tree, as well as the playing of “Jingle Bells.” Also, Pete Stillman finds a wheelchair that he “gives” to the bedridden Bart as a Christmas present so that Maverick can take part in the lodge’s celebration.

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