This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Ruta Lee and Werner Klemperer star in “The Comstock Conspiracy,” airing Dec. 29, 1957

  1. THE COMSTOCK CONSPIRACY
    Original Airdate: December 29, 1957


Synopsis
. Jerome Horne and John Bordeen run the largest railroad company in Virginia City. Bordeen owes Bret $10,000, but he’d rather shoot him than pay him. Maverick kills Bordeen in self-defense—but after reporting the shooting to the sheriff, he discovers that the body (and all other evidence) has been removed. Maverick becomes further confounded the next day, when Horne pays him the money—and insists that Bordeen is alive and well

This episode features an exchange that epitomizes what Roy Huggins had in mind when he created Maverick. In this sequence, Ellen Bordeen (played by Ruta Lee) asks Bret for help:

ELLEN
If my father’s posing as John Bordeen,
he’s doing it against his will, Mr. Maverick.

MAVERICK
Possibly.

ELLEN
Probably. But what can I do about it?

MAVERICK
Go to the sheriff, I guess.

ELLEN
Jerome Horne put the sheriff in office.
Can you help me?

MAVERICK
No, ma’am.

ELLEN
Because you have your $10,000?

MAVERICK
Yes, ma’am.

ELLEN
You aren’t very noble.

MAVERICK
No, ma’am.

Maverick decides to help Ellen, anyway—but only after she convinces him that she knows how to handle a gun. We’ll see Ruta Lee again in “Plunder of Paradise” and “Betrayal.”


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